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2008 Honda Civic Hybrid

Posted on December 29, 2010 in Honda

The 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid is the revised version of the Honda Civic, which the Honda designers made in 2006. It is a highly radical and futuristic automobile that shares the same radical styling, with just a few negligible alterations that separate it from the list of the 2008 Honda Civic.

The 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid takes the look of the 2008 Honda Civic even further, with disc-like 15-inch alloy wheels integrated with low-rolling-resistance tires. There are side mirrors with built-in turn indicators with mild trunk spoiler, clear front turn signal lenses, small roof-mounted antenna and hybrid badging.

The digital speedometer and gas gauge of the 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid are at the bottom of the windshield and the two-tier display is distracting for some drivers. However, it becomes easier to conduct quick visual checks. Along with the two-tier instrument panel the other thing that could be appreciated is the speedometer’s digits are in driver’s range for viewing without taking focus off [the] road.  The 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid offers “a two-tone blue cloth interior” as a normal feature and also has “easy to operate” controls. The routing system reaches perfection slowly, has small buttons, and absorbs too many audio functions.

The interior and exterior futuristic styling on the 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid can be contentious, but seems suitable for a hybrid vehicle. The 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid has outstanding fuel economy and amazingly good handling, even if it’s not the fastest compact on the road.

The powertrain of the 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid is 1.3-liter four mated to an IMA hybrid system. The 93 hp is produced by the engine itself, supported by an electric motor of 20-hp. There are five modes in the system in reality has that allows the electrics and gas engine to function together in separate ways, even facilitating the 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid to run on electric power alone. The 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid gets 40/45 mpg, as compared to the bigger Toyota Prius’s superior city mileage at 48/45 mpg.

The 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid comprises of a 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor, making the combination produce 110 horsepower and 123 pounds-feet of torque. The 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid is outfitted with a single transmission, which is a ‘gearless’ constantly variable transmission naturally suitable for the hybrid system. The fuel economy gets boosted with the CVT, which keeps the engine working almost to its maximum performance range. According to the EPA estimate, drivers will get 40 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway from the 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid.

The “suspension, steering and brakes all function simultaneously in a flawless manner to make the 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid relatively a sporty vehicle to drive. The 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid handles in a different way from that of the sedan, thanks to the skinny tires, electric power steering, and it’s CVT. Just as most of the Hybrids are, it takes time to learn to get used to the insensitive steering feel, the lower cornering limits, and the drone of the gas engine (the CVT keeps the engine working near peak competence). Overall, it’s a bit of a busy ride.

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