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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
high quality design
occasional whirring and beeping noises
Car and Driver
materials are of high quality
The futuristic interior styling of the 2010 Honda Civic seems appropriate for the Civic Hybrid model. Editors at TheCarConnection.com find the front seats comfortable, but the dash ahead of them has an unusual double-decker style that makes drivers feel like they're piloting a video game. Combined with a steeply raked windshield, that leaves a lot of wasted space above the dash. The interior of the 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid has "room for five," according to Cars.com. Up front, Kelley Blue Book reviewers call the 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid's seats "comfortable," but Car and Driver writers deem their backrests "uncomfortable to the point of being a deal breaker" since "Honda has decided not to offer adjustable lumbar support." J.D. Power finds that "the Hybrid is very comfortable save one exception: the location of the parking brake handle," which can dig into the driver's right leg.
With relatively small door openings, it can be a challenge for backseat passengers to get in and out of the Hybrid. There's not a ton of headroom in back, either. ConsumerGuide contends that the rear seats in the 2010 Hybrid offer "decent adult headroom," though "knee space is tight with the front seats far aft." Edmunds does note, however, that "the rear floor is flat all the way across, making the middle passenger's life easier." Unlike other Civic sedans, the 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid doesn't offer a folding rear seat-because the battery pack sits between the rear seatback and the trunk. ConsumerGuide calls the Hybrid's interior storage "very good," but its reviewers miss the "folding rear seatback" removed from the Civic Hybrid. The battery pack also reduces cargo space. Edmunds reports that it leaves "about 10" cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk versus "12 cubic feet of trunk space" on traditional Honda Civics.
The Honda Civic Hybrid features an appealing and well-crafted interior, highlighted by a "laudable mix of high-grade plastics and fabrics" and "up-market feel" in the cabin, according to ConsumerGuide. Edmunds also notes that the interior "materials are of high quality" and the car as a whole is well crafted. Kelley Blue Book remarks that the interior of this 2010 Honda features excellent storage, thanks to "a voluminous center console/armrest." But the continuously variable transmission "promotes pronounced engine noise in rapid acceleration," says J.D. Power, whose reviewer hears an "odd warble" on acceleration. Car and Driver too comments that "occasional whirring and beeping noises" occur during driving, calling them "odd but not annoying." ConsumerGuide, however, contends that the Hybrid's sound suppression is "near the top of the class" when cruising.
The well-crafted 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid offers good interior space, though the rear seat is somewhat cramped and hard to reach.