2008 Honda Civic Review

The three years since the Honda Civic was last redesigned have been plenty of time for the competition to catch up to Honda's solid, fuel-efficient, entertaining daily driver, but after revisiting the Civic, it's really hard to think of any car that has managed the feat. The Civic still rules — in statistical categories as well as in the real world of commuting and soaring gas prices.

The Competitive Landscape

We'll get to what makes the Civic so darn good inside and out in a bit. For now, it's important to understand what makes the Civic such a target. Its chief rival is the Toyota Corolla, which was completely redesigned for 2009 and is on sale now. My early estimation of that car — I've driven it only briefly — is that it isn't as well thought-out inside, gets nearly identical mileage and doesn't handle as well. The cars are priced roughly the same.

Other competitors include the Mazda3, Nissan Sentra, Kia Spectra, Hyundai Elantra, Ford Focus and Chevy Cobalt. While each competitor offers a relatively good value — and some, like the Mazda, also provide a good driving experience — none combine all the positive attributes of the Civic in one vehicle.

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Airbag Service
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Engine Oil Additives
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Information Display
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