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The Civic is substantial, refined, and capable. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder and optional 1.5-liter turbo deliver good fuel economy, and the turbo brings more oomph and readily available power. The continuously variable transmission amplifies the noise of the base engine; it works better with the turbo. The ride is comfortable, handling is precise, and the interior has a lot of storage space. However, the car's low stance means doing the limbo to get in and out. In addition, the front seats lack adjustable lumbar support, which could cause discomfort. We found Honda's infotainment system to be unintuitive--the only way to avoid it is to get the base LX. Forward-collision warning is available. A four-door hatchback version is new. Reliability of the redesign has been well below average.

Road Test

The Honda Civic is back -- recapturing its position as a mature, substantial economy car with enough elegant touches that make you feel like you spent more money than you did.We tested two Civic versions, the base LX with a new 2.0-liter four-cylinde...


  • Impressive fuel economy
  • Competent ride and handling


  • Low to the ground, making access difficult
  • Infuriating touch-screen radio on EX and higher trim lines

Best Version to Get

We'd stick to the base LX trim. Its 2.0-liter four-cylinder provides great fuel economy and adequate power, and you get to avoid the infuriating touch-screen radio that comes on every other trim. All in all, it's a lot of car for just over $20,000. If you can find an LX with the Hon...


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 3 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door hatchback
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.5-liter 4 turbo (205 hp)
  • 1.5-liter 4 turbo (180 hp)
  • 1.5-liter 4 turbo (174 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (158 hp)


Comfort / Convenience
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