There are a couple of soft spots in this Honda's otherwise stellar safety regimen. One four-star rating for front seat side impact protection is barely worth mentioning.
More disappointing is that electronic stability control, a technology that helps keep the car under control during abrupt maneuvers, is not available on the Civic Hybrid.
The Civic Hybrid's mileage comes within shouting distance of a Prius - in terms of highway mileage, they're the same - but it does offer better crash test scores.
Otherwise, its biggest downsides compared to the Prius are less rear-leg room and luggage space.
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