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Eric's Autos: 2020 Honda Civic

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The best car is one that comes more than one way.

Honda's Civic comes three ways -- two doors, four doors or five doors -- and with your pick of four different engines, paired with your choice of two different transmissions.

Which makes it hard to find a Civic that doesn't fit almost anyone's needs.

What It Is

The Civic is Honda's entry-level compact coupe/sedan/hatchback. It comes in more ways than others in its class -- and with more drivetrain options than others in its class.

Prices begin at $19,750 for the LX sedan -- with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, no turbo and a six-speed manual transmission. You can swap the manual for a continuously variable transmission automatic; so equipped, the LX sedan's price is $20,550.

 

Or, you can swap the engine out.

EX trims come standard with a smaller but stronger 1.5-liter turbocharged engine -- $23,700 with the continuously variable transmission. If you'd like that engine with a manual, there's the Si trim -- which also gets a more powerful version of the 1.5-liter engine.

Or split the difference with the Sport trim. It comes with the Si's more aggressive 18-inch-wheel/tire package plus suspension upgrades, including a larger-diameter front stabilizer bar -- but with the nonturbocharged 2.0-liter engine and your pick of the manual or automatic continuously variable transmission.

Base price with the six-speed is $21,450; with the continuously variable transmission, it's $22,250.

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