Honda Civic LX Review

Posted on 02. Mar, 2007 by in Auto News

Herbie Hancock is a jazz pianist with a lesser-known passion for all things electronic. After trading his sublime Steinway for some innovative synthesizer music career Hancock Rockit-ed in the interstellar space. It is unclear why. Honda reversed Hancock career path for its eighth generation Civic Here we have a machine which again reminds us of the time, hit the airwaves as a funk-fusion and flying wedge concepts littered the world's design studios. What's going on?

The retro allusions are obvious, but we have to be clear about their design: The new Civic is high profile cabin forward silhouette and skaterboi ramp cum windshield is less old school Lamborghini, more "Minivan Jr." Despite Audi-esque taillights, strange to say the four-door proportions clear: "I want to be a fastback!" About the best that can be said about the design: it's unmistakably from ten feet away or ten stages.

Too bad that the windows are opaque. Honda interior designers invite you to enjoy their first KITT car cabin. This ode to seventies sci-fi chic sports a two-story instrument cluster. A digital speedometer sits down above, a Cyclopsian analog tachometer lingers below. The lighting effects are not quite Peter Max, but it's not for lack of trying. All that is needed is a flashing LED and testy, effeminate voice in order to protect you from the "world of criminals who operate above the law."

Fortunately, the Civic fit the high quality finish and a suitable cavity for A B'ers decided to enjoy their daily dose of standstill or weekly trip to the supermarket. The Civic does not look or feel cheap goods, even with the foresight to save valuable time on the attractive door trim spending. True to Honda heritage both large and small controls are flawless, sensual ergonomic. And there's plenty of head, leg, shoulder and trunk space for five Civic-minded adults.

The Civic LX 'aft cargo-hole makes the victory list with tailgate operation and load rel that Verne Troyer is compliant. But the hood with Dustbuster profile and make long arm A-pillar forward visibility a gamble on the turnpike or in Whole Foods' parking lot. Once you get past the front end of the lack of visual reinforcement and the video game interfaces, takes a dominant grip on smooth two-spoke of the Civic LX "wheel breeze.

But not in the Atari 2600 way. Honda funky-fresh wedge mobile handles in a manner more befitting a Gran Turismo racing. Almost everything that is by the ghosts of past, present and accounted for Civics: linear steering, powerful brakes, confident handling, and reasonably well-controlled body motions. The 16 Civic boost "wheels fast corners and deep brakes, even if the chassis limitations strictly R & B (reached and exceeded).

While it's nice to believe that economical small cars are operated by financially challenged enthusiasts, an automatic transmission in this neck of the woods is authentic. The Civic slushbox shifts effortlessly between five well-matched gear.

That's a good thing. With a 1.8-liter four-cylinder mill puffing stroll from 140HP at 6300rpm, the need to 60mph from rest more than a few gears and almost 9 seconds of the Civic driver time. Let's face it: the Civic LX 'acceleration is not exactly the stuff of folklore NOPI. But the mill gets the job done with a Vario-cammed powerband free speed, thrash and with minimal complaint. More importantly (at least for the target market), the mpg $ 17k sedan clocks at 30/40 EPA.

Granted, the Civic LX-trimmed souls will not fire with greasy bits set worthy temple of VTEC. But the little Honda is a great car to hit the average American sensibilities. The small sedan serves up the kind of calm, confident ride and sound isolation normally associated with high-priced luxobarges. And that is what this special package. Fully respecting dynamic details while catering to the comfort-oriented requirements penny-pinching customers reliable basic transportation

Yes, but somehow the Civic compact car persona was lost in translation. While you have to love all these airbags and superlative passive safety, there is no escaping the fact that the £ 2750 Civic is a larger animal than ever. Which begs the question: adding extra heft was known the right way for a car for catering to both the entry-level dynamic power density buyer and crazy import tuner crowd?

In this age of bigger is better, the current generation Civic bowed to market trends and the Pistonheads sold out. Yes, the Civic still a soothing method of family planning transport with unique styling and respectable performance. Sure, it's still a modern model A: a blank canvas for street savvy tuner to make uh, "strong" visual, auditory and performance statement. But the Civic is no longer a sport compact. Forget the dubious nostalgic styling, which is perhaps the biggest disappointment of all.