Apr 29, 2013
Reviewed By Tony Piff
Price as Tested $24,805: 201-hp 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve iVTEC 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed manual
Likes

Nice stance on 17-inch alloys with black details. Far roomier inside than expected. Feels like what I’d expect from a two-door Accord. Gearbox is crisp and smooth. Nice clutch feel — not too stiff, not sloppy. Free-revving i-VTEC 4-cyl barks to life.

Dislikes

Exterior styling rather bland. Yes, it’s spacious inside, but if it were space I wanted, I’d choose another car. The body feels ponderous for a little sports car. The interior styling seems youth-oriented in a superficial way.

Verdict

This car should have been a lot more fun than the Civic EX sedan—one of  my favorite cars of the year so far. But it was only a little more fun. In six months, the only thing I’ll remember about it is the feeling of the perfectly executed 6-speed shifter in my right hand.

Fun to Drive
4.0 rating
Fun to Look at
3.5 rating
Overall Experience
4.0 rating
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