The Honda Civic is back -- recapturing its position as a mature, substantial compact car with enough elegant touches that it makes you feel like you spent more money than you had to. The base 2.0-liter engine is smooth, with reasonable oomph, provided you're not in a real hurry.
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Honda Civic Road Test

The Honda Civic is back -- recapturing its position as a mature, substantial compact car with enough elegant touches that it makes you feel like you spent more money than you had to.

The base 2.0-liter engine is smooth, with reasonable oomph, provided you're not in a real hurry. The Civic is fitted with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that optimizes acceleration and fuel economy but tends to amplify the engine noise. If you prefer to shift yourself, a six-speed manual is available on select trim lines and is the only choice for the sporty Si version.

Best Version to Get
We'd stick to the base LX trim (if going for the sedan). Its 2.0-liter four-cylinder provides great fuel economy and adequate power. Choose the LX 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...
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