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MPG: 26 City / 34 Hwy
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Used Car: 2011 Honda Civic Review

Review Last Updated: 7/30/12

The highly-ranked 2011 Honda Civic is a well-rounded small car that offers a strong reliability rating and good gas mileage.

The 2011 Honda Civic is ranked:

As a new car, the 2011 Honda Civic’s good reviews, solid reliability rating and long-term ownership costs helped it win our 2011 Best Compact Car for the Money award. It also won the U.S. News 2011 Best Compact Car for Families award for its combination of available safety features, interior space and family-friendly features.  

But the Civic isn’t perfect. Some reviewers said the Civic has a quality interior, but the base sedan lacks basic features, like air conditioning, that are standard on a lot of small used cars. Additionally, features like Bluetooth, a USB port and electronic stability control are standard on some competing models, but were optional on the 2011 Civic. Navigation comes with the EX, EX-L and Si trims. In terms of space, the Civic sedan and coupe have less trunk space and rear passenger space than some competitors. If safety is a top priority, note that the Civic only has average safety scores for the class.

How well the 2011 Civic performs depends on the model you select. The Civic Si is the most powerful, but it has the lowest fuel economy ratings in the model line, at just 21/29 mpg city/highway. Though the base Civic’s 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine isn’t as powerful as the Si’s engine, car reviews said it has enough passing and merging power for daily driving. At 25/36 mpg with the automatic transmission, the Civic’s fuel economy ratings are also good.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2011 Mazda3 is available as a sedan and hatchback, both of which have good safety scores. There’s also a performance-tuned version called the Mazdaspeed3 hatchback. If you don’t need a small car as powerful as the Mazdaspeed3, lower trims still have better performance than the Civic. Like the Civic, the Mazda3 has comfortable front seats, a second row that is tight for adults and less trunk space than its competitors.

The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze has enough space for five adults in a cabin that some reviewers said was upscale, as well as a large trunk. The Cruze’s engine is also more refined, and can get up to 42 mpg on the highway, depending on the model you select. The Cruze also receives much higher safety ratings than the Civic. The Cruze’s reliability rating is lower than the Civic’s, but is average for the class.

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