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Honda's new Civic Hybrid is set to go on sale October 19th. The Civic Hybrid will start at $21,850. If you want their navigation system, your Civic Hybrid will start at $23,350. The new 2006 model will come standard with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and is rated at 50/50 miles per gallon on the EPA's city/highway cycles. Those prices are very competitive. Could this be the first serious competitor to Pruis' stronghold on the hybrid market?

Honda Announces Pricing of 2006 Civic Hybrid with Improved Fuel Economy and Totally New Design
American Honda Motor Co., Inc., today announced the pricing of the completely redesigned 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid, the most economical and environmentally responsible gasoline-powered Civic ever. The 2006 Civic Hybrid, which achieves an EPA estimated city/highway fuel economy of 50/50 miles per gallon*, goes on sale October 19 with a price of $21,850, or $23,350 when equipped with Honda?s optional satellite linked navigation system.

Characterized by advanced new styling, Honda?s all-new Civic Hybrid also offers the latest in safety technology, as well an array of standard features, such as multiple audio entertainment choices, that increase content and value well beyond the 3.8 percent sales-weighted price increase over the 2005 model.

?The all-new 2006 model delivers the ultimate in efficient technology and heightened safety, with the highest fuel economy of any Civic at a time when fuel economy matters more than ever,? said Dick Colliver, executive vice president, automobile sales. ?It is the perfect example of how to balance the needs of our customers and the environment, while offering an unbeatable value.?

The latest generation of Honda?s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) technology allows the Civic to achieve an EPA estimated city/highway fuel economy of 50/50 miles per gallon* while achieving Advanced-Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) standards in all 50 states. Equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) as standard equipment for 2006, Civic Hybrid fuel economy increases by 6 percent in the city and 4 percent on the highway as compared to the 2005 Civic Hybrid with CVT and AT-PZEV certification. The Civic Hybrid can now deactivate all four of its cylinders and operate using only the electric motor in certain steady-state cruising situations. Compared to the 2006 Civic Sedan with an automatic transmission, the Civic Hybrid provides a city fuel economy increase of approximately 65 percent and a highway fuel economy increase of 25 percent.

Standard features on all 2006 Civic Hybrids include:

    * Advanced Compatibility Engineering(TM) (ACE(TM)) Body Structure
    * 1.3-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine with 20-horsepower electric motor (combined 110-horsepower @ 6000 rpm and 123 lb-ft. torque @1000-2500 rpm)
    * New lighter, more powerful and efficient Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system with greatly enhanced energy regeneration capability and electric-only operation
    * Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) as standard equipment
    * 50/50 mpg city/highway*
    * AT-PZEV emission technology in all 50 states
    * Exclusive interior styling includes IMA instrument panel meters, two-tone seating surfaces and new blue interior option

Honda first introduced U.S. consumers to hybrid technology with the Insight in December 1999. It launched its second hybrid vehicle, the Civic Hybrid, in March 2002, followed by the first-ever V6-powered hybrid, the Accord Hybrid, in December 2004. Destination and handling charges for all 2006 Honda vehicles are $550.

*(Preliminary EPA mileage estimates determined by Honda. Final EPA mileage estimates were not available at the time of printing. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage may vary.)

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      • 9 Years Ago
      People that buy hybrids in the name of saving the planet are the same idiots in the Sierra Club using the organization to make political statements. If you really want to be environmentally conscious, take mass transit. 20 people on a bus is a lot better than 20 hybrid cars on the road.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Spending nearly $5000 more for the "HEMI" and so forth on a mid-sized Chrysler instead of a small V6, is therefore TOTALLY retarded according to the logic put forth by Fred D, right, because there is a "negative" payback due to lower fuel consumption. And of course, a Mercedes-Benz is a lot more than $5000 more expensive than a Chrysler 300 even with it's optional Hemi V8, and we don't see anyone bitching about how the payback is not good. Yet, out of Chrysler, GM and Ford, only Chrysler are fairly certain to not be in bankruptcy court within 10 days. Even so, the Prius continues to very nearly outsell the Chrysler 300, and apparently, now does outsell the entire Mercury vehicle line-up of Ford Motor Company. It's enough to give one hope that people are starting to wake up. Sometimes you have to spend money to save money. The 21st Century variant of that now has to be sometimes you have to spend money to save the planet. Regulars to autoblog will know what I'm going to say next - I could have bought another mid-sized car for the $25,700 I spent on a 2005 Prius with group 4 options, but I chose to spend my money on the Prius instead. Thus, my "payback" for fuel economy is immediate. My Prius gets DOUBLE the mileage that our other non-hybrid mid-sized V6 2002 Hyundai Sonata obtains. 24 mpg versus 48-50 mpg. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, anti-hybridists. Your continued anti-hybrid mathematical formulas about "never making the money back" are getting really predictable and boring.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Richard, just in case you look back here on this website - and for anyone else interested - be aware that you'll want to take delivery of your new Civic on or after January 1st due to the much larger Federal tax relief (a tax credit of something like $2500-3000 for the Civic) instead of a $2000 deduction - worth maybe $400-600 - as I'll get on my '05 Prius in my '06 taxes. I think the Civic ia a good choice - see my entries, above, but I like my Prius and won't get rid of it. Yeah, commuting sux, thankfully mine is usually 30-45 minutes, but the Prius makes it easier becaause it is a "relaxing" car. No other word. Someone else asked about the stick-shift hybrid Civic - as I mentioned, I obtained a brochure for the '06 Civic including the hybrid - no stick shift any more. Probably not enough buyers to make it worth the extreme expense of certification etc., and the mileage may not have been any better so why bother?- is probably what Honda figured. It it's high performance you want, you could get an Accord V6 hybrid.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I like the new Civic, even though I just bought a new 2005 Prius in July. If I'd have had the choice between a 2006 Prius and 2006 Civic Hybrid, I'd personally still have taken the Prius (partly because of the extra flexibility in carrying things - as iQuack says, partly because I like the styling better). However, my wife, who is not fond of the big screen in the middle of the Prius instrument panel, is a prime candidate for a Civic Hybrid. Maybeeeeeee........ Wonder if the Civic Hybrid could tow a 500 pound canoe trailer? The 2006 Civic Hybrid brochure I picked up today didn't say. Anyone from Honda out there? Give us an answer.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'm going to stick by the fact that if these two (2) (Prius/Civic Hybrid) fairly "dinky" cars can't obtain 75mpg, then its a waste of time. I dont hate hybrids, just ones that cant do 75mpg.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Again, no one is taking into account the long list of additional standard options on a Civic Hybrid (that is, if the new generation is anything like the last). Also, brakes do not need to be replaced nearly as frequently, oil does not need to be changed as frequently, etc. Furthermore, what is your time worth? considering you'd spend 1/3 or 1/4 less time at the pump each year. There was another significant item that hasn't been mentioned yet either, but I forgot. I'd also be interested in insurance rates for the Civic sedan vs. the Hybrid.
      • 9 Years Ago
      http://www.carsdirect.com/build/options?zipcode=03110&acode=USB60HOC021C0&restore=false Civic Hybrid = 22,400 (with dest) Civc EX auto = 17,741 (carsdirect) --------------------------- Hybrid costs $4,659 more. The Civic hybrid will remain at sticker+ for quite a while. Let's say the hybrid gets 45mpg, which equals .089 cents per mile with gas at $4.00/gallon. The Civic EX gets 35mpg, which equals .114 cents per mile with gas at $4.00/gallon. Even if you get the $2,000 tax credit, it will take over 105,000 miles to break even. With gas at a more reasonable $3.00 per gallon, it will take 140,000 miles to break even. And that's not taking into consideration a few other important issues, such as the cost of money factor and the (almost mandatory) cost of an extended warranty on a hybrid. If one doesn't spring for the warranty and a hybrid component fails, get out the vaseline....
      • 9 Years Ago
      Those nearly solid rims look like they don't cool the brakes nearly enough... Of course, one shouldn't be tracking this car anyways, but still...
      • 9 Years Ago
      To be fair, one should really compare list price to list price: $21,850-$18,260 = $3,590. Whatever. I'm sick of this endless debate. Think of it this way, if buying a hybrid employs additional Americans, and takes $1000 per year out of the hands of the Saudis, how much is that worth? I like the look of the new Civics, so a hybrid just makes it even better. I like the stealthiness of the hybridity - what goes on under the hood of my car is my business, and I don't need to be judged by others. The Prius does have that huge cargo area and hatchback though, so it is more versitile. Tough call.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's very easy to make the argument that hybrids don't make the money back over time, but lets be fair... Americans don't buy cars to make their money back over time, so why do you have to bash hybrids because they don't? When was the last time you questioned someone's economics who opted for a V6 Accord over the regular 4 cylinder Accord? The bottom line is that the car buyer who spends more money on a bigger engine wants more performance. That's the same way with hybrids, except you substitute the urge for performance with efficiency and way better emissions. What's wrong with that? No one mentioned yet that even in your economics calculations... emissions. What's it worth to you that your car puts out 90% fewer smog forming emissions than a regular car? That's what these are, AT-PZEVs. Boo hoo... cry me a river that SUVs are being bashed. Now you know how Prius owners feel.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Honestly... It get's 50 mpg combined, it's new but with refined thecnology that works goos, with an extended warranty for peace of mind, I could see considering this car after my Chevy Malibu lease is up. My car gets 26 mpg average, over 35MPG highway (yeah, not horrible) BUT if I can double that and pay $22K for one of these, same price as the Malibu I'd be passing up a pretty good deal. When I am done owning it, more efficient technology will be available, I'll get the next latest and greatesr BUT my Honda (not my Chevy) will actually be worth something??!! Even with high miles??!!
      • 9 Years Ago
      #17 In respectfully arguing you, I think we should hold a 1/2 battery car to a higher standard than a Chrysler 300, Charger, etc.
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