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2006 New Car Model Guide, Model Guide, New Car Reviews, Honda Cars, Trucks, & SUVs


2006 Honda New Car Model GuidePassenger cars created by Honda amount to a diverse fleet of coupes and sedans plus one racy roadster, with all products promoting safety, value and fuel economy.

Honda's 2006 car collection highlights a new generation of designs for the compact-class Civic series with sedan and coupe variations, plus a rakish Civic Si hatchback coupe and the Civic Hybrid sedan packing an ultra-efficient gasoline-powered engine as well as a battery-powered electric motor.

Honda Accord Series
2006 Honda Accord

A glittery new face and tail on the Accord series of coupes and sedans mark the 2006 models. Honda's mid-size cars carry a reshaped front grille and new LED taillamps. The five-seat cabin also changes with fresh fabrics on seats, a new design for the steering wheel and shift knob, and revamped instruments plus satin chrome accents added to dashboard vents. The base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with new drive-by-wire throttle climbs to 166 hp. Accord sedan with this plant divides into three trims labeled Value Package (VP), LX Special Edition and sporty EX, while the coupe shows LX and EX. Both trims also offer a 3.0-liter V6 with i-VTEC (intelligent variable value timing and lift electronic control) management and output of 240 hp. V6 Accords now stock VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist) and the EX V6 sedan adds an optional manual six-speed shifting system with carbon fiber trim.

Honda Accord V6 Hybrid
2006 Honda Accord V6 Hybrid

A new tail spoiler plus front chin spoiler and heated side mirrors containing built-in turn signals make up the new content on Honda's high-tech gas-electric treatment for the Accord V6 sedan. Accord V6 Hybrid employs Honda's power control unit called Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) to manage all energy produced by the gasoline-based V6 engine and an electric motor, then apply it in a frugal manner to turn the front wheels.

Honda's 3.0-liter V6 with i-VTEC valve controls adds variable cylinder management (VCM) to trim the number of cylinders firing when a power boost is not required. Output for the six-pack rises to 253 hp but the plant scores fuel economy figures more like a modest four-cylinder engine. The system achieves AT-PZEV certification for 2006. Special equipment aboard includes a hybrid-powered twin-zone automatic climate control system, and power moonroof new on '06 editions.

Honda Civic Series
2006 Honda Civic

Honda's compact-class four-door sedans and two-door notchback coupes display futuristic styling for a new generation of designs in 2006. Note the slick aerodynamic package with ultra-fast windshield rake, curt overhangs front and rear, and minimal gaps between tires and fenders.

A new arrangement for the five-seat cabin creates more room for passenger and more on-board safety systems. The standard safety gear includes side air bags for front riders, curtain-style side air bags concealed in headliners, active head restraints on seats and an anti-lock brake system (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution (EBD). A new 1.8-liter four-in-line i-VTEC engine for Civic with electronic drive-by-wire throttle increases power and torque as well as fuel efficiency. It produces 140 hp for 40 mpg fuel economy and achieves an emission classification of LEV-II ULEV in all 50 states. A five-speed manual transmission is standard but a five-speed electronic automatic is available.

Honda Civic Si
2006 Honda Civic Si

This one's a rakish hatchback coupe with sporty manners and a high-tech engine on tap. The name traces to 1984 in Honda lore with the Civic S hatchback. When fuel injection was added in 1986, the badge became Si, with the lower-case i indicating injection. Other innovations followed, including Honda's i-VTEC wizardry of valve control.

The Si for 2006 is based on a new generational design for the traditional Civic platform, yet this year Si shows unique exterior styling with a wing topping the rear deck and aero cladding added to nose and tail. Its cockpit carries sport bucket seats with big side bolsters and bold red fabric stitching. Powertrain for the '06 Civic Si is a 2.0-liter i-VTEC four-pack juiced to 200 hp with a close-ratio six-speed shifter and helical-type limited slip differential. Si rolls on 17-inch alloy wheels capped by 215/45R17 tires.

Honda Civic Hybrid
2006 Honda Civic Hybrid

This variation of Civic's newly designed sedan is a gasoline-electric hybrid that achieves fuel economy ratings up to 51 mpg with standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). Primary power comes from the four-cylinder gasoline-powered engine, an ultra-efficient plant composed of lightweight materials like aluminum, magnesium and durable plastics. The 1.3-liter i-VTEC plant nets 115 hp. Secondary power is delivered by a 14-kilowatt electric motor tied to a nickel-metal hydride battery.

Honda's lighter, more powerful and efficient IMA power control unit regulates the electric charge from the battery, then uses electricity generated through vehicle braking and decelerating to recharge the unit so it never needs to be plugged in for recharging like an electric vehicle. The system achieves AT-PZEV certification for 2006. Exclusive styling in the five-place cabin includes dual-tone surfaces on seats and IMA meters in the instrument cluster.

Honda Insight
2006 Honda Insight

In a daring design for a two-seat coupe, Insight is the most fuel-efficient production vehicle in America. It achieves fuel economy ratings above 60 mpg with a manual five-speed transmission or up to 57 mpg with a CVT. Insight's slick shell features a prominent nose, windswept windshield, flat side panels with skirts covering rear wheelwells and flanks tapering to a blunt tail. It's an inventive concept with body weight pared through a lightweight aluminum frame and, to maximize the fuel efficiency, both a modest three-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor aboard but working together. In the cockpit, twin high-back bucket seats stand on either side of a center console, with ample space for body parts, including a generous stretch for legs. Convenience features range from power controls for windows and door locks to remote releases for the fuel door and hatch lid.

Honda S2000
2006 Honda S2000

Honda's two-seat sports car, in classic roadster format with a front-mounted engine directing all power to the rear wheels, uses a rigid monocoque chassis, four-wheel double wishbone suspension, precise rack and pinion steering system, disc brakes with anti-lock controls and a race-type six-speed gearbox. A high-tech 2.2-liter aluminum four-cylinder engine for S2000 gains electronic drive-by-wire throttle control for 2006 with output reaching to 237 hp.

S2000's platform -- a load-dispersing monocoque structure that Honda calls the X-Bone frame -- has a central tunnel which functions as the car's backbone, with X-type bracing to create an unyielding foundation of uncommon torsional strength. In the cockpit two form-fitting bucket seats flank the center spine. Revamped designs for the perforated leather seats show up this year, with new audio speakers tucking into headrests. Styling for the alloy wheels is fresh, and a new paint color is offered with Racing Blue Pearl.