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Latest Generation


The current-generation Civic continues to be fuel-efficient and brings a simpler infotainment system. The standard engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and a more powerful 1.5-liter turbo comes on higher trims. Handling is nimble but the ride is stiff and choppy. The cabin is roomy, but the low-slung stance makes it awkward to enter and exit. The infotainment system is very easy to use. Standard safety features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, and lane-keeping assist. The 2024 Civic offers a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a sporty Si version with a 200-hp turbo engine. A high-performance Type R version with a 315-hp, 2.0-liter turbo engine is new for 2023. The Civic's cabin is roomy, but the car's low stance makes access challenging. The infotainment system is user-friendly. Advanced safety features like AEB with pedestrian detection and highway driving assistance are standard, but BSW and RCTW are available only on top trims.

Previous Generation


This generation marked a significant change, with Honda introducing a clean-sheet design. The new Civic felt more upscale and substantial than its predecessors. Base models used a 1.8-liter four-cylinder, but higher trims had a 1.5-liter turbocharged four. Handling was spry and responsive, and road noise was subdued. The interior featured nicer materials and had a spacious rear seat. A hatchback version joined the lineup in 2017. For 2019, the Civic received numerous interior and exterior styling updates and standard Honda Sensing safety equipment on all but the top performance versions.


The 2012 redesign was a step backward, losing its premium feel and enjoyable nature. This Civic had a cheap interior, numb handling, and a bouncy ride. Steering was overly light and devoid of feedback. However, Honda made substantial improvements in 2013, improving the ride, handling, and interior finish. A CVT automatic replaced the traditional automatic in 2014. The 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine remained a highlight, returning an impressive 30 mpg with responsive acceleration.


Marking a major improvement over earlier versions, the 2006-2011 Civic featured a roomier and quieter interior and a better ride. Most models had a refined and economical 1.8-liter four-cylinder, with the hybrid version getting a combined 37 mpg. Steering was well-weighted and quick, though road noise remained noticeable. The sporty Si used a more powerful 2.0-liter four with a six-speed manual, but its steering lacked feedback.


The Civic of this era offered good performance, efficient fuel economy, and ample interior space. Most versions came with a 1.7-liter four-cylinder, with the uplevel EX trim making more power and returning 29 mpg overall. Hybrid versions were available, but they were slower than the regular Civic and had some issues with hybrid battery failures. Handling was fairly nimble, but the ride was firm, and road noise was pronounced. The Civic Si hatchback didn’t add much excitement, despite its 160-hp engine.


TThis generation saw the Civic come with smooth, efficient four-cylinder engines. Although the cabin was fairly noisy, the ride was comfortable. A 1996 redesign enhanced the handling from the previous generation, and the engines grew slightly larger but quieter. The interior was well thought out, and the sporty Si Coupe was added to the lineup in 1999.