I'm a recreational shooter, and I do alot of
highway driving on the weekends to participate in various shooting events. For many years I've made these trips in 4X4 trucks and have wasted alot of gas in the process. I wanted a vehicle that gets great mpg, would effectively haul myself and my equipment, and has the comforts of A/C, cruise, auto, CD, power locks and windows. I also wanted to buy from a manufacturer with a lengendary rep for longevity and reliability. The Civic LX sedan fits my needs wonderfully. My trips regularly take me over the high mountain passes of Colorado, and even with the automatic transmission the civic has no problem doing the speed limit over the hills.
I think it's a great-looking car. It's fun to drive, and feels solid and responsive. My driving is 70% highway, 30% city. My combined mileage is 38-39 mpg. Highway mileage varies between 44 to 47 mpg depending on traffic. I leave the ECON button on always and have never felt the need for more power. There is some stout road noise when driving over rough pavement, but I attribute this to hard tire compound and 36-38 PSI. It's nice to be able to securely lock my equipment out of sight, under a steel trunk lid. I typically drive my vehicles for 20 years/ 200,000-300,000 miles, and I'm confident that the civic will do the distance. Considering my needs, I feel this car was the very best choice.
The seat fabric is very bland and light-colored. I wish Honda offered a dark gray cloth interior option for all civic models. The second tier of the dash seriously looks like something a large aquatic animal would use to sift plankton out of the water. I'd much prefer the smaller, curved two-tier dash design of the older civics, even if it meant giving up the imid screen... maybe trade the imid for an outside temp. display? Buy the trunk tray from Honda, but don't bother getting the Honda all-season floor mats. There is a large cut-out under the gas pedal that lets any mud or slush fall right onto the carpet. Instead, buy the FLOOR-LINER mats from Weathertech.com, you'll be very glad you did
I predict some scepticism regarding my mileage claims, so I thought I'd better follow up with more info. I'm a conservative driver, I drive the speed limit, and as stated I always leave the ECON button on. When I fill up I use a calculator to divide the miles driven by the gallons used. The calculated figure is within 1/10 of 1 mpg of the display on the civic's dash. Pitch pebbles if you'd like, but my mileage is what it is. - MakerWright
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