The redesigned 2006 Honda Civic adds additional safety, performance and refinement with all Civics receiving the following new equipment: Side-curtain airbags, front-seat side airbags, Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, 4-channel ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution, active front-seat head restraints, increased horsepower, instrument panel gauges near the windshield, and telescoping steering wheel. Coupe and Sedan versions are powered by a more powerful and more fuel-efficient 140-horsepower 1.8-liter SOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine. The Civic Si is powered by a 197-horsepower 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine mated with a 6-speed manual transmission and features a helical-type limited slip differential, a rear deck spoiler, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

With its well-tuned ride and handling, fuel economy, smaller-than-ever body gaps and new styling and interior, Honda's eighth-generation Civic sets a new benchmark for compact cars.

Key Features of the All-New Honda

Power Train

  • Newly developed 1.8L i-VTEC

    The newly developed
    1.8L i-VTEC system further improves on Honda's original
    VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control)
    technology to allow the engine to retard intake valve
    closure timing under low engine-load driving conditions.
    Valve control is complemented by a DBW (Drive By Wire)
    system that provides optimum throttle valve control,
    significantly reducing pumping losses. This results
    in greater energy efficiency, for a major improvement
    in fuel economy while cruising. At the same time,
    improved intake efficiency and a higher compression
    ratio deliver an output of 140PS (103kW) at 6,300
    rpm and 174Nm (17.7kg-m) of torque at 4,300 rpm.

  • Transmissions

    To take full advantage of the engine's performance
    characteristics, Honda has developed a 5-speed automatic
    transmission that achieves both powerful acceleration
    and superior fuel economy. In addition to direct control
    via a linear solenoid and coordination of control
    functions with the DBW system, the use of both close
    and wide gear ratios delivers dynamic off-the-line
    performance and smooth, shock-free acceleration, combined
    with outstanding fuel economy during high-speed cruising.

Exterior Design

  • The exterior employs a forward-cabin,
    sporty monoform design, with the front window thrust
    boldly ahead, emphasizing the extension of the front
    fenders and rear deck with the cabin more compact
    lengthwise. The result is a form rich in three-dimensional
    contours that emphasizes the independence of the cabin
    while at the same time imparting a sensation of dynamic

  • From the front view, sharply designed,
    innovatively shaped headlights slant boldly up to
    either side of the horizontal floating center grill.
    Elegantly flush surfaces emphasize the unity of the
    front mask, which gently blends into the hood and
    up to the expansive surface of the front windshield
    to impart a feel of aerodynamic, high performance

  • From the side view, the body gives
    a strong feeling of width, while the character line
    has a triangular cross-section extending rearward
    from the front to the rear bumper to express a feeling
    of speed and power.

  • The sporty rear view features a
    cut-off tail that creates a refreshing image, with
    oval, dual exhaust pipes and rear combination lights
    arranged in a pattern of four circular lights with
    ring-shaped illumination.

  • Opposing flat wipers provide the
    wiping performance needed to keep the large front
    windshield clear. Also, the simple and thin blade
    design effectively reduces wind noises.

Interior Design and Packaging

  • The wide body and long wheelbase
    create a relaxing, spacious cabin interior, while
    the large front windshield thrusts forward at an accentuated
    angle, combining with the positioning and angling
    of the glass area to create a spacious visual feel.

  • The Multiplex cockpit is designed
    as an advanced technology space in which the driver
    experiences a new enhanced level of security, for
    increased driving ease and pleasure. To improve both
    visibility and operability, the driver interface has
    been completely redesigned, with first priority given
    to the positioning of the displays and controls. The
    multi-tier meter design groups the most important
    components in easy-to-see, easy-to-reach locations.

  • The speedometer and other instruments
    that the driver frequently refers to have been carefully
    located in a newly designed Multiplex meter display
    positioned directly in front of the driver, high up
    and at some distance on the instrument panel. This
    reduces the angle that the driver must deflect his
    or her gaze downward while driving, minimizing eye
    movement, while at the same time making the display
    closer to the driver's field of vision, reducing the
    need to refocus. In addition to the speedometer, the
    upper tier includes the fuel gauge, coolant temperature
    gauge, and turn signal indicators. Limiting the number
    of gauges permits the use of a large, digital display
    for the speedometer for improved readability in a
    compact size that does not impinge upon the driver's
    field of vision. The lower tier houses a self-illuminating
    tachometer, odometer, and trip meter.

