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Honda Civic Hybrid
2006 Honda Civic Hybrid
Automotive industryHonda
AssemblySuzuka, Mie, Japan
Car classificationCompact car
Car body style4-door Sedan (car)
Automobile layoutFF layout
RelatedHonda Civic
Main article: Honda Civic

The Honda Civic Hybrid is a Hybrid electric version of the Honda Civic Sedan (car). Honda added a Continuously variable transmission and an Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system similar to that of the Insight, creating a fuel efficient hybrid Sedan (car). It is an Hybrid Vehicle Drivetrains.

It was first introduced in February 2002 as a 2003 model, based on the seventh generation Civic. Along with the conventional Civic, it received updated styling for 2004. Due to a delay in rolling out the succeeding Hybrid, the first generation Hybrid continued to be sold alongside the eight generation Civics for several months in 2006. The second generation Civic Hybrid is based on the eighth generation Civic, with styling differences between the USDM and JDM Hybrids.



1st Generation (2003-2005 Model)

First generation
2003 Honda Civic Hybrid (US)
Internal combustion engine1.3 L Straight-4 SOHC
Transmission (mechanics)Continuously variable transmission
5-speed Manual transmission
Wheelbase103.1 in (2619 mm)
Length2003: 174.6 in (4435 mm)
2004-05: 175.4 in (4455 mm)
Width67.5 in (1715 mm)
Height2003: 56.7 in (1440 mm)
2004-05: 56.3 in (1430 mm)
Fuel capacity13.2  US gal. / 50 litres
RelatedHonda Civic
Honda CR-V
Honda Element
Acura RSX
Honda Integra
Acura EL
2004-2005 Honda Civic Hybrid (US)
  • 1.3 L single overhead cam i-DSI Lean burn Internal-combustion engine with VTEC Cylinder Cut-off System, which allows up to three cylinders to cease operation during deceleration. This decreases friction losses generated by engine aspiration and allows more effective regeneration of energy.
  • 15 kW (20 hp) brushless, permanent magnet assist Electric motor, which functions as a Electrical generator during deceleration and loads (recharges) batteries.
  • 120 V NiMH Battery (electricity) with 6.0 A·h capacity.
  • Honda Multimatic S Continuously variable transmission or 5-speed Manual transmission (latter available only in USA).
  • SULEV or optional AT-PZEV certification by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
  • Low rolling resistance tires (P185/70R14) on aluminum rims and Regenerative braking.
  • Electric power-steering.
  • Does not need to be plugged in (nor is a factory plugin available).

2nd Generation (2006-Present Model)

Second generation
2006-2008 Honda Civic Hybrid (US)
Internal combustion enginegas: 1.3 L Straight-4 SOHC
electric: 156 Volt 15 KW
Transmission (mechanics)Continuously variable transmission
Wheelbase106.3 in (2700 mm)
Length2006-08: 176.7 in (4488 mm)
2009-: 177.3 in (4503 mm)
Width69.0 in (1753 mm)
Height56.3 in (1430 mm)
Fuel capacity12.4  US gal. / 47 litres
RelatedHonda Civic
Honda CR-V
Honda Element
Acura RSX
Honda Integra
Acura CSX
Note: only advancements specified, those items remaining the same not mentioned.
  • 4th generation IMA (Integrated Motor Assist).
  • 1.3 L single overhead cam Straight-4 gas engine same as before; yet, there is now the addition of high profile camshaft. This increases power to 93 hp (69 kW) @ 6000 rpm.
  • Addition of third stage of I-VTEC and VCM (Variable Cylinder Management) permits deactivation of all four cylinders when decelerating and constant cruising. This allows the car to run only on electric power for the first time.
  • Manual transmission option discontinued.
  • EPA increase to 40 Miles per gallon (5.9 L/100 km, 16.94 km/L) city, 45 Miles per gallon (5.2 L/100 km, 19.23 km/L) highway.[1]
  • 15-inch lightweight alloy wheels (would later be made part of the conventional Civic DX-G package as well)

Comparison of the Civic with the Toyota Prius

Civic Hybrid is frequently compared to the Toyota Prius. The Civic Hybrid has a smaller but more powerful gasoline engine (1.3L 95BHP), versus (1.5L 76BHP) for the Prius. The Civic's electronic assist motor is (20BHP), while the Prius has a significantly more powerful electronic motor, (67BHP). The Prius is credited as having better fuel mileage. The base-MSRP for the Civic is (US) $22,600[2] ,and the Prius base-MSRP is $21,500 to $23,770.[3]


The Civic Hybrid's engine won the International Engine of the Year "1 litre to 1.4 litre" size category award for three years straight from 2002 through 2004 as well as the "Best Fuel Economy" category for 2003 and 2004. It has won Motor Trend 2006 Car of the Year award, along with the rest of the Civic range.

See also

  • Honda FCX (Hydrogen vehicle).
  • Diesel-electric locomotive
  • Hybrid electric vehicle
  • List of hybrid vehicles


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