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2015 Honda Civic Hybrid

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/30/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid is unchanged.

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Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid is powered by a 1.5-liter hybrid inline-four with a total system output of 110 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque that's paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Fuel economy is the Civic Hybrid's forte: It's rated at 44/47 mpg city/highway.

Overview

With a curb weight of less than 3,000 pounds, the Civic Hybrid is easy to maneuver, but its lack of grip means its handling limits are low. Steering is a weak point since there's little feedback, and the suspension and tires produce quite a bit of noise and detract from the car's overall refinement. Performance isn't a strong point -- the Civic Hybrid's powertrain is optimized to deliver maximum fuel economy, meaning it accelerates in a leisurely manner.

Interior fit and finish is acceptable with decent materials across the board, especially in upper trim levels with leather seats and navigation. The 2015 Civic Hybrid's cabin layout is simple but modern and logical with easy-to-use controls for the infotainment system and climate controls. However, the graphics on the optional navigation system are dated compared to the competition. Pairing mobile phones and streaming audio via Bluetooth, on the other hand, is easy and hassle-free.

The 2015 Civic Hybrid has a five-star overall safety score from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) and is considered a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, scoring Good on five testing categories. (Good is the highest possible score.) Forward collision warning and lane departure warning are standard on all Hybrid models.

What We Think

For those who prioritize gas mileage, the Honda Civic Hybrid is a good choice. The fuel economy-focused powertrain comes at the sacrifice of driving dynamics, as we noted in a 2013 First Test review, because the car's tires don't provide much grip when taking corners and the engine provides little power for accelerating, overtaking, and merging maneuvers. The cabin's layout and design is simple but logical, with an infotainment system that is "responsive and easy to figure out." However, as we noted in a comparison test among five hybrid and diesel sedans, the graphics on the optional navigation system and information screen look dated. The Civic Hybrid placed fourth in that comparison because of excessive tire noise, "suspension-impact thwacks," lowest observed fuel economy at 37 mpg, dated cabin electronics, and quality interior materials.

You'll Like

  • Impressive fuel economy
  • Great visibility
  • Logically laid-out dash and center stack

You Won't Like

  • Noisy cabin
  • Abrupt engine stop-start system
  • Dated graphics on the optional navigation system

Key Competitors

  • Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
  • Toyota Prius
  • Chevrolet Cruze Diesel
  • Volkswagen Jetta TDI

Rating

2 star

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