(2004 model shown)
Honda's subcompact line offers a broad assortment of coupe, sedan and hatchback models, each offering varying degrees of performance and practicality. All are well designed and solidly built vehicles inside and out that boast a well-earned reputation for durability. Most versions come with a standard 1.7-liter four-cylinder engine that produces either 115, 117, or 127 horsepower, depending on the application. The Si hatchback is the raciest Civic with its 160-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while the Civic Hybrid and its 93 horsepower gas/electric powertrain is the most fuel-efficient version. Most trim levels offer the choice of a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission, and a continuously variable transmission that eschews gears for a system of belts and pulleys is offered on the HX coupe. A new Special Edition package for EX and LX sedans and coupes includes an upgraded audio system, leather-wrapped steering wheel, a rear wing spoiler, and alloy wheels.Enlarge Photo
2005 Honda Civic GX
2004 Honda Civic Hybrid by John Pearley Huffman (12/22/2003)
Plain Jane's green machine.