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Inhabitat Takes a Spin in the New 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid

by , 08/23/11

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There are a lot of hybrid sedans out on the market these days, but the 2012 Civic Hybrid just happens to be the most fuel-efficient one available in the U.S. Inhabitat recently had an opportunity to take the new sedan out – complete with the new Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid drivetrain – and we have to admit that we enjoyed the ride. The new features and technology available in the 2012 Civic Hybrid offer a fuel economy rating of 44 mpg across the board for city/highway/combined driving — up from the 40/43/41 miles of the 2011 Civic. The 2012 design also features sleeker styling and the interior comes equipped with both cloth and a sustainably sourced leather alterative.

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The 2012 Civic Hybrid is the only hybrid sedan on the market that carries a lithium-ion battery — which takes up ½ as much space as nickel-metal hydride batteries (NiMH). The manufacturing process of Lithium-Ion batteries also happens to be the least energy intensive when compared to the other battery manufacturing processes.

This is also the first time that Honda has installed the ECON button on all civic models (with the exception of the Si sports model). With the ECON button engaged on any model, drivers will actually feel what it is like to drive the car more efficiently, and fuel economy will be maximized. If you are looking to get the most out of the gas you put into your vehicle, consider taking the Honda Civic Hybrid for a test drive yourself.

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5 Comments

  1. msyin August 25, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    The new Toyota Prius does get better millage and the fact that 44mpg across the board is thought to be so wonderful is more than a little disappointing from a company that made its’ name for resale value, dependability and millage years ago. 44 could be considered the least it could do to be honest but I will say, the EPA standard test, indicate the millage an average driver would get in that car. If you regularly and properly drive a hybrid, you should always be able to get better than what the sticker says. I get over 53mpg in the city with the AC in my Prius but I don’t drive like everyone else, meaning running up to catch a red light, over the speed limit in town of 35 and I know how to coast. If you know your lights, you can avoid having to stop at a red light. I got two on my way home yesterday, but there were many more than that on my commute.
    A hybrid requires a different mindset and skill to get the best out of it, having said that, 44 in “real world driving” is not great.

  2. millencolinf2f August 24, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Plus isn’t the 2011 Toyota Prius rated at 51/48mpg, which would still take the cake over 44mpg.

  3. dick nellis August 24, 2011 at 8:42 am

    It is rated for 44 MPG, BUT what does it get on the road?
    In the 1950′s and 60′s I drove a 1959 Nash Metropolitan which got 39 MPG on the road.
    I now drive a 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid, that gets 32.5 MPG and the Honda Co. says to only using fuel without ethanol. Which is not available in New York State.
    My second (preferred) car is a Buick Lucerne which gets 29.7 MPG and rides like a cloud instead of a tank.
    When I lived in Greece in 1969 I drove a Fiat 500 that got about 70 to 80 MPG on what ever gas I put in it. It had a 3 gal gas tank and I would buy gas every third week.

  4. dick nellis August 24, 2011 at 8:33 am

    It is rated for 44 MPG, BUT what does it get on the road?
    In the 1960′s I drove a 1959 Nash Metropolitan which got 39 MPG of regular gas – over the road.
    I now drive a 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid, that gets 32.5 MPG over the road, and the Honda Co. says to only using fuel without ethanol. Which is not available in New York State.
    My second (preferred) car is a 2007 Buick Lucerne which gets 29.7 MPG and rides like a cloud instead of a tank.

  5. Richard Pols August 23, 2011 at 3:32 am

    I’m not really convinced….

    44mpg is not really all that efficient….and given that Hybrids generally have a large embedded carbon(environmental)footprint…it would be premature to call this a Green car….

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