Compare 2009 Honda Civic vs 2008 Toyota Prius

2009 Honda Civic
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2-Door Automatic DX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic DX 25 36 $14,846 $16,105
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX 25 36 $18,515 $20,105
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX w/Navi 25 36 $20,349 $22,105
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX-L 25 36 $19,936 $21,655
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX-L w/Navi 25 36 $21,771 $23,655
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic LX 25 36 $16,635 $18,055
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual DX 26 34 $14,112 $15,305
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual EX 26 34 $17,781 $19,305
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual EX w/Navi 26 34 $19,615 $21,305
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual EX-L 26 34 $19,203 $20,855
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual EX-L w/Navi 26 34 $21,037 $22,855
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual LX 26 34 $15,901 $17,255
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual Si 21 29 $20,166 $21,905
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual Si w/Navi 21 29 $22,000 $23,905
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual Si w/Navi & Summer Tires 21 29 $22,184 $24,105
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual Si w/Summer Tires 21 29 $20,349 $22,105
Civic Hybrid 4-Door Sedan 40 45 $21,766 $23,650
Civic Hybrid 4-Door Sedan w/Leather 40 45 $22,867 $24,850
Civic Hybrid 4-Door Sedan w/Navi 40 45 $23,601 $25,650
Civic Hybrid 4-Door Sedan w/Navi & Leather 40 45 $24,701 $26,850
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic DX 25 36 $15,029 $16,305
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic DX-VP 25 36 $15,717 $17,055
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic EX 25 36 $18,515 $20,105
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic EX w/Navi 25 36 $20,349 $22,105
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic EX-L 25 36 $19,936 $21,655
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic EX-L w/Navi 25 36 $21,771 $23,655
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic GX 24 36 $23,746 $25,190
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic LX 25 36 $16,818 $18,255
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic LX-S 25 36 $17,368 $18,855
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual DX 26 34 $14,296 $15,505
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual DX-VP 26 34 $14,984 $16,255
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual EX 26 34 $17,781 $19,305
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual EX w/Navi 26 34 $19,615 $21,305
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual EX-L 26 34 $19,203 $20,855
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual EX-L w/Navi 26 34 $21,037 $22,855
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual LX 26 34 $16,084 $17,455
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual LX-S 26 34 $16,635 $18,055
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual Si 21 29 $20,349 $22,105
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual Si w/Navi 21 29 $22,184 $24,105
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual Si w/Navi & Summer Tires 21 29 $22,367 $24,305
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual Si w/Summer Tires 21 29 $20,533 $22,305
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5-Door HB
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Prius 5-Door HB 48 45 $21,064 $22,875
Prius 5-Door HB Base 48 45 $20,210 $21,500
Prius 5-Door HB Touring 48 45 $21,816 $23,770
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,846
$21,064
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,105
$22,875
Monthly Payment Estimate
$268 / month
$381 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Honda Civic is a very livable fuel-economy champ. The 2008 Toyota Prius isn’t that entertaining a car to drive, but it delivers exceptional fuel economy and a roomy interior.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 48 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 45 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Mid-size
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 51.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
83.7 96.2
Second Leg Room (in)
30.3 38.6
Front Head Room (in)
38.0 39.1
Second Hip Room (in)
49.2 51.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 55.0
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
35.1 37.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.1 52.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.6 41.9
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.1 58.3
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 106.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 26.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.9 67.9
Track Width, Front (in)
59.0 59.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.6
Length, Overall (in)
175.5 175.0
Height, Overall (in)
55.0 58.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.5 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 14.4
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
7.9 x - TBD - 7.9 x 1.2
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x - TBD - 10.0 x 0.9
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Regenerative
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 11.9
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.73 4.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
13.62 16.4 - 18.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 34.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr rack & pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P185/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P185/65R15
Spare Tire Size
Compact T125/70D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2652 2932
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 16 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.3 8.2
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 6.5
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 272
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
128 @ 4300 82 @ 4200/295 @ 0 - 1200
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.8L/110 1.5L/91
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
140 @ 6300 76 @ 5000/67 @ 1200 - 1540
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas/Electric I4
Fuel System
MPFI EFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 45
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 48
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 -
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.02 NA
Trans Type
5 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.53 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA Automatic
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.96 - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.53 NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.44 3.93
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.72 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic CVT
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.67 NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Honda Civic Cpe Toyota Prius
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 5 Door Liftback
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - 25
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA 0.83
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - 30.2
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.0 0.79
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer bar
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 -

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