Mar 17, 2014
Reviewed By Tony Piff
Price as Tested $21,880: 143-hp 1.8-L SOHC 16-valve i-VTEC 4-cyl, CVT
Likes

Great shape and stance for a modern jellybean sedan. Looks sporty and smart, just like it handles. Excellent visibility. Plunging windshield fills the car with light and enhances the upright, tiny-car experience. Car is roomy without feeling bloated. Feels light yet safe — accelerates, brakes and turns on a dime. Excellent fuel economy. CVT is punchy, decisive and quiet. I love the location of the moon roof.

Dislikes

Honda’s side-view camera that comes on with your right blinker seems like a good idea, but it’s too low on the console. I don’t want to look down when turning or merging. Interior fabric seems like a magnet for kid stains.

Verdict

Honda predicts fuel economy of 30/39 mpg. That’s remarkable for a non-hybrid, non-turbo-diesel, and the car doesn’t feel like a slug! Over the course of a week, I enjoyed pushing this thing pretty dang hard, and I still managed a solid 28 mpg average. Add in Honda reliability and a purchase price under $22k, and you’ve got a solid package without a significant compromise. My favorite car of the year, again.

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