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Passing the keys off to your first-time driver is nerve-wracking. You will not be in the car to give them advice and to remind them that they do need to stop at every stop sign. You have taught them well, and if they get behind the wheel of the right car, you can have a little peace of mind.

JL Freed Honda is a family business, so we know what it is like to have a first-time driver. Our team is here to support you through the process, from questions to test drives to when you hand them their keys.

However, what your new driver dreams of speeding through the streets in and what you would prefer to see them in probably do not match up. Thankfully, the Honda Civic Sedan is here as a compromise.

For six straight years, the Honda Civic has been named Best Buy of the Year for the compact car group by Kelley Blue Book and won the 2019 Edmund Buyers Most Wanted Award.

The Civic Sedan’s reliability, safety features, and reasonable horsepower make it the best car for first-time drivers.

The 2020 Civic Sedan comes with five trim options. For new drivers, the LX is the best option. The LX comes with almost all the safety features the other options offer, but without features that will distract your driver.

Safety Features

No matter how diligent your new driver is, every time they get behind the wheel, things can happen. Honda’s Sensing Safety & Driver-Assistive Technologies give your new driver extra support, helping both you and them feel confident.

Honda Sensing Technologies:

    • Forward Collision Warning: If something unexpected pops into the road, the car lets the driver know to brake.

    • Collision Mitigation Braking System: A radar monitors the path ahead and can start braking if needed.

    • Lane Departure Warning: The car will alert the driver if they start to move out of their lane.

    • Road Departure Mitigation System: The car will adjust steering and braking if you cross a lane without signaling.

    • Lane Keeping Assist System: If the car drifts too far from the center of the lane, the electric power steering will recenter the car.

    • Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow: The driver picks a distance to maintain from the vehicle ahead, and the car will keep that distance even if the other vehicle changes speed.

Driver Assistive Technology

    • Auto High-Beam Headlights: The car automatically turns the high-beam headlights on and off as needed so the driver can focus on the road and not the light.

Active Safety

    • Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control

    • Anti-Locking Brake System

    • Electronic Brake Distribution

    • Brake Assist

    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

    • LED Daytime Running Lights


The Civic Sedan LX is the optimal choice for horsepower. At 158 @ 6500 rpm, your driver will feel like they have all the power, but you will know it is not too much for them to handle.


Whether your new driver has to earn their own gas money or you are paying it for now, you will both be pleased with the Civic Sedan LX’s fuel economy.

The fuel tank holds 12.39 gallons with an MPG of:

    • 30 city

    • 38 highway

    • 33 combined

Compact Size

From bumper to bumper, the 2020 Civic Sedan LX measures just over 15 feet with a width of just under 6 feet. The size of this car makes parking a breeze.

When your new driver is behind the wheel, there is seating for four friends. Your driver will feel cool with their friends by their side, but the compact size will keep things from getting out of control.


Although the Civic Sedan LX has fewer entertainment features than the other trims to help prevent distracted driving, your new driver cannot complain about the Bluetooth audio streaming and 5-inch Color LCD Screen.

The Multi-Angle Rearview Camera will help your first-time driver be as safe as possible when backing out of any spot.


Hondas are known for their reliability, and that is what you want for a first-time driver. As they become more independent and drive further away from home, you can know that their vehicle will not give up on them.

From after their first test drive to when they are no longer a first-time driver, the Honda Civic LX will get them safely from place to place.

You cannot go wrong choosing a Honda. Whether you go with the Civic or a different model, JL Freed Honda is here for you. Go online to look at our inventory, and then use the chat or text features to reach out to our team today.

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