Honda Civic Performance
Reviewers find a more spirited drive from the 2007 Honda Civic's four-cylinder engine, with taut suspension and agile steering. MSN notes that the "new Civic handles more precisely than its predecessors, and the ride is more sophisticated."
Edmunds says: "The mainstream Civic models are responsive in a way that Honda fans will instantly recognize. The Civic's suspension, steering and brakes all work together seamlessly, and it's clear that Honda's design ethos has regard for some mild sporting character. It's also a simple car to drive, with intuitive response to inputs and controls falling readily at hand."
Acceleration and Power
Kelley Blue Book sums up the 2007 Honda Civic sedan's 1.8-liter engine best, writing, "The refined 140-horsepower engine never overwhelms you with power, but even when you run the tachometer up to its redline you don't feel like you're bullying the car." Those who test the Civic Si are also pleased with the experience. Calling the coupe's 197-horsepower, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine a "high-revving affair," Cars.com writes, "When you slam on the gas the tachometer flies to an 8,000-rpm redline ... and it doesn't feel like it will stop there."
Using the automatic transmission, the Environmental Protection Agency rates the five-speed automatic 2007 Honda Civic at 25 miles per gallon in the city and 36 miles per gallon on the highway. Using the five-speed manual transmission, the Civic rates at 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. These are numbers the reviewers approve of, and Edmunds is one of many to note that the engine "delivers above-average fuel economy for the small car class."
The 2007 Honda Civic's "nearly flawless transmission" also wins praise from reviewers like Cars.com. With regard to the sedan, the Detroit News says, "The five-speed manual gearbox is one of the nicest we've tested in any segment, economy or luxury. It's buttery-smooth." A compact, five-speed automatic transmission is also an option for the Civic sedan. However, the Civic Si is only available with a six-speed manual transmission.
Handling and Braking
The 2007 Honda Civic has a unit-body construction with MacPherson-strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension. Steering is power-assisted rack-and-pinion. The Civic Si's only difference is electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering, but test drivers in both versions of the Civic were pleased with what they found. Edmunds says that the suspension, steering and brakes "all work together seamlessly, and it's clear that Honda's design ethos has regard for some mild sporting character." After driving the Si, the Cars.com reviewer points out that "the sport suspension and rear stabilizer bar are modified to the Si coupe's standards, and there is a limited slip differential to provide steady power delivery from the wheels to the road."
Both versions of the Honda Civic feature anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution. The 2007 Civic Si has Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control.