2009 Honda Civic hybrid

The Honda Civic hybrid, in its runner-up status to the Toyota Prius among eco-popular cars, has no reason to feel inferior. Its gas mileage averages are lower than the Prius and it doesn’t have, for whatever reason, the same “green appeal” as its rival.

But the 2009 Civic hybrid has a refreshed exterior design, more interior space and is more attractive than its biggest competitor.

Still, the new and improved Civic hybrid isn’t an overt bargain. Among four available trims, the Civic hybrid with leather trim seats and a navigation system is now a $27,000 car. That’s pricey for a Honda Civic – until considering that the average new price of a car in the United States is now nearly $30,000. Then the Civic hybrid makes a lot more sense.

The Weekly Driver’s Ratings

Acceleration
With its continuously variable transmission, the Civic has a near-limitless number of gear ratios. It’s a nice feature, but none of the gears help the hybrid’s acceleration. But once up to speed, all is well.

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