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Honda Civic Sedan 2006



  • The new front under spoiler makes the sedan look mean. Too bad my wife will never go for it. Why do we have to share cars?
  • rms41rms41 Posts: 80
    A dealer in Barrington, IL gave me a written quote of "not to exceed MSRP minus $500". I got this quote a few days before the prices were known. It is for an EX Coupe with automatic.
  • Fowler Honda in Norman, OK is already $100 lower than Roberts on an '06 sedan. The prices are not on the web site, but the internet sales manager sent me a quote - and it was lower. Doc fee was $99, but still lower total. Nice to see not a lot of gouging going on.

    I also asked for a quote on an '06 CR-V - and they were $210 lower than what I saw on Roberts.
  • playplay Posts: 38
    Whether the Prius is certifiably ugly or not, its look is widely recognized to be part of its appeal--many people driving them like making a statement about ecology, use of natural resources, etc.

    I've also heard that this phenomenon worked against Honda--they went out of their way to make the Civic and Accord hybrids look like the "regular" versions, which cost them some sales with the more activist-minded consumers.

    Yeah, your right, I heard.....seen the same thing. It reminds me of the original Beetle and Tiny Tim.

    Actually thats a slam on the original Beatle.
  • playplay Posts: 38
    Towards the bottom of the page opened by this link, you can find a tire size calculator which will show you the speedometer error resulting from upsizing your tire. I don't think you will significantly lower your RPM, but you will throw off your speedometer and odometer a lot and may well run into clearance issues.

    micweb, thank you for that link. I was aware of the speedometer error consequence. I didn't think the +/- 5% tire circumference increase would effect clearance if tire width remained the same. I suppose it could also marginally affect handling. But from a pure MPG standpoint, wouldn't you be achieveing the same with the manual as the automatic at that point?

    That is what I keep pondering.
  • The coupe is up now too.
  • psypsy Posts: 122

    We bought our 05 ex accord sedan from mark roberts. They did knock another $300 off of the posted price.

    I wish the toyota dealers wherent thugs in Tulsa. I really hate to hear about folks paying msrp.
  • psypsy Posts: 122
    Our 05 Accord is like that. We dont need to see the hood and front end to know where the car is.
  • mvs1mvs1 Posts: 462
    Honda and Toyota have had sloped hoods for decades.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    This is a problem on virtually every car today (except maybe the Ford Crown Vic!).

    Good article today in the WSJ (repeated in my local paper) about why Honda went with more streamlined styling for '06. The Civic used to be low and wide, and it was a huge success, with sales for the Civic peaking in '98. Then the sales slide began, with sales off 8% since then. Honda decided they must return to the "low and wide" design for '06, resulting in a much lower and wider car compared to '05--too wide to be considered a "small" car in Japan. They are trying to create something distinctive in the class, and I think they succeeded.
  • yesrohyesroh Posts: 290
    My eye would notice a 5% difference in tire circumference, I think, unless...think about this...get wider tires at the same percentage series...for example, put a 216/60/16 on instead of a 205/60/16. Of course, then your wider tire would have more drag. I don't know about that...I ran wider tires on my Accord and if anything, my gas mileage went up. They were also slightly lower profile too. I think it's just splitting hairs...the car was built to perform on a certain size tire so you might notice squishier handling.
    My ex wife used to have a 1995 Integra with 195/55/15 tires. One day she got new tires...195/60/15. I drove over for dinner and the new tires caught my eye immediately...I asked her if she got the same size tire. That was just a 3.7% difference and it took me no time to notice it. If you drive your car and love it, you'll look at it a lot and you'll notice every change.
  • yesrohyesroh Posts: 290
    Power is up by about 18%. That should help a lot because the old ones were very slow compared to the Insight and Prius.
  • yesrohyesroh Posts: 290
    Low and wide look great but don't feel so great when you sit in them. I mean, they can be comfortable but I think the taller car will always be more comfortable, all other things being the same.
    I thought the taller cars were a way to make more room without making a larger footprint on the road, and also, I thought they were an answer to the SUV's which many people buy because they like to sit high (and use a lot more gas to push air). I don't mind taller cars so much but I also think you can make a car wider without affecting its footprint so much. If you round off the front corners you won't increase the turn radius that much.
    The old CRX Si was about seven inches lower than the '05 Civic. That's a huge difference.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Yes, making cars taller is a way to increase interior room without increasing the car's length. So I was surprised that there was so much usable space for four passengers in the new Civic. I was actually more comfortable in the back seat than in cars that are taller. There is a surprising amount of leg room, and even head room, back there. I am 5'10" and my head didn't brush the headliner like it does on many small cars. Some people may not like the lower seating position, but I think some do (think Jaguar for example). I give Honda credit for stepping away from the current norm in small cars. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but that's OK. There are many bland-mobiles to choose from.
  • i guess because of official 9/15 launch, i was expecting some 'official' road tests to pop up on the net today. so far i haven't seen any, except for the WSJ one referred to above...but i don't subscribe to that in canada...where are the new road tests??
    now i know why the EX is quieter- thicker carpeting and additional hood insulator after i visited canadian dealer last night...but is it softer riding, too since the rear disc might call for different suspension calibrations?
  • excellent point. honda has chosen form over function and that's a shame, in my book. the more space you can cram into a small package the better the car. making it wider helps some but the biggest losses will be in leg room and especially head room. the sloped windshield does not lend itself to a 'kichen chair" seating position: very easy to get in and out of the car and the seat. the 06 does have a cab forward design and that's a big help with space utilization, but alot of the advantages were lost with the extreme rake to the windshield.
  • evpedevped Posts: 39
    I can't find a sunglasses holder in the interior. Did I miss it?
  • Here's a few pictures I found of the new Civic sedan.

    I've decided that I don't like this car, at least from the pictures. The interior design is very unconventional, and the rear taillights are really ugly. The outgoing Civic may have looked plain, but even that was more handsome than this new model. I'd say my pick in this segment remains the Mazda3, at least until the Dodge Caliber comes out.
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