While many manufacturers are desperately trying to duplicate the success of Honda’s compact car, the Japanese manufacturer simply continues to innovate and build momentum.

There are several factors behind the success of the Honda Civic, but before launching into a description of each of these factors, we should also mention Honda’s ability to always stay focused on consumer opinions.

Indeed, the Honda Civic has always been popular, but it has not always been appreciated by the automotive press. This was the case a few years ago when Honda unveiled a new generation of the Civic. The car was not necessarily well received, but Honda immediately returned to the drawing board to find a way to improve it. This ability to quickly respond to criticism and quickly fix what does not work explains why the Japanese manufacturer offers a range of vehicle in various segments that perform very well.

That said, when speaking of the Honda Civic, there certainly are many reasons why it is year after year the best-selling compact in Canada. Here are a few.


Honda products as a whole are recognized for their reliability. This is also the case of the Civic. In simple terms, the Honda Civic will almost never cause you trouble. Its four-cylinder 1.8-liter engine developing 143 horsepower is proven, and can constantly be found at the top of various lists focused on determining the most reliable engines.

In addition to all this, it also offers a reasonable fuel consumption, especially since the introduction last year of a continuously variable an automatic gearbox which is optional. A manual transmission is always offered as standard. Providing a fuel-efficient engine that also happens to offer more power than most competitors while at the same time being reliable is certainly a proven way to remain popular.

Plenty of versions

The Honda Civic is obviously offered as a sedan, but it is also available as two-door. This allows it to meet the needs of a diverse group of consumers. Better yet, it is possible to order the Honda Civic with a hybrid engine that can reach those who primarily want a fuel-efficient vehicle.


The Honda Civic is one of the safest cars on the market, having been named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS. The ACE body structure which serves to repel forces of an impact away from driver and passengers in combination with a standard traction and stability control system, plus active safety technologies like LaneWatch blind spot detection, make the Civic a car in which one can feel safe.