If you read our Quick Drive of the 2011 Kia Forte 5, then you really already know what my opinion is about the Honda Civic. My first car was an 88 Civic hatch and I remember the time when the Civic was the car to own because it was cheap and the engine was sporty and almost bulletproof.
I guess the problem could be nostalgia, but the Civic just hasn’t done it for me with its last few generations, and I hear the same around the water-cooler. The Civic now demands a premium on its price, it’s heavier, and the engine just doesn’t feel as peppy or rev-happy as it once did. Worst of all, as manufactures like Kia, Hyundai, and Ford have been making great compact cars lately, it seems like Honda has dropped the ball altogether. The interior isn’t up to par, the ride isn’t up to par, and the sportiness is no longer up to par.
I know the one Civic to drive is the Si and I’m looking forward to getting the chance to drive one, but it still seems that the Civic lost something. I hope that in the next generation or so, they find it again.
Car was driven and reviewed by Adam Moore at the Texas Auto Roundup in conjunction with the .