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The new Honda Civic you might actually want

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Consumer Repors verified our initial negative reaction, refusing to recommend the 2012 Honda Civic. But there's one missing caveat: everyone means the U.S.-Spec Honda Civic. The European-Spec Civic is something many can get behind.

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The world of Civic is in a bit of flux at this moment. In Japan, the Civic was dropped for the Fit. In America it's been on a steady decline relative to the competition. But in good old Europe — where the history comes from — they've always had a vastly superior Civic.

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As we discovered when we first tested the Euro Civic, that other Civic is everything the American version isn't: stylish, exciting, and diesel. Yep, that little diesel engine netted us 72.4 mpg while hypermiling.

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The same turbodiesel mill still does the work in the redesigned Civic (seen here in camo), pumping out 148 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque yet still producing a Civic Hybrid-embarrassing 57 mpg.

Oh, and it probably won't look like a watered-down version of its previous generation.

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I've Driven one of those at 210KPH on the Autobahn on my last trip to Europe in March. It was a fun car to drive around town and on normal roads however past approximately 190KPH the car felt too light on the road and didn't have the solid road feel which I have experienced in some of the German cars that I have driven there before. Perhaps the suspension is a bit too soft, or maybe that the Japanese simply have no need to build economy cars that have a solid road feel at over 200KPH.