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Compare 2009 Honda Civic vs 2008 Toyota Prius

2009 Honda Civic
2008 Toyota Prius
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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
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.5 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 14.4
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- - TBD -
Brakes
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
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
7.9 x - TBD - 7.9 x 1.2
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 11.9
Steering
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
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.73 4.0
Tires
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
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P185/65R15
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2652 2932
Wheels
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
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Front 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 Horsepower @ RPM
140 @ 6300 76 @ 5000/67 @ 1200 - 1540
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas/Electric I4
Fuel System
MPFI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
128 @ 4300 82 @ 4200/295 @ 0 - 1200
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.8L/110 1.5L/91
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 48
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 45
Transmission
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
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.02 NA
Trans Type
5 1
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 5 Door Liftback
Vehicle Name
Honda Civic Cpe Toyota Prius
Suspension
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
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 -

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