Honda hasn't sloughed off its environmental responsibilities with its bigger, stronger-performing Civic. The hybrid model may be gone from the lineup, but the Civic's quite efficient, with nearly every model earning excellent EPA combined ratings of 35 miles per gallon.
The base Civic LX has the lowest ratings of the lineup. When its 2.0-liter inline-4 is paired with the available manual transmission, it's rated at 27 mpg city, 40 highway, 31 combined, according to the automaker. They're figures some automakers would slay to have as their "worst" numbers.
As tight-fisted as the manual can be, the other versions of the Civic outfitted with a continuously variable transmission are much more frugal. Paired with the base four-cylinder, the Civic earns stellar fuel economy ratings of 31/41/35 mpg. That compares very well to the base Hyundai Elantra, which checks in at 38 mpg highway, and the base Mazda 3, which is rated at 41 mpg highway.
Even in turbocharged form, the Civic's fuel economy wows. Highway economy improves to 31/42/35 mpg, even though power rises, though all other numbers remain the same.
All Civics sport an "Econ" button that slows throttle progression and cuts the A/C's fan speed to trim fuel use, but its function is not included in EPA-cycle measurements.