Japanese automaker Honda has been in the hybrid game from the very start, releasing the quirky, two-seat Insight back in 1999.
Since then, the company has sold a variety of other hybrid models, and currently offers four to U.S. consumers.
We've compiled reviews and articles for each Honda hybrid to bring you a full guide to the current range. Click the model name to see the car's full review, and click on links for relevant information on each vehicle. You'll find the Honda CR-Z on this page, the Insight on page 2, the Civic Hybrid on page 3 and the Accord Hybrid on the fourth page.
You may also be interested in our article reviewing the next generation of Honda hybrid--this is what future Honda hybrids will be based on.
2014 Honda CR-Z
35 City, 39 Highway, 37 Combined (CVT)
The Honda CR-Z is unique in being the only hybrid currently on sale with the option of a manual transmission. That's because Honda is positioning the CR-Z as an enthusiast's car, mixing the twin benefits of fun driving characteristics and miserly economy.
Performance from the 1.5-liter hybrid-assisted engine may not set your heart racing, but the CR-Z is still one of the most fun hybrids to drive, and if you opt for the continuously-variable transmission, 37 mpg combined is within reach. Stick shift nets you 34 mpg combined.
The CR-Z's future is currently hanging in the balance. Low sales in Europe have led to Honda canning the model there, but it seems to be hanging on in the U.S--we're sure to find out its future in the next year or so, though.
- 2014 Honda CR-Z HPD: Performance Up, Economy Down For Hybrid Hatch?
- 2013 Honda CR-Z Hybrid Coupe: Quick Drive Report
- 2013 Honda CR-Z Hybrid Coupe: More Power, New Battery, Updated Style
- 2013 Honda CR-Z: Paris Auto Show Live Photos
- 2013 Honda CR-Z Hybrid Gets Better Acceleration, Boost Mode
- 2013 Honda CR-Z Hybrid Updates: Paris Auto Show Preview
- Honda CR-Z Hybrid Hatchback Update Teased
- Honda Presents Supercharged CR-Z Hybrid Hatch At SEMA Show
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- Five New 2012 Hybrid Cars To Consider Steering Clear Of
- Mugen CR-Z: Hybrid Honda Hot Rod Mixes MPG And MPH
- 2011 Honda CR-Z Hybrid Coupes With Manual Gearboxes Recalled
- Honda CR-Z Mugen RR Concept Shows Hybrids Can Be Sporty
- Rumor: Honda Prepping Gas-Only CR-Z
- Report: Honda CR-Z Model To Drop Hybrid Motor, Pick Up Turbo
- GreenCarReports Best Car To Buy 2011 Nominee: Honda CR-Z
- 2011 Honda CR-Z: Frugal And Fun, Or Compromised Consumption?
- Toyota Prius, Honda CR-Z Rumored To Take Part In GT300 Racing Series
- Honda CR-Z Racer To Kick Its Tail At Le Mans
- How Does A 533 HP 2011 Honda CR-Z Sound?
2014 Honda Insight
41 City, 44 Highway, 42 Combined
Well, that's it then. Honda's flagship hybrid vehicle is ending production worldwide later this year, meaning no 2015 model will be available.
Owners like their Insights, but others see it as a missed opportunity--despite it being one of the cheapest hybrids on sale, some wish it had offered better economy and a little more performance.
A little more style and panache might not have gone amiss either. At a glance, those less familiar might mistake the Honda Insight for the more popular Toyota Prius. Each car shares the same streamlined shape, maximizing interior space while ensuring the vehicle is aerodynamically efficient.
The Insight is only a mild hybrid though, so can't achieve the same economy as the more advanced Prius. A fine budget choice, but few will be sad to see it go..
- Honda: Hybrids For Bigger Cars Now That Insight Is Going Away (New!)
- Honda Insight Hybrid To Be Canned By 2015?
- Toyota Prius Continues To Trounce Honda's Insight In Global Hybrid Sales
- 2013 Honda Insight: The Forgotten Hybrid?
- 2012 Honda Insight: The Overlooked Subcompact Hybrid Choice?
- 2012 Honda Fit Vs 2012 Honda Insight Hybrid: High Gas Mileage Battle
- 2012 Honda Insight: New Front Styling, Better Gas Mileage
- 2012 Honda Insight: Higher MPGs, New Grille, Nicer Interior
- Will Surging Gas Prices Save The Honda Insight?
- Chevy Volt Price-Gouging Pushes Buyer Into Honda Insight Hybrid
- Honda Takes The Insight Down A Notch—In Price
- 2011 Honda Insight Adds New $18,950 Entry Model, Upgraded Features
- Honda Insight or Honda Civic Hybrid?
