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~ spending a main and an ext than five hundred miles v a 2008 Honda civic Hybrid, we walked away extensively impressed. Although rated in ~ 40 city / 45 highway miles per gallon (MPG), we were may be to easily exceed those numbers, landing 46.2 MPG combined.

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Vanquish the think of the small lightweight high-MPG Civics of yore (youth) … The roomy 2008 civic has grown right into adulthood and the Hybrid sit proudly in ~ the height of the range.

The civic Hybrid is an ideal commuter’s car, achieve its ideal mileage the end on the highway, uneven the Prius, Altima Hybrid, and Camry Hybrid, which deliver much better mileage in the the city. The function of the electric motor in Honda’s incorporated Motor aid (IMA) mechanism is come to provide oomph under acceleration. While the public Hybrid turn off its petrol engine under at stoplights (like its competitors), that does not have the ability to crawl away from a stop and also around town solely under electric propulsion.

As with any kind of vehicle, an invest of time is compelled to learn just how to attain the ideal fuel economy. The uncluttered gauges in the civic Hybrid do that learning curve short. While doing not have a big fancy animated LCD screen, the digital MPG and also Assist/Charge gauges provide instant feedback. Honda made decision to give up the cartoon for the benefits of simplicity, to great effect.

The cockpit is cleanly designed, v a touch the whimsy in the fabrics. It’s a familiar spaceship. The dashboard display is plainly wrapped roughly the driver, utilizing a two-level system that curve the gauges about the steering wheel. V the digital speedometer and MPG gauge just below the windshield, you’ll have the ability to keep her eyes ~ above the road while monitoring your fuel efficiency.

The civic Hybrid doesn’t look choose a hybrid. When the internal is room age, the exterior offers few visual clues to the hybrid soul.

It’s low-key, stealthy environment-friendly …

… come be continued …

– through Daniel Gray

March 25th, 2008

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16 comments ↓

#1Larry on 05.05.08 in ~ 9:35 pm

I confirm out several vehicles, determined on the Hybrid Civic because of the reputation, gas mileage, and also built in the USA, which several of the competitors cannot tout.

#2Paul on 05.08.08 in ~ 3:37 pm

Hey….I assumed the 08 Honda civic Hybrid was purely make in Japan..not the USA?

#3Kathryn on 05.19.08 at 12:20 pm

I have had actually my civic hybrid for 2 wks., and also under city/hwy conditions, i am just averaging 30.2 mpg. I have actually been told that I will not attain the 40 mpg promised till I have driven it because that approx 6,000 miles. I have not seen any kind of info about this in any material around this car. In ~ this time, ns am sorry i did not purchase a Prius.

#4Kim on 05.20.08 at 7:05 pm

Have had actually my 08 public Hybrid for 4 days. Auto is awesome. I am acquiring 42-43 mpg with blended driving. Many thanks for the pointers on this website. Offered me an idea just how to drive it. As lengthy as you journey it with light acceleration you should be gaining at the very least 40 mpg.

#5Philip on 06.26.08 at 3:46 pm

I’ve own the 08 public Hybrid for 3 weeks. I reap it everytime and also never once regret. I have been acquiring 45.7mpg blended driving. I love the looks especially its inner arrangement and ergonomic. The journey is quiet, nimble, and also fun.

#6Kim on 07.03.08 in ~ 7:36 pm

Update ~ above gas mileage.I have actually learned to journey the vehicle for better gas mileage and also have improved to 51mpg city.I usage the cruise control a lot.Especially ~ above hills.Finally to be able to gain the car to glide.Figured out exactly how to gain the automobile to close up door the injectors off and glide in electric.Car is awesome!!

#7Dave on 07.31.08 in ~ 12:41 pm

I have a 2008 civic hybrid. 8000 mile now. When new it got about 34mpg come 39mpg. ~ 3000 miles ns took that on a lengthy trip about 200 mi every way. It then gained 46mpg and has averaged around 47mpg city/hwy ever before since. Ns love it. My just wish is a plug in option.

#8Toyota Camry Hybrid MPG evaluation on 08.30.08 in ~ 10:25 am

<…> Toyota Camry Hybrid generally competes through the Honda civic Hybrid, Nissan Altima Hybrid, Chevy Malibu Hybrid, and also Saturn Aura <…>

#9jalice on 09.12.08 at 3:51 am

I have had a civic hybrid for about a month – on the 4th tank that gas and have moved 955 miles – i drive in between 5 and 40 mile a day mostly in the city – i am disgusted – if driving this vehicle takes a genius to gain the advertised mileage Honda should have put the in the literature – this day my MPG dropped come 24.3 – why salary extra because that a hybrid . I say if you want 40 mpg buy a Prius.

#10mpg-o-editor on 09.12.08 in ~ 9:50 am


jalice – I had actually no trouble getting the advertised mileage the end of the Civic.

When you have actually a chance, you re welcome take a look at this article.

It’s as simple as discovering when to take her foot totally off the gas pedal.

Once you learn this an easy driving technique, your MPG numbers will get ago to whereby they must be.

That having been said, because of the distinction in the architecture of the hybrid systems, the Prius is more economical in town then the civic Hybrid … once driven properly.

#11Mike on 04.23.09 at 3:16 pm

I’ve had actually my 2009 civic Hybrid about a month. I’ve employed the hypermiling tactics, and also my dash gauges all indicate that I have to be consistently obtaining 40+ mpg. Yet when I gas up I’m averaging 25 MPG. No at all impressed.

#12mpg-o-editor on 04.23.09 in ~ 4:25 pm


Mike – The folks at http://www.cleanmpg.com/ could have some ideas for you … they’re the champs at obtaining the best mileage out of the public Hybrid.

#13Alan on 04.25.09 at 9:44 am

Any idea why they put leather and nav system but NO moonroof??? ever Honda I have owned due to the fact that my 79 Prelude had actually a great big moon roof. Of course my Element’s in the back. This is a deal breaker for me. :+(

#14Totom on 06.11.09 at 9:56 pm

Ford blend Hybrid/ Honda civic Hybrid the two ideal hybrid cars… Ford please lower the price ns love your hybrid car

#15hondaboy101 on 04.26.12 at 9:29 pm

Hey because that the people who very own the public Hybrid…..how is the strength of this vehicle in real world? by this i mean, does the constantly just rev and rev to obtain to 35mph, or perform it with relative ease?

I love this car and the idea of hybrid an innovation in basic but since the public Hybrid has actually a 1.5 (if im no mistaken) it might be a little underpowered? maybe thats just me but anyone who has actually driven one or has one, please comment around the power specifically up hills and also general acceleration ability.

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Thanks to EVERYONE! : )

P.S. Does the ride seem quite compared to other cars you can compare this to?

#16VoltOwner on 02.25.14 at 12:58 pm

Wow, the promises unkept!My 2008 public Hybrid might get as much as 50MPG ~ above the highway, simply by maintaining the speed down come 50-55 MPH. I say could since it no longer is able to do that because the battery is aging. Nowadays as soon as I let it sit a couple of days the IMA battery (the High Voltage one) drains away on it’s own, so the every time i go to start the car it relies on the tiny 12V battery to crank the motor through the small starter motor, rather than the big traction motor. It’s nice that there is a backup starting system, yet having to usage the backup every time is scary.

I’m lucky if i can gain 35MPG around town these days, what with the dead IMA battery needing come be charged up for the first few miles every time i drive it. Highway MPG is periodically as low as 40MPG once I keep up through traffic, probably a little an ext if web traffic is light, 42MPG right now, after a few 100 mile trips.