My First Time Driving a Honda Civic

November 16th, 2012 by
Honda Civic

Honda Civic

When I was growing up, a close friend’s family bought a new Honda Civic every few years. Even though they didn’t have a great big family, they always had a large minivan, too, and the father drove the Civic to work. When my friend Richard moved out of the house after graduating college, they gave him the Honda Civic and his dad bought a new one.

One night we headed into the city to catch a concert with a few friends, and I was picked to be the designated driver. Up to that point, I had only driven a clunky SUV and my father’s luxury car. The only thing I really knew about the Honda Civic was that it was affordable, so I wasn’t expecting a whole lot.

Inside the vehicle, I was impressed to find plenty of great features, including a built-in navigation system with turn-by-turn directions — this is was a few years ago, back when these were only starting to be featured in cars. The instrument panel looked thoroughly modern, and I enjoyed the digital mileage display, which was very easy to see late at night. The car also handled incredibly well, and driving down the highway was quite enjoyable as I listened to songs from an iPod connected into the auxiliary jack.

The 2012 Civic

The 2012 Honda Civic has taken many turns for the better since I first drove one. It’s still just as affordable (the base Civic Sedan starts at an MSRP of $15,955*), and there are more options than ever. You can get it as a coupe or a sedan, and it’s even available as a hybrid or a natural-gas-powered vehicle.

Needless to say, the Civic has lived up to its legacy, and though my first impression was under less-than-ideal circumstances, it left a mark that remains to this day: the Civic is one of my very favorite vehicles on the market.

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $790.00 destination charge and options.