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Says Motor Trend editor-in-chief Angus MacKenzie, "Honda deserves a standing ovation for not playing it safe again," regarding why the buff book picked the Civic as its 2006 Car of the Year. "The engineering passion that Honda Motor Company was founded on radiates from these new Civics." (Ok, we get it.) MT editors just finished their two-week yearly evaluation session, during which they drive, kick, flog, walk around, panic-stop and otherwise scrutinize new models, looking for value, class superiority and (wiggle-room alert) "the most significant development on the new-car scene." At the end, the eds picked the Civic over the lobbied-for Chevrolet HHR and Pontiac Solstice and short-list Mercedes R-Class (among 24 other models).

Jalopnik Reviews: 2006 Honda Civic, Part 1 [internal]