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Honda Civic 2005 sedan
Trim Shown: Coupe
Good performance, fuel economy, and interior space help make the Civic one of the better small sedans. The standard 1.7-liter, 115-hp four-cylinder and the EX's 127-hp version are sprightly. The HX has a fuel-efficient, lean-burn engine. The automatic works very well. Handling is fairly nimble, though not quite as agile as the Ford Focus or Mazda3. The ride is a bit too firm, and road noise is pronounced. Good crash-test results are a plus. The Si drives similarly despite its 160-hp engine. The Hybrid model is slower but averaged 36 mpg in CR tests with the CVT. A redesign arrives in the fall.

See Reliability page for the latest 2005 Honda Civic recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS available, standard from 2006. Side air bags available from 2001, standard from 2006. Head protection air bags standard from 2006. ESC available from 2007, standard from 2012. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2016.

Road Test

The Civic is a very good small sedan. Its refined and responsive engine and transmission combination yields impressive fuel economy. The relatively roomy cabin has high-quality materials and construction. The Civic handles securely, but a stiff ride...


  • Handling, fuel economy, ergonomics, brakes.


  • Ride, road noise.


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels

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Body Styles
2-door hatchback
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • CVT
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.3-liter 4 hybrid (93 hp)
  • 1.7-liter 4 (127 hp)
  • 1.7-liter 4 (117 hp)
  • 1.7-liter 4 (115 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (160 hp)