The 2006 Honda Civic comes as both a coupe and a sedan, with both hybrid and natural gas engines available. The wide range of improvements made this year includes everything from higher horsepower to increased fuel economy and a refashioned exterior to an improved cabin design. Whatever your requirements might be, and no matter which model you select, the ever-reliable, safe, and comfortable 2006 Civic is sure to satisfy.
The Honda Civic has always been a top choice in the economy car segment, thanks to its efficient engine offerings, good performance, and durable build. The Civic holds onto its reliable reputation with the 2006 introduction of its eighth generation, while also setting its sights on a new, younger class of buyers.
Body Styles: coupe, sedan
Engines: 1.8-liter four-cylinder, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 1.3-liter four-cylinder hybrid, 1.8-liter four-cylinder natural gas
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic, six-speed manual
Models: Honda Civic DX, Honda Civic LX, Honda Civic EX, Honda Civic Si, Honda Civic Hybrid, Honda Civic GX
The Honda Civic benefits from a complete makeover for 2006. This full redesign brings a more powerful, fuel-efficient, 1.8-liter engine, along with a fresh exterior design, new cabin styling, and a longer list of premium features. The Civic Hybrid receives an improved gas-electric IMA system, and an all-new GX trim level gets powered by natural gas. The Si trim also gets a power boost, with a new 197-horsepower engine, along with a redesigned sport coupe body.
Honda drops the old hatchback Civic this year, leaving only the sedan and coupe bodies in the lineup. The numerous remaining models benefit from a style makeover, with a lower windshield and reduced overhang in both the front and rear. The coupe also sits on a shorter wheelbase than in the past.
Each trim level comes with its own list of exterior equipment offerings. Steel wheels come standard on all models, with alloy wheels remaining optional. Other across-the-board options include fog lights and mud guards.
The 2006 Honda Civic offers a long list of trim packages and model choices, each with its own list of interior features and amenities. At the bottom of the ladder sits the low-priced DX, which doesn’t offer much beyond a height-adjustable driver’s seat and telescopic steering. Take a step up to the LX and you get a CD player with MP3/WMA capacity, air-conditioning, cruise control, and fully powered accessories. The EX adds a 60/40-split rear seatback, steering-wheel-mounted controls, a portable music player jack, and two more speakers to the list. The Civic’s three specialty models–the Hybrid, the GX sedan, and the Si coupe–seem similarly equipped to the EX, while the Si also includes a unique interior trim design and the Hybrid provides automatic climate control. A navigation system and satellite radio provide options for the EX, Si, and Hybrid models.
Performance & Handling
A 1.8-liter, inline four-cylinder engine rates at 140 horsepower and marks the standard offering for the DX, LX, and EX models. The new GX draws power from a compressed natural gas-fueled version of the same machine, though its horsepower drops to 113. The Civic Hybrid’s 1.3-liter gas-electric powertrain pushes a modest 110 hp, but it also claims impressive fuel efficiency. The Si represents the most powerful option in the 2006 Civic lineup, with 197 hp, an exclusive six-speed manual transmission, and a limited-slip front differential.
The 2006 Civic seems as fun to drive as it is smooth to ride in, with its upgraded engines providing plenty of power and speed, even in the Hybrid and GX. The coupe offers a tighter suspension and more responsive handling, although the sedan certainly gives nothing to frown about either. However, those looking for a real thrill ride should consider the Civic Si, which houses the same engine as the Acura RSX Type-S and provides admirable athletic performance at a generous price.
All 2006 Honda Civic models come equipped with anti-lock brakes and electronic brake force distribution. Front-seat side airbags provide a standard feature, along with full-length side curtain airbags and active front-seat head restraints. Other standard safety offerings for all Civic models include vehicle anti-theft and a trunk anti-trap device. Sedan models include child safety door locks, and keyless entry remains optional on the coupes. The DX, LX, GX, and Hybrid variations provide front disc brakes and rear drum brakes, and the EX and Si come with four-wheel disc brakes.
EPA Fuel Economy
Honda Civic DX: 26/36 mpg city/highway
Honda Civic LX: 26/36 mpg city/highway
Honda Civic EX: 26/36 mpg city/highway
Honda Civic Si: 20/29 mpg city/highway
Honda Civic Hybrid: 40/45 mpg city/highway
Honda Civic GX: 24/36 mpg combined
- Fuel efficient engines and hybrid option
- Lots of standard safety features
- Spacious interior
You Won't Like
- Pricey higher-end models
- Awkward dashboard layout
Packed with options and features, with an environmentally friendly stamp to carry this compact car into the future.
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