Honda civic hybrid line of vehicles has been in production by Honda from 1972 to present. Production of the non hybrid civic ended in August 2010 when it could not comply with government regulations.
Honda civic hybrid was first introduced in Japan by Honda and has been produced up to its discontinuation in 2015 and was succeeded by the third generation Honda Insight.Honda civic hybrid, at the time of its introduction to the Japanese market in December 2001 was claimed to be the most fuel efficient 5 passenger gasoline powered production vehicle in the world at the time.
It featured Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) that was introduced in 1999 and first made an appearance in the Honda Insight. It features an electric motor between the engine and the transmission and provides an additional 13 horsepower. The motor also acts as a generator to recharge the car’s nickel-metal battery located between the car’s rear seat and the trunk.
The civic hybrid at the time of its introduction was estimated to be about 40 percent more fuel efficient than its non hybrid counterpart. The hybrid engine in the civic won the international engine of the year for 1 liter to 1.4 liter engine category from 2002 to 2004.The first generation civic hybrid was a mild hybrid system that had an idle stop function that shut off the engine at traffic lights and then automatically restarted it immediately the driver eased their foot off the brake leading to higher fuel efficiency and lower emissions.
The second generation model was in production from 2005 to 2011.
Wheel base: 2700mm
Length: 2006-2008 4488mm
The second generation model civic hybrid power train is similar to the first generation but with several major refinements:
An updated fourth generation Integrated Motor Assist
A more powerful 20 horsepower electric motor (15 Kw)
12percent smaller 5.5 Ah Nickel metal hybrid batteries
A new hybrid compressor for the air conditioner
Discontinued manual transmission model
The output of the second generation battery is increased by around 30 percent to 15.4V. The battery storage box is designed for better cooling and vibration resistance for prolonged usage period and reliability.
Higher output electric motor in the second generation model civic hybrid is a full hybrid motor that enabled the car to run on electricity only at a steady speed of 24-32 Km/h when cruising on even ground.
IMA system uses regenerative braking to capture some of the energy that would be lost as heat during deceleration and reuse that heat later to help accelerate the vehicle. This effectively increases acceleration rate and reduces the engine workload and the frequency of braking hardware replacement. This system subsequently allows the engine to be scaled down to smaller more efficient versions without rendering the engine unacceptably slow or weak. This is the primary reason IMA equipped vehicles get better highway mileage than their conventional counterparts.
The second generation model civic hybrid features a well refined interior cabin with Alcantara® stitching, premium audio system, navigation system and reverse camera system. The front seats are roomier and offer more comfortable seating configuration. It also comes equipped with keyless smart entry and start system and steering mounted audio and cruise control.Safety features include dual airbags, electric stability control and both front and rear disc brakes with electric brake distribution that does an excellent job in washing down the speed of the car.
The Honda civic hybrid is an okay daily driver with an excellent engine configuration. Many reviews critique the engine for rather sluggish take off, but that’s not surprising as it’s aligned to favor fuel efficiency over performance. This car ranks higher than its in class competition due to its futuristic design and the available options that come as standard. It also stacks up well against competition in terms of safety.