Details, Details: Honda's 2006 Civic



Like it or don't, Honda's 2006 Civic is bound to inspire years of tedious examination. Take that long windshield rake. Is it better suited to the coupe (yes) than the sedan (no)? Does the sedan remind us of a generic, plebian TV-plot "car of the future," say, from Fox's "Alien Nation" of the 1990s? Sorta. Does the coupe remind us of a late-1990s Acura CL? Kinda. Still, the coupe and sedan have different exterior and wheelbase dimensions, so for argument's sake, they should probably be considered independently. Anyway, there'll be plenty of time for armchair handicapping later on; for now, let's stick with the details.

· Standard front, front side and side curtain airbags
· Active front seat head restraints
· Standard 4-channel Advanced Logic ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution
· Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition (available on Si, Hybrid and EX)
· XM(R) Satellite Radio (available on Si, Hybrid and EX)
· Front MacPherson strut front, multi-link double wishbone rear suspension
· Drive-by-Wire throttle control on all models
· Tilt and telescoping steering wheel

Civic Sedan and Coupe
· All-new 1.8-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine with advanced valve control technology
· 140hp @ 6300 rpm and 128 lb-ft. torque @ 4300 rpm
· 30/40 mpg city/highway (automatic transmission)
· ULEV-2 emissions in all 50 states
· Five-speed automatic transmission available (standard five-speed manual)

Civic Si Coupe
· 2.0-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine
· 197hp @ 7800 rpm and 139 lb-ft. torque @ 6200 rpm
· Six-speed manual transmission with helical-type limited-slip differential
· Model-specific cosmetics including rear deck wing, aero cladding and Si badging
· Bolstered seats, red fabric stitching and specific trim panels
· Standard 17-inch alloy wheels with 215/45 R17 87V tires (summer tire available)

Civic Hybrid Sedan
· 1.3-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine with 15 Kilowatt electric motor
· 110hp @ 6000 rpm and 123 lb-ft. torque @ 1000-2500 rpm
· Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system with improved energy regeneration capability and electric-only operation
· Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) standard
· 50/50 mpg city/highway
· AT-PZEV emissions
· IMA instrument panel meters and two-tone seating surfaces


Related:
Honda Civic SI Concept; Honda s New Civic Engines; European 2006 Honda Civic Unveiled; Honda's 2008 Civic Official Photo Roundup [internal]