Honda Civic Interior
Reviewers are as pleased with the 2007 Honda Civic's interior quality as they are with the car's exterior styling. "Simply stated, the new Civic is loaded and ready to rock," said the The Car Connection says that the cabin of the five-seater is "laid out efficiently and handsomely.".
Reviewers say the Civic's front seats are supportive and comfortable, but its back seats are basically along for the ride. While all the seats have "nice upholstery, with a soft, chenille-like feel," according to the Detroit News, the back is a bit cramped. Consumer Guide gives all of the Civic models slightly below-class marks on seating room and comfort, and it should be noted that while the front seats are given higher marks by most reviewers, those same seats are "skewed dimensionally in favor of shorter drivers," according to Forbes.
Upon sitting in the front seat, reviewers first notice the Civic's newly designed front cabin, which has taken on a new look thanks to the raked windshield. Car and Driver sums up reviewers' mixed opinions best by saying, "The sculpting of the instrument panel draws both yeas and nays, and they are loudly expressed." The says that the overall effect is a "spaceship feel," while The Car Connection gets a different impression, writing, "The cockpit effect isn't just noticeable -- it makes you feel like you're piloting a video game." Writers comment that the split-level arrangement of controls, with speedometer in an upper cluster and tachometer in a lower cluster, has the advantage of making it possible for a driver not to take his or her eyes off of the road to see vehicle speed. The notes that the only downside to the gauge layout is that "the steering wheel sometimes blocks the information window below the tachometer."
In addition to a unique dashboard layout, the Civic also features power windows, a four-way adjustable steering column, height-adjustable driver's seat and fold-down rear seatback. While the Civic sedan has blue-lit gauges, the Civic Si has red-lit ones, a detail that Cars.com says "makes Honda a winner among the set that buys high-performance vehicles like this."
Stereo and Entertainment
Honda Civic's base model, the DX, does not come with standard stereo equipment, but the LX model of the 2007 Honda Civic sedan has a 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers, while the EX model comes with six speakers and is XM-ready. Both the LX and the EX come standard with MP3-audio-playback capability and an MP3 auxiliary jack. The coupe Si features a 350-watt system with seven speakers, including a subwoofer. Kelley Blue Book lists the Civic Si's audio system as a favorite: "Listen to MP3s on CD. Listen to MP3s on a memory card. Listen to MP3s on an iPod. Listen to XM Satellite Radio. Listen through a 350-watt system with a subwoofer, when you're feeling nostalgic, you can even listen to AM and FM radio broadcasts."
Writers' opinions on the Honda Civic's navigation system are mixed. Cars.com finds that the controls "aren't the easiest to use," but BusinessWeek has a different perspective: "While the navigation system may not be as refined as Mercedes', it does offer wonderful search features. It points drivers to nearby ATMs, restaurants, gas stations, and other handy services, and ranks them according to how close they are to your current position."
The 2007 Honda Civic sedans provide 12.0 cubic feet of cargo room, while the coupe Si has 11.5 cubic feet, which is adequate for most reviewers. The Detroit News is a fan of the "roomy, upholstered trunk." However, About.com reports that the trunk space is "decent, though far from best-in-class." Also unusual for the class is the absence of a split rear seat or pass-through, which the Car and Driver reviewer especially notes.
On the other hand, U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman is among those who praise the Civic for its attention to detail when it comes to cabin storage. "Storage nooks are lodged everywhere, with not an inch of wasted space inside," Newman says. He goes on to praise the "handy storage pockets in the doors and two cupholders in the center armrest. One nice feature: Vinyl coverings on the front seatbacks, where my kids, for one, love to rest their muddy shoes."