The Mugen Si is more extroverted, distinguished immediately by its bi-plane rear spoiler and aggressive aero extensions all around the lower body and a diffuser in the rear bumper. A magazine pouch is on the rear of the front passenger's seatback; on the Hybrid, there's one on the driver's seatback, too. The Si and Si Mugen models feature 197 hp and 139 lb-ft, thanks partly to a high-compression cylinder head that demands premium fuel. The coupe gets a rear decklid spoiler. Damping rates are increased between 8 and 24 percent depending on whether we're talking front or rear, jounce or rebound , and the wheels are actually 27 percent lighter than the 17-inchers on the garden-variety Si. The analog accelerometer in the conventional position, but the digital speedometer and gas measurements are on the base of the windshield.
The manual height adjustment on the driver's seat pivots on front hinges, forcing drivers to choose between seat height and legroom. There is no center stack to speak of, which otherwise might tie together the dash and the floor-mounted controls. Its controls are easy to operate and the materials are of high quality. Suspension, f: independent, MacPherson struts, coil springs, gas-pressurized shocks, stabilizer bar Suspension, r: independent, double wishbones, coil springs, gas-pressurized shocks, stabilizer bar Ground clearance: 6. To the right of this squished pod-like arrangement, the dash curves away from the front seat passenger and houses two more horizontally oriented vent registers, again neither of which matches the other. The Civic is comfortable and affords the driver outstanding outward visibility.
Outboard of this display are large, irregular vent registers. . The coupe's sloping trunk lid settles into a deep cut in the rear bumper, with the license plate sheltered in an equally deep recess. Our least favorite feature is its pseudo-aero wheels, which look as if they were cut from pizza pans. Seat bottoms provide better than average thigh support. The five-speed automatic is just that, a select-it-and-leave-it transmission, and it does the job admirably.
Thoroughly modern front and rear suspension designs deliver impressive stability and certain steering response. The Hybrid makes a good commuter car with its fuel-saving electric motor. Thankfully, Honda has not fallen prey to the Sport-Shift fad. The five-speed manual gearbox is a bit rubbery, and hitting the desired gear requires careful aim. The central lower air intake opens between two geometric side recesses that feed cooling air to the front disc brakes and house the optional fog lamps. Hard acceleration is often accompanied by torque steer, a tug on the steering wheel that calls for some driving.
Instruments and Controls indicators, gauges, dashboard, steering column 55, features heating and cooling, audio, steering wheel, security, cruise control 107, before Driving fuel, vehicle break- in, cargo loading 179, driving engine transmission operation 195. Understated fender blisters, more pronounced on the coupe, break up the otherwise featureless expanse. All of Chilton's online content for the 2008 Honda Civic is updated monthly, so you'll have the most recent information on hand for any Do-It-Yourself project. A bright horizontal bar, with a prominent Honda H in the middle, dominates the sedan's grille. Your safety, and safety others, you to potential hazards that could, possible to warn you about all, you will find this important safety information in variety forms. We like driving Honda Civics. A single, broad air intake fills the lower portion of the fascia.
Several warranties protect your new car. The Si Sedan is almost as much fun as the Si Coupe. Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. Stability control is a standard exclusive feature of Trim C only. The view out the front, with the expansive windshield, low cowl and sloping hood, is unparalleled in the class. The Si sedan and coupe have another grille variation with a body-color bar on top and a black bar underneath; an understated Si badge is tucked away to the far right. A helical-type, limited-slip differential enhances traction in angry driving situations.
When it comes to interior room, the Civic coupe and sedan are comp Driving Impressions We found ride quality in the Honda Civic solid but not overly firm, with less road noise and wind whistle than is common for the class. The coupe's forms an acute angle with the horizontal deck surface, emphasizing the two-door body style; while the sedan's curves down over the rear door's trailing edge, pulling the eye through the higher roofline. Otherwise, the Honda Civic will still be one of the best small cars in terms of room, internal storage and refinement. Anti-brakes are also standard; The previous C model has four discs, while the rest of the rear drum. We haven't seen numbers for the Mugen, but they should be about the same as for the Si. Businesslike 18-inch, seven-spoke wheels, open in design to show off the brake calipers, complete the Mugen ensemble. On the coupe, the windshield is raked at a radical 21.
Your selection of a 2008 Honda Civic 2-door was a wise investment. The coupe has six speakers and a rear-seat walk-in feature that remembers the front passenger seat's setting. Controls are for the most part where they should be, but not necessarily as they should be. The function of the private layout of the dash is unusual. Proper use and care your vehicle's, how to operate heating air, what gasoline to use, how to breakin your new vehicle, how load, the proper way start engine.
Despite the seeming logic of the two-tier instrument display, we still haven't adjusted to the resulting weird pod draped over the top of the dash. A side effect test resulted in the classification of four stars of the passengers and five stars forward for the rear passenger. Shift the transmission, park; plus, what you need know you're, when you need take your vehicle, to the dealer maintenance service. This Honda Civic owners manual should be considered a permanent part of the car and should remain with the vehicle when it is sold. Buyers wanting a radio must supply their own or order from the dealer, but a rear window-integrated radio antenna is standard. Inside are synthetic suede sport seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; 350-watt stereo.