Natural Gas w/Leather and Navigation 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5A)
I've always wanted a Honda civic because of the great reviews and good gad mileage. I get 35 city and 42 highway which is pretty great. I think the car overall is great, but there are some things I'm not a fan of. The Lx version only has 3 windshield wiper settings which is frustrating. Also the headrests sit too far forward, the interior seems pretty cheap, the Bluetooth is loud for those calling you, and the acceleration is kind of sluggish. My most recent problem though is the paint. I wax my car once or twice a month because I live in texas, and wash it almost every week. You'd think the paint would be in great condition. Wrong, after a year of owning the vehicle I have rock chips all over my hood. The paint is cheap and they won't cover it under any warranty. Overall a great car, but not worth the price tag
SOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
143 @ 6,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
129 @ 4,300
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
Not much a driver can do to affect acceleration here, with a CVT and not enough torque to break the front tires' traction. I tried all three forward "gears" (D, S, L) and found S caused the engine rpm to reach redline by 60 mph and hold it there until about 80 mph. There are no distinct gears and no manual-shift mode. Those unfamiliar with this type of transmission might find it odd sounding, as if the transmission is "slipping" gears.
As is typical for this type of car, the first stop was the shortest of four, where moderate brake fading occurs. Each stop was straight and well controlled, however.
Slalom: The Civic's electronic stability control (ESC) is remarkably sophisticated for this class of car. Unlike some other cars that detect aggressive driver input or the outer limits of the tires' grip and clamp down early and hard on the brakes, this car allows a modest amount of play before subtly "trimming" the car's heading with quick and effective dabs of selected brakes. It's obvious this ESC was tuned and optimized to allow for spirited driving. Steering weight is light but precision is very good. Skid pad: Rather than using brakes to affect the car's attitude (as in the slalom), ESC merely breathes off the throttle in this steady-state corner to maintain the skid pad arc without causing the tires to howl or skid. Shutting the system off allows the tires to begin to slide and gain a little more grip in the process. Again, steering feel doesn't really inform the driver in any way, weight remains rather light regardless, and precision is good.