- Honda Insight Sales Take Plunge, Company Reconsiders Hybrid Fit
- 2010 Honda Insight May Be the Best Bang for Your Hybrid Buck
- 2009 Honda Insight tops Consumer Reports Most-Reliable List
- 2010 Honda Insight a Top Safety Pick By IIHS
2014 Honda Civic Hybrid
44 City, 44 Highway, 44 Combined
For a while, the Civic Hybrid was the only car holding Honda's hybrid fort, but that load has was eased when the cheaper Insight and sportier CR-Z joined the range. Now, the Civic Hybrid is Honda's stalwart, not providing any excitement nor suiting those on a tight budget, but offering good mpg in a practical, reliable package.
It uses a 1.5-liter gasoline engine with a mild hybrid system, comprising a compact electric motor between the engine and continuously-variable transmission.
Unlike the now-defunct Insight, Honda hasn't yet confirmed whether its long-running Civic Hybrid will stay or go--but we can't see it hanging around for too much longer, as more modern Honda hybrids emerge in Japan.
- Honda Civic Hybrid: Battery Unreliable, Consumer Reports Says
- Six High-Mileage Hybrids That Will Keep You Invisible
- 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid Will Be Made In U.S., Not Japan
- Best Used Green Cars To Buy: 2006-2011 Honda Civic Hybrid
- 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid: Hammer It, How High Is Gas Mileage?
- 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid: Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2012 Nominee
- Our MPGs Vs Consumer Reports: Volt, Civic Hybrid, Jetta TDI, Lexus CT 200h, Fiat 500
- 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid: 44-MPG Compact's High Points (Video)
- 44-MPG 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid At NY Auto Show: Drive Review
2014 Honda Accord Hybrid
2014 Honda Accord Hybrid
50 City, 45 Highway, 47 Combined
2014 Honda Accord Hybrid
The Accord Hybrid is the latest addition to the Honda hybrid range, and it's also the best.
That's mainly because it uses an entirely new hybrid drivetrain. Rather than the 'Integrated Motor Assist' mild hybrid system used in the CR-Z, Civic and Insight, a new "Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive" system pairs a 2.0-liter gasoline engine with a twin motor hybrid setup.
It's a full hybrid, with electric, hybrid, engine-only and power generation modes. The upshot is one of the most efficient vehicles on the road--50 mpg city, 45 on the highway and combined economy of 47 mpg. An Accord plug-in hybrid is also available, with electric efficiency of 115 MPG equivalent, 47 city, 46 highway and 46 combined in hybrid mode.
- 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Supplies Tight In 'Rolling Release'
- Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy: 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid
- 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Has No Transmission: How It Works
- 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Priced From $29,945, On Sale Oct 31
- 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Gas Mileage: 47 MPG Combined
- 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Arrives This Fall, Rated At 47 MPG
Honda Vezel (Japanese version)
Honda Vezel (Japanese version)
There's more to Honda's hybrid lineup than the Accord, Civic, CR-Z and Insight.
At least, there is if you look to the maker's back catalog, or take a peek at what the automaker sells overseas. Some of these vehicles, new and old, are detailed below.
Honda Fit Hybrid
Honda has sold a Fit Hybrid for several years now in the Japan and European markets, but such a model has never been released in the U.S.
The old model used a drivetrain identical to that of the Insight, but Honda's latest Fit Hybrid is much more advanced, using the new i-DCD dual-clutch setup. You now get all-electric running in certain situations--though like its predecessor, there are no plans for the car in the U.S.
- 2015 Honda Fit Hybrid: Forbidden Fruit Drive Report
- All-New Honda Fit On Sale Today (In Japan), Including Fit Hybrid
- All-New 2015 Honda Fit Appears, Hybrid Model Too (Not For U.S., Though?)
- Why Can't U.S. Buyers Get Hybrid Toyota Yaris & Honda Fit?
Honda Vezel Hybrid
What is a Vezel, you ask? It's a Fit-based crossover, and like the Fit, it gets a hybrid option in Japan.
The Vezel itself is coming to the U.S--perhaps badged HR-V--but the hybrid is still an unknown quantity. We're hoping Honda sees sense...
- 2015 Honda HR-V: Name For New Subcompact Crossover Based On Fit?
- Honda Vezel Compact Crossover: Tokyo Motor Show Live Photos
2001 Honda Insight
Honda Insight Mk1
For American hybrid buyers, this is where it all started--even if Toyota beat Honda to the punch by two years in their native Japan.
The original Insight was a two-seat subcompact coupe with a 1-liter, three-cylinder engine and IMA electric motor.
It's still considered a gas mileage champ today--and to see what all the fuss is about, Green Car Reports is running one as a long-term test vehicle! You can find out all the details below.
- Buying A Used 2000-2006 Honda Insight Hybrid: The Guide
- Introduction To Our Used 2001 Honda Insight Hybrid