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2018 Honda Civic KBB Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating 9.4 / 10
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KBB Expert Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By Scott Oldham -- Contributing Editor


A perennial best-seller, the roomy and fuel-efficient 2018 Honda Civic has become the benchmark for the compact class, which includes the Toyota Corolla, Chevy Cruze, Ford Focus, VW Golf and Jetta, Mazda3, Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte. The new Civic is offered as a sedan, coupe or hatchback, and its available turbocharged engines produce as much as 306 horsepower. It’s also rated a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The new Honda Civic is offered in seven trim levels including the base Civic LX, which starts around $21,000 for a hatchback, the Civic Si performance model and the legendary Civic Type R, which battles the Ford Focus RS and Volkswagen Golf R for hot-hatch supremacy. With its variety of models, excellent-yet-efficient driving manners, and an enviable history of reliability and resale value, it's little wonder the Civic was crowned KBB.com's 2017 Best Buy Award overall winner.

You'll Like This Car If...

Stylish and filled with the latest tech and safety features, the 2018 Honda Civic is perfect for anyone looking for a spacious, fuel-efficient and reliable commuter car that’s fun to drive. Enthusiasts will like the 205-horsepower Civic Si Coupe or Sedan, and the 306-horsepower Civic Type R Hatchback is destined to become a legend.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Despite its numerous body styles and powertrains, the Civic does not serve all. If you need all-wheel drive, look to a Subaru Impreza. For a diesel sedan or hatchback, turn to the Chevy Cruze. And if a hybrid is what you’re looking for, check out the Toyota Prius, Kia Niro and Hyundai Ionic.

What's New for 2018

Last year Honda added the hatchback body style as well as the 306-horsepower high-performance Type R to the Civic’s extensive lineup. There are no changes or updates for 2018.

Driving It Driving Impressions

Honda says its vast and longtime involvement in auto racing improves its street cars. Although it’s hard to draw a direct line from the Honda that won the 2017 Indy 500 to the new Civic, although both cars are turbocharged, a big part of the Civic's winning formula is the way it combines practicality, efficiency and everyday comfort with modest to maximum dashes of sportiness. The Civic is highly satisfying to drive, even a base model with the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and 6-speed manual transmission. The smaller but more powerful turbocharged 1.5-liter offers good if not blistering acceleration and nary a hint of turbo lag. Most buyers will choose the automatic transmission, and the Civic's CVT (continuously variable transmission) is among the best at mimicking a traditional one. A standard Civic can't quite match a Mazda3 in cornering dynamics, but it's still among the best in its class, as is its steering feel.

Favorite Features

HONDA SENSING
This comprehensive suite of optional safety features and driving aids costs only $1,000. It’s an incredible value. The package includes adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, road-departure mitigation, forward-collision warning, lane-keeping assist and the Collision Mitigation Braking System, which can automatically apply the brakes if a frontal collision appears imminent.

HONDA LANEWATCH
Standard on EX, EX-L and the top Sport Touring trim levels, this clever system adds a camera to the passenger-side mirror to eliminate your blind spot. Every time you turn on the Civic’s right turn signal, the camera provides a live shot of the Civic’s flank on the interior touch screen.


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