Facts about Honda Civic Hybrid Car. The Honda Civic Hybrid is a hybrid version of the best selling Honda Civic compact car.
History of Honda Civic Hybrid Car
The original Honda Civic Coupe came out in 1972. That version was a subcompact car. The second generation of the Civic came out in 1979. The third rolled out in 1983. The fourth generation came out in 1988. The fifth generation of the Civic came out in 1992. The sixth generation was released in 1996. The car changed into a compact car in the 2001 model year, with the seventh generation of the car. In 2011, the first Honda Civic Hybrid also came out, based on the Honda Civic sedan design. The eighth generation of the Civic came out in 2006. The ninth generation started production in 2011. The tenth generation of the car came out in the 2016 model year.
Honda has regularly sold 200,000 to 400,000 Honda Civics a year for the past twenty years. However, it only sold a few thousand Honda Civic hybrids per year.
In 2013, a hatchback version of the Honda Civic hybrid started selling in Europe.
Honda discontinued the Honda Civic Hybrid option in the 2016 model year. It decided to focus on design changes to the main Honda Civic line to raise its fuel efficiency over 40 miles per gallon, a fuel efficiency it is already close to meeting.
Design of Honda Civic Hybrid Car
The hybrid Civic used an Integrated Motor Assist mild-hybrid system. This is similar to the hybrid system that was used in the Honda Insight.
Otherwise, the car is a standard front engine, front wheel drive car. It uses a CVT transmission and has an automatic gear shift.
Performance of Honda Civic Hybrid Car
The Honda Civic Hybrid gets around 44 miles per gallon in the city and 47 miles per gallon on the highway. In contrast, the Honda Civic Coupe gets around 29 miles per gallon in the city and 38 miles per gallon on the highway.
The Honda Civic Hybrid's in-city driving fuel efficiency is almost as good as the highway fuel efficiency because it automatically shuts off the engine when stopped at a traffic light and uses regenerative braking to recharge the battery.
In 2015, there was a $2,500 state purchase rebate for buying electric cars and hybrid vehicles like the Honda Civic hybrid in California. Georgia has a similar state tax rebate for buying an electric or hybrid vehicle.
For California buyers, owners of the Honda Civic Hybrid can use the carpool lane even if it is only the driver in the car, a great perk giving California’s traffic. The state credits, which depend on where you live, are in addition to the $7,500 federal income tax credit. Tax credits, unlike tax deductions, mean you actually get money back on your taxes if you didn’t not owe more money to the state, such that you get a refund if you owed less in taxes than the tax credit.
Rivals of Honda Civic Hybrid Car
Honda Civic Hybrid rivals include the Honda Accord Hybrid, Toyota Camry Hybrid, Chevy Volt hybrid, Audi A3 e-tron, Hyndai Sonata plug-in hybrid, Honda Insight, Toyota Avalon hybrid, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Ford C-Max energi, and Toyota Prius. Its rival the Kia Soul EV is available in Georgia, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, and Texas.
Trivia about Honda Civic Hybrid Car
Honda kept the CR-Z hybrid sport coupe in its lineup in the 2016 model year, the last surviving hybrid by Honda for that year. However, it is a low volume car.
The Honda Civic Hybrid occasionally placed second to the Toyota Prius as the top selling hybrid car.
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