2009 Honda Civic Hybrid Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2009 Honda Civic - Road Test Specs

2009 Honda Civic Hybrid

(1.3L 4-cyl. Hybrid CVT Automatic w/Lthr, Nav)


Model year2009
StyleHybrid 4dr Sedan w/Lthr, Nav (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Base MSRP$26,850
Options on test vehicleLeather & Navigation Package (included with trim -- includes navigation system, touchscreen navigation and audio controls, Bluetooth, satellite radio, audio card reader, leather upholstery and steering wheel trim and heated front seats.
As-tested MSRP$27,420


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,339cc (82 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/Aluminum
ValvetrainSingle overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.8
Redline (rpm)6,300
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)110 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)123 @ 1,000
Transmission typeContinuously variable
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)Variable ratio between 2.526 and 0.421 Final drive 4.94:1.0


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typeElectric power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)13.52 : 1.0
Tire brandBridgestone
Tire modelInsignia SE200
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, frontP195/65R15 S
Tire size, rearP195/65R15 S
Wheel size15-by-6 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDisc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)8.5
0-60 mph (sec.)13.5
0-75 mph (sec.)20.9
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)19.3 @ 72.5
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)13.1
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)34
60-0 mph (ft.)140
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.1
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.72
Sound level @ idle (dB)45.9
@ Full throttle (dB)76.0
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)68.0

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsAside from astoundingly slow acceleration, there's little to get excited about here. Brake torque seems pointless. There's no way to manually shift. Just put your foot down and yawn.
Braking ratingPoor
Braking commentsAwkward brake feel and response. Pedal engages high and then bottoms out soon with little additional brake effectiveness. This typically awkward hybrid brake feel combined with poor stopping distance is what earns the Civic a "Poor" brake rating.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsIt's immediately obvious that this car was not designed to turn. Lots of body roll in both tests. The throttle has little to no effect on the chassis and the tires are among the worst I've experienced in handling tests.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (°F)75
Wind (mph, direction)4.0 from SE

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)40 city/45 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)36.1
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)12.3

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,877
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)2,896
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)59/41
Length (in.)177.3
Width (in.)69.0
Height (in.)56.3
Wheelbase (in.)106.3
Track, front (in.)59.1
Track, rear (in.)60.2
Turning circle (ft.)34.8
Legroom, front (in.)42.2
Legroom, rear (in.)34.6
Headroom, front (in.)39.4
Headroom, rear (in.)37.4
Shoulder room, front (in.)53.6
Shoulder room, rear (in.)52.3
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)10.4
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)10.4


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driver5 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front4 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear5 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance4 stars

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