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 control is standard only on the EX-L, Hybrid, and Si models.
Alerts
There are 9 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
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 control is standard only on the EX-L, Hybrid, and Si models.

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.

Read more about extended warranties
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)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 Honda Civic owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Anti-lock brakes activate too easily. I've never owned a vehicle where the anti-lock brakes activate with only moderate foot pressure, especially on small roadway bumps. It is scary at times. Honda dealer indicated system works correctly and even add"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Honda Civic EX-L 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"I have taken my civic to be serviced at the facility from which I purchased it at all the recommended service intervals. I am a very careful driver and do not apply my brakes excessively or with great force. So when I took the car in for service beca"

John B., OH (2011 Honda Civic LX-S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"They stuck in place, digging into the wheel, causing friction, and necessitating a $500 brake repair. The car was < 4 years old at the time"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Honda Civic EX Unsure)

"No problem, just wore-out after 60K miles of usage"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"I felt brakes were wearing down prematurely; maybe due to driver style"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"front brake and rotors were changed because of normal wear"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Pads worn out at time of annual inspection"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Honda Civic DX-VP 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Very expensive to repair"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Honda Civic EX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Brakes have already been replaced twice and are in need of replacing again in 120000 miles seems excessive"

Anonymous, NH (2011 Honda Civic EX-L Unsure)

"Had to replace all brake pads after only about 35000 mi since bought car new"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Honda Civic LX Unsure)

"Replaced brake pads at 30K, now at 64K, it appears they again require replacement"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Honda Civic LX-S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"We replace brakes quite often in this vehicle (Once a year). Most of the miles on the vehicle are highway miles"

Lori H., CO (2011 Honda Civic EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Just normal brake wear"

Charles D., RI (2011 Honda Civic Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"The problems was really 'all of the above' and normally they can machine a rotor at least once before they need to replace it. It wasn't warped! Moreover, why did they need to replace the left rotor when it wasn't affected by a defective caliper as w"

John B., OH (2011 Honda Civic LX-S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"warped rotor at about 50000 miles,changed"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake pads wore down so far as to ruin the rotors. Both had to be replaced"

Bill H., SC (2011 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Left it parked for 2 weeks in humid climate (Key West), and the brakes "froze" on and didn't want to release for a while"

Shirley K., NY (2011 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear rotors seem to be mandatory on many modern cars beyond the base package but, if you don't drive enough, this seems to be a negative as they rust and then wear, and wear out pads, much too quickly versus drums"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Honda Civic Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"Fluid had to be replaced"

June C., MI (2011 Honda Civic EX Unsure)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"front bumper cover keeps coming loose from the fenders and sticking out despite multiple attempts to fix"

Anonymous, NH (2011 Honda Civic EX-L Unsure)

"Trim loose on left side by front bumper"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Front bumper on left snapped out. Pound it back in by hand but it continues to snap out"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Honda Civic Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Front facia mounting points broken"

Conrad E., CT (2011 Honda Civic EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"rubber seal broke loose by itself"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Honda Civic LX Unsure)

"Various exterior plastic pieces are fading. Paint is still good"

Mirko A., CA (2011 Honda Civic GX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Some very light cracking on hood"

Nickolas C., NJ (2011 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint cracks"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Starting about a year or so ago, the exterior window molding on my Civic began cracking and peeling. It only occurs on the driver's side"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Honda Civic LX Unsure)
Rust

"Black window trim is a current problem. Rear quarter panels and trunk were repainted by Honda to get rid of small rust spots"

Anonymous, NL (2011 Honda Civic Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"rust around chrome on trunk. paint fading in places"

Rene L., ON (2011 Honda Civic Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"sun visor broke and loose by itself"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Honda Civic LX Unsure)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"didn't cool"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Honda Civic EX Unsure)

"Simply put, the a/c quit working. It was completely replaced under our extended warranty"

William B., TX (2011 Honda Civic LX-S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor stopped working. Honda wanted $1300 for the repair, so instead we got a rebuild unit installed at a 3rd party shop for $350"

Anonymous, NB (2011 Honda Civic DX-VP 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The compressor has stopped 'cutting in'. The A/C is not really working, as far as I can tell. I have not yet taken it for service, as I know that even having them look at it will cost me several hundred dollars"

Anonymous, BC (2011 Honda Civic Unsure Unsure)

