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Honda Civic Hybrid

EPA City/Highway/Combined mpg: 40/45/42
Annual Fuel Cost: $921
TheCarConnection Meta Review Rating: 8.6 (2009)
The Bottom Line: The 2009 Honda Civic is a very livable fuel-economy champ.

Unless you look closely, the 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid looks pretty much like a standard Honda Civic sedan. However it packs a smaller 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine and Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system. You won't be able to accelerate from a stop in electric-only mode like in the Prius and other full hybrids, but the system allows the engine to turn off at stoplights, which could save a lot of fuel in stop-and-go commuting.


Honda Insight

EPA City/Highway/Combined mpg: 40/43/41
Annual Fuel Cost: $944
TheCarConnection Meta Review Rating: 7.4
The Bottom Line: For those who want to be seen in a smart, high-mileage hybrid but prefer to pinch pennies at the dealership, the 2010 Honda Insight is the way to go.

The Insight is an all-new model for 2010; it's offered only as a hybrid and has a unique fastback/hatchback body style that earns it instant recognition as a rival to the Prius—even if, according to Honda, it's looking to appeal to those who are keeping tighter wraps on the budget than Prius shoppers. Many might actually prefer the slightly more mainstream cabin dimensions and appointments of the 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid—essentially unchanged versus 2009—to those of the 2010 Honda Insight. And surprisingly, the Civic Hybrid gets slightly better Highway and Combined ratings than the Insight with essentially the same powertrain.


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  1. interesting list. i personally find the camry, civic, accord, etc hybrids very practical. if it helps reduce our reliance on petrol the slightest, that's great. how in the world a car the size of the yaris (and with those looks) only gets ~29 MPH is beyond me. assume the allaboutprius.com site/editor are proud papa's with the prius staying atop the list once again :-)
     
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  2. Wow, Chevy's hybrids didn't even make it above the imports non-hybrids. Guess they STILL don't get it.
     
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  3. I think the people driving the Lambo or Bentley(s) don't really care about mileage. I would rather drive a large gas guzzling SUV or Truck knowing that the Occupants inside are safe, that seems more important to me than saving a couple bucks on gas.
     
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  4. Oh and as for the Prius, can't wait to see what happens in the lawsuit...
     
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  5. I don't think that even VW gets it. I have a 2004 VW TDI 5 spd. It gets 41 to 44 mpg. combined during the Winter. Two weeks ago, my wife drove it approximately 500 miles round trip to the Tn. border and back. 51 mpg. I have logged 48, 50, 49 and 47.7,47.7 mpg. combined. Now VW has upped the hp, cleaned up the emissions, and dropped the fuel mileage. We have 145,000 plus miles on my wife's Jetta TDI, but I am at a loss as to what to replace it with?? I drive a 98 Neon R/T with 158,299 miles on it. It has a 150 hp double overhead cam engine with a 7,000 rpm redline and a 7,300 factory rev limiter. It still runs 120 mph in 4th and I still have 5th gear left over. I drive it hard and get 31 mpg combined. I drive it like an old man and I get a best of 37.7 mpg combined. The new cars have a hard time matching that. What are the car manufacturers doing???
     
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