The Honda Civic is back -- recapturing its position as a mature, substantial compact car with enough elegant touches that it makes you feel like you spent more money than you had to. The base 2.0-liter engine is smooth, with reasonable oomph, provided you're not in a real hurry.
Alerts
There are 4 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 back -- recapturing its position as a mature, substantial compact car with enough elegant touches that it makes you feel like you spent more money than you had to.

The base 2.0-liter engine is smooth, with reasonable oomph, provided you're not in a real hurry. The Civic is fitted with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that optimizes acceleration and fuel economy but tends to amplify the engine noise. If you prefer to shift yourself, a six-speed manual is available on select trim lines and is the only choice for the sporty Si version.

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
4-door hatchback
coupe
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.5-liter 4 turbo (205 hp)
  • 1.5-liter 4 turbo (174 hp)
  • 1.5-liter 4 turbo (180 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (306 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (158 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2018 Honda Civic owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Drivers side A/C stopped cooling. Under warranty and Honda replaced compressor & cooling material at no charge."

Anonymous, (2018 Honda Civic EX-L 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Compressor was defective and had to be replaced. Done under warranty."

Anonymous, (2018 Honda Civic LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"July 2019 no a/c working. Took the car to the local Honda Dealer. Took them 3 days to diagnose the problem..I need a new. A/C compressors and they didn't have one in stock. But they will order one. I has this ever come up before,NO. so about 6 or 7 mo. later I get a recall for an A/C problem. So this Civic with around 3,000 miles on it The Dealership had my car some 7 days. My local dealer provides bad service in the service department, you have great difficulty contacting them and they rarely return your calls."

Anonymous, IA (2018 Honda Civic LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Took 2 separate trips to get the air conditioning fixed, but our dealer was aware there was a problem with a/c on some of these brand models. Problem was resolved within a couple of weeks, never had any problem since."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Honda Civic Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The compressor leaked Freon around the seal. It was replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Honda Civic Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The A/C was unable to cool the car."

Anonymous, (2018 Honda Civic EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"AC wasn't working...they replaced compressor...took half a day...no questions asked"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Honda Civic EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor was replaced under warranty. It wasn't cooling properly."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Honda Civic EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The compressor failed when I first cut on AC last month. It was replaced under warranty at the dealership this past week."

Anonymous, (2018 Honda Civic Si 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Had been having strange problems with the climate control system. Technicians said they couldn't find anything wrong with the car. AC compressor finally went bad and had to be replaced at about 15000 miles. Dealership service advisor said they have been getting lots of problems with AC compressors"

Anonymous, PA (2018 Honda Civic Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"My wife felt the A/C was not working efficiently. I took it in to our dealer for service. After a couple of hours, they advised the compressor was bad AND, that the company was having some problems with the compressors on the 2018 Civic Sport. They advised when the replacement came in and I returned with the vehicle to have it replaced."

Steven G., FL (2018 Honda Civic Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heater system

"Unless on automatic hard to regulate heat or AC. Temperature is off. 70 feels like 75."

Anonymous, (2018 Honda Civic EX-L Unsure)
Refrigerant leaks

"Soon after purchase the air would not blow cold, took to the dealer and it is our understanding this is a common problem with the new refrigerant. It was replaced and has worked since"

Anonymous, GA (2018 Honda Civic Si 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"AC did not work when purchased. Selling dealer did not fix it. Poor service considering the fault was detected and recorded on the day of purchase. 3rd car bought from this dealer. It's the last one."

Mark C., NS (2018 Honda Civic EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Android Auto

"I have a pixel phone - it will not pair without the right wires. Which are so difficult to obtain. No thanks to Google either. It is such a pain. Honda seems to have an Apple bias. Which is bad because iOS is not the dominant operating system in the market. FYI the center console is not ergonomically designed and hopefully Honda will revamp for the 2019 version."

Anonymous, CT (2018 Honda Civic Si 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Navigation instructions used to display on dash behind steering wheel. Neither I nor the Honda dealer have been able to correct this problem."

Anonymous, IL (2018 Honda Civic)
Hardware replacement

"Unit was cranky - wouldn't load sometimes w/o restarting phone. Then got error message that software update needed, but it never resolved. Took car to dealer and they have ordered a replacement audio unit. Note that almost all control features (e.g., climate, radio, back-up camera, etc. do nOT work without the audio unit working."

Anonymous, (2018 Honda Civic EX-T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Replaced 4 months after getting the car as there were problems with it and the radio system. Inputting directions took several efforts and how to do it was totally inconsistent. Since replacement it will direct me to use I-270 (should be 275) but will actually display 275 once on the highway. So, I don’t use an connect my I-phone and use Waze."

Joyce S., OH (2018 Honda Civic Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"Defaults to factory programmed stations."

Anonymous, (2018 Honda Civic EX-L Unsure)

"System too complicated"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Honda Civic Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The reception was crap, they did several software upates that didn't help, then had to completely take the interior of the vehicle apart to replace the antenna. It was a pain and it still doesn't get great reception, but better than it was."

Anonymous, (2018 Honda Civic LX 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"problems began almost immediately and was replaced about 4 months after getting the car and had to be reprogrammed about two months ago."

Joyce S., OH (2018 Honda Civic Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The tap screen does not always respond right away. It causes the driver to glance down at the screