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.)