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UPDATED: Jul 23, 2019

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When it comes to affordable hybrid cars on the market, the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid is ranked very low by some reviewers.

The auto press agrees that the Civic Hybrid is a perfectly serviceable vehicle, but it’s outdone by competitors which offer better value. Other hybrids simply offer superior fuel economy, longer options menus or more attractive styling at lower prices.

While the Civic Hybrid gets and impressive 44 mpg in the city and on the highway with a MSRP of $24,050 the Toyota Prius gets 51 city mpg/48 highway mpg and starts at just $23,520.

While most other hybrids, like the top-ranked Ford Fusion Hybrid and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, are a bit pricier than the Civic Hybrid and have lower fuel economy ratings, they make up for it with better performance, features, and appearances.

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How much is auto insurance for a Honda Civic Hybrid?

Auto insurance rate estimates aren’t available for the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid yet, but reports are in for the 2011 model. The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) indicates an average annual auto insurance rate of $1,109 for the Civic Hybrid.

Over five years, that will add up to $5,546 worth of auto insurance premiums. Drivers who pay monthly will pay premiums of about $92 if they have driving records at least six years long.

Drivers with only three to six years’ experience will pay closer to $174 per month, and if you have less than three years’ experience, expect to pay about $265 per month.

Compared to the competition, the 2011 Honda Civic Hybrid is cheap to insure. The Chevrolet Volt costs $1,373 to insure each year, and Ford Fusion Hybrid owners typically pay $1,483 a year.

For the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, expect to pay $1,570 annually, and be prepared for a yearly bill of $1,600 if you drive a Toyota Camry Hybrid.

Honda Civic Hybrid Repairs

The NADA expects the Honda Civic Hybrid to incur $1,485 in repair costs over the first five years it’s on the road. The vehicle’s warranty will cover any necessary repairs during the first and second years, but you’re likely to pay the $343 third-year bill out of pocket.

The fourth- and fifth-year repair bills for the Civic Hybrid will each cost about $571.

The Honda Civic Hybrid’s auto insurance costs are among the lowest of all hybrid cars, but its repair costs are much higher than its competitors’. Ford Fusion Hybrid owners will pay about $850 for car repairs over five years, and Toyota Prius and Chevrolet Volt drivers will pay similar bills.

It will cost around $750 to repair a Nissan Altima Hybrid or a Toyota Camry Hybrid for five years. Hyundai Sonata Hybrid owners will pay about $636 for five years’ worth of repairs, which is less than half of what Civic Hybrid drivers are expected to pay.

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Maintaining a Civic Hybrid

The total 5-year maintenance bill for a Civic Hybrid is nearly $2,000, including a third-year tune up that will cost over $1,000. The first- and second- year maintenance bills for the Civic Hybrid should total just $175 each, and the fourth-year bill will cost just over $300.

During the fifth year, the NADA predicts that you’ll pay about $269 for maintenance.

This rate is low compared to the maintenance costs for other hybrids. Chevrolet Volt drivers are projected to pay just over $2,300 for their 5-year maintenance bills, and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid owners will pay about $2,994.

Ford Fusion Hybrid maintenance expenses will total a bit over $3,300, and Camry Hybrid drivers will pay nearly $4,000 for maintenance.

Civic Hybrid Crash Test Results

Since the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid was recently redesigned, only the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has reported its ratings so far. The federal government gave the 2011 Civic Hybrid a 3-star rating, but several improvements have been made to the vehicle’s design since then.

The IIHS rates the 2012 Civic Hybrid a “Top Safety Pick,” due to its standard electronic stability control and top ratings in all four of the institute’s crash tests.

These include the frontal offset test, which examines how well the vehicle protects the driver and front passenger when it strikes an object in front of it, and a similar test for side impacts to both the front and rear portions of the car.

The roof strength test gauges how well the vehicle’s roof structure protects passengers if the car rolls over, and the rear impact test assesses the vehicle’s ability to prevent whiplash.

The Chevrolet Volt and the Toyota Prius are both “Top Safety Picks” as well.

2012 Civic Hybrid Features

While critics note that the 2012 Civic Hybrid’s performance, especially in terms of fuel economy, is improved for the new model year, they’re underwhelmed by the vehicle’s revamped interior.

They say that the quality of the materials in the Civic Hybrid’s cabin still doesn’t stack up well against its competitors’, and its cargo area is small due to the car’s large battery. However, reviewers do note improvements in both cabin space and standard features.

These include a tilting and telescoping steering wheel to optimize driving ergonomics, as well as an auxiliary input jack, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity.

The new intelligent Multi-Information Display, or i-MID, combines Bluetooth functionality, a trip computer, and fuel economy info all in one convenient location.

The Civic Hybrid also incorporates an Eco Assist feature that tells you how efficiently you’re driving. It can be activated or deactivated by depressing the ECON button.

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