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Interesting review. I pretty much agree with everything they said. The new civics, in any trim level, would benefit from stickier tires. It's a bit of a shame that honda gave the new civic such a great suspension set up and potential and then ruined it with cheap slippery tires. Some new shoes and the civic coupe should/could out handle the previous Si no issue.
 

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It's a bit of a shame that honda gave the new civic such a great suspension set up and potential and then ruined it with cheap slippery tires. Some new shoes and the civic coupe should/could out handle the previous Si no issue.
I have found that most main stream auto manufacturers slap inferior tires on their cars as a way to reduce costs. Most forums have a thread on the cheap tires that come with the car, and the thread morphs into what people a re replacing the stock ones with.
 

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I have found that most main stream auto manufacturers slap inferior tires on their cars as a way to reduce costs. Most forums have a thread on the cheap tires that come with the car, and the thread morphs into what people a re replacing the stock ones with.
Oh i know. The last good tires i had on a new honda was my 07 coupe. Those tires actually had respectable grip for basic all seasons. (Bridgestone Potenza i think). I understand that with new cars it's a mix of cost cutting and getting those terrible low rolling resistance tires to save an extra mpg here and there, but those tires are meant to have the least amount of resistance... aka grip when it counts.

Better tires hands down are the one minor upgrade (although expensive) that can turn the mild mannered civic daily driver into an autocross carving champ.
 

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Some people here might get lucky with tires if they already want better wheels since quite often you come across used wheel and tire sets for a good price, sometimes the tires included are good. It helps if you look somewhere with those that driver sportier cars. Even if it just happens to be an accord coupe community or something
 

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I usually just go to Costco for a set of Michelin, economical and good for general use.

But, the tires are the only downfall of the Civic. Everything else is great in the Civic; design, infotainment screen is a good size, nice materials, better powertrain, and responsive steering.
 

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Fortunately for most owners the stock tires will be good enough and that makes up a large portion of owners, the rest like us will be those that venture out for something better. Plus how many people really have $750+ to shell out for tires, most would cringe and really have to think about going for the purchase. I think it's why so many still run all seasons even in the worst of winters.
 

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Plus how many people really have $750+ to shell out for tires, most would cringe and really have to think about going for the purchase. I think it's why so many still run all seasons even in the worst of winters.
You are right. Something I never understood.Peeps will spend all kinds of dough on bling for the car and run terrible tires. To each their own I suppose.
 
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