25th Jan 2008, 22:48 that comment is just ridiculous. Even a semi truck would have some damage hitting a car at that speed. Thus a 3800 lb car hitting a 2700 lb car is going to leave a mark. I am not a honda fanatic like most people that come on here, but let's not be ignorant here.
I had a Ford Tempo hit my parked 1999 Honda Civic one night. I saw it happen right in front of my house. The streets were icy, and it was before the snowplows and sand trucks could get there. He couldn't have been doing over 12 MPH, 15 tops, he skidded out of control. Well the impact broke my bumper (they have the nerve to call that plastic thing a bumper?!?!?!?!) wrecked my radiator, threw the car out of alignment to the point where I couldn't even drive it. I'd hate to see what happens in a real crash with a bigger car or worse, an SUV. After the car was fixed I traded it off for a 2006 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE, a much more durable, reliable, attractive, and better performing car.
I have a 2002 Civic.
It's definitely rough - but not nearly as rough as the Acura RSX. I wish the 2002 civic had a smoother and quieter ride. Road noise is pretty prominent.
The safety of this car is excellent. We bought our car from our neighbors who got the side airbag option but not the anti-lock brake option - that's something I don't understand. Anti-lock brakes are key to avoiding a collision! Manual brake pumping just doesn't cut it compared to anti-lock.
I greatly disagree about the steering wheel - I activate the wipers and the turn signals with one finger without taking any hands off of the steering wheel. I don't know what you're getting at there.
The fuel economy is *excellent* with this car. I got 31MPG average city/highway while driving 15 mph above the speed limit on the highway and 9-10 above the speed limit on regular roads. Paying only $35 to fill up a tank once a week driving like that is pretty awesome to me.
I do wish the acceleration was better. I did try passing someone on a two-lane highway and you're right: it was pretty scary!
Overall I like this car. We got new Michelin Harmony's and they rule. Excellent traction and hardly *any* wear after 10,000 miles so far. I just wish I had anti-lock brakes so I wouldn't feel so nervous if I would have to do a sudden hard stop in the rain. I wouldn't be able to steer out of the way.