A new take on a classic: the 2018 Honda Civic

Honda knew exactly what they were doing when it came to the Honda Civic. It has been a top model for years; you can still see decades-old model years on the road in varying conditions. The reliability and durability of the Honda Civic is what propelled it to the top of the charts when it came to popularity and customer satisfaction, which is why it is still in production nearly three and a half decades later. Other models might seem to creep up to question the Honda Civic, but nobody can usurp the throne that the Honda Civic sits on.

Being able to appeal to the majority of people, from teens just starting to drive to professionals looking for an economical and reliable vehicle, the Honda Civic has always offered an option for everyone. The 2018 Honda Civic offers over a dozen options between three body styles and a plethora of trims, making sure it can meet the unique needs of any driver.

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The first choices you'll need to make

Customer choice is important when it comes to their vehicle; when the customer has an input, they can feel more connected to their vehicle. With all the options the 2018 Honda Civic offers, customers might as well be plugged into the dashboard, because there are a lot of choices that they can make. Let's start by looking at the body and trim options:

  • Honda Civic Sedan: The model you have seen a million times. There are at least a dozen of them in your neighborhood with varying model years, but that doesn't mean it isn't an attractive option. It is the cheapest body style for the newest model year, and offers many trim options (LX, EX, EX-T, EX-L, Touring, and Civic Si Sedan).
  • Honda Civic Coupe: Still not a new addition to the lineup, but another one to pay attention to, especially because of its updated style. The new lines and exclusive color options make it an attractive option if you are looking for the sportiest-feel in your Honda Civic. It also comes with a variety of trim options: LX, LX-P, EX-T, EX-L, Touring, and Civic Si Coupe
  • Honda Civic Hatchback: The latest-and-greatest for the 2018 Honda Civic. This is a direct competitor to many of the most popular hatchbacks, Honda has been side-eyeing the Ford Focus and Subaru Impreza for years, and this is their response. The Honda Civic Hatchback brings more than 46 cubic feet of cargo space, as well as trim options that are performance-centered, making it able to pull other brand-loyal customers towards the Honda, including the LX, Sport, EX, EX-L Navi, Sport Touring, and Civic Type R Hatchback.

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Engine choices aplenty

Did you think you only get to choose body and trim? We did say there were a lot of options for you to choose from in the 2018 Honda Civic, and we won't even be able to cover them all here, but we will be able to cover engine options.

It doesn't matter which body or trim you prefer, you will have access to some of the most impressive engines ever offered in a Honda Civic (with one specifically being the strongest ever offered in the vehicle). The standard for the sedan and coupe is a 2-liter four-cylinder that puts out 158 horsepower, which can be fun to tool along the highway, but for the real excitement, you'll want to look at the upgrade options.

The first upgrade for sedans and coupes, and the standard for the hatchback, is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out 174 horsepower, able to be pushed up to 180 horsepower for the hatchback sport. While these are good choices, the sedan and coupe also offer the 2018 Civic Si option, further pushing horsepower up to 205, but the best has yet to be seen. The 2018 Civic Type R includes a 2-liter turbocharged engine that puts out an impressive 306 horsepower, the most ever offered by a Honda Civic. After looking at these engine options, it is even clearer to see why the Honda Civic has been attracting more customers year-after-year: Honda provides exactly what customers are looking for.

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Responsibility is not forgotten

Alongside power, safety must be considered. Honda makes sure that all of their vehicles are among the safest you will find. Modern safety features blend technology and design, using sonars and cameras to avoid collision and a strong body-design to deflect as much of the impact away from the driver and passengers as possible. Features include Honda Sensing, which utilizes the aforementioned sonars to help you maintain a safe distance from other drivers with systems like Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking, and Road Departure Mitigation. Making sure you have the best vision at all times, Honda LaneWatch will provide a broader view of the passenger side lane when your turn signal is indicated, cutting blind spots virtually out of the equation.

Is the 2018 Honda Civic as good in practice as it is on paper?

Definitely. There is a reason that the Honda Civic has stayed in production since 1973: it doesn't just provide drivers with what they want, it provides them with what they need. It has been one of the most popular vehicles, and will continue to be for a long time to come.

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