2009 Honda Civic Sedan
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- Great Commuting Car
- Mediocre Stereo
Purchased As New
I've just hit my first 1500 miles and thought I'd jot down some thoughts to help others make the decision on where to spend a ton of money (anything in the $15k range, too me, is a ton of money). A big decision. I spent approx 3 months researching and test driving a myriad of vehicles: from compacts to small pickups to small SUV's. At the end of the day I decided on a Honda Civic. My biggest obstacle was "me" defining my needs. After 20 years of driving pick-up trucks it was tough to move to a small sedan. My priorities ended up being: 1) car price, 2) gas mileage (gasoline will continue to climb in price), 3) reliability, 4) serviceability. So, I negotiated a very good price with the dealer, not hard to do these days (inventory is obviously high) - wait until the last days of the month and you'll do best (publicity owned companies need to show sales in the current month and if the dealer can turn a few more vehicles on the 29th or 30th of the month they will). My average mileage after 1500 miles is 37 mpg (I drive approx 80% highway and tend to drive using "gas saving techniques" as much as possible), the dealership is very customer oriented and close to my home and, my wife, who owns a 2002 Civic, has had great reliability with her car.
The car is very nice (context here - I'm a 5'9" male at 190lbs): sliding into the drivers seat is a tad tight, I find myself rubbing against the seat side each time (not a big deal). The seat is quite comfortable and supporting. The instrument panel is extremely well engineered: everything is easily viewable, I particularly like the elevated position of the odometer. The few times I've needed power to merge onto the highway there was no problem, I was surprised with the kick the car offers. The automatic transmission is fairly "perfect" (much better than the Toyota Matrix auto trans) with gear ratios that work very well for the engine hp and car weight. The car is obviously engineered for economy and efficiency: it is very stable and solid on the highway (aerodynamic design and low center of gravity helps here) but, the car is lightweight, which you also can feel (hard to describe). Steering and braking are superb, but with a wider turning radius than expected. The stereo controls are fine but the speakers are not (Honda could have and should have provided for better speakers all around). Road noise is an issue with all the compact cars, no exception with the Civic (it is what it is, but not horrible, actually quieter than most of the other cars I test drove). The rear seat is comfortable with plenty of room: the folding down seat feature is great (I've already used it a couple of times to move large items). Overall, a great car that exactly fits my needs. This is not a BMW (or other high-end car), it isn't built with that level of quality or structure/sturdiness. It is a low priced production vehicle that has plenty of room and comfort for four adults, gets great gas mileage (if you drive it with conservation in mind), is extremely nimble and responsive, and hopefully, will prove reliable for many years.
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