Honda doesn’t detail want changes they made to get an extra 4 mpg, but its obvious the engineers spent most of their time improving how the Civic works, rather than how it looks. I still like how it looks, especially the Si model, which now has a 170 ft-lbs of torque and 200 horsepower on tap from a naturally aspirated four-cylinder. That ain’t bad, and it still gets a 31 mpg rating. Then of course there’s the natural-gas powered Honda Civic GX, the “greenest” car in the world. I hear there might be a sportier version of the CR-Z Hybrid out there too. How many Honda faithful we got out there?
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMI’s. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.