I'd never base a decision on what ANY magazine says about a car. The only way to really know about a car is to have some experience with it. We've had experience with the Civic. We drive GM cars now.
Yeah exactly. We drove GM and Ford vehicles! Now we drive Honda and Toyota. And let me tell you that we are not alone. You can either work for GM and never had owned a Honda, or you live in Detroit. I do not believe that you would have switched to GM. WHAT DID YOU BUY? A PONTIAC SUNFIRE? ICK! A CHEVY VENTURE? CAVALIER? Just to name a few under performing vehicles from Detroit and I am sure there are a lot more I could list. I bet you were one of those people who bought a Buick Le sabre or Chevy Corvette or Cadillac DHS, then compared it to a Honda Civic. That is just pathetic because they are totally different cars, and you will never save those poor American cars. Don't get me started on Ford.
You know what's really fun? When I drive down the highway and pass a Ford broken down on the highway. I like to laugh and wave at them as they sit there with steam blowing out from under the hood and a green puddle under their car. Makes me happy that I drive a Toyota. The funny part is, that same person will probably make comments on this site that he has had nine Fords and none of them ever broke down.
WHAT DID YOU BUY? A HONDA CIVIC? ICK! A HONDA ODYSSEY? FIT? Just to name a few under performing, overpriced, inhabitable, plain, and ugly garbage cans from Japan, and here's a few more I can list: Yaris, Camry, S2000 (10k per cylinder?), Sienna, TSX, RSX, every Lexus ever made, Prius and... the Toyota TERCEL. BTW I own a Civic and a Prius, and they have both been quality nightmares.
Having had experience with the Civic I don't care to try another Honda. I prefer cars that are built a little better. Ours totally disintegrated at 90,000 miles.
We have had our Civic 2003 for four years now. I just hate this car because it is so uncomfortable and expensive, that I rarely drive it. True, it has not got us to the garage for minor repairs (with only 70,000 Ks in four years, how could it?), but it is not fun to drive. I hate the money I pay every month for this car that was designed by a lunatic who wanted penalty boxes for people who were stupid enough to buy Civics. I will never buy a Honda product again, since they may offer some more reliability, but ruin your back and kidneys from horrible rides and your wallet from expensive deals!
I purchased a used 2004 Honda Civic and have had no problems with it. Had the chance a few months ago to drive a Toyota Tercel and Camry. It basically confirmed that Toyota makes garbage for cars. I was very happy to get back to my Honda.
I own a 2004 Civic LX, it is a fun vehicle that has no problems whatsoever, wish I could say the same for my VW jetta, what a peice!
ABS actually does not work well on slick surfaces... i.e. ice and snow. It was not intended for winter conditions. But, definitely helps out on dry pavement.