Honda Civic has reliability, but with restrictions

Honda Civic EX sedan

Although current generation captivates by stability, comfort and easy resale, owner satisfaction index is below the class average

It goes without saying that the Honda Civic is one of the most successful sedans in our market: just take to the streets this success is evident. Despite being an average model – far from the price range of entry-level cars – their sales figures have always been very respectable, especially after the evolution promoted by Honda in 2006.

More than a beautiful car, the Civic also conquers the owners for other qualities, such as reliability, robustness, good mechanical set-up and ease of resale. All these features are also present in the archrival Toyota Corolla , but with a more conservative style, which in a way distinguishes them in the market by the public profile – distinction, however, that may be ending with the new generation of the opponent, more lines cheerful.


The Civic LXS is the simplest version of the current generation and the only
the 1.8 liter engine; instruments on two levels are standard on all of them

The current generation of the Civic – the ninth since its launch and the fourth produced in Brazil – was launched in November 2011. In terms of style it was an improvement to the eighth generation ( analyzed in the Buying Guide in 2011 ), which five years earlier caused the competition, leaving it immediately outdated. That Civic had sporty lines, bold, with a coupe-like profile. The ninth generation refined this untimely spirit, without losing its essence, and brought improvements in safety and convenience.

The 1.8-liter engine was the same as the earlier, but it took too little time to Honda offers 2.0-liter alternative

The Civic kept three of the four versions of the previous generation – unfortunately, the sporty Si was discontinued. The simplest, LXS, came standard with inflatable front pockets, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and electronic wheelbase (EBD) , Isofix anchorages for child seats, three-point seat belts and headrests for all occupants, anti-theft alarm, automatic air conditioning, electric assist steering, electric windows control with one-touch function , trip computer, opening and closing remote control seats, rear camera for maneuvering, radio / CD player with MP3, steering wheel controls, USB and auxiliary connections, height-adjustable steering wheel and leather-trimmed distance, internal control for trunk and tank nozzle, supports center front and rear armrest, 60:40 split rear seat and 16-inch aluminum wheels. The five-speed automatic was optional.

The LXL mid-range version included leather seat trim, automatic ignition headlamps, rear-view indicator lights, and glossy black grille trim (in the matte black LXS). When equipped with automatic transmission, it also had steering wheel controls for manual gear shifting.

Leather seats, automatic headlights and steering wheel controls for
the intermediate version LXL in 2012 and 2013 models

The top of the line, the Civic EXS, was only available with automatic transmission and added electronic stability and traction controls , inflatable side pockets on the front seats, fog lights, touch screen with navigator, Bluetooth interface for cell phone, door handles external chrome and sunroof with electric control. The 16-inch aluminum wheels had a unique design.

Among the news of the new generation was the panel, which kept the digital and analog elements in two “floors”, now with a more sober design. An interesting feature offered in all versions was the Econ command, commanded by a key on the dashboard, which changed settings to improve fuel consumption – scheduling shifting at lower engine speeds, delaying response to throttle controls, delaying speed pickups by the controller and prioritizing recirculation of the air conditioning.

The 1.8-liter, four-valve-per-cylinder engine with 139 hp (with gasoline) or 140 hp (alcohol) was the same as the previous generation, but it took little for Honda to offer an alternative: in February 2013 , already anticipating (and much) the 2014 model of the Civic, came the 2.0-liter with 150 and 155 hp, in order. Also new was the extinction of the cold starting system with supplemental tank and gasoline injection: now, if fueled with alcohol, the car heated the fuel before being turned on.

Stability control, inflatable side pockets, navigator and sunroof: restricted
to the Civic EXS, which with 2.0 liter engine would be the EXR in line 2014

The LXL and EXS versions were renamed to LXR and EXR and were only available with a five-speed automatic transmission. The LXS retained its name, the “cold” starting system and the old engine, but now it could count on a six-speed manual gearbox, aiming for economy and less noise on the road. In terms of content, the two lower versions received internal lining on the trunk lid, the LXS gained Bluetooth interface , and the LXR, foglamps.

The 2015 line brought little news. Initially, only the 1.8-liter LXS and 2.0-liter LXR versions were offered – which received 17-inch wheels, a new grille with a lower chrome bar and other fog lights. Both have won panel with the top in black and metallic finish in some sections. The renovation of the EXR was for the São Paulo Motor Show in October.

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