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in 2011 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $13,101 - $14,285
Original MSRP: $23,950 - $27,150
MPG: 40 City / 43 Hwy
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2011 Honda Civic Hybrid Interior

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The automotive press likes the 2011 Honda Civic Hybrid’s interior, which offers quality materials and a fair list of standard interior features. However, the interior’s main drawbacks are its lack of cargo space and confusing navigation system. 

  • "Roomy and refined interior." -- Edmunds
  • "Honda did a little more work on the Civic's interior, when compared with its minimal sheetmetal changes, notably in the form of more upscale trim options and additional tech goodies." -- Motor Trend
  • "New cloth materials and patterns on seats, door linings and armrests have been updated and look sharp." -- Automobile Magazine

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Seating

Reviewers say the 2011 Honda Civic Hybrid’s adjustable seats and tilt and telescopic steering column make it easy to find a comfortable driving position. That said, taller drivers won’t be as comfortable at the wheel. Reviewers also say the backseat is spacious enough for two. 

  • "Sedans have adequate adult headroom. Knee space is tight with the front seats far aft. Foot space is good unless the front cushions are near their lowest point. A flat floor aids overall comfort, as does the firm, well-contoured seat. Sedan doors open wide for good entry and exit." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The rear seat is surprisingly roomy, offering more leg- and head room than is found in some larger cars. A flat floor aids rear passenger comfort." -- The Auto Channel

Interior Features

The Honda Civic Hybrid comes in one trim that includes features a lot of shoppers seek. For $3,950, Honda equips buyers with MPS/Windows Media Audio Playback Capability, power windows and doors, steering-wheel mounted cruise and audio controls, a tilt and telescopic steering column and USB audio interface. Shoppers can upgrade this trim by adding leather seats and/or navigation. However, if you want Bluetooth connectivity, you’ll have to choose the navigation system, which reviewers say can be difficult to use and read. There are also a few other features available, such as satellite radio.

  • "Civic's two-tier instrument panel places an analog tachometer ahead of the driver and separately housed digital speedometer directly above. The design works to good overall effect. The speedometer's digits are in driver's line of sight for viewing without taking focus off the road. Climate controls are within easy reach, though audio switchgear requires a stretch." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Optional navigation system seemed as dated as telegraph compared with what Honda uses in the Pilot SUV and other new models." -- USA Today

Cargo

The Honda Civic Hybrid doesn’t have a folding rear seat, and the trunk offers a modest 10.4 cubic feet of cargo space. That's less than many of its gasoline competitors, but average when you compare it to other hybrid vehicles. 

  • "Goose-neck hinges on the trunk lid swing down and in, swiping cargo room and possibly pinching your luggage. Plenty of rivals use hinges that fit in the gutter around the trunk opening, avoiding the luggage compartment." -- USA Today

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