My first stick shift
By vk2hondas on
Vehicle2004 Honda Civic Si 2dr Hatchback w/Side Airbags (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
ReviewVery easy to drive even though it's been
ages since I drove one.
Smooth clutch/shifter action.
Quieter than the competition, feels nice
and solid. Driver's seat perfect fit
for me. Has right amount of power with
focus - no rear head rests, cheap
plastic interior, noisy
mazda3 - great, but console
blocks my leg
impreza wagon - felt loose, closing
doors caused rattles all over,
uncomfortable driver seat bottom
forester X - very nice overall, too
much $$$, vague stick, not sure I like
vibe (AWD & FWD) - very noisy, no
power in automatics
mini - very nice, but dealer too far,
element - drives like a truck
Best FeaturesDriver seat with great support. Shifter and clutch are so nice. Blasphemous, but stock stereo system sounds great to me. Subdued, yet sporty looks, e.g. red stitching, nice, simple looking wheels. Not for poseurs (Scion's brochure/magazine/DVD turned me off their cars).
Worst FeaturesOne more top end gear (or overdrive) for quieter cruising on the hwy. Make moonroof opt., side airbags std. AUX port for stereo, or at least MP3 CD. HVAC knobs where you can feel the settings by hand. Power steering feels a bit light at higher speeds. Remote hatch release.
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