#1. The Base Civic Offers an Economical 1.8-liter Engine
The entry-level engine in the 2011 Honda Civic is a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder unit that delivers 140 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. Matched with either a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission, the vehicle is capable of returning city fuel mileage numbers of 26-mpg and a highway rating of 36-mpg. This balance of power and efficiency is made possible by the dual cam, i-VTEC variable-valve timing system featured on the 1.8-liter motor. The standard Honda Civic drivetrain also includes a drive-by-wire system for more accurate throttle inputs, and the Civic's ULEV-2 rating proves that not only is the vehicle a fuel sipper, but it also does its part to reduce tailpipe emissions.