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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