The only potential change that we see in Honda Civic 2011 as compared to the previous year model is the change in the number of trim levels. As an example, the manual transmission with the EX-L and EX-L with navigation system has been removed from the offered trim level. Other than that the 2011 Honda Civic returns unchanged from the 2010 Honda Civic Model.
Before we go into some details of the 2011 Honda Civic, here are some quick pros and cons of the 2011 Honda Civic.
2011 Honda Civic Pros
– Good in Fuel Economy
– Potentially Good resale value
– Nice and comfortable interior.
– A large number of trims and powertrains available
2011 Honda Civic Cons
– Some of the better features and safety add ons were expected in lower trim levels.
– Slightly noisy in road tests.
– The Civic Hybrid version is too expensive and has slow acceleration
So here goes the full review for the 2011 Honda Civic. The 2011 Honda Civic is available as sedan as well as coupe. Coming in the category of compact car, the 2011 Honda Civic is available in five main trim levels: DX, LX, EX, EX-L and Si for both sedan as well as the coupe. The Civic Sedan ,model also comes in the DX Value package, the LX-S, the Hybrid and the GX trim levels.
The entry level DX model comes with with 15-inch steel wheels, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, power windows, and driver seat with -adjustable height. The basic DX model does not come with stereo. You may howvever take the optional package from DX that will include the CD/MP3 player, an audio jack, and a airconditioning.
The LX model in the 2011 Civic adds 16-inch steel wheels, remote control keyless system, a cruise control, center console with a sliding armrest, a folding rear seatback and cruise control. The LX-S sedan tacks on alloy wheels, a chrome exhaust outlet, a rear spoiler, front sport seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The next higher version EX has 16-inch alloys, a six-speaker sound system, a sunroof, with steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and a USB input, ambient console lighting and a 60/40-split rear seatback with a fold-down armrest. The EX-L comes with heated exterior mirrors, leather upholstery and heated front seats. The sporty Civic Si has most of the EX’s features plus a more powerful engine, a sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels with high-performance tires, foglights, sport seats and special interior trim.
2011 Honda Civic Competitors
The Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3, Hyundai Elantra and Nissan Sentra are major competitors and cars to consider if you are planning 2011 Honda Civic.
Mazda 3 has been reported to have better handling capability on the curvy roads. The Hyundai Elantra has somehat smoother level than that of the 2011 Honda Civic. The elevated road noise in the Honda Civic may lead you to search for quieter cars. The Civic Hybrid as well as the natural gas GX version are quieter, however, they are also slow. You may be tempted to consider Civic Hybrid, however, Honda has made it pricier, making Toyota’s Prius as a quicker and better value for money car.
In dashboard has an analog tachometer behind the steering wheel. You will find a digital speedometer and gas gauge at the base of the windshield. Simultaneous presence of both the Analog and the Digital should suite both the proponents. Some drivers may find it distracing.
In general Civic controls are user friendly and intuitive. The front seats are roomy and comfirtable even when the size of the car is small. The room is the rear passenger space is reasonably good in a car of this class. On the back, the Civic has 12 cubic feet of space in trunk. The hybrid version has 10 cu ft of space and the GX has 6 cu ft.
The DX, LX and EX models of 2011 Honda Civic is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and it produces 140 horsepower. Both the manual and the automatic transmission versions come with 5 speed variation. According to the Edmunds Civic sedan takes 9.6 seconds to go from from zero to 60 mph.
The GX model with 1.8-liter engine, fueled by compressed natural gas gives out only 113 hp. The GX goes 200 miles in one full tank. The GX has been hailed as the environment friendly clean car.
The Civic Hybrid has 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine giving out 110 horse power and has a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
If you are looking for powerm you may like to check Civic Si, which gives out 197-hp with its 2.0-liter engine. It comes with a six-speed manual and this is the only available transmission. Compared to the 1.6 liter Civics’s 9.6 seconds, the Si takes just 7.1 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph.
The EPA estimates for the 1.8 Liter Engines give out 25 mpg city/36 highway. The GX model has 24/36/ mpg ratings.
The Hybrid Civic has a fuel mileage of 40 city/45 highway rating. Given the small differential in the Hybrid with respect to the regular model, their cost advantage is doubtful – especially, since Civic Hybrid is not cheap. Civic Si models have 21/29 mpg estimates.