The Two Extremes - Honda Civic Long-Term Road Test

2007 Honda Civic Long-Term Road Test

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Honda Civic: The Two Extremes

July 01, 2009

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Say what you want about the Honda Civic, but there's no denying the vehicle's range. You want a cheap A to B sedan? No problem. An inexpensive, fun, little coupe? Got it. A Hybrid? Sure. One that runs on Natural Gas? Okay. A hot rod? Yup.

Basically there's a Civic for everybody and everything. And so I thought it would be fun to compare the track test numbers of the Civic's two extremes, our long-term Civic GX, which drinks (or is it inhales?) compressed natural gas and the Civic Si, which is known for eating American musclecars.

Both are front-wheel drive and powered by four-cylinders and both cost about $25,000, but the GX is powered by a 113 hp 1.8-liter engine while the Si is packing a 197 hp 2.0-liter. Oh, and the GX uses a 5-speed automatic transmission. The Si of course get six-speed manual.

Honda Civic GX

0-60 mph: 12.6 sec.

1/4 mile: 18.9 sec. @ 72.9 mph

60-0 mph Braking: 135 ft.

700 ft. Slalom: 62.8 mph

200 ft. Skid Pad: .75g

Honda Civic Si

0-60 mph: 7.0 sec.

0-60 with 1-ft Rollout: 6.7 sec.

1/4 Mile (sec @ mph): 15.3 sec @ 93.0 mph

60 - 0 mph Braking: 123 ft.

700 ft. Slalom: 68.8 mph

200 ft. Skid Pad: .89g

No surprise here of course. The Si performs better. I just thought it would be fun to see the performance range of Honda's beloved Civic. I know which one I'd rather have.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief

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