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Why you should buy this car: Because you collect Star Wars memorabilia. Either that or you appreciate all the traditional Civic virtues — practicality, frugality, reliability, comfort, value, invisibility, etc. — and want something relatively slow that handles like a go-kart.

Why you shouldn t buy this car: The view from the driver s seat is on the disco side of disconcerting: an acre of plastic between dash and glass, a videogame console in place of a traditional display and not even a glimpse of the Civic s snout. What s that all about?

Suitability Parameters
· Speed Merchants: No
· Fashion Victims: No
· Treehuggers: No
· Mack Daddies: No
· Tuner Crowd: Yes
· Hairdressers: No
· Penny Pinchers: Yes
· Euro Snobs: No
· Working Stiffs: No
· Technogeeks: No
· Poseurs: No
· Soccer Moms: No
· Nascar Dads: No
· Golfing Grandparents: No

· Manufacturer: Honda
· Model tested: EX
· Model year: 2006
· Price as Tested: $20,560
· Engine type: 1.8-liter, SOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder
· Horsepower: 140hp @ 6300 rpm
· Torque: 128 ft.-lbs. @ 4200 rpm
· Redline: 6800 rpm
· Wheels and Tires: P205 / 55 R16 89H all season
· Drive type: front-wheel-drive
· 0 - 60: 9.5 secs
· 1/4 mile: 17.35 secs. @ 82 mph
· Top speed: Don t go there
· Fuel economy city/highway: 30/40
· NHTSA crash test rating front/side/rollover: TBA/TBA/4

[by Robert Farago]

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