If you have had a Honda Civic for a while and haven't thought
of it as the most dependable car in your history, then you
somehow got the needle in the haystack - a Civic lemon.
Fact is, the Honda Civic is one of the most long-lasting
vehicles out there.
They are comfortable, safe and they have great re-sale
value. They are the coupes and sedans of the Civic family.
Coming off a series of upgrades last year, Honda gives the
Civic a brand-new top-line EX Special Edition trim in 2005.
It ups the comfort level considerably, adding a bit more
class in the process.
The 2005 Honda Civic is offered in an array of models. There
are coupes and sedans in DX, VP, LX, HX, EX and Special
Edition models, plus an Si hatchback and a Hybrid model
(HX, Si and Hybrid models covered separately).
The 2005 Honda Civic is a compact car, but it call still
squeeze in five when necessary. Four will fit quite comfortably
DX models are equipped with only the basics. Moving up
the line to, say, the LX gets you a nice set of standard
features, but if you want a true heaping, the new EX is
The new 2005 Honda Civic EX Special Edition trim has an
exclusive leather-wrapped steering wheel and an upgraded
audio head unit that not only adds in-dash 6-disc changer
capability, but will also play MP3's and includes an auxiliary
input jack for convenient plug-in of portable music devices
and satellite radio receivers.
The new top-line EX Special Edition models are also distinguished
by their exterior appearance. They have 15-inch alloy wheels,
a body-colored wing spoiler and special badging.
DX, VP and LX models use a standard 1.7-liter inline 4-cylinder
engine capable of 115 horsepower at 6100 rpm and 110 lb-ft
of torque at 4500 rpm. It is teamed to a 5-speed manual
transmission or a 4-speed automatic setup.
All models under the EX name use a similar 1.7-liter inline
4-cylinder engine. However, it pumps out 127 horsepower
at 6300 rpm and 114 lb-ft of torque at 4800 rpm.
Great gas mileage has always been standard with the Civic,
and 2005 is no exception to the rule. Even with all the
configuration possibilities, the worst rating you can get
is 29/38 mpg (city/highway).
Safety and Security
Dual front airbags and an emergency inside trunk release
are standard on all 2005 Honda Civics. Antilock brakes become
standard at the EX level.