TO THE POINTWhat’s New? The 2006 Honda Civic Sedan features a radical new exterior look, an innovative interior, and quantum leaps in performance, comfort, refinement, and efficiency. Selling Points: Sleek styling, sophisticated engineering, comfortable seats front and rear, lots of standard safety equipment, reputation for reliability, excellent fuel economy Deal Breakers: Funky dash design Our Advice: For stylish, affordable, safe, economical, and reliable transportation, it’s hard to argue against the redesigned 2006 Honda Civic.
Estimated Base Prices: $14,500 (DX); $16,500 (LX); $18,500 (EX)
Engine Size and Type: 1.8-liter inline four with variable valve timing
Engine Horsepower: 140 at 6,300 rpm
Transmission: Five-speed manual (standard); five-speed automatic (optional)
Estimated EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway): 30/38 mpg (manual); 30/40 mpg (automatic)
Leg room (front/rear): 42.2/34.6 inches
Head room (front/rear): 39.4/37.4 inches (DX/LX); 38.1/36.7 inches (EX)
Max. Cargo Volume: 12 cubic feet
Competitors: Chevrolet Cobalt, Dodge Neon, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Spectra, Mazda 3, Mitsubishi Lancer, Nissan Sentra, Saturn Ion, Suzuki Forenza, Subaru Impreza, Toyota Corolla, Volkswagen Jetta
Photos courtesy of American Honda
About Christian Wardlaw Christian Wardlaw joined Autobytel's Automotive Information Center (AIC) in January 2003, and current serves as Manager of Content Development for Autobytel. Previously, Christian spent eight years as Editor-in-Chief and Director of Automotive Data for Edmunds.com. A writer, editor, and automobile aficionado, Christian is a different sort of car enthusiast. His passion lies in the vehicles that people most often buy, rather than with high-performance sports cars or ultra-luxury sedans. “Given the choice to spend an hour with a Dodge Viper or a Honda Accord, I’ll choose the Accord,” he claims. Unless, of course, the driving venue is a racetrack. Christian has been a car enthusiast all of his life, uttering “car” as his first word while growing up in Detroit. A graduate of Western Michigan University, he holds a bachelor’s degree in English. His daily drivers include a 1994 Mazda Miata, a 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata, and a 2005 Nissan Murano.