> I just saw the recent consumer reports article and it
> conflicts with everything else I've read everywhere
> about this car.
Well I recently bought the LX sedan, so I'm not an objective
evaluator. Moreover, my previous car was a 94 Accord, so I
haven't exactly kept up with automotive advances year by
But I would just say that I'm very happy with the Civic.
It's actually about the same size as the old Accord, and is
just right for zipping around town. The most impressive
feature - this summer, in Oklahoma (107 today) - is the A/C,
which really puts out without being noisy. The old Accord
was nothing like this.
Mileage on the highway, with ECON on, is around 40 mpg, and
the car handles just the way I like - very sure-footed, but
not too harsh. I get no sense at all that it's soft or
mushy like Toyotas can be. It actually does pretty well on
the highway, but you can still tell it's a small car when
things get bumpy. I've done four trips between Dallas and
Tulsa in the last month - about 4.5 hours each way - and
have not found them to be tiring.
The only thing I've noticed is that the shift points for the
automatic can be a bit goofy unless you give it a fair
amount of gas. If you're driving very gingerly, it seems to
have trouble deciding when to shift, and sometimes does so
too early, which leads to loss of acceleration. This is
most pronounced on ECON. Actually, I'm not really sure what
ECON is supposed to be doing. The manual isn't clear on
Ok, I lied. One more thing. The headrests are too far
forward relative to the seat back. But that seems to be the
case with other cars I've driven. May look for a fix for