EX-T owner drives an LX

  1. Browncoat3000

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    I was pleasantly surprised to get a Civic LX as a rental car yesterday. As a former 9th gen owner I’ve been curious about the 2.0 engine, and this was a great opportunity to check it out.

    I drove in a mix of city and freeway driving, some of which was in crappy weather here in the NE. Here’s what I noticed:

    The LX is a very solid car, but there is a noticeable difference in handling between it and the EX-T. The LX back end just feels lighter and a bit more vague. I gather from the forum here that’s a function of the thinner rear-sway bar. Don’t get me wrong, the LX is a great handling car, it’s just that the EX-T is a bit better.

    The power was ample, and I do love the VTEC whine, but it doesn’t have that thrill that comes with the turbo kick. I especially noticed it really ran out of steam at the top end. No problem getting up to 60, but when passing it doesn’t have the gumption the 1.5 has.

    I missed the heated seats and remote start, but not enough to be a deal breaker by any stretch.

    I discovered I’ve adapted to the EX infotainment system, I kept reaching for the volume slider. I had trouble pairing the Bluetooth, for which I blame iOS11 not the car; so in the end I just used it like an iPod with the cable. On the whole, do prefer the EX infotainment system, glitches and all.

    The stock wheels really are ugly.

    On the whole, I think the LX is really underrated. It would make a fantastic bargan platform for anyone who wants to modify a car and deserves more after-market engine mods.

    But, given the choice I’ll stick with the EX-T.

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    That’s a fair point.
     
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    The base Civic would probably run forever.:drive:
     
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    I thought Honda didn't do fleet sales? :what:
     
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    Well there were a couple of other LX’s in the lot, and this one had Illinois plates in Massachusetts. It also had nearly 33k miles on the clock.

    I had an 8th gen Civic as a rental years ago, so perhaps that was more of a guideline than a rule?
     
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    Thanks for your opinions, appreciate the thoughts of one going from the 1.5T to the 2.0L! I run a 2.0L but recently tried a 1.5T myself

    Just an FYI I'm sure you're aware, but the loss in the top end is actually built-in, probably to encourage people to go for the 1.5T! You can fix that though with K-Tuner and the link actually shows graphs showing the difference. Tuning the car adds 22hp to the power band peak-to-peak and lowers VTEC engagement to 5600rpm. http://ktuner.com/16civic/ The difference is REALLY REALLY pronounced. Fortunately too, we've been gifted an aftermarket intake which suggests gains of 7HP https://www.aemintakes.com/search/product.aspx?prod=21-792C and a downpipe that adds more, but is often illegal due to lack of a cat converter

    But I agree, more is better and honestly deserved. There's a lot of punch in this engine!
     
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    This is all encouraging to read/hear. I will be one of the first in line for one of the 2019 Sports. I still haven't decided coupe or sedan. Depends if the wife lets me get a coupe. Yes, I know....
     
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    BoxsterSteve still plays with cars...

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    Honda may not have a special rate for fleet sales but that doesn't mean a rental car company can't just buy them from dealers who probably have enough inventory of LX Civics to sell them at a reasonable price.
     
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