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The Buyers Guide to the2018 Honda Civic
The Buyers Guide to the 2018 Honda CivicThe Honda Civic has been one of the most sought-after sedans for many years due to its strong and efficient performance, its style and craftsmanship, and its reliability. However, deciding if this is the right vehicle for you requires many steps. The most important step is learning what the car offers and what its abilities are.
In The Buyers Guide to the 2018 Honda Civic, youll get a detailed look at this popular vehicle in its sedan, coupe, and hatchback variations. Well teach you all about:
n 2018 Honda Civic specs & features
n Taking the test drive
n Moving forward with your decision
Reading this eBook will help you prepare for the journey towards the 2018 Honda Civic. By learning about the specs, features, and amenities, youll be able to comfortably decide if this is indeed the vehicle for you.
2018 Honda Civic Specs & FeaturesEngine Specs & Performance
The 2018 Honda Civic sedan and coupe both feature a 2.0L 4-cylinder as the base level engine option. This engine comes paired with a 6-speed manual transmission, but the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is available as well. The CVT provides smooth, direct, and efficient transitions between gear ratios without a bumpy shift in performance.
The 1.5L 4-cylinder Single-Scroll Turbo and Internal Wastegate engine is available with an upgrade to the EX-T trim and higher. This engine comes paired with the CVT and provides a slight boost in both engine power and fuel efficiency. When equipped with the CVT, the 2.0L 4-cylinder does achieve a fuel economy thats close to the 1.5L 4-cylinder Turbo.
The Honda Civic hatchback is the one standalone in the Civic series that provides different engine options. While it comes standard with the 1.5L 4-cylinder Turbo engine, it does offer the Sport and Sport Touring trims, which adds a boost in the performance. This engine comes paired with the 6-speed manual at the base level; however, fitting it with the CVT is an option when upgrading trim levels.
1.5L 4-cylinder Turbo
Sport 1.5L Turbo
138 lb-ft of torque
162 lb-ft of torque
162 lb-ft of torque
6-speed manual; optional CVT
6-speed manual; optional CVT
Interior Dimensions & Comfort
The Honda Civic and its sedan, coupe, and hatchback variations offer different levels of space within their respective cabins. Each body style is equipped to carry five passengers inside the cabin. All Civic models come outfitted with fabric seating appointments. Drivers can choose to upgrade their Honda Civic to feature leather-trimmed seats, as well as including the 10-way power-adjustable drivers seat to maximize comfort.
Headroom (F/R) in.
39.3 / 37.1
38.2 / 34.6
39.3 / 37.4
Legroom (F/R) in.
42.3 / 37.4
42.3 / 35.9
42.3 / 36
Cargo Space (ft3)
25.7 / 46.2 (2nd row folded)
Audio & Connectivity Features
The base level 2018 Honda Civic sedan, coupe, and hatchback models all come outfitted with 4-speaker sound systems that feature speed-sensitive volume control. This feature can actually sense when the engine and transmission performance is a bit loud and affecting your listening abilities. When it detects noisy performance, itll automatically adjust the volume levels to compensate for the distracting sounds. The sedan and hatchback body styles offer upgrades to feature 8-speaker sound systems, while the coupe and sedan offer a 10-speaker sound system. The hatchback provides an available 12-speaker sound system as its stereo upgrade.
The Honda Civic comes standard across all body styles with the 5-inch Color LCD Screen thats used to access the media options. These options include the AM/FM radio, USB interface, auxiliary jack, and Bluetooth streaming. Upgrading to the higher trims will include the 7-inch Display Audio screen with High-Resolution WVGA Electrostatic Touch-Screen and Customizable Feature Settings. This upgrade also features Pandora compatibility, HD Radio, and a 3-month trial of SiriusXM Satellite Radio, which adds more than 150 different stations of varying genres and content to the vehicles media selection.
These upgrades also include some significant smartphone connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Both of these systems allow the driver to access their phones contacts, apps, and libraries through the 7-inch touchscreen. The screen even delivers incoming text messages through the SMS Text Message Function, which will read the message aloud with text-to-speech technology. It even provides pre-written responses that can easily be selected and sent.
Upgrading to the Civic Sedan Touring, Civic Coupe Touring, or Civic Hatchback Sport Touring features the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition, Honda HD Digital Traffic, and Song By Voice. This feature utilizes the 7-inch touchscreen to display moving 3D maps and traffic updates. Voice commands can be used to select the destination, as well as choose the audio entertainment or a phone contact.
Honda Civic Style & Appearance
Due to the three distinctive body styles, the appearance of each model offers similar design implementations, but carries its own unique look. The Honda Civic sedan features a sleek and stylish body design that encompasses a performance-based display. It features smooth-accented curves that not only highlight the front fascia, but also draw attention to the cascading rear windshield.
The Honda Civic coupe is a bit more refined than the sedan, but still includes the performance aesthetics to boast the vehicles turbo engine and its abilities. What separates the coupe from the sedan is its more compact frame, but also its arching exterior cabin that smoothly transitions to the trunk. The coupe adds a luxurious feel to the Honda Civic style.
The hatchback body style carries the overall appearance of both the sedan and coupe designs, but with a few different aesthetic choices. The front fascia features the honeycombed vents and the sleek grille, but its overall body is different from the other two body styles. This is more noticeable with the rear because the Civic hatchback features a cargo space inside the cab rather than the trunk.
Active & Passive Safety Features
Each Honda Civic body style features a few braking systems that are include with the Anti-Lock Brakes. Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control comes in handy while traveling during slippery road conditions. This feature detects wheel slip and works to provide the necessary brake pressure while reducing engine speed to prevent the vehicle from losing more traction. These systems work together to keep the vehicle on its intended path.
The Electronic Brake Distribution works by varying the amount of brake pressure that is applied to both the front and rear wheels. It works to provide more control during braking. The Brake Assist feature can detect panicked braking, and it helps add full braking power to get the vehicle to come to a stop.
The Honda Civic also features the Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines. This feature allows the driver to transition between different views to provide more precision to reverse driving. The Dynamic Guidelines show where the vehicle will go based on its reverse angle. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System sends a dashboard warning symbol when one or more of the tires drop in air pressure and require a fill-up.
Each Honda Civic version comes designed with the Advanced Compatibility Engineering Body Structure. This structure includes reinforced outer braces that are designed to withstand a collision. Theyll absorb the force of the collision and disperse it away from the passengers inside the cabin.
The inside of the cabin features advanced front airbags, which can automatically adjust their rate of inflation to provide enough protection based on the severity of the crash. This is in an effort to reduce airbag-related injuries like whiplash. The front passengers also receive protection from the SmartVent Front Side Airbags in the event of a side impact. Both front and rear passengers receive head protection from the side curtain airbags. These airbags feature a rollover sensor, which can detect when the wheels lift off the ground, so it can inflate the airbags prior to a rollover to help provide protection and cushioning for the passengers.
Optional Honda Sensing Features
The Honda Civic offers Honda Sensing features as an optional upgrade. These features utilize front-mounted sensors to provide extra convenience, security, precision, and protection to the performance of the vehicle.
Honda LaneWatch features cameras mounted into the side mirror to provide a clear view of the blind spot from the 7-inch touchscreen. This feature displays a live video feed to the driver, so they can prepare for a lane change without the risk of a vehicle approaching the blind spot.
The Lane Keeping Assist System can detect the lines in the road, and it activates when the vehicle begins to stray from the lane. Itll provide slight brake pressure to reduce the drifting, but ultimately requires driver intervention to prev