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subscribeThe Civic is Honda’s signature car.
It’s the car that catapulted the company to fame in the
But the Civic is more than
just the attention-grabbing Hybrid and the rorty, engaging Si coupe. It’s also
the heart of the brand that, along with the Accord sedan, accounts for a
majority of Hondas sold each year in the
In a world where economy cars can mean anything from a hand-me-down F-150 to a $28,000 MINI Cooper Convertible, the Civic has to be nearly all things to all people. Good thing it succeeds on most counts, particularly in its most exotic forms.
Think about it: this eighth-generation Civic is to the 1973 model what you are to your Civil War ancestors. It’s fitting that there’s everything civil about the new car, so vastly different from its forbears and still attuned to the basics of great efficiency and value.
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This time, there are four distinct models in the lineup. That’s to capture the ever-fracturing and shrinking small-car market, which Honda predicts will downsize by another 11 percent in the next five years. Diversity means a broader appeal — whether it’s to the younger crowd leaning to the sporting Si, the work and commuter crowd wanting the coupe and sedan, or the green-and-proud Hybrid drivers.