|The Civic Sedan still looks innovative near the end of its lifecycle. (Photo: Canadian Auto Press)|
The Civic, which just happens to be made in Canada, incidentally, is one of the highest rated vehicles for reliability in the compact class. Independent third-party research firm J.D. Power and Associates gives it an 8 out of 10 for predicted reliability based on the past three years of historical data from its Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) combined with more up to date info via its Initial Quality Study (IQS). That's an enviable score.
|A sleek profile and unique taillight design makes the Civic Sedan look pretty good. (Photo: Canadian Auto Press)|
My Civic was outfitted to Sport designation and therefore priced at $20,780 and filled with extra luxury and convenience features like a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated mirrors, variable intermittent wipers, a power sunroof, USB device connector,
|The Civic's interior is still up to date and extremely well made. (Photo: Canadian Auto Press)|
Si and Hybrid aside, the Sport model is near the top of the Civic pecking order in Canada, with only the $22,680 EX-L above it. That last model adds premium features such as leather seats with heated
|Truly comfortable seats, the Civic delivers an upscale experience. (Photo: Canadian Auto Press)|
Most Civic buyers, however, won't splurge for the highfalutin version, but rather opt for something in the middle. The Civic starts in DX trim for a rather paltry $15,990. With this trim level the Civic gets power windows, power mirrors, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, two-speed intermittent wipers, a driver's seat manual height adjuster, a four-speaker CD/MP3/WMA audio system, fold-down rear seatback, plus a rear spoiler, front splashguards and 15-inch steel wheels riding on 195/65R15 all-season tires. For a little more, air conditioning can be added bringing the price up to $17,290. It gets a 340-litre (12.0-cu ft) trunk for no
|Nice switchgear and good audio too. (Photo: Canadian Auto Press)|
Option up to the $18,580 DX-G package and air conditioning is standard while the steel wheels and covers give way to a set of 15-inch alloy rims. Also included are power locks with keyless remote entry, cruise control, and an auxiliary input for the stereo.
All Civic sedans, except for the Si and Hybrid, get Honda's wonderfully smooth and rev-happy
|Honda was first to offer anything above a 4-speed auto in the compact class, and the 5-speed remains ahead of most in its segment. (Photo: Canadian Auto Press)|
What's also better than many is the experience from behind the wheel, and I'm not
|Rear seat room is pretty good for a compact. (Photo: Canadian Auto Press)|
There is a reason why Civics dot each and every road in our nation, why they fill up shopping mall parking lots, can be seen in multiples commuting to work in rush hour traffic and found in more driveways than just about any other car in Canada. The Civic is a bloody good car.
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