For baseball fans, 44 means Hall-of-Famer Hank Aaron’s retired jersey. Pop culture buffs might remember Agent 44 from television’s Get Smart. And, regardless of political affiliation, everyone can agree that Barack Obama is the 44th president of the United States.
Now, 44 takes on a new meaning: it’s the city, highway and combined EPA estimate for miles per gallon on the updated 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid. This new hybrid compact’s numbers are 44-44-44, which place it second to the approximately 50-mpg-Prius, among autos not plugging into the grid. It is the second-best selling hybrid in the U.S.