Exterior

In the past, the Civic was a very vanilla sedan, like many of its competitors. This latest generation, though, took a serious right turn at practical and went right to the sci-fi section. The hood is radically sloped, and the headlights narrowly lead to a chrome bar over the trademark Honda "H."

The truncated rear end is stylish, not only dominating the rear of the car but also altering the profile. It makes for an odd stance that is very un-sedanlike. The coupe isn't quite as awkward in that regard; it features a rear that rises high behind the doors.

It's a little surprising that Honda took a chance with one of its biggest sellers, but it's a risk that has paid off.

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