With the world moving towards an ever-green society, full of energy efficiency and good care for the environment, the motor industry has begun to play one of the most influential roles in moving towards that green and energy efficient future. And none of this is more apparent when one looks at two of the world’s best car companies- Toyota and Honda- making efforts to make their cars’ planet a safer place. These two rivals go head to head in releasing the most affordable hybrid cars, but when it comes down to it, choosing one over the other is very difficult. But fortunately, today we will compare the best models for you, the 2016 Toyota Prius and the Honda Civic Hybrid, in a head to head competition based on features and functionality.
The 2016 Toyota Prius underwent a complete change with regards to its design and the 2016 model looks sportier than ever. Toyota introduced a TNGA global architecture, making the car lighter but much more bulky. The rear and headlights give the car a much more sports car like look. The front end looks like a somewhat melted version of the last model with U shaped LED lights and horizontal fog-lights. The iconic roof peak has been moved forward and flattened to give it a more common sedan look- rather than a hatch back.
The Hybrid Honda Civic has chromes accents for its grille, and has a generally bulky body. The stiff and open front end design really gives the car an open look. It isn’t much of a shy away from the normal Civic model with its slanted LED lights and sedan body type. The exterior for the Honda Hybrid Civic has remained more or less the same since the 2012 model, so a great change is expected in the 2016 model.
The 2016 Toyota Prius is run by a 1.8 liter VVT-i four-cylinder gasoline/electric engine, an electric motor and battery pack. All of this delivers a horsepower of 97 with 5200 rpm and 104 lb.-feet torque. The electric motor however, delivers a horsepower of 71.
The latest model of the Honda Civic Hybrid offers a 4 cylinder engine with a gasoline/ electric choice. With gasoline it gives 110 horsepower at 5500 RPM and 127 lb.-feet torque. The electric motor however delivers a horsepower of 23 with 78 lb.-feet torque.
The 2016 Toyota Prius is expected to touch an MPG of 56 in urban areas and 52 MPG on highways and expressways.
The Hybrid Honda Civic’s current model gives an MPG of 44/ 47.
Toyota has been in the hybrid game before Honda and has had a better time-frame to improve upon their hybrid technology. With that being said, Honda disappoints its customers with its Hybrid Civic model which is still leagues away from what Toyota has achieved with the Prius. If you are looking to buy a hybrid, then in my opinion, the brand new 2016 Toyota Hybrid is just the model for you.