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Pros: Price with ABS & Moonroof taken into consideration
Cons: Parts broken so easily. Need to buy Honda specific coolant & engine oil supplies.
Advice: Okay everyday car.Handling and brakes are good. Got used to the ventilation controls. Radio reception not good.The lights are bright enough for night driving. The button on the seat belt broke off and the H logo infront was broken by an errant shopping cart.
Pros: Easy speed acceleration.
Cons: Factory radio sucks.
Advice: Goes through tires easily & they're expensive to replace.Can pass up cars easily. Turns very tightly.
Pros: tight, well-controlled handling
Cons: poor factory radio
Advice: drive one before you buy, the steering wheel isn't adjustableThis is an elemental roadster in its most pure sense. If you're looking for cushy accommodations and creature comforts, look elsewhere; Honda makes no apologies in its nearly perfect iteration of the classic sports car. While some may fault the S2000's lack of low-RPM torque, in actual driving it is perfectly balanced with more than enough off-the-line oomph to get you going. When the tach goes above 6000 RPM however, hang on to your hat. At this point, the VTEC kicks in and you feel a surge not unlike a turbo-charger, but this car is normally aspirated and will suffer none of the long-term reliability issues associated with a boosted engine. The engine will keep providing power until 9000 RPM, a stratospherically high piston speed that no other production car can match. With the top down and the engine screaming at Formula-One car speeds, this car provides a visceral experience that can't be found with any other car in this price range. With six forward gears to choose from, this car will appeal to those who like to shift; if you're not manual-transmission inclined, again this car isn't for you, it's not available with an automatic transmission; this would be an insult to the design intent of the car.
Pros: The ride - choppy, but responsive. You can't feel the gears shift in automatic.
Cons: The seats are uncomfortable, rear of car is ugly.
Advice: The best in its class - best resale too.Test drove the Nissan Sentra and Toyota Echo too. The Echo felt really cheap, and the Sentra, even with 10 more horsepower, performed poorly. Mazda's commercials kept me from even test driving the protege. The better-looking Sentra was cheaper with the same features and good reliability, but so-so resale and sluggish performance. The echo was too expensive and came with NO features. The civic was the best hands-down, but if Nissan can sell the same car with the same features for less, so should Honda. Why Honda discontinued the hatchback, I have no idea - it was their best-selling, best looking model. Everything is top quality the car is roomier than its competition.
Pros: Keyless entry, sunroof, the look (inside and out)
Cons: A little more power
Advice: Buy one, you won't regret it!I absolutly LOVE my new Civic. It runs great,it's the best small car I ever drivin. I think it's comfortable, reliable, and BEAUTIFUL. I have a two door in silver. I've owned it for about 3 weeks and I still can't get enough of it. The sunroof is great! I thought the lack of a large center consol would be a hassle, but there are plenty of other storage places. The gas milage is wonderful. I don't regret my purchase at all!
Pros: Sunroof & Keyless entry
Cons: Needs more horsepower
Advice: The upgrade to EX is definitely worth it.I purchased my Civic EX a week ago. I absolutely love it. For those in the market to buy a new car, the Civic is a perfect blend of style, safety, and price. You get a great deal for the money. If I could change anything with the Civic, it would be more Horsepower. The “get up and go” is just enough to make it acceptable… but I would like more. Overall I am obviously very happy with my choice. Kathy – Sacramento California
Pros: The moonroof and cruise control (a must have for me)
Cons: The small-car
Advice: Do your online research first.This car handles very well. The ride is rougher than I was used to but then I was currently driving a larger car and used to a smoother ride. However, I enjoyed the test drive so much I bought it!