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The Civic is a substantial and capable compact car. The base 2.0-liter engine and optional 1.5-liter turbo both deliver good fuel economy, with the turbo bringing 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 occupants must do 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 on most trims. A four-door hatchback badged Sport adds practicality, while the Si version presents a performance bargain. The 306-hp Type-R is the most extreme version available.

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, provide...

Highs

  • Impressive fuel economy
  • Competent ride and handling

Lows

  • 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 (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...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
  • 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
coupe
sedan
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)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (306 hp)

Ratings

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