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I've gotta agree with you on most of the more minor points you've brought up - a lot of them are small details which might go unnoticed by themselves, but do add up to knocking off, in my mind, about a half star. I can't agree on the snow handling, however - I live in Maine and I've found it handles ice and snow much better than my last vehicle. Maybe it's a matter of relativity: You came from driving a Mazda Tribute, a heavier vehicle; I came from a Chevy Aveo, a smaller and lighter vehicle than even the Civic! I've found for what it is (a compact car), the Civic handles winter driving quite well. Other than that (and the steering wheel - I just lowered and telescoped it all the way out and ride with my hands on my knees at 5 and 7 o'clock), I agree with the review completely. Some silly design choices were made that interfere with an otherwise 5-star car.Report it
Initially I thought I was being too hard on the Civic in the first couple snowfalls. Afterall, I did have 4x4 for 12 years, and yes, the Tribute was a very heavy vehicle (which I would still be driving if it hadn't gotten more expensive to maintain than a new car payment!) However the car I drove before the Tribute was a Saturn SC1 (manual), and it struggled in big snowfalls, an inch or two didn't phase it. Not sure what the issue is driving the Civic in snow - vehicle stability assist is on all the time. I've tried turning off the econ button, thinking that maybe the car needed all the power it has to get through the snow, but it didn't result in a noticeable difference. Just going to be "one of those things" I need to deal with for a while. I tend to hold on to my cars till they're ready to drop dead. :-)Report it
What's your impression of the Civic on the highway? Does it handle 70 mph easily? Is the cabin very noisy at those speeds? I'm looking to retire my 20013 jetta turbo (180 hp) for another compact car with better fuel economy. The 2014 Civic CVT is top on my list. I mostly drive in the city but I'm also concerned about highway performance and cabin noise when I take it ti the burns or on road trips. Any feedback is appreciateDReport it
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