If you want a small car with great safety scores, a high reliability rating and good fuel economy, the Honda Civic is a strong choice. The Civics' safety scores are well above average, and with a good reliability score, it should be less expensive to maintain than other small cars. With the Civic, performance depends on the model you choose. The Honda Civic is the most powerful model, featuring a 2.0-liter engine that makes a lot of horsepower for the class. But if you want great fuel economy, other Civic models are a better choice. The base Civics' 1.8-liter engine is a lot less powerful, but with fuel economy ratings of up to 26/34 mpg, it's a lot more fuel-efficient than the Si. Plus, test drivers thought the base model was just fine for driving around town.