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The redesigned 2006 Civic is a major improvement over the previous generation, and is now CR's top-rated small sedan. Handling is responsive and secure, and the ride is steady and compliant. Road noise is pronounced. The 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine is refined, works well with the smooth five-speed automatic, and returned 28 mpg. The hybrid model returned 37 mpg overall. Instruments are uniquely arranged into two tiers, with a high-mounted digital speedometer. The interior has generous storage space. Standard safety equipment includes ABS and curtain air bags. Crash-test results are impressive. An ultra-clean emissions natural gas version, the GX, is available in New York and California.

See Reliability page for the latest 2006 Honda Civic recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS available, standard from 2006. Side air bags available from 2001, standard from 2006. Head protection air bags standard from 2006. ESC available from 2007, standard from 2012. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2016.

Road Test

The Honda Civic is refined and economical, with fairly nimble handling and a relatively comfortable ride. The aerodynamic styling of the Civic looks futuristic, but sacrifices ease of access. Pronounced road noise remains a complaint. Stability contr...


  • Powertrain refinement, fuel economy, fit and finish, crash-test results.


  • Road noise, no ESC without leather option.


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels

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Body Styles
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • CVT
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.3-liter 4 hybrid (110 hp)
  • 1.8-liter 4 (113 hp)
  • 1.8-liter 4 (140 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (197 hp)