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2009 Honda Civic Hybrid Review

Much like the gas-only Honda Civic, the 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid ranks well for its outstanding safety ratings and quality interior.

Pros & Cons

  • Outstanding fuel economy ratings
  • Class-leading safety scores
  • Many standard features
  • Slow acceleration
  • Limited cargo space
  • Lackluster performance
  • Cramped second-row seats




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.6
Safety: 9.5
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2009 Honda Civic Hybrid Overview

Test drivers said the 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid stands out for being attractive on the outside and well-made on the inside, but the main reason to choose the Civic Hybrid is its fuel economy. The Civic Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 40/45 mpg city/highway, which is very good for a 2009 small car. Some test drivers called the Civic Hybrid slow, but most said trading speed for fuel economy is worth it. The Civic Hybrid has a great safety score.

When it was new, the Civic Hybrid was expensive for the class because, in addition to its hybrid powertrain, it came with lots of standard interior and safety features. Standard features include climate control and a six-speaker stereo with an auxiliary and USB port, as well as traction and electronic stability control. Many 2009 small cars did not have these features standard and some didn’t even offer them as options. Navigation, Bluetooth and satellite radio come with higher trims.

While the Civic Hybrid is fuel-efficient and well-equipped, it doesn’t have as comfortable an interior as its classmates. Car reviewers said the rear seats don’t have enough cushioning or foot space. The front seats are more comfortable. The Civic Hybrid has less cargo space than competitors, but that’s common for hybrid cars.   

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Other Cars to Consider

Aside from the powertrain, the 2009 Honda Civic is a lot like the Civic Hybrid. Reviewers liked it for being attractive on the outside and high-quality on the inside. The gas-only Civic doesn’t have as many standard features as the hybrid, but it does tend to have a lower price tag. If you want to spend more, however, you can find a well-optioned Honda Civic with just as many features as the Civic Hybrid. Both the Civic and Civic Hybrid have a tight second row, but the gas-only model has more cargo space.

The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI has a diesel engine that gets 29/40 mpg city/highway. Though that’s not as good as the Civic Hybrid’s fuel economy, reviewers said the Jetta TDI is more fun to drive. With the Jetta TDI, you also get what reviewers called one of the nicest cabins in the class, spacious seating and a lot of cargo space. 

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