The RACV (QLDs RACQ equivalent) has announced the Honda Civic Hybrid as the cheapest hybrid car to own, run and maintain according to their running costs survey.
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The Civic Hybrid costs less to purchase, costs less to run and is worth more after five years, the Civic Hybrid looks just like a regular Civic so is perfect for customers who want to make an ecological difference without sacrificing the comforts of a regular sedan. The Civic Hybrid also starts and runs just like a normal car – just turn the key to start it up and drive as normal.”“The on-board computer controls the electric motor so the driver doesn’t need to switch it on or off, the Civic Hybrid also gains features normally reserved for top-spec models – such as curtain airbags, climate control air-conditioning and a six-stack CD player.” said Honda Australia Director Lindsay Smalley.

So you might be thinking, what about the Toyota Prius? Well according to the RACV, the Honda Civic Hybrid has a running cost of $169.34 a week compared to the Toyota Prius' $193.91 weekly cost. The Honda Civic hybrid has been somewhat neglected as a car since its launch in Australia in 2004. Currently it retails for only $32,000 compared to the Toyota Prius which sells for 37,000.

The fuel efficiency of the Toyota Prius is slightly less at 4.4L/100km for combined City and Highway while the Honda Civic Hybrid is 4.6L/100km for the same test. However perhaps one of the important factors to note is that the Toyota gets to 100km/hour in a respectable 10.9 seconds while the Honda Civic Hybrid gets to 100km/hr in 13.4 seconds.

The Civic Hybrid retails from $31,990 (recommended retail price) with the following features:

  • 1.3-litre petrol engine paired with an electric motor
  • 85 kW (170Nm)
  • CVT automatic transmission
  • 4.6 litres per 100 kilometres fuel consumption (ADR81/01)
  • 15-inch alloy wheels
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Driver and passenger front i-SRS airbags
  • Driver and front passenger side SRS
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Low rolling resistance 195/65 R15 tyres
  • Climate control air conditioning
  • 6-stacker MP3/CD tuner