  • The small-diameter compact steering
    wheel provides a sportier image combined with improved
    instrument panel visibility. The shift lever also
    employs a sporty, compact design. Located right beside
    it within easy reach is the emergency brake lever,
    which adopts a Z-shaped configuration for a major
    reduction in overall length. The organ-type accelerator
    pedal ensures a linear pedal feel.

  • The newly developed front seats
    combine a wrap-around fit with stylish design. The
    seat cushions feature low-resistance urethane cushions
    and expanded spring pitch front and rear contribute
    significantly to vibration absorption. The springs
    have also been set lower in the rear to naturally
    draw the occupant snugly into the seat. Furthermore,
    the urethane backing on the seat covering has been
    made thicker for improved comfort and a firmer hold.

  • Increased overall body width results
    in a wider interior, while modifications to the shape
    of the front seatback and a floor with minimized central
    tunnel height ensures a more spacious rear seat area.

  • The trunk is a spacious 450 liters,
    with minimal intrusion of the wheel housings. The
    Civic is also equipped with *60:40-split rear seats,
    which fold down easily with the pull of a lever located
    inside the trunk.

  • *Those seeking the excitement of
    sporty, manual control, will enjoy the S range, which
    allows shifting with the simplicity of a Formula One
    racing machine via Honda's Sequential Sportshift.
    This sophisticated feature lets you shift up or down
    by simply pressing the (+) button or (-) button on
    the steering wheel spoke. It puts genuine exhilaration
    at your fingertip command.

    * For 2.0S models only

Chassis and Body

  • The wide stance contributes to improved
    drivability and a smoother ride. To help provide more
    direct, linear handling feel, the positioning of the
    steering gearbox, the structure of the body and sub-frame,
    and the symmetry of the suspension have been comprehensively

  • The strut front suspension provides
    outstanding space efficiency. A side-force canceling
    spring reduces shock absorber friction for improved
    ride comfort, while making for a more compact suspension.
    The rear suspension employs a compact, reactive-link,
    double-wishbone design. The shock absorber and spring,
    formerly a single unit, have been separated and positioned
    slightly behind the wheel center for improved tire
    contact and a more comfortable ride, while at the
    same time reducing road noise.

  • The body achieves an extremely high
    level of rigidity, with 35% greater torsional rigidity
    than the previous model. Dynamic rigidity has also
    been improved by achieving the correct balance of
    rigidity front and rear, and by strengthening seams
    throughout the vehicle. This achieves a high degree
    of handling stability, while also improving ride comfort.
    Other innovations include the use of light, strong,
    high-tensile steel in most of the body's major frame
    components, the use of tailored blank welds in key
    areas, and combining steel plates of varying thicknesses
    and materials for efficient strengthening.

  • Reduction of crankshaft knocking
    and high-precision control of ignition timing to limit
    high-frequency ignition noise during combustion are
    just two of the measures employed to reduce engine
    noise at its source The engine mounts are supplemented
    by torque rods to absorb longitudinal engine vibration.
    This considerably reduces the transmission of engine
    vibration and contributes to more linear handling.

  • The cabin area employs flat joints
    between the plates for the center pillars, rear wheel
    housings, and trunk area to reduce the number of holes
    and gaps, while the bottom portion of each pillar
    is insulated with urethane foam to reduce noise in
    the cabin interior. Light, high-performance sound
    insulation materials are also optimally positioned
    in the floor and central roof area to achieve high
    levels of noise reduction and weight reduction.

Safety Performance

  • The Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)
    system-which includes the Antilock Brake System (ABS),
    Traction Control System (TCS), and sideslip control-works
    in combination with the DBW electronic throttle control
    that optimizes engine torque to achieve precision

  • The vehicle's crash compatibility
    body provides a high level of self-protection and
    also improves compatibility toward other vehicle.
    In a full-frontal collision, the upper frame and lower
    members distribute and absorb the energy of impact,
    diffusing it into the front pillar and floor. At the
    time of impact, the lower members prevent misalignment
    with the crash-absorbing members of the other vehicle,
    and together with the upper frame create a broadened
    surface with which to absorb the impact, significantly
    reducing cabin intrusion.

  • The vehicle is equipped with dual
    SRS airbags and Active Headrests, which utilize link
    mechanisms located at the back of the seats to move
    the headrests forward and support occupants' heads
    when the occupants are forced backward into their
    seats in the event of a rear-end collision. In addition
    to the link mechanism, which moves the headrest upward
    and tilts it forward into the appropriate position,
    an inertial stopper holds the headrest in position
    even after pressure is reduced, significantly reducing
    load on the neck area.

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