You can't go wrong with the Civic. Styling, suspension, powertrain, interior, economy, safety, price. It's got it all, including vastly different models to choose from, from Sedan to Coupe to hot Si. There are also alternative models: high-mileage HF, natural gas GX, and Hybrid.
Sam Moses filed this NewCarTestDrive.com report after his test drive of the Civic EX sedan in Washington state.
Model Line Overview
Honda Civic LX Sedan ($18,165), HF ($19,765), EX ($20,815), EX-L ($22,265), Si Sedan ($22,715); Si Coupe ($22,515); Hybrid ($25,860)
1.8-liter SOHC 16v I4; 2.4-liter DOHC 16v I4; hybrid 1.5-liter SOHC 16v I4 with electric motor assist
dual stage front airbags, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, rear seat child seat anchors, front seat belts with automatic tensioning system, VSA electronic stability control, traction control, ABS, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, tire-pressure monitoring system
Safety equipment (optional):
3 years/36,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Honda Civic EX Sedan ($20,815)
cloth upholstery, air conditioning with air filtration, 60-watt AM/FM/CD audio with six speakers, MP3 connectivity, Pandora interface, i-MID information display, Bluetooth connectivity, power moonroof, power mirrors, power windows, power locks, keyless remote entry, leather-wrapped steering wheel, tilt/telescope steering column, 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels
Options as tested (MSRP):
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
1.8-liter SOHC 16-valve four-cylinder
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
140 @ 6500
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
128 @ 4300
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
12.5 cu. ft.
MacPherson struts, antiroll bar
multilink, antiroll bar
vented disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of November 29, 2012.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
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