Aimed squarely at the Toyota Prius, Honda’s dedicated hybrid model will be equipped with a revised version of the Civic Hybrid’s 1.3-liter Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system with the updated nickel-metal-hybrid batteries stored under the trunk floor. The reason why Honda decided to stick with the Civic’s ‘mild-hybrid’ system is that it can provide a realistic 45 to 50 mpg without costing near as much as the more advanced powertrain used in the Prius. -Continued
That translates to a lower price at the dealership. How much lower? According to inside sources, Honda’s mass-market hybrid model will start from around $18 to $19,000, undercutting the current Toyota Prius’ basic price by several thousands of dollars.
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