For some people it is difficult to choose between two very similar cars. Here is the comparison review between two very popular hybrid cars from two very popular car makers – Toyota and Honda. We have already write full review article about Toyota Prius, so the main topic is Honda’s answer. The battle Toyota Prius vs Honda Civic hybrid begins.
Honda Civic Hybrid available only as sedan, while Toyota offer standard Prius as a 5-door hatchback or even MPV (Toyota Prius V)
The design is actually a matter of taste, but both cars looks futuristic and Prius have more aerodynamic shape. In advance, Civic looks like ordinary compact sedan.
Interiors of both cars look modern and full of different gadgets, displays and so on. Civic has more driver-oriented dashboard, and better materials are used. Multimedia system and smartphone connectivity (HondaLink system) is overall similar to Toyota’s.
In comparison with Prius luggage capacity of 21 cubic feet, Civic has tiny trunk with 12,5 cubic ft. It is even less than in Ford Focus or Chevrolet Cruze. Passenger’s compartment are no less spacious than in Toyota Prius though.
Honda Civic hybrid sedan is available in 4 trim levels. The first one, base version get full power windows and mirrors, air conditioner, telescopic steering wheel, cruise control, rearview camera, keyless entry and start-stop ignition button, 7-inch touchscreen display, 60/40 split folding rear seat, 15-inch wheels.
The second trim named Leather includes in addition to basic the following entries: foglights, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, leather upholstery, heated front seats.
Two others trims, Navi and Leather with Navi adding navigation system (with HD radio) to basic and Leather version respectively.
Toyota Prius is more equipped in the basic version, and even better in top trims. But what is for pricing?
Honda Civic hybrid price starting at $24 735 which is a bit more than for standard Prius. Full-packed Leather with Navi car costs $27 435 which is again more expensive than “Three” trim for Prius which has nearly the same equipment except leather upholstery.
Honda Civic hybrid price: $24 735 up to $27 435 (without options)
Toyota Prius has stunning fuel efficiency results of 51 mpg in city, 48 in highway and 50 mpg combined rated by EPA. Can the Honda Civic hybrid beat that results or at least keep close to it? Well, the fuel consumption level for the Civic is 44 mpg in city and 47 in highway. Civic has the same fuel efficiency in city as 7-seat Prius V. Subcompact Toyota Prius C has even better fuel efficiency.
Honda Civic hybrid mpg: 44 cty/47 hgwy/45 combined
Honda Civic hybrid has 1.5L 4 cylinder 8-valve inline engine, produces 90 hp and 97 lb ft of torque. It has more advanced Li-ion battery than Ni-MH in Prius, but electric motor is weaker – only 20kW and that is why the overall output of Civic hybrid powertrain is less – it is 110 hp and 127 lb ft of torque, comparing to 134 hp in Prius. But because Civic is lighter the performance characteristics are nearly the same, the acceleration from 0 to 60 takes about 10 seconds.
Both cars have the same safety features, including front and side airbags, curtain airbags, forward collision and lane departure warning systems. In addition to this, Prius has knee airbag for driver. IIHS rated Civic sedan “Good” in all possible tests, NHTSA gives Civic top 5-star rating overall. So, the Civic hybrid sedan has scored more points for safety than Prius.
Toyota Prius is more affordable, better-equipped, more fuel efficient. Honda Civic hybrid has better interior materials quality, safety rating and more discreet exterior design. Performance of the cars is in par. The final score is 4:3 and the winner is 2015 Toyota Prius.
2015 Honda Civic hybrid tech specs
Honda Civic hybrid, 2013 model year, 4-door sedan, 5 seats
Fuel injection 1,5L inline 4 cylinder, 90 hp @5500 rpm
CVT, front wheel drive
Weight & Dimensions
Kerb weight: 2873-2879 lbs
Overall height/width/length: 56,3/69/179,4 in
Wheelbase: 105,1 in
Fuel tank capacity: 13,2 US gal
2015 Honda Civic hybrid photos
Prices, specifications, options, features of 2015 Honda Civic hybrid could change without notice. You could find up to date information on car maker offical website.
All information above is relevant for US version of a car.