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Honda Civic represents the new average

CNET Car Tech reviews the 2010 Honda Civic EX-L.

Wayne Cunningham Managing Editor / Roadshow
Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET's Roadshow. Prior to the automotive beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine.
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Honda Civic
The Honda Civic is a perfectly ordinary car. James Martin/CNET

Not counting the Si version, Honda Civics aren't exactly dream cars. Posters of Honda Civics are not found adorning boys' bedroom walls. But Civics do have a reputation as good transportation. We looked at a 2010 Honda Civic EX-L, the top-of-the-line trim level, and found a car that was extraordinarily average.

Since this generation of Civic launched in 2006, competition in the small-car segment has increased. Buyers have more and better choices than ever, and the Civic doesn't stand out from the crowd. With its 1.8-liter engine, 30 mpg fuel economy, six-speaker stereo, and basic Bluetooth phone system, it represents a tech car baseline, with features that should be any shopper's starting point.

Check out the full review of the 2010 Honda Civic EX-L.