It turns out that the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid will be a very important ‘green’ model for the Japanese brand. Despite being the first on the market with a gasoline-electric hybrid in the United States with the first-generation Insight, Honda’s recent hybrid models have started falling off.
However, the 2012 Honda Civic is the first test of whether Honda’s new strategy of lithium-ion batteries can take off.
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The 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid average 44 mpg in both city and highway driving, beating the previous Civic Hybrid’s 40/43 mpg (city/highway) rating. Prices for the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid start at $24,050.
Refresher: The 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid is powered by the company’s IMA system with a new lithium-ion battery pack that replaces the nickel-metal hydride pack used in the previous two generations of Civic Hybrid. The 2012 Civic Hybrid also gets a larger 1.5L i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine making 110-hp at 5,500 rpm and 127 lb-ft of torque at 1,000-3,500 rpm. The electric-motor provides an addition 23-hp. The 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid averages an EPA-estimate fuel-economy of 44/44 mpg (city/highway) or 44 mpg combined. Prices start at $24,050.
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- By: Omar Rana
Source: Automotive news