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-cylinder rated at 158 hp, and the EX-T with the uplevel 1.5-liter, 174-hp turbocharged four-cylinder-the first turbo Honda has offered in the U.S.
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Honda Civic 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-cylinder rated at 158 hp, and the EX-T with the uplevel 1.5-liter, 174-hp turbocharged four-cylinder-the first turbo Honda has offered in the U.S.

Automatic Civics come with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which uses belts and pulleys rather than mechanical cogs. If you prefer to row your own gears, the LX model offers a six-speed manual.

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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 Honda Sensing s...
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