The Honda Civic has been Canada’s best-selling cars for decades in a row, and for good reason. It’s instantly recognizable, excellently engineered and economical to boot. No wonder the Civic has achieved cult status and won the hearts and minds of North America and its native Japan. Today, we explore the 5 things that make the Civic great.
1. Engineered Excellence
As the Civic was hitting the American market back in the 70s, General Motors was having a lot of trouble meeting the new emissions laws. In a moment of brilliant publicity, Honda’s founder Soichiro Honda bought a V8 Chevy Impala and modified its engine based on the Civic design. The result? The Honda-modded Chevy passed the emissions test with flying colors, and even got better gas mileage. Honda established itself as an engineering force to be reckoned with, and the legacy continues to this day.
2. Tuned and Terrific
In line with the Civic spirit of continuous improvement, we can’t think of tuner cars without also thinking of the Civic. Thanks to its lightweight and mechanically simple design, the tuner community wholeheartedly embraced the versatile Civic, making it into an overnight sensation. Despite not officially being a sports car, the Civic – especially Si and Type R variants – enjoys iconic status as a moddable performance vehicle.
3. Wallet Wizard
Despite coming standard with some of the most advanced features on the market, the Civic remains one of the most affordable cars you can buy. The unbeatable price for value has cemented the Civic as one of the most popular cars, especially for younger people and first time buyers. The Civic is also one of the few car to stick with stick shift through the years, further cutting costs if standard transmission is what you prefer. The excellent fuel economy also translates to savings for years to come. The Civic is a car that gives more for less.
4. Fun and Functional
The 2018 Civic Type R has some of the most unique styling we’ve seen in years. Love it or hate it, the fun design features are actually all functional. After all, what’s worse than a fake exhaust pipe? Nothing. That’s why the Type R’s 3 exhaust tips are all functional, creating a signature sound. And that massive spoiler? It alone makes 66 pounds of downforce at 200 kmh. At that speed, you’re going to need it.
5. Speed Superstar
Did you know that Honda holds the title for the world’s fastest front-wheel-drive car? The 2017 Civic Type R set a new record around the Nurburgring for the fastest lap in a FWD car. It’s no surprise considering the power of the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, making 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Adding to that high performance 20 inch wheels, low center of gravity, a rigid chassis and continually adaptive damper suspension system, and you’ve got yourself one of the best handling FWD cars of all time.
Now that you’ve seen the 5 Civic Virtues, what are you waiting for? Check out our online inventory today or stop by our dealership for a test drive. Our trained professionals want to help, so don’t hesitate to contact us. Live the legend today.
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