CleanMPG Reviews the 2007 Honda Civic 2.2L iCDTi Turbo Diesel

Discussion in 'Reviews' started by xcel, Sep 28, 2007.

  1. Ophbalance

    Ophbalance Administrator Staff Member

    Re: CleanMPG reviews the 2007 Honda Civic 2.2L iCDTi Turbo Diesel.

    From what I can recall of reading C&D and the like, the conclusion with all the specs are always on the last page. For what it's worth.
  2. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    Re: CleanMPG reviews the 2007 Honda Civic 2.2L iCDTi Turbo Diesel.

    This is not a newspaper article. The vast majority of reviews I see are in a format similar to the one here, with plenty of text and pertinent charts and figures throughout. If I want info in a flash, I scan for a chart.
  3. Jimmy

    Jimmy Well-Known Member

    Re: CleanMPG reviews the 2007 Honda Civic 2.2L iCDTi Turbo Diesel.

    The 2007 Honda Civic 2.2L iCDTi Turbo Diesel certainly sounds very exciting (and very economical), but it is now July 6, 2008 and none of them are available in the U.S. yet. What is the hold-up?
  4. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Re: CleanMPG reviews the 2007 Honda Civic 2.2L iCDTi Turbo Diesel.

    Hi Jimmy:

    ___The 2009 Acura TSX will supposedly be the first with the 2.2L iDTEC here in the US. Out of every car I have ever driven, this Civic w/ the 2.2L iCDTi is still my favorite for just about everything!

    ___Good Luck

  5. This is what I'm talking about!

    Why couldn't we make a hybrid version of this & call it a day.

    This car would have made a better follow up to the insight.
  6. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Etienne:

    ___There are quite a few members here that would have taken the 6-speed MT mated to the 2.2L iCDTi without hybridization because it is so darn good ;)

    ___Here in the US, gasoline is king and with the emissions regs driving up the cost of the emissions packages for diesels to obscene levels, we may never see the European SuperDiesels that those on the other side have had access to for years.

    ___CleanMPG was extremely fortunate that Honeywell allowed us the ability to take the Euro spec Civic iCDTi out for a few thousand miles of driving stints and to this day, I do not think there is a better vehicle on the planet for “my” needs let alone most of the memberships.

    ___Do read the BMW 335d review we finished up last month for yet another example of what the Europeans get to drive and that we are just beginning to experience :)

    ___Since my last post on the subject, Honda has canceled plans for the 2.2L iDTEC in the US based TSX for the immediate future. The plans are on the table but it may never arrive unfortunately.

    ___Good Luck

  7. Blackbelt

    Blackbelt Well-Known Member

    I love the idea of the diesel. It might even be enough to lure me back to buying another HONDA, as long as it was in a different car. That thing, to me is UGLY.
  8. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi BlackBelt:

    ___As we all have to admit, Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and to me, the 5-door hatch was not only totally functional but it was hot like fire :D Remember too, this was the lowest trim level Civic iCDTi available. The mid and top level trim had the nice looking alloys and more garnish to really spruce this baby up. That said, the bottom trim level was loaded with equipment and functionality we still do not have available to us here in the US yet!

    ___While driving between Detroit and Chicago as well as locally up to Madison, there were at least 4 instances I saw camera phones popping out snapping pics while I was driving this awesome vehicle. I have not given a 5 * rating to anything before or since and that in and of itself should tell you much in the way of its FE capabilities let alone its utility, comfort and appearance. When traveling across the country to LA for the Discovery Channel shoot, it was the vehicle of choice to park ourselves in for the ride or for a sleep. Interestingly, the Prius was the least comfortable even with the largest rear seating capacity/area/leg room whatever for the cross country trek and back!

    ___Good Luck

  9. Blackbelt

    Blackbelt Well-Known Member

    Wayne, you are exactly right, styling is subjective. I have not liked anything that Honda has produced int he last 5 years in terms of styling, they just leave me cold. But i am sure others liek them. That's whats great about having lots of competition and manufacturers vying for out business, there is one that is likely to produce something we like and will buy. That is one reason i hope that we don't lose GM and Chrysler. Competition is good for us all!! I am sad that Saturn will be gone, because it COULD have been great. Oh well.

    I know what you mean about the camera phone, i cannot tell you how many times that has happened to my wife and i when we are out and about in the smart. It's a lot of fun.
    I have no doubt that the car you drove did a lot of things well, and i would love to have the opportunity to get a different body style. I bought my first diesel in 1980, and have been a huge fan ever since. When everyone else i knew was buying 350 V8's, i was getting 52MPG in my little VW bunny....LOL
  10. mastre

    mastre Member

    What a shame this car is still not offered for sale in the US. I would buy one tomorrow, in a heartbeat, for cash! I also love the body style for both looks and practicality. I would buy this 2007 over pretty much any 2011/12 Honda sold here.

    Imagine a small diesel in the CR-Z.. :ccry:

    Bring the diesels already! VW doesn't seem to have much trouble selling theirs.
    Last edited: May 13, 2011
  11. 2RR2NV

    2RR2NV Ultimate Newbie

    oh sooo true. I'd get one in a heartbeat!!!
  12. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    What a fantastic review. This is the same engine that's in my Honda FR-V and it is brilliant! I do no have a start button but I do have CC. My car is heavier than Civic but I am still getting pretty good FE but I know I could do better.
    I'm pretty new to this forum but it makes good reading and you all seem a friendly bunch!

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