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.
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.

If you just loaf around, the CVT is unobtrusive enough and does a decent job of minimizing the transmission technology's inherent rubber-band feel. Still, if you climb a hill or merge quickly, the engine responds with annoying, whiny revs.

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 the money. The sporty Si come...
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sedan EX-T 4-cyl CVT
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