As in Civics from the past, the dashboard, particularly on the front-passenger side, sits low, so there’s ample window and an airy feel, even in a Civic without a moonroof. The dashboard, overall, feels like it’s a good bit away from passengers, which adds to the roomy feel.
Yet, controls and gauges are well organized. And the large, easy-to-read, digital speedometer numbers that are positioned high up, near the windshield base, provide a quick reference to the speed the car is traveling.
Heck, the speedometer numbers are so big, people in passing cars can see the speed of the Civic, too.
Honda’s colorful semi-circle of a tachometer that sits lower, down closer to the steering column, is eye-catching, and the standard ‘‘Econ’’ button on the dashboard helps maximize use of gasoline automatically.
The test car with automatic transmission averaged 31 mpg in travel that was 65 percent in the city and 35 percent on the highway. This was just a bit below the federal government’s average.
For the record, the test EX sedan was rated at 28 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.
Shifts were mostly smooth from the automatic transmission, and sounds from the 1.8-liter, single overhead cam four cylinder were not obtrusive, save for times of hard acceleration.
The engine isn’t direct-injected, and the Civic EX torque peaks at 128 foot-pounds at 4,300 rpm.