Brief summary of Honda Civic hybrid generations


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Honda Civic hybrids are a unique set of cars. Over the years, there has been misconceptions about the brand. Get the clarifications you need about the brand!

Honda Civic hybrid was a popular brand of the Honda civic family. Its powertrain was enhanced by electric. This unique Honda product was introduced into the market in December 2001 in Japan. It made history as the very first hybrid vehicle to get certification as an Advanced Technology Partial Zero-Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) in the United States of America. brings your features of the Honda Civic hybrid generations.

1. Honda Civic hybrid First generation

The Honda civic hybrid first generation was in production from 2001 to 2005. In December 2001, the vehicle which belonged of the seventh civic generation found its way into the Japanese market. According to the automaker, its fuel efficiency was topnotch. In spring 2002, the car was ushered into the US market, and it was categorized as a 2003 model.

1.1. First-gen Honda Civic hybrid Design

This first-generation Honda car took after the seventh generation of the Honda civic. It came into production as the first mainstream car from the company. Its hybrid system is made of gasoline electricity. After Insight, this was celebrated as the second hybrid the company produced.

As stated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it has the highest fuel efficiency among 5-passenger vehicles.

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Right when it's released, the Civic hybrid was recognized for its impressive fuel economy

1.2. First-gen Honda Civic hybrid Technical features

Some of the technical features of the car include:

  • It has two spark plugs that light up the fuel mixtures from the combustion chambers of the two valves.
  • Idle stopping. The engine shuts automatically when the car is stopped in traffic. It comes on when you remove your foot from the brakes. The benefits of this are lower emissions and better fuel efficiency.
  • There’s a joint output of both the electric motor and the engine which reads up to 93 hp (69 kW) at 5,700 rpm.
  • The resistance of its tires is low rolling at P185/70R14 on wheels made of aluminum as well as regenerative braking.
  • Its steering is powered by electric.

2. Honda Civic hybrid Second generation

The second-generation Honda civic hybrid was from 2006 to 2011. Its fuel efficiency is said to be above its counterparts that don’t belong to the hybrid category by 40 percent. This Honda civic hybrid was manufactured in line with the eighth generation of the civic family. Worthy of note, are the differences between the Japanese and North American market models.

2.1. Second-gen Honda Civic hybrid Design

The powertrain of this Honda civic hybrid shares some similarities with the powertrain of the first generation. Some of the major differences include:

  • Upgrade of the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA to the fourth generation.
  • A more powerful and stronger electric motor of 20 hp (15 kW).
  • A newly developed air-conditioner hybrid compressor.
  • Non-existing option for manual transmission.

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The interior design of second-gen Honda Civic hybrid

2.2. Second-gen Honda Civic hybrid Fuel usage

Fuel economy is an important factor to consider in cars. Spending excess money on fuel affects the entire driving experience. This hybrid vehicle has the capacity to attain maximum efficiency for the RPM at a given period of time.

According to a class-action lawsuit in 2012, Honda falsified its advertisement of the car’s fuel economy. It was alleged that owners of the car were getting mileage lower than what was promised. It was also reported in the Los Angeles Times in May 2012, that no fewer than 36 lawsuit claims were filed against the automaker, stating that their gas mileage was below what was advertised.

Some users of the vehicle claimed that Honda reduced the fuel economy after they installed a software to boost and elongate the lifespan of the battery. This was done by initiating a reduction of the output in the electric motor and boosting the gasoline engine.

2.3. Second-gen Honda Civic hybrid Battery life

According to a Consumer Report Survey, the failure rate in second generation civic hybrid vehicles is very high. It was revealed that the 2009 – 2010 models are particularly very bad. Over 30 participants of the survey reported that they had to get a battery replacement in just 12 months. This was described as “shocking” by experts in the auto industry. Honda wasn’t oblivious of this development. They acknowledged issues with the 2006 – 2008 models. They claimed the software updates were meant to prolong the battery’s lifespan. However, users of the vehicle insisted it caused a reduction in the car’s fuel economy as well as its power.

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3. Honda Civic hybrid Third generation

The third generation Honda civic hybrid was from 2011 – 2015. In March 2015, the company notified its car owners that all versions of the civic hybrid would receive a 10 year/150,000 mi battery warranty. This was indeed a pleasant news to the car users.

Launching of the last civic hybrid was done in the US in 2011. It was also launched in Canada as a 2012 model. Its 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine is larger, and generates 90 horsepower. It also produces 97 pound-feet torque and boasts of an upgraded aerodynamics and Honda ECO technology.

3.1. Third-gen Honda Civic hybrid Production

Production of the car was initially done in Suzuka (Japan). It was moved to Indiana (United States) in 2013.


Both design and performance of the Civic hybrid have undergone remarkable changes after 15 years

3.2. Third-gen Honda Civic hybrid Sales

Honda disclosed that they had sold over 255,000 Civic Hybrids as well as over 190,000 units in North America since 2001. At one time, it took the second position of the highest selling electric hybrid cars in the US.

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Chris Odogwu is a Content Writer and Journalist. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from University of Jos and a master's degree in Mass Communication from University of Lagos. His works have been published in top local and international publications including Forbes, HuffPost, ThriveGlobal, TheNextScoop and Nigeria360 among others. A member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), the thrill he gets from writing about exotic cars feels almost the same as riding in them.

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