By KBB.com Editors
As Honda's best-known and best-loved car, the Civic arrives fresh from last year's total makeover ready to give the competition another five-year run for its money. Long considered the standard by which all other compacts are measured, the Civic continues to lure buyers with its impressive fuel economy, unrivaled reliability and repair history and class-leading resale values. Once considered the Civic's only weak point, exterior styling is now one of the car's most appealing attributes. With its sharply raked windshield and low profile, the sleek Civic Coupe looks like nothing else on the road. The car's appeal to younger drivers has put Honda back into the good graces of the tuner and aftermarket crowd.You'll Like This Car If...
If you appreciate world-class refinement (along with impressive mileage), and you're looking to spend anywhere from $15,000 to $21,000 for a new car, your test-drive schedule might not continue past the Honda dealer.You May Not Like This Car If...
If the Civic's $15,000 starting price is the most you want to spend, you might be disappointed to find out the base model doesn't offer a factory-installed audio system, air conditioning, power locks, center console or even map lights.What's Significant About This Car?
For 2007, the sporty Si trim is expanded to include a sedan model.Driving It Driving Impressions
We drove the new Civic in both coupe and sedan form and found them both notable for what you don't hear or feelthe ride is smooth and quiet, while cornering and acceleration are effortless. The whole experience is more in line with what you'd expect from a bigger or pricier vehicle. The refined 140-horsepower engine never overwhelms you with power, but even when you run the tachometer up to its redline you don't feel like you're bullying the car.
The coupe version gets a slightly sportier suspension to go with its decidedly sportier posture, but it was still comfortable after hour-plus drives. Whether you find yourself in the driver's seat or one of the Civic's other seating positions, the new Civic is a perfectly enjoyable way to travel.
Listen to MP3s on CD. Listen to MP3s on a memory card. Listen to MP3s on an iPod. Listen to XM Satellite Radio. Listen through a 350-watt system with a subwoofer (coupe only). When you're feeling nostalgic, you can even listen to AM and FM radio broadcasts.
Two-Tier Instrument Panel
While some non-traditional instrument panel layouts come across as gimmicky, the Civic's two-tier execution seems to make all the sense in the world.