• Apr 25, 2011
2012 Honda Civic Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

The 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid is officially rated at 44/44/44 city/highway/combined, but the folks over at Hybrid Cars have squeezed 68.7 mpg out of their test unit.

By using some hypermiling techniques on a ten-mile course consisting of country lanes, some light highway motoring and with a handful of stoplights along the route, Hybrid Cars achieved what it calls the "upper limit" of what any 2012 Civic Hybrid driver should expect in terms of fuel economy. At an impressive 68.7 mpg, the Civic Hybrid is certainly a fuel-sipping vehicle if driven using some gas-saving techniques, but the real fuel economy tests will come when everyday Joes slot in behind the wheel and pilot Honda's hybrid sedan under more "normal" driving conditions. Until then, let's just say that the fuel economy rating of the 2012 Civic Hybrid slightly improves upon the 40/43/41 numbers sported by the 2011 model.



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[Source: Hybrid Cars]


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      Jason
      • 3 Years Ago
      i don't care. How does it do in the REAL world in REAL traffic? How will it perform after 3 - 4 years of REAL world duty? Until I see reliability go up, Honda's hybrid system is still a bust, even with a LiIon battery upgrade, vs. Toyota's and I will not own another Civic Hybrid again.
        MM
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jason
        You can knock Honda on being a little conservative with their styling or maybe you can think they could have gotten a few more mpg's to compete with Prius or many other things. But reliability? Really? I mean come on dude! I would estimate that half of Hondas sold are because of their reputation for reliability and resale.
          Jason
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MM
          I would say after owning an 07 HCH for 4 years, and having the battery to the point the hybrid system was shut down or diminished half the time driving it, and hondas solution was a software patch instead of fessing up and fixing it, that their hybrid system is unreliable. period. I'm not knocking their mechanical side of things, I have an 03 odyssey with over 100K miles and we plan on driving it to 200k, but their hybrids are simply under engineered to meet real world demands vs. Toyota's system.
      Unni
      • 3 Years Ago
      Any one know why GM's eassist fails to get the high city mileage similar to IMA ( IMA is also a mild hybrid system but get a very high city mileage ) Some way Honda is still impressive because they reached the 40 mpg with 5 speed and without DI. They would have looked like a star if they used 6 speed and came with a 45 mpg.
        Jim1961
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Unni
        I'm no expert on these things but I have an educated guess. I think the CVT in the Honda may be why it gets better city MPG than the GM mild hybrid. The CVT is more efficient for acceleration and it's probably a more efficient way to transmit the kinetic energy during regenerative braking.
      Marcopolo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sorry guys, i think Honda has really lost the plot with this kind of nonsense. The problem is that Honda, a very early hybrid producer, lost the race against Toyota, not so much for technical reasons, but a different approach to marketing. Toyota, defied the conventional wisdom of the time and developed the up-market Prius Hybrid, followed by Lexus hybrids. Honda tried to appeal to all the 'green' enthusiasts and tried to sell the technology in the smallest cheapest Honda, The result is obvious. Toyota, having conquered the Hybrid market, is moving to match Volt, where Honda is left behind. Even Mitsubishi and Nissan have passed Honda. This sort of stunt will persuade very few buyers,to purchase Honda.
      Richard
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love my Prius. I can get 67 MPG just reasonably cruising (without hypermiling) at 68 MPH. I'd rather spend that excessive weekly gas money I'm saving on something else, like a Roth IRA. I can't afford to turn that $400 a month, that I'm saving, into carbon dioxide. If you can, good for you !
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Richard
        Better save all the money you're not paying for gas to help the cost of replacing your batteries when they wear out. You'll need it.
        vlady1000
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Richard
        Save $400/mo!!! you must be driving at least 70,000miles/year to get that. Nothing worse than somebody bragging they are doing the rifght thing when driving a zillion miles per year. Hate to tell you, but I do not even spend $250/mo in gas for a Vette and my Truck together (I drive both depending on the day). Try moving closer to work if you really want to save gas!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      CUTE CAR!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yes "Bkin 1953"....I remember when deisel was 13 cents a gallon and gas was double that..!!!! Amazing how the left-over crap from maufacturing gasoline can now be more than gas.....You figure.......Oh that's right, we're americans and not suppose to know what the hell is going on.......as the Statue of Liberty says, " send us your huddled masses and your crap" well we got them and most don't know sh*t so they just shut-up..........very sad
      • 3 Years Ago
      Check out the new Chevy Volt - it gets up to 60mpg - however if your daily travel is less than 35 miles a day - you'll NEVER USE A DROP OF GAS. The best part? It's AMERICAN MADE BITCHES! Muah ha ha ha haaa - suck on that TOYOTA! lol (if you get offended off this - well..um...too bad?)
        mmrgregoire
        • 3 Years Ago
        None of the electronics, including the battery, are made in the US. AND making one electric car battery creates more polution than a comporable combustion engine economy vehicle will in its lifetime.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great when all cars Http://www.hybridcarplace.com get that kind of mileage.
      Mike123
      • 3 Years Ago
      I gave the guy at the gas pump $100 yesterday to fill up my 2011 Cadillac Escalade. The pump stopped at $100 and 7/8 of a tank. I'll pay the extra $ to ride around comfortably in my SUV, while you spend 45K on a car the size of my truck to get an extra few mpg.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike123
        Ha. It costs a little over $200 to fill my Excursion. I'd take $100 any day.
      harleydavid105
      • 3 Years Ago
      I get 45-50mpg on my Harley. Way more fun and American made.
        bloodties
        • 3 Years Ago
        @harleydavid105
        What you failed to mention is that most harley,s use high octane which is atleast 30cents more thanregular,PLus the fact your tires wear in 10,000 miles .So where is the saving mister ego drivin harley rider
          vlady1000
          • 3 Years Ago
          @bloodties
          But then he never has to fix many other components (No A/C, no power seats, windows, locks, etc). No front end alignments, tie rods, etc. No broken glass, etc. A bike is much simplier to maintain, no inteior to maintain or repair...... And one can of wax goes much further........
          harleydavid105
          • 3 Years Ago
          @bloodties
          I get 15,000 to 16,000 miles on the rear tire and 20,000 miles on the front. And I only have to buy 1 at a time.
      hoop
      • 3 Years Ago
      60 MPG with old technology....??? Hybrids are a recycle joke. I had a 94 civic VX that rusted itself into the ground, but on the last trip I took in it before heading to the junkyard.....couldnt get it inspected anymore due to frame rust.... it still got 60MPG in a 300 mile loop to Albany NY involving both 2 lane and interstate highway. It had over 300K miles on it and never had the valve cover off of the VTEC engine. Car was around 9 grand new and was light with no extra batteries or high tech wizbang. seated 5 in a pinch, 4 comfortably, had AC and was basic straightforward transportation.... but got 55-60 all day long - 15 years ago!!!!! Better MPG could be achieved if the insurance companies would allow the excess weight of their cost savers be removed. Weight =less MPG.... If I could find another one of those I would buy it in a heartbeat....
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