2008 Honda Civic Hybrid  -  $23,270

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $23,270
Base Invoice: $21,474
Destination Charge: $670
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Sdn
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: | City: 40 | Hwy: 45
Body Style: Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) Hybrid Sedan
Transmission: Continuously variable automatic transmission
Engine: 1.3L SOHC MPFI 8-valve i-VTEC I4 engine w/permanent-magnet electric motor

Model Highlights

The 2008 Honda Civic comes as six distinct models: sedan, coupe, Si sedan, Si coupe, Hybrid sedan, and natural-gas GX sedan.

The sedan and coupe both have a 1.8L i-VTEC four-cylinder engine, making 140 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. The sedan and coupe meet ULEV-II emissions standard in all 50 states.

The Si sedan and coupe step up to an especially high-revving 2.0L i-VTEC four-cylinder engine making 197 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque, paired with a six-speed manual transmission and employing a helical-type limited-slip differential to help ensure smoother power delivery in high-performance driving.

The Si models also get significant upgrades, including 17-inch wheels and high-performance V-rated tires, special trim and bolstered sport seats with red stitching inside, and a rear wing and aerodynamic cladding outside.

All Civics have Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, which helps more evenly absorb the force of frontal collisions and also helps in collisions with vehicles of differing sizes. Four-channel anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, front occupant side air bags, two-row side-curtain air bags, active front head restraints, and rear head restraints for all positions are standard on all models, too.

The Civic Hybrid only comes as a sedan. It brings a smaller 1.3L four-cylinder engine paired with a 20-horsepower electric motor as part of Honda's Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system, in which the electric motor boosts the gasoline engine when accelerating, saves some of the energy lost in braking, and allows the engine to turn off at stoplights, provided your foot is on the brake. Together, the engine and motor deliver 110 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque.

Finally, there's the Civic GX, which is also only available as a sedan and is powered exclusively by natural gas. The GX is only available at select dealerships in California and New York, and comes with a 113-horsepower, 1.8L four-cylinder engine, and may qualify for a federal tax credit.

Sedans and coupes (except the Hybrid and GX) are available in three trim levels: the frugal DX, the well-equipped LX, and the more luxuriously appointed EX and EX-L with leather seat trim. The DX gets power windows and locks and tilt/telescope steering, among other basics. The LX adds popular features like air conditioning, cruise control, remote entry, and a CD sound system, while the EX brings extras like a six-speaker sound system that's XM ready and a 60/40-split folding rear seat to make the trunk area more versatile.

Si models are equipped with a similar level of conveniences as EX models, but they also get a 350-watt, seven-speaker sound system with a subwoofer. The Mugen sedan nets performance enhancing features such as factory-tuned suspension, cat-back exhaust, and a special appearance package, including a body kit, a unique front grille, and an adjustable rear spoiler.

A satellite-linked navigation system with voice recognition is optional on EX and Si models and has a 6.5-inch display screen. The system also brings a CompactFlash card reader, so that MP3 or WMA media can be played on the sound system.

Model News

Following the 2006 redesign which produced a sleeker, more rakish body style, more standard equipment, and revised powertrains and components throughout, the Honda Civic enters the 2008 model year relatively unchanged.

In addition to the EX is the new EX-L, which adds leather seating surfaces to an already impressive list of equipment. Also, the Si sedan increases its level of performance with the Mugen package, which includes a track-tuned suspension, 18-inch alloys, a revised exhaust, and race-inspired body enhancements.


Standout styling; plenty of green choices with Hybrid and natural-gas GX; safety features; reputation for reliability.

Value Writeup

Honda has built a longstanding reputation with the Civic, positioning it as one of the sportiest and most fun-to-drive small cars. The 2008 Civic emphasizes styling and safety at a very competitive price.

Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
45 MPG

Cruising Range - City
492.00 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
40 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
553.50 mi

Engine Type
Gas/Electric I4


Fuel System

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
93 @ 6000/110 @ 6000

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
89 @ 4500/123 @ 1000 - 2500

Trans Type

Trans Description Cont.

