KBB calls the 2006 Honda Civic a legend of used compact cars


The 2006 Honda Civic landed second place on Kelley Blue Book’s recent “10 Best Used Compact Cars Under $5,000” list. KBB calls the Civic a “legend of the compact car”. This value-oriented entry-level car comes in sedan and coupe body styles and sports models such as the Civic Si. Plus, it offers good fuel economy, excellent build quality and excellent reliability. . The 2006 Honda Civic also boasts strong crash test results and plenty of interior space for passengers and cargo.

What Engine Comes in a 2006 Honda Civic?

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The 2006 Honda Civic offers several engine choices. The first is aimed at the performance-oriented driver and is found in Civic Si models. It’s a 2.0-liter i-VTEC DOHC four-cylinder that develops 197 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque. This engine gets an EPA-estimated 22/31 mpg city/highway.

Next is the Civic’s hybrid engine, a 1.3-liter i-VTEC SOHC four-cylinder with integrated motor assist. It produces 110 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque and gets 49/51 mpg city/highway.

Last, and the most capable overall, is the 1.8-liter i-VTEC SOHC four-cylinder. It produces 140 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque and gets 30/40 mpg city/highway.

Standard Interior Features

The 2006 Honda Civic trim levels are the DX, LX and EX. The base model is equipped with features such as a tilt/telescoping steering wheel and a height-adjustable driver’s seat.

If you’re looking for more bells and whistles, upgrade to the LX. It has a CD player, electrical accessories, keyless entry and cruise control.

The EX versions offer luxurious equipment. They include a sunroof, 60/40 split rear seatback, two additional speakers and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

Additionally, Honda Civic Si models include sport-tuned suspension and unique interior trim. The EX, Hybrid and Si models are all available with satellite radio and an integrated navigation system.

Is the 2006 Honda Civic a safe car?

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Yes, the Honda Civic is a safe compact car. All 2006 models are equipped with anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution, side airbags for the front seats, full-length side airbags and active head restraints for the front seats. Higher trim levels include front disc/rear drum brakes, and EX and Si models feature four-wheel discs.

In addition, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the 2006 Honda Civic a Top Safety Pick. And the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded this four-door sedan a perfect 5-star frontal crash rating.

Should you buy a 2006 Honda Civic?

The 2006 Honda Civic is a great used car if you need an affordable and reliable ride. And whichever model you choose, you’ll get an efficient engine and useful features.

However, Kelley’s Blue Book chose a used compact car over the Honda: the 2005 Toyota Corolla. The Corolla edged out its rival for resale value and 35 mpg highway fuel economy. But you can’t go wrong with either option.

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