The Honda Civic is a car with an excellent price tag. It is also one of the best options in its class for fuel economy. Yet, does this low sticker price live up to its abilities? Do you get more value for your money from the Civic? These are questions many car buyers ask. In this article we will give you our opinion on the Honda Civic's fuel economy and whether or not it is worthy of that low asking rate.
When the Civic came onto the market in the late 1990's it was the first car in America to use a front-wheel-drive gasoline engine. This front-wheel-drive system is what has given the Civic a significant boost in gas mileage. With this setup, you are getting a four-wheel-drive that handles like a truck and feels like a motorcycle. Yes, this Civic feels as though you are driving a motorcycle.
Although all Civics have front-wheel drive gasoline engines there are two distinct differences between the Civic and its brother the Civic Type-R. First is the Civic's lack of a rear-mounted engine. This allows the Civic to achieve fuel economy even when running on plain gas. The Civic Type-R, however, has no engine at all in the back. This is what helps the Civic achieve its low gas mileage.
The Civic's handling and ride are one of its forties. Despite its small curb weight the Civic coupe manages to feel much larger than it is. It isn't so much in the way the car feels as it is in the way it manages to set wheels. It is compact and light but handles and rides much like a sports car.
Let's start with handling. The Civic relies on its long front end to keep the mass off the rear wheels. This is both a good thing and a bad thing. You can be lifted by the engine but not so much that the weight transfer becomes problematic. On the other hand, the Civic will feel like a boat when rear-ended because the weight of the chassis behind you tends to stick behind you. This can lead to body rolls and a potentially dangerous situation.
As far as the hardware is concerned, the front of the Civic has a bit of everything. A traditional horizontally ordered dashboard, paddle shift dials, a real presence push button, and a nice big control knob. The controls themselves are well arranged, with an easily readable and functional center stack. The controls themselves do not change much from the Type-R or Type-S sedans. The Civic's roof does not swivel as the hood does in any other vehicle, nor does the steering Wheelbase move in relation to the height of the front fenders.
The Civic coupe also suffers from less high-end than the Type-R and Type-S sedans. Its base weight is 20 pounds lighter than the Civic Coupe. Coupe's Handling position does not improve much, nor does the Civic's lower handling. Most folks will be able to drive a Civic with ease, but its lack of high-end performance means that Civic buyers may have to trade off performance for the price.
Judging on the technical side, it appears the Civic retains the same basic layout and handling as before. The Civic's new weight-saving platform improves things at the passenger front end, where Civic weight is noticeably higher than ever before thanks in large part to front air vents and a longer roof. But the Civic's lack of power leads to less fun. Overall, the Civic is not a bad vehicle, but the lack of power and handling makes it hard to consider it a practical or reasonable buy.
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