First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.53 - 0.42

Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.51 - 1.88

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

Total Cooling System Capacity
6.1 qts

EPA Classification

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Volume
90.9 ft³

Front Head Room
39.4 in

Front Leg Room
42.2 in

Front Shoulder Room
53.6 in

Front Hip Room
51.9 in

Second Head Room
37.4 in

Second Leg Room
34.6 in

Second Shoulder Room
52.3 in

Second Hip Room
51.0 in

106.3 in

Length, Overall
176.7 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
69.0 in

Height, Overall
56.3 in

Track Width, Front
59.1 in

Track Width, Rear
60.2 in

Trunk Volume
10.4 ft³

Base Curb Weight
2877 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut

Suspension Type - Rear

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front
0.95 in

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear
0.47 in

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Spare Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
15 x -TBD- in

Rear Wheel Size
15 x -TBD- in

Spare Wheel Size
Compact in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Spare Wheel Material

Steering Type
Electric pwr rack & pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
34.8 ft

Brake Type

Brake ABS System

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
10.3 x -TBD- in

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

Rear Drum Diam x Width
8.7 x -TBD- in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
12.3 gal

Basic Years

Basic Miles/km

Drivetrain Years

Drivetrain Miles/km

Corrosion Years

Corrosion Miles/km

Frontal Driver

Frontal Passenger

Side Driver

Side Rear Passenger

Crash Test Note
Results based on a 35 MPH frontal crash and 38.5 MPH side crash. Results are reported in a range of one to five stars, with five stars indicating the best crash protection for vehicles within the same weight class. This test used driver and passenger belts and airbags.

NHTSA Rollover Rating
To Be Rated

Rollover Note
The Rollover Resistance Rating is an estimate of your risk of rolling over if you have a single vehicle crash. It does not predict the likelihood of that crash. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is. The more "top-heavy" the vehicle, the more likely it is to roll over. The lowest rated vehicles (1-star) are at least four times more likely to roll over than the highest rated vehicles (5-stars).

1.3L SOHC MPFI 8-valve i-VTEC I4 engine w/permanent-magnet electric motor

Nickel-metal hydride 158-volt battery pack

Drive-by-wire throttle

Direct ignition system

Continuously variable automatic transmission

Front wheel drive

MacPherson strut front suspension

Multi-link rear suspension

Front & rear stabilizer bars

P195/65SR15 all-season tires

15" lightweight alloy wheels

Compact spare tire

Electric pwr rack & pinion steering

Pwr ventilated front disc/rear drum brakes

4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/electronic brake distribution (EBD)

Brake assist

Rear decklid spoiler

Body-colored bumpers

Multi-reflector halogen headlamps

Daytime running lights

Body-colored pwr mirrors w/integrated turn indicators

Tinted glass

Variable intermittent windshield wipers

Body-colored door handles

Reclining cloth front bucket seats-inc: driver seat manual height adjustment, adjustable active head restraints

Center console w/sliding armrest, storage compartment, beverage holders

Floor mats

Driver footrest

Steering wheel-mounted audio & cruise controls

Tilt/telescoping steering column

2-tier instrument panel w/blue backlit gauges-inc: electronic IMA display, tachometer, digital odometer, (2) digital trip meters, outside temp display

Indicator lights-inc: idle-stop, IMA charge/assist, trunk/door-open, low oil/fuel, fuel/coolant temp, passenger-side airbag status

Digital fuel-mileage, average fuel consumption indicators

Maintenance Minder system

Tire pressure monitoring system

Pwr windows w/driver auto-up/down

Pwr door locks w/auto-lock

Remote entry w/trunk release

Cruise control

Remote fuel filler door release

Remote trunk release w/lock

Security system

Immobilizer theft-deterrent system

Automatic climate control w/air-filtration system

Rear seat heater ducts

Rear window defroster w/timer

160-watt AM/FM stereo w/CD player-inc: (6) speakers, MP3/WMA player, speed-sensitive volume control, auxiliary input jack, CD text display

Integrated roof-mounted antenna

12V pwr outlets-inc: (1) front, (1) center console

Coin tray

Satin-finish door handle pulls

Front door pocket storage bins

Dual visor vanity mirrors

Map lights

Cargo area light

Dual front seatback pockets

4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/electronic brake distribution (EBD)

Brake assist

Dual-stage, dual-threshold driver & front passenger airbags

Driver & front passenger side-impact airbags w/passenger side occupant position detection system

Side curtain airbags, front & rear

3-point seat belts in all positions-inc: front automatic tensioning system, front adjustable seat belt anchors

Child-proof rear door locks

Outboard lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)

Emergency trunk release

Side-impact door beams

Daytime running lights




















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