2006 Honda Civic EX Coupe 1.8 from North America


Best handling car I've driven in 15-years (really)


Nothing significant for this class of vehicle.

General Comments:

Great car so far...

OK... at first, I didn't particularly care for the looks of the car... but then I test drove one... WOW! This car makes everything else feel as though you're trying to control a drunk baby elephant, (not to mention everything else looks like a dinosaur... and whenever I get in someone else's car now... I feel like the windshield is dangerously close to my face ;-)

Seriously... I drive about 100-miles daily, and nothing else (gas only) comes close to this car in fuel economy (that's considered safe to drive). Does it handle like the S60, or before that, the 850GT?... matter-of-fact, it handles MUCH better than either of those cars (really). Funny thing too... last time I checked, mpg was right at 41.07 mpg!!

Fuel economy being my paramount concern... buying this car was a no-brainer (given the handling too... and added plus). Sure it's not as quiet as the Volvo or BMW (only slightly noisier than the BMW), but hey, I'm saving $300. monthly in gas. So I can live with the noise (changing tires to Michelins reduced noise about 40-50%... but still not as quiet as a Volvo... Swedes do an excellent job of isolating driver from the outside world... not necessarily a good thing really)..

Never owned a Japanese vehicle before... but so far I'm impressed... Just hope to experience some of that long-term Honda quality. So far, I don't have any reason to think that I won't.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st June, 2007

9th Nov 2008, 08:52

I agree with your points. The thing that really surprises me about the 2006 Civic EX is the gas mileage. 40 on the highway, 30 in the city. In the winter, 20 in the city. It’s much higher than I expected.

3rd Nov 2009, 17:00

I'm not too surprised by the mileage he's getting. I own an '08 Civic and I've gotten as much as 48 MPG on the highway. I usually average about 43 MPG highway, about 36 MPG in the city, and about 39 MPG with mixed city/highway driving. I drive very frugally though, 60 MPH is about the fastest I go on the highway.

2006 Honda Civic LX 1.8 from North America


A blast to drive at a economy cost


To date I have driven the Honda Civic 11,000 miles.

I've owned the car one year and have no mechanical issues.

General Comments:

The car is is equivalent to a fighter jet. The redesigned Civic is a wonderful sight to see. Inside the car has a futuristic feel with a two tier dashboard with the odometer mounted high, you never have to take your eyes off the road.

The dashboard is the size of a flight deck and provides ample room between yourself and the windshield; anyone who has gone through a windshield or has come close will appreciate this feature. The windshield is enormous and provides a amazing view of the road. Lastly, the redesigned windshield wipers work better than any other car, even luxury cars on the road today.

The car has a manual transmission, which is fun to drive and makes acceleration a breeze. The car is excellent on gas and a good road car for long trips. The sound system is superb for a car in the class, you will be blown away.

My only criticism is the paint. I have several small stone chips in the front of the hood. I think Honda should make a more durable paint and clear coat

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th May, 2007

18th Nov 2007, 16:35

I have had no problems with my Civic... except paint chips! I had the hood repaired and painted a few months ago due to a minor accident and it is again accumulating chips. I wonder if some colors are more durable? Mine is Shoreline Mist.