2011 Honda Civic Fuel Economy

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Up until this year, the Honda Civic was one of the most fuel-efficient non-hybrids you could get, but it's been passed by several 2011 vehicles, including the Hyundai Elantra, Ford Fiesta, and Chevrolet Cruze—all of which get 40 mpg on the highway in at least some of their trims. But with city ratings of up to 26 and highway ratings of up to 36, the Civic is still very frugal, and a good green pick on a budget.

For those who like the Civic Sedan's packaging but want top-tier fuel economy—and maybe have a slightly larger budget—the Civic Hybrid is the pick of the lineup; with Honda's IMA mild-hybrid system, it achieves an EPA-rated 40 mpg city, 43 highway.

Civic Si models aren't nearly as good. Because of their deeper-breathing engine and lower gear ratios, which keep the engine revving, the Civic Si returns numbers in the low to mid 20s, according to our driving experience. That's not particularly green, even compared to other sport coupes.

The 2011 Honda Civic is a solid pick for the environmentally conscious; but the Civic Hybrid is in the top tier, and one of the most fuel-efficient 'normal' cars you can get.

There's also a limited-production natural gas version of the Civic, the GX. Honda says natural gas is about 35 percent cheaper than gasoline, and the Civic GX gets the gasoline equivalent of 24 mpg city, 36 highway, so you'll pay off any premium quite quickly. It's probably not the best choice for long-distance driving, however.

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