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The 2018 Honda Civic: Pros & Cons

As one of the best-selling cars in North America for two decades now, the Honda Civic is so popular due to its look, diversity, cost-effectiveness, efficiency, and overall performance. Since 1998, approximately two million of these cars have been sold globally, and it’s a given, the 2018 Honda Civic should have another phenomenal year.

With a wide variety of Civic models to choose from in 2018, including the introduction of the Si Coupe, Sedan, and Type R within the Civic family this year; this automobile has a vast array of options to suit a wide variety of driving needs and lifestyles.

Still, is it the car for you? Here’s a pro’s and con’s list when it comes to purchasing a 2018 Honda Civic.

Pros

Engine Choices

Because the 2018 Civic has so many model varieties, the number of choices when it comes to engine type are plentiful. The entry-level Civics offer a four-cylinder 2-litre engine, with 158 horsepower, and 138 lbs-ft of torque. Next level Civics offer a four-cylinder 1.5-litre turbo, with 174 horsepower, offering 162 lbs-ft of torque; with that same variation hitting 205 horsepower/195 lbs-ft of torque when it comes to the Si models. For those interested in the Type R, you get a 2.0-ltre engine turbo, four cylinders, with 306 horsepower and 295 lbs-ft of torque. There’s a lot of different options for the differing drivers out there in the car market, and the 2018 Honda Civic lineup can certainly satisfy any engine appetite out there.

Premium Interior

While Civic is somewhat of an entry-level vehicle within the Honda roster, it’s interiors always scream luxury, and no corners are left unturned when it comes to premium quality on any Civic model. Not to mention the fact that some of the models come with leather seating and heated front and back seats, considering the amount that a Civic goes for, drivers are getting the most bang for their buck; and feeling like a million dollars driving a car that doesn’t come close to what it looks like it should cost.

Cutting-Edge Technology

With the innovative Honda Sensing technology offered as an option on every single Civic, driving with confidence and ease in knowing there is a safe road ahead speaks volumes; especially for those with families or who are on the road a significant amount of time. From safety functions like Lane Keeping Assist, Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision warning, as well as Adaptive Cruise Control; Civics are made to not only protect you, your car, and the passengers in it, but pedestrians and other cars on the road. To boot, there is the ever-popular Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connects, and the smart key locking system where the car automatically locks itself as you walk away from the vehicle. Owning a Civic and ensuring the car itself stays safe amongst theft is clearly a priority for Honda as well.

A Civic For Everyone

There is such a diverse set of exterior body options when it comes to the 2018 Honda Civic, with three differing configuration styles to suit any driver’s preference. The Civic comes in a hatchback, Coupe, and Sedan format, so the choices are plentiful when it comes to finding the exterior body you prefer most for Civic. To boot, car models come in two-door or four door options; perfect choices for a single person or a family.

Civics Are Reliable

It’s time to face the facts: Honda has built an auto legacy around creating robust vehicles that last throughout generations. Historically, Civics are well-known for their reliability and long-lasting spirit, and thus, the cars are always set at excellent resale values. A used Honda Civic never stays on the lot for very long when it is ready to hit another owner and make perfect cars for those who aren’t interested in purchasing brand new. The vehicles are also quite affordable, with a huge network of dealers across North America; therefore, if a Civic owner does find an issue with their car, there is never a problem locating service centers that can address the matter.

Cons

There’s No Standing Out From The Crowd

A Civic positive turns into a con when you really think things through. As mentioned above, as they are so reliable and cost-effective for what you get, they are also one of the most popular cars on the road today. If you want to make a statement with your vehicle that separates you from the rest, going with a Civic is not the way to do that. They are literally a dime a dozen on the roads today.

Prices Are Comparable

While the 2018 Honda Civic is relatively affordable, there are other auto brands out there, like the Chevrolet Cruze and Hyundai Elantra, that offer some of the same features and luxury extras as a 2018 Honda Civic, with prices that are significantly less. The Touring Trim level of the Civic does come with extra technology and amenities; however, it also comes with a higher price tag attached.

 

Style Of Exterior

While some love the angular front end and fastback profile of the 2018 Honda Civic, there are others that find this style to be overwhelmed with details and riddled with too many designs. This especially rings true with the new Civic Type R model and the hatchback version of the vehicle. This is more of a personal preference, you either like all the details or you don’t … and there are many that don’t on this year’s Civic.

Infotainment System Glitches

Automobile infotainment systems are all the range nowadays for new car owners with almost every new vehicle out on the market today boasting about fun and convenient techy gadgets located inside the auto. While the 2018 Honda Civic’s display touchscreen is vivid and clear, and the climate control functions are accessed within the display, simply tasks around the car’s infotainment access can be frustrating. The touchscreen does not have a quick response time, and important features like radio and other menus are buried deep within the display. While all this is nerve-racking when you first get to know your new Civic, probably one of the most frustrating aspects of this vehicle’s infotainment system is the volume touch-slider adjustment, versus a traditional knob to increase sound. The simple task of ‘pumping up the tunes’ while cruising in Civic can be a daunting challenge thanks to this new slider touch feature.

Well, there you have it, some pro’s and cons to mull away at when it comes to the 2018 Honda Civic and if it’s the right new vehicle for you. At the end of the day, a new car is a major investment, which will hopefully bring you driving joy (and potentially tears) for years to come; so, knowing the good and the bad before you purchase, is essential. Knowledge is power.

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