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The 2006 Honda Civic Sedan: More Power, Less Fuel Consumption

The 2006 Honda Civic Sedan: More Power, Less Fuel Consumption

Since we have used about half of the world's oil reserves (post-peak oil), we need to really consider whether or not we really want bigger, less fuel-efficient cars. The 2006 Honda Civic sedan seems to answer this widespread worry by providing drivers with an evocatively built vehicle that is equipped with a powerful engine and responsive electric handling without sacrificing fuel efficiency (EPA of 40 mpg and 50 mpg for the hybrid). Honda's Civic sedan or Civic Hybrid should be at the top of your list if you're looking for a vehicle that checks all the boxes in terms of being enjoyable to drive, environmentally friendly, and affordable.

The new Civic sedan stands out from the crowd with its futuristic design and cutting-edge technologies. The 2006 Honda Civic sedan represents the pinnacle of Honda's engineering efforts over the last 34 years. The DOHC multi-valve engine debuted in a Honda Civic in 1983. It was in 1987 that Honda's Civic introduced the world to VTEC, their variable valve timing and lift technology, which allowed for increased power without an increase in engine size. In 1991, improvements were made to the VTEC that increased both fuel economy and power. The Civic sedan won Motor Trend's Car of the Year award for 2006 because of its innovative features and attractive exterior.


The new Civic sedan's resolute comfort is an understatement. A seat behind the space-age steering wheel confirms your preconceptions about the car's futuristic style. The 2-spoke wheel's tilt and telescoping functions allow for pinpoint positioning. An innovative new RPM dial displays important vehicle data as you drive. It has a two-tiered instrument panel with backlighting in the cockpit that shows speed, temperature, and fuel levels.

The lengthy travel will not be a problem with the reinforced, supportive chairs. Additionally, each seat has an active head restraint system built into it to lessen the severity of whiplash in the event of an accident. Passengers in the rear can walk about with ease thanks to the floor's flat design, and they can relax in the most comfortable seating available thanks to the seats' generous width and ergonomically shaped backs. All the way down to the wheels, the suspension and steering systems have been redesigned from the bottom up to provide lightning-fast reaction and exquisite feel for the road. Honda's 2006 Civic is an uncompromising, open system.

All 2006 Civic sedans (DX, LX, and EX) are propelled by a new 1.8-liter i-VTEC engine producing 140 horsepower. Honda's i-VTEC system proudly displays the brand's rich racing pedigree. The inline-four produces peak power at 6300 rpm and peak torque at 4300 rpm, allowing for rapid acceleration across the board and an EPA-estimated 40 mpg in combined city and highway driving. (The 5-speed automated gearbox is more compact and silent, which contributes to the fuel efficiency.) The new engine has a Drive-by-Wire Throttle SystemTM for less maintenance and improved responsiveness. There are now fifty states where the Civic is considered an Ultra-Low-Emission Vehicle (ULEV).

The Hybrid model of the Civic sedan was introduced in 2006 and has a lightweight, low-friction 4-cylinder engine with torque-rich i-VTEC technology and a dual-point sequential ignition system that ignites both spark plugs in each cylinder. A strong DC electric motor is coupled to the engine, and its output is stored in a battery. The result is an environmentally friendly 110-horsepower engine that gets an estimated 50 mpg in city driving, according to the EPA.

Active head restraints, daytime running lights, advanced compatibility engineering (ACE) that structurally absorbs energy, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution to monitor each wheel during heavy braking, dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags, side airbags, a side curtain system, and structurally reinforced side-impact door beams are just a few of the many standard safety features found on the Civic. Overall, the new Civic sedan is almost there in terms of achieving the greatest conceivable achievement in the realm of automobile safety: a 5-Star Crash-Test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

As a sedan, the 2006 Honda Civic aims to please both your senses and your conscience. The elegant outward style and engaging driving character of the 2006 Civic sedan are worth the MSRP of $14,760 to $20,760. And you may rest easy knowing that you're doing your bit to reduce environmental damage by keeping one in your driveway or garage.

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