The first Honda Civic was manufactured in 1973, and for the last 43 years, the Civic has proven economy cars can be sporty, fast, spacious and fuel-efficient, all at the same time. Though there a few models that did not live up to expectations, the majority have served the Honda name well, very well.
If you are mulling over the notion of getting a Honda Civic, you would do well to consider five elements of every good car purchase: going used, finding the right model, test driving, determine where to find the best deals and always consider whether it is in your best interests to buy new.
1) Consider Going Used
A used Honda Civic is almost guaranteed to be two things: fuel-efficient and reliable. By going used, you can find a car that fits your budget rather than being forced to make your budget fit a new car purchase.
2) Finding the Right Model
Your choice of Honda Civic model will be determined by your list of priorities. You can choose between fuel economy and extra power; a standard transmission versus an automatic; power everything or just the basics; a body with sport appeal or an interior with plenty of room; and a Honda Civic with plenty of room for a small family or just enough for you and another person.
The Honda Civic is a diverse model with something for everyone interested in an economy car.
3) Test Driving
For two reasons, test driving a Honda Civic is important. First, you need to make sure that you’ve made the right decision with respect to the model you’ve become interested in purchasing. Second, test driving is necessary in order to figure out if a Civic is in good condition.
The basics of a test drive include checking for tire and brake wear, to determine how much work — if any — a Civic need to be functional, safe and dependable, and to determine whether or not the car has ever been in an accident.
4) Where to Find the Best Deals on a Used Civic
The classifieds are always a good place to find a great deal on a used car. ClassifiedAds.com is the place to go to find used Honda Civics in excellent condition. Browse thousands of new listings posted daily by owners and dealers alike, all at no cost!
5) Consider Going New
Going new means getting the newest technology has to offer in a Civic. The 2017 new Honda Civic is available in a 1.5-liter, turbo-charged in-line-4. Even though this is the more expensive of the Honda Civic engines, it isn’t more expensive by much. You can still purchase the 2017 Honda Civic, even with the premium engine, for less than $20,000.
The premium package Civic has an engine rated at 174 horsepower. It has 162 pound-feet of torque, but still gets close to 35 highway miles per gallon.
If you can afford to take the plunge, this year’s Honda Civic model is shaping up to be one of the best!
But, if you are interested in a used Honda Civic, there are several years when the Honda Civic really stood out.
- 2006 — This was the first year the Honda Civic became a mid-size. The look is luxurious and sleek, but the 2006 model is still competitive with compact cars with respect to gas mileage.
- 2002 Honda Civic Si/SiR — While fuel-efficient, the 2002 has a 160 horsepower. The 2.0 liter engine is in a compact car with smooth lines that is surprisingly spacious on the inside.
- 2007 Honda Civic Type R — More sports car than economy car with respect to the body type, the 2007 boasts a 200-hp engine and is a sedan. If you can get your hands on one of the Honda Civics released in Japan, you’ll get another 22 hp!