The year was 2005. Once king of the compact cars, the
Honda Civic was in its fifth model year and had lost much of the air of dominance with which it had strutted for so long. Then we drove the new-for-'06 model and the pecking order was set right again. How good was that Civic? Well, we just spent a week in a 2008 Civic EX
Sedan and were just as impressed with this eighth-generation Civic - now in its third model year - as we were after that first drive in Chicago.