SAN DIEGO — The Honda Civic has not become a compact-car classic through radical changes. And at first glance, the new-for '01, seventh generation of the vehicle looks remarkably similar to generation No.6. But this “evolution, not revolution” philosophy really is what's helped make the Civic the small-car standard bearer since Honda Motor Co. Ltd. introduced it as the antithesis of the American gas guzzler nearly 30 years ago. Today's Civic, which comes in two body styles and four trim ...

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