I am now the proud owner of a black 2014 Honda Civic and I love it. I test drove a lot of vehicles and finally narrowed it down to a Honda or a Toyota. I really loved the helpful Honda salesperson, but the Toyota guy I test drove with was a joke. Plus, the Toyota just felt more like a toy. The Honda was more luxurious and demonstrated a lot more power when flooring it to merge with traffic on the freeway.
Buying a new car is a lot more difficult than it used to be. There are more brand choices and each manufacturer has dozens of models in a rainbow of colors. Buyers can choose from gas-powered models, gas and electric hybrids, even natural gas. Throw in a bevy of options on other models that come as standard equipment – I was sold.
The list of features for individual models seems to go on forever. What used to be considered a gadget is now a must-have essential for many drivers. Vehicles now come equipped with GPS, rear view cameras, Internet connectivity and USB interfaces, cars that will stop, swerve and warn their drivers of impending problems, and smart functions that expand the drivers viewing area for safety. And speaking of safety – how many air bags do you want?
I chose the Honda Civic LX 2014 – nothing too special. I purchased the car at Penske Honda in Ontario, CA and couldn't be happier with the customer service and the entire purchasing process. It was appropriately priced for a car of its type, with a 1.8 liter engine that offers decent gas mileage – 35 MPG – and enough get up and go when I need it.
It struck me while researching cars that what comes as standard equipment on my new car was once considered luxuries that only the wealthy could afford. Amazing audio systems, air conditioning and alarm systems are standard. Even electric windows were once a fascinating new development.
The introduction of computerized systems has made it possible for me to enjoy safety features that include speed-sensing steering, stability control and low tire pressure warnings. Let’s not forget LCD monitors and valet function to avoid pesky problems with parking attendants.
The Honda Civic fits me and my lifestyle. The price was right and the service I received at the dealer was top notch. The salesperson had actually taken the time to familiarize herself with the product she was selling, which made my search and final decision infinitely easier.