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This small sedan has responsive handling and a steady, compliant ride. Road noise is pronounced. The 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine is refined, works well with the smooth five-speed automatic, and returned 28 mpg with the automatic and 31 mpg with the manual. Instruments are arranged in two tiers, with a high-mounted digital speedometer. Standard safety equipment includes ABS and curtain air bags. Crash-test results are impressive. The Hybrid got 37 mpg overall. ESC is only available on the sporty Si. A natural-gas powered model called the GX is also available, but it has a short cruising range and a tiny trunk because of the tank holding the compressed gas.

See Reliability page for the latest 2008 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 Honda Civic is refined and economical, with fairly nimble handling and a relatively comfortable ride. The aerodynamic styling of the Civic looks futuristic, but sacrifices ease of access. Pronounced road noise remains a complaint. Stability contr...

Highs

  • Powertrain refinement, fuel economy, fit and finish, crash-test results.

Lows

  • Road noise, no ESC without leather option.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

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Body Styles
coupe
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • CVT
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.3-liter 4 hybrid (110 hp)
  • 1.8-liter 4 (113 hp)
  • 1.8-liter 4 (140 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (197 hp)