Honda redesigned its Civic last year, modernizing the body style. The Civic is offered in a number of different configurations, from the sporty SI model to this hybrid version.

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The band containing the headlight enclosures and grille sets up a demarcation between the molded bumper and the upper body work. The hood and fenders seem to float above the grille band.

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There is little to indicate from the exterior that this car is a hybrid. But the five-blade wheel covers are unique to the hybrid.

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The badge on the rear of the car also denotes that it is a hybrid.

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The interior of the Civic is well constructed but basic, befitting its class. However, the Civic gets some interesting buttons when it comes with a GPS navigation system.

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Trunk space is what we would expect for a small sedan such as the Civic. It's not overly capacious but will hold groceries or a few suitcases.

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Honda's navigation system is excellent. Its POI database offers the same listings you might find in the yellow pages, such as restaurants and retail stores.

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Route guidance works very well in the Civic. It calculates routes quickly and gives prompt notification of upcoming turns.

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The electric motor assist in the Civic isn't particularly strong, but we still got 46mpg on a trip to Los Angeles.

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The Civic's stereo plays MP3 CDs, and includes this informative display.

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The XM satellite radio display works well as an interface for choosing stations and seeing what's playing.

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The sound system in the Civic isn't spectacular and could benefit from a subwoofer.

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The Civic, like most hybrids, uses a continuously variable automatic transmission.

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Honda uses a very interesting instrument cluster, with a big tachometer front and center and a digital speed readout closer to the windshield.

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The steering wheel has buttons for the stereo, cruise control, and the voice-command system embedded in its spokes.

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