Interior Space

In a car of the same size, Honda couldn't work magic, but the passenger volume has increased by about 1 to 3.5 cubic feet in the sedan, topping out at 94.6, keeping it competitive in the class. The coupe loses 0.8 cubic foot to 83.2 cubic feet. A tilt/telescoping steering wheel is standard, as is a manually operated height-adjustable driver's seat. The blissfully reachable adjustment levers are the same as in the previous generation, but the seat padding and contours have changed and are comfortable.

By the numbers, the sedan's seating dimensions have shifted slightly, with a few hairs less headroom, front and rear, but some growth in shoulder room. Front-seat legroom has decreased a touch, but I was comfortable with what felt like additional rearward seat travel. Backseat legroom has gained more than an inch to 36.2 inches, putting it near the top of the class. In practice, it doesn't feel exceptionally roomy, but it's more than workable for an adult.

The coupe is a different story: Rear legroom has increased only slightly, and headroom is down almost an inch. At 6 feet tall, I couldn't make it work. This is to be expected in a coupe, though, of which there are now few in this class. If you want a coupe with a roomier backseat, check out the Scion tC. A model based on the Hyundai Elantra called the Veloster, coming soon, may also rival or beat the Civic.

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