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The 2011 Honda Civic does have some impressive possibilities, but they're only offered in top-of-the-line EX-L models; otherwise the feature list is unimpressive.
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ancient navigation system, which at this point is an advertisement for buying a much cheaper portable unit
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The Corolla's clumsy air-conditioning controls are to the Civic's what a Guitar Hero prop is to a Gibson Custom.

scanning through [iPod] playlists is a tedious touchscreen-button-pressing exercise

Optional navigation system seemed as dated as telegraph compared with what Honda uses in the Pilot SUV and other new models.
USA Today

The stereo is a little goofy, as a CD player is hidden behind the motorized LCD, along with a PC Card slot. You can put MP3 CDs in the player, and you can get a PC Card flash drive or adaptor for SD cards to play MP3s in the PC Card slot. We imagine Honda Civic owners account for the majority of PC Card adaptor sales.

Especially if any tech features are must-haves, Honda still leaves much to be desired in the Civic's feature set—unless you're willing to step up to the top EX-L model. There, you can get Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and a USB audio interface, along with satellite radio and a nav system.

On the rest of the lineup, the Civic's equipment list is lackluster—and with no chance to get items like Bluetooth on lower trims, it's a bit of a throwback to the days of the 'economy car.' The entry DX model is pretty basic, with no air conditioning, but power windows and door locks and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel are standard on all models. The Civic LX has air conditioning, cruise control, power locks, a CD audio system with an auxiliary jack, and a folding rear seat. The EX sedan gets distinct alloy wheels, a sunroof, and an available navigation system with XM Satellite Radio. And although a leather-upholstered Civic seems a little odd, you can get exactly that, plus heated seats and mirrors, in the Civic EX-L edition.

The sporty Si gets a significantly different look, with front and rear spoilers, special interior trims, its own wheels, and a low stance, but actual equipment is about the same as the EX.

The available navigation system includes voice recognition, but the system in general feels dated at this point, with the screen appearing dull next to the latest high-contrast displays, a clunky menu structure, and a very limited voice-command system. We also failed to pair two popular cellphone models in our latest driving experience with a Civic EX-L.


The 2011 Honda Civic does have some impressive possibilities, but they're only offered in top-of-the-line EX-L models; otherwise the feature list is unimpressive.

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