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The well-rounded Civic has a roomy interior, responsive handling, and a compliant ride, but road noise is pronounced. The base 1.8-liter engine works well, returning 28 mpg with the automatic and 31 mpg with a manual. Steering is well-weighted and fairly quick. The quick Civic Si has a super-slick shifter and a rev-happy 2.0-liter engine, but its steering is vague. The hybrid got 37 mpg overall. Crash-test results are impressive, but you need to buy the Si, Hybrid, or EX-L trim to get ESC. The two-tier instruments take some getting used to. The natural gas GX has a short cruising range. A redesign is due in spring 2011.

See Reliability page for the latest 2010 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

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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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)