2007 Honda Civic

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$14,810

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2007 Honda Civic

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Fuel economy
  • Six standard airbags
  • Refinement
  • More-powerful drivetrains
  • Interior quality, quietness

The bad:

  • Hybrid's backseat doesn't fold
  • No manual Hybrid
  • Some headroom/legroom decreases

5 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • DX

    $15,010

  • LX

    $16,960

  • EX

    $18,710

  • Si

    $21,290

  • GX

    $24,590

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2007 Honda Civic trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Sedan, coupe, Hybrid and Si models
  • Sedan version of high-performance Si
  • SULEV emissions
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • GPS navigation option

2007 Honda Civic review: Our expert's take

By David Thomas

2007 Civic Si Sedan
Building on the successful launch last year of the redesigned Civic sedan, coupe and high-performance Si-trim coupe, Honda is ready to debut the 2007 Si sedan. This is the first time Honda has given a sedan the Si designation, and it’s no small feat. The company has created a driving feel in the sedan that’s almost parallel to the coupe, thanks in part to the fact that they kept its weight down. Somehow the sedan only weighs 60 pounds more than the coupe, and in performance vehicles, weight is everything.

Drivers will notice two distinct personalities in the Si. Drive it absent-mindedly and it reacts like any compact sedan should — responsive and quiet with a firm, but not harsh, ride. Hit some open road and downshift, though, and it transforms into a high-revving missile that can stop abruptly and throttle with glee. This is the kind of Jekyll-and-Hyde experience I can enjoy.

Going & Stopping
Usually I talk about performance after discussing the looks of a car, because no matter what shoppers have to be attracted to a car before they’ll take it for a test drive. For a high-performance model like the Si, though, buyers want to know what they’re getting in the driving department most of all.

In that area, the Si sedan doesn’t disappoint. I couldn’t really tell a difference between the capabilities of the Si sedan versus the coupe. I just couldn’t. The only thing that adds to the coupe’s sportiness is the body style itself, and the resulting cockpit feel.

For those not familiar with the 197-horsepower four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission in both Si models, it’s a high-revving affair. This is Honda’s performance trademark. When you slam on the gas the tachometer flies to an 8,000-rpm redline — that’s high — and it doesn’t feel like it will stop there. The engine noise is decidedly different to anyone used to gruntier muscle cars or the low torque that Volkswagen aims for in its GLI.

The high pitch of the engine is offset by throaty exhaust tuned specifically for the sedan. A slight growl can be heard only when you want it to, usually during acceleration and downshifting.

Brakes are grippy 11.8-inch ventilated front discs and 10.2-inch solid rear discs. I certainly did not find the Si lacking for stopping efficiency.

Ride & Handling
This is a passenger sedan, and sedans have longer wheelbases and generally weigh more than coupes. These are negatives for driving enthusiasts. Honda knows this and attacked the problem head-on with a larger front stabilizer bar to accommodate the extra length and different damper tuning that is a must for the somewhat-gentle sedan ride I felt.

Otherwise, the sport suspension and rear stabilizer bar are modified to the Si coupe’s standards, and there is a limited slip differential to provide steady power delivery from the wheels to the road.

Exterior
There are certain elements of the Honda Civic sedan that didn’t sit right with me when it debuted in 2006. From certain angles it was a futuristic delight, from others (think the rear quarter angle) it looked badly proportioned. Large 17-inch wheels and a tight-fitting rear spoiler are added to the Si sedan, but they actually add a sporty flair and eliminate the problem with the rear.

The front end gets the same revised grille as the Si coupe, and that too makes a subtly menacing look out of a generally docile compact car. It’s what we call a “sleeper.”

The new Honda Civic design might be a bit too modern for some buyers, but in an iPod-ruled world it fits into pop culture and design surprisingly well.

Interior
One major beef I have with the base Honda Civic is the interior. The cloth Honda uses has a strange feel; it’s almost too fuzzy. That may feel soft to some, but to me it spells wear and tear. Both Si models feature a different interior fabric that has absolutely no nap to it, and would most easily be compared to microfiber found on couches. Matched to contoured and firm-fitting seats, this is a supportive feel. It’s not plush, but neither is the standard cloth, and I would like to see a similar fabric offered in the regular sedan.

Of course, in the Si sedan the fabric comes in one color: black, with red stitching. It’s a color scheme that carries over to the red-lit two-tiered gauges. Standard Civics have blue-lit gauges. These little touches are what makes Honda a winner among the set that buys high-performance vehicles like this.

Otherwise, the real advantage of the Si sedan is that besides the great engine and suspension it’s still a Civic sedan. That means the trunk is huge (12 cubic feet), and it has 60/40-split, folding rear seats. There are also logically placed storage bins, auxiliary input and power sockets for portable devices, and a decent-sized backseat for the segment.

Safety
The 2006 Honda Civic sedan is rated a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and earned the top rating of “Good” in both frontal and side-impact tests. Results should be identical for the 2007 Civic Si sedan. The vehicle also features a standard electronic stability system, airbags and traction control.

Civic Si in the Market
Leave it to Honda to make a practical sport compact sedan. What else do you call the Si? It gets an estimated mileage of 23 city mpg and 32 hwy mpg (actual mileage may vary) and will cost around $20,000 when it goes on sale at the end of September. There isn’t much competition for the Si sedan, either. Only Volkswagen’s Jetta GLI claims the same combination of body style and performance, and it costs a few thousand dollars more. I don’t know which one I would pick of the two, but the Honda Civic Si sedan doesn’t leave much to be desired. 

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.1
  • Interior design 4.3
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

First car

This car met all my needs. excellent conditions, nothing wrong with it . It was worth it, I’m so happy that now I have my own car and I can go to work. I got the car that i wanted. Honda’s are my favorite I recommend.

5.0

It basically just needed gas, oil, tires & brakes.

Very reliable car, my 2nd Honda vehicle (repeat customer, that says a lot). It basically just needed regular maintenance, replace typical wear and tear items (tires, brakes). Never failed me and to top it off, it gave me a great fuel economy.

5.0

Love my Honda!

I gave 5 stars for everything. Comfortable, quiet, great pickup, sound is good, great AC & heat. Driver seat very comfortable, can see well out of all the windows.

See all 242 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Honda True Certified+
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 12 months or 12,000 miles from their original in-service date.
Basic warranty terms
4 years/48,000 if vehicle purchased within warranty period 1 year 12,000 miles if vehicle purchased after warranty period expired
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
182-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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