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.