Sunday, January 9, 2011
2011 Honda Civic si reviews
Witness the 2011 Honda Civic. As far as the aforementioned flavors, there's something here for everyone from the fuel-sipping Civic Hybrid and clean-burning natural-gas Civic GX to the high-performance Civic Si.
The sporty Civic Si has most of the EX's features plus a more powerful engine, a sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels with high-performance tires, foglights, sport seats and special interior trim.
The automotive press really likes the "2011 Honda Civic", and regard the Civic for its good fuel economy, reliability and practicality, which are characteristics many shoppers value most. The Civic isn’t flawless. For exceptional fuel economy, try the Honda Civic Hybrid, which averages 40/45 mpg city/highway.
Choosing to buy a Civic is the easy part. Rather than allow shoppers to select the options they want, Honda offers additional features to each trim level. Most shoppers will start with the DX-VP trim because it offers air conditioning. The Civic SI, the performance-oriented trim, is also available and offers 57 more horsepower than the base model, a few more performance options and a starting price of around $7,000 more than the base Civic.
The Civic also comes in two eco-friendly options: the Honda Civic Hybrid, which is reviewed separately, and the GX, a hybrid alternative that runs on Compressed Natural Gas. It costs about $10,000 more than a base Civic.
The 2011 Honda Civic returns unchanged from 2010 as Honda prepares to launch an all-new 2012 Honda Civic. The 2011 Civic repeats sedan and coupe body styles and is again available as a gas-electric hybrid sedan. Slightly larger than the coupe, the Civic sedan is roomier and rides softer. Should you buy a 2011 Honda Civic or wait for the 2012 Honda Civic? Styling: The 2011 Honda Civic styling carries over unchanged from model-year 2010. The Civic four-door is notably roomy, with particularly generous rear-seat room for a compact car. Mechanical: The 2011 Civic powertrain lineup segues into 2011 intact except for a reduction in the model variations available with manual transmission. The 2011 Civic formula of four-cylinder engines and front-wheel drive is compact-car typical. In a change from model-year 2010, the 2011 Civic EX-L sedans now come only with automatic transmission; same goes for the EX sedan and EX-L Coupe models equipped with a navigation system and satellite radio.
The sporty 2011 Civic Si coupe and sedan have a 2.0-liter that returns with 197 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque. The Civic Hybrid employs a continuously variable transmission, or CVT. This Civic GX sedan has a 113-horspower 1.8-liter powered exclusively by natural gas.
The LX and EX Civic families use 16-inch tires (on alloy wheels on EX models and the LX-S sedan) and furnish fine all-around grip. The various 2011 Civic models continue with the familiar range of features. Antiskid control to stabilize the car in turns is standard on EX-L, Hybrid, and Si models.