Road Test: 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid Is An Intelligent Hauler

April 30, 2010
The 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid is the gas/electric vehicle for people who don’t want to call attention to their eco-consciousness or desire to save money on gas. It is also for people who don’t necessarily revel in being able to sneak up on people in parking lots in silent electric mode all the time like Prius drivers do.

The 2010 Civic Hybrid we tested was sometimes in electric only mode at very low speeds thanks to its 15-kilowatt electric motor (the Insight makes do with a 10-killowatt motor thereby making it less expensive) but mainly the sewing machine smooth gas motor was doing its share of the accelerative work. All Civic hybrid models are equipped with a CVT automatic transmission.

The 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid also has a stop/start function which turns the engine off at stop lights saving thereby giving the sedan a 40 city/45 highway rating. During the test our 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid returned an excellent 42 miles per gallon. The Civic Hybrid runs of regular unleaded gas.

The best part about the Civic Hybrid is the fact that it is a Civic sedan. That means it is smartly styled, roomy, handles nimbly and has great steering feel. This hybrid is definitely more fun to drive than the sometimes remote feeling Prius. The four cylinder engine and electric motor put out 110 horsepower and 123 pound feet of torque giving the Civic hybrid adequate acceleration for most any situation.

Trunk space, while not cavernous, is usefully shaped and offers 10.4 cubic feet of cargo space. Where the Civic really shines is in rear seat room. This compact somehow manages to afford enough space for three full size adults.

Prices start at $23,800 for a basic model that comes fully equipped with power windows, door locks, CVT auto, automatic temperature control and everything you really need. The only options are leather and navigation or leather together with navigation which can push the price up to $27,000.

Whereas the Prius makes a ton of sense if you do a lot of stop and go city driving, the Civic Hybrid makes the most sense as a family commuter for people who travel long distances each day to and from work. And since it is a Civic you can trust that it is well built and incredibly fun to drive.

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