Research

2008 Honda Civic Hybrid Review

The Car Connection Expert Rating Breakdown?

8.6
on a scale of 1 to 10
Styling
8.0
Expert Rating
Performance
8.0
Expert Rating
Comfort & Quality
8.0
Expert Rating
Safety
9.0
Expert Rating
Features
10
Expert Rating

The Car Connection Expert Review

The 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid excels in fuel economy and front-seat comfort.

The car experts at TheCarConnection.com studied a wide range of road tests of the 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid to compile this conclusive review. TheCarConnection.com's resident green-car enthusiasts also drove the new Civic Hybrid to help you decide which reviews to trust where opinions differ, to add more impressions and details, and to provide you with the best information.

The 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid takes the basic four-door Civic and gives it 45-mpg capability, through a powertrain that teams gas and electric power.

The Civic Hybrid's powertrain consists of a 1.3-liter four mated to an IMA hybrid system. The engine by itself produces 93 horsepower, assisted by a 20-hp electric motor. The system actually has five modes that let the electrics and gas engine work together in different ways, including allowing the Civic Hybrid to run on electric power alone. The Civic Hybrid gets 40/45 mpg, compared to the larger Toyota Prius's higher city mileage of 48/45 mpg.

It takes a trained eye to tell the Hybrid apart from other Civics. The Hybrid's minor cosmetic changes include a small spoiler, clear turn-signal lenses, and blue lighting for the interior, as well as a wonderfully rich blue cloth interior and blue vinyl dash cap, different wheels, and turn indicators built into the sideview mirror housings. The sedan shape is shared with the gas-powered four-doors, and it makes some compromises to style. The front seats are comfortable, but the dash standing before them has an unusual double-decker style that makes you feel like you're piloting a video game. In the Hybrid, the futuristic look is somewhat fitting. However, the design leaves a lot of wasted space above the dash, and in back, the rear doors with small cutouts make it harder for backseat passengers to get in and out of the Hybrid. There's not an abundance of headroom in back, either.

The 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid handles differently than the sedan, thanks to electric power steering, skinny tires, and its continuously variable transmission (CVT). As with most Hybrids, there's a learning curve to the Civic, such as in getting used to the numbed steering feel, the lower cornering limits, and the drone of the gas engine (the CVT keeps the engine operating near peak efficiency). The ride is a bit busy, too.

Power locks and windows are standard, as well as a tilt/telescope steering wheel, remote keyless entry, steering-wheel audio controls, a 160-watt audio system with an auxiliary jack for your MP3 player, automatic climate control, and 15-inch wheels and tires. There is no folding rear seat, because the battery pack lives between the rear seats and the trunk. Options include satellite radio and a navigation system.

Every Civic gets dual airbags, side and side curtain airbags, and anti-lock brakes. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid as "good."

The Car Connection Consumer Review

Rate and Review your car for The Car Connection! Tell us your own ratings for a vehicle you own. Rate your car on Performance, Safety, Features and more.
Write a Review
Sunday, May 10, 2015
For 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid

2007 Honda Civic Hybrid

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
This car has been very dependable and when driven with hyper-mileing techniques can get as high as 52 miles per gallon. Good quality and fit. I wish it had come in stronger colors. Most of the colors are... + More »
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful? Yes
Monday, April 20, 2015
For 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid

Reliable car with good gas mileage

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
Couldn't ask for a better car for the price! We also own a 2004 Civic that runs like a top after 10 yrs with just normal maintenance (oil, filter and, tire changes). Our new 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid runs... + More »
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful? Yes
Monday, April 20, 2015
For 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid

It's been best car I've ever had.

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
I've only had two things wrong after 120k miles in 5 years. One was the door seal on the drivers side cracked after about 20,000 miles, then along about 63,000 the battery started throwing an error, both were... + More »
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful? Yes
See all user reviews »