Japanese automaker Honda is set to unveil its 2012 Civic Hybrid. The objective in the overall design of the vehicle is having superior fuel economy with the handling of a conventional vehicle.
To date, the Hybrid Civic is the most expensive hybrid in the automaker’s stable. The higher price is not only because of its hybrid design, but other inclusions such as on-board navigation, LED taillights, turn signal indicators, automatic on-off headlamps and outside mirrors.
The Hybrid Civic has a fuel economy rating of 44 miles per gallon in the city and highway. This would provide great savings for the owner in the long run. The ride of the hybrid is very comfortable and the body is very solidly built. It has ample weight with power steering to boot. It has 59 percent of its body weight up front making it able to change directions at a slight turn on the roadway.
One of the major changes in the Honda Civic Hybrid is the battery pack. In older versions, the battery was made out of nickel-metal-hydride. In the 2012 version, the batteries are made of lithium ion batteries. Its electric motors are also improved with reduced friction with a higher rating of 23 horsepower. Combined with its 1.5 liter four cylinder standard engine, the Civic Hybrid adds up to 110 horsepower producing 127 pounds per foot of torque at a top speed of 3,500 revolutions per minute.
Acceleration is also boosted with the electric motor, giving the car under ten seconds to reach 60 mph from a standing still position. With all these improvements, the Honda Civic Hybrid is a good investment in fuel economy and stylish driving.