The Honda Civic offers two fuel-savers this year-the Hybrid
and the HX-just as it did last year. They are comfortable,
long-lasting and safe, like all Civics, and they save you
in the pocketbook in the long run.
Another beneficiary of the Hybrid and HX's fuel efficiency
is the environment, and since we all live in what can broadly
be termed 'the environment,' we win as well.
The 2005 Honda Civic is offered in an array of models. There
are coupes and sedans in DX, VP, LX, HX, EX and Special
Edition models, plus the Si hatchback and a Hybrid model
(other Civic models covered separately).
HX models are offered as two-door coupes, while the Hybrid
is a sedan with four full doors. Both seat five.
HX models are rather on the low end in terms of standard
features, as they slot in above the entry-level DX model
in that regard. Still, they do come with cruise control,
power mirrors and door locks and an AM/FM/CD player.
Hybrids have cruise control, power everything, automatic
climate control, a trip computer, variable-intermittent
wipers and more.
On the outside, the 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid looks like other
Civic models, but it does have a few differentiating features,
like a rear spoiler, 185/70SR14 tires and alloy wheels.
The 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid uses a gasoline-electric engine
and the HX uses a traditional gasoline engine. However,
the two are the only Civics with CVT transmissions.
CVT stands for continuously-variable transmission. In effect,
Civic Hybrid and HX models with this setup have a transmission
with a near infinite number of shift points. The result
is less fuel consumption and fewer emissions.
The Civic HX's engine is a 1.7-liter inline 4-cylinder
model. It produces 117 horsepower at 6100 rpm and 110 lb-ft
of torque at 4500 rpm. Models with CVT get a fuel rating
of 35/40 mpg, while 5-speed manual models get 36/44 mpg.
The Hybrid uses a 1.3-liter gasoline-electric I4 that offers
93 horsepower at 5700 rpm and 116 lb-ft of torque at 1500
rpm. Hybrid models with CVT get 47/48 mpg, while 5-speed
manual models get 45/51 mpg.
The 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid uses Honda's innovative Integrated
Motor Assist (IMA) technology. The system's compact nickel-metal
hydride battery module is automatically recharged during
braking and deceleration. It gives the 2005 Hybrid a range
of more than 600 miles.
Safety and Security
Hybrids are also the safest Civics on the road. They have
antilock brakes, dual front airbags and front side airbags.
2005 Honda Civic Hybrid
- Feature Highlights
Civic Hybrid's amazing fuel economy remains unchanged
for the 2005 model year. The Hybrid CVT ULEV has earned
an EPA city/highway rating of 48/47 mpg. By the same
measure, the 5-speed manual achieves a city/highway
rating of 46/51 mpg. Both models have a range of more
than 600 miles. Civic models sold in California and
certain northeastern states qualify at Advanced Technology
Partial Zero Emissions (AT-PZEV) vehicles.