"Apparently, this is an all-to-common failure for these vehicles. The mechanics were not surprised at all. $1,200 repair"

Rodger D., IA (2011 Honda Civic DX-VP 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Blower motor fan making noise and then blower quit working. Blower motor replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Honda Civic EX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"fan rattles loudly"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"Certified auto. 4 months later refrigerant was low- no air conditioning. Dealer refused to cover under warranty since they couldn't find a leak. Charges $80 to add refrigerant. Disappointed in dealer response. No problems since"

Joe K., WI (2011 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C just doesn't work as well as it should and guessing it is a leak"

Anonymous, KY (2011 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"O ring failure caused slow refrigerant leak, loss of a/c"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Honda Civic DX-VP 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Climate control, specifically air-conditioning in this vehicle is inadequate for South FL, especially for a vehicle that is parked outside, and not in a garage. In the past year I have spent more than $2000.00 replacing all and every part of the air-conditioning system: recharged coolant, compressor, condenser, evaporator, fan, etc. The car does not cool down and frequently, blows warm/hot air. I am embarrassed to invite passengers, have to launder sweaty clothes after a car ride, beg rides"

David L., FL (2011 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"Cupping in one of the tires. Took it into a suspension specialist. Said alignment was way off - like it didn't come from the factory correctly"

John W., WI (2011 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"Significant leaking from steering rack through boots. Was replaced through the certified car warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Honda Civic LX Unsure)

"the car has small leak and needs refill every 5 months"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Used, non-certified, very slow leak from hose or fitting, not a big enough problem to have fixed. Some driverside wheel-well damage on car when purchased, did not notice, may have contributed? Leak is on drivers side"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer detected leak and fixed under warranty.Cost estimate $1200 however fully covered"

Charles F., NS (2011 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Problem was found at the dealer before it became apparent. Required substantial repairs, over $1000"

Tandy M., SC (2011 Honda Civic Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"The same driver side strut has broken in three years, once while under warranty and once again this year. Ottawa has may potholes and although I avoid most I must hit some, but I am surprised that they have broken twice"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Honda Civic Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"The wheel bearing went out and was replaced but we are pretty sure the car was bought back in 2013 with the bad ball bearing. We think this because the car has been never been as quiet on the road"

Donny C., FL (2011 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"The is a very noisy squeak when you unlock the doors using the remote"

Michele C., OH (2011 Honda Civic LX Unsure)

"Age of car"

Conrad E., CT (2011 Honda Civic EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Minor adjustments made to squeaks from engine area"

Dan D., IL (2011 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Over a year ago, the driver's seat began squeaking when I move even slightly while driving. The squeak is coming from inside the seat. My mechanic was unable to locate the exact source. Getting rid of the squeak would mean replacing the entire seat"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Honda Civic LX Unsure)
Wind noise

"This car has very little sound proofing"

Anonymous, KY (2011 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"Transmission would stutter, rattle and skip at low rpms. Torque converter was replaced under warrantee. Performs ok now"

Raymond V., CT (2011 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The problem Honda called it a Judder slipping between second and third"

Dale M., KY (2011 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Engine failure. Oil pump? Replaced under warranty. Shop was not specific about failure"

Anonymous, AL (2011 Honda Civic LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine blew and had to be replaced, this may have been due to an accident that had occurred a few months earlier"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine mounts

"Right side upper engine mount went bad causing loud vibration noise, especially in cold start up and moving in reverse gear. Dealer replaced mount and knew what the problem was when I described it over the phone. Technician stated that right upper mo"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Honda Civic EX-L 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Vibration of engine when cold or in reverse"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"problems pairing battery problem accelerates while braked unintentional software related"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Radio

"Added a gps - radio which was a very poor quality but high priced. The radio changes station on its' own"

Delmar P., TX (2011 Honda Civic Unsure Unsure)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Tire pressure monitor

"The monitor had to be replaced after only 8000 miles, but this was AFTER the warranty period"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The battery died, I was told. $50 seemed excessive to correct the problem. I have done without it all my life with no problem so can not see spending that money. I just put up with the light always on the dashboard. Every once in awhile, it will"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Honda Civic Unsure Unsure)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"2 of the Door locks only function manually"

Mirko A., CA (2011 Honda Civic GX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

"When shifting between second and third you would experience a very lite shaking before it locked into third gear The factory called it a Judder"

Dale M., KY (2011 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

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