2008 Honda Civic EX Coupe 1.8 from North America
I look forward to driving this car every day. I love the sporty style of the coupe and the interior has been well thought out. Surprising amount of back seat room as well for the trunk.
I test drove the Yaris, Corolla, and Altima, and the Honda I thought had the best balance of styling, options, and fuel economy.
It's not meant to be a luxury car or a rocket off the line, but it handles very well, stops excellent, and with the silky smooth engine I can pass most everyone going up Mt. Hood winding up the pass at about 75 MPH.
The 350 watt, 7 speaker stereo sounds incredible, and I really like the auto volume control that turns up or down the volume depending on your speed.
The EX package is a great value and includes 4 wheel disc brakes, moon roof, 16" alloy wheels, (I hate hub caps!) 350 watt stereo, a big chrome exhaust exit, rear and front stabilizer bars and of course power windows.
This Honda drives precise and tight, although there is some road noise when the stereo is turned down.
I have been getting 33 MPG in town and about 39 on a trip to Seattle recently. I expect even better fuel mileage once the car is fully broken in.
Honda recommends not changing their break-in oil until the oil change indicator gets 10% oil life left, about 7000 miles. I just couldn't do it and had it changed at 2700 miles. To my understanding the break-in oil has a high molly content, but with even with modern engine manufacturing there has got to be some wear in the break-in stage, and I want the extra metals out of my oil.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th August, 2008