2011 Honda Civic Overview
With almost forty years under its belt, the 2011 Honda Civic is further proof that the car makers at Honda really know what they’re doing when it comes to compact cars. The Civic delivers excellent fuel economy and a refined interior at a reasonable sticker price.
For 2011, the Civic’s powertrain options are unchanged from last year. The Civic comes standard with a 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter four cylinder engine that outputs 128 pounds-feet of torque. The high performance Civic Si receives a 197-horsepower, 2.0-liter four cylinder engine that outputs 137 pounds-feet of torque, and revs all the way up to 8,000 RPM. The Civic GX is a natural gas vehicle, which eliminates most emissions and comes with a 113-horsepower, 1.8-liter four cylinder engine. The Civic is mated to a five-speed manual or automatic transmission, while the Civic Si gets a six-speed manual. All variations of the Civic are front-wheel drive.
Fuel economy is a highlight on the 2011 Civic. Expect to get up to an impressive 26 mpg in the city, and 36 mpg on the highway. Competing against the likes of the Toyota Corolla, Nissan Sentra, and Ford Focus, the Civic more than holds its own in the green department.
On the exterior, the Civic’s styling remains modern and sleek, the most prominent exterior feature being its long, sloping front windshield, which offers excellent visibility for driver and passengers. 15-inch steel wheels are standard, while subsequent bumps up in trim bring 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels (Si only).
Available trims on the 2011 Civic read off like a bowl of alphabet soup: GX, DX, DX-VP, LX, LX-S, EX, EX-L, and Si. Each with a different mix of different features and options, the large number of trims speaks to the Civic’s flexibility and adaptability to the needs of various car buyers. The Civic is also available in either sedan or coupe form, depending on your preference for style and/or functionality.
Standard are power windows and a telescoping steering wheel. Available features as you move up the trims include a 160-watt stereo, MP3/auxiliary input jack, leather wrapped steering wheel, leather interior, and heated seats. An optional navigation system, with voice recognition and Bluetooth® connectivity, rounds out the technical offerings on the Civic.
The Civic Si receives performance upgrades to separate it from its more economical brethren. With 17-inch alloy wheels, spoiler, and a more aggressive grille which covers the almost 200-horsepower lurking under the hood, the Si is a car with a penchant for speed.
Safety features in the 2011 Civic include antilock brakes and a traction control system. Dual front, front-side, and side-curtain airbags are ready to deploy if an impact occurs and keep occupants safe.
If fuel economy and a low sticker price are important to you, the 2011 Honda Civic does that and more by throwing in a refined interior and unique styling. Check one out for yourself and see why it has had a longer shelf life than almost any other car on the road.