2008 Honda Civic Coupe
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- An elegant and good ride...
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This is the best car i ever had...it is so elegant, good performance, love the interiors....love my car!!! Every body is crazy about it!!!
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- Excellent fuel economy, fun to drive, looks great.
- None as of yet.
Love driving this car. Manual transmission makes every drive exciting, seats are very comfortable. Car looks cool from all angles and is amazing on gas. Cheap to fill and lasts for weeks!
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- Love the New Leather and 6-disc changer w/MP3 capabilities
- So Far, no cons
I LOVE MY NEW CAR! And so do my two children, 5 and 2 1/2. The car is much more roomy than my previous car, a 1997 4 door honda civic. The pick-up speed is also better in the newer model. It makes my commute to work a blast. The gas mileage was much better than the sticker on the window said. I'm getting close to 50 m.p.g. commuting 45 miles to work on Hwy 90. My max speed is 65 and my min speed is 35. Definately would recommend this car to anyone who commutes....read morehide
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- 36.8 combined MPG first tank from dealership, comfortable seats, smooth/peppy engine
- A few very small rattles already at 1100 miles -- like every new car these days it seems
Traded my 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT for a 2008 Honda Civic EX-L coupe and am very pleased with the move so far. Paying $4.20 for premium gas and only getting a combined 24 mpg with the Eclipse was one of the main factors, but so was the expense of other parts, including 18" tires.
I've already gotten 36.8 mpg COMBINED with the Civic which should improve as the engine breaks in. I do live in an area without too much stop and go driving, but there is some. I was always skeptical of gas mileage this good, but it's true. I drove 306 miles after starting with a full tank from the dealership, then filled it back up, which took 8.315 gallons. I'm amazed at the mileage I'm getting. This is my first 4-cylinder car and gas mileage like that on top of only having to use regular unleaded fuel now takes the stress out of driving at today's prices.
POWER & HANDLING:
Although I gave up quite a bit of horsepower going from the 263 hp Eclipse to the 140 hp Civic, I don't feel like the difference is quite that much. If you're wondering if the Civic has enough power for you, I'd say don't expect to blow by someone in the passing lane going up a hill. but aside from that, the Civic's power is definitely respectable. It's still possible to pass other cars fairly quickly. Even at 65 mph, the Civic has get-up-and-go ability if you need to punch it on the freeway. 80-90 mph feels quite effortless for the Civic. As far as handling goes, it's no sports car, but I expected a sacrifice. There's some lean when cornering compared to the Eclipse's tight suspension, but it's not bad. Sharp corners are few and far between anyway, so unless you're racing around, who cares. Wind is noticeable at times around semis due to the car's light weight, but you won't be pushed off the road.
The interior is comfortable. I got the EX-L with leather heated seats and some other upgrades to help soften the blow from the completely loaded Eclipse. The digital speedometer is like a dream come true for me. It's so easy to read compared to the Eclipse's needle -- every car should have one.
BOTTOM LINE -- No car is perfect, but I feel like Honda is providing great value in the Civic. It is what it is...a very efficient car but still enjoyable to drive. Even if for some reason you don't like it after owning one for a short time, the Civic's depreciation is so little and popularity so high, you'll likely have an easy out....read morehide
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