The new 2011 Honda Civic glides into dealerships with relatively few changes over last year. This means that the Honda Civic family returns with the same combination of attributes that make it a regular best-seller. Bottom line: if you're looking for an affordable fuel sipper, then the Civic should be on your short list of vehicles to test-drive.
What's New - 2011 Honda Civic
For all intents and purposes, the 2011 Honda Civic is identical to the 2010 model. However, a little shuffling removes a few available features on certain trims. For example, the EX-L trim is no longer available with a manual transmission. Given the relative few changes, shrewd shoppers looking for a bargain may want to consider shopping for a used 2010 Honda Civic.
2011 Honda Civic Styling
Honda plays it safe with the exterior styling of the Honda Civic. While by no means a head-turner, the vehicle offers a timeless quality and reserved attractiveness that help make it an appealing option for a wide variety of drivers. Still, if you want more aggressive styling, then you might consider alternatives such as the 2011 Ford Fiesta and 2011 Mazda Mazda3.
Inside, the Civic delivers an excellent balance of affordability and luxury. Fit and finish is on par for the vehicle class and front passengers are well accommodated in the categories of comfort and convenience. However, rear seat passengers may find the Civic a bit too cramped (especially on coupe models). Cargo room in the Civic is average for the class, with a maximum of 12.0 cubic feet of storage space.
2011 Honda Civic Performance
The majority of 2011 Civic models come equipped with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 140 horsepower. This default engine is an all-around winner that delivers solid around-town driving and maneuverability. However, it lacks a bit of punch in the category of acceleration. If this is a concern for you, then consider upgrading to the much-loved Civic SI, which boasts a 197-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
The base Civic offers an exceptional 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Opt for an automatic transmission, and those figures swap to 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Trade up to the Civic SI, and you can expect to earn 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Also, keep in mind that a Honda Civic Hybrid is available for even better fuel efficiency.
2011 Honda Civic Safety
Standard safety features for the Civic include anti-lock brakes, six airbags and active front head restraints. However, some safety hounds may lament the need to upgrade to four-wheel disc brakes and stability control. Overall, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Honda Civic sedan a best-possible rating of "Good."
2011 Honda Civic Prices and Features
The Civic has long come with a dizzying number of trim levels from which to choose. For 2011, the base Civic DX starts at $15,605 and offers little more than power windows, height-adjustable driver's seat and tilt/telescoping steering wheel. The LX offers a more satisfying list of features, which include full power accessories, air conditioning, stereo, cruise control and folding rear seat. MSRP for the LX comes in at $17,555.
Upper-tier models boast such add-ons as leather upholstery, heated front seats, premium stereo, steering-wheel controls, satellite radio and Bluetooth. Outfitted with all the bells and whistles, you can expect to pay around $24,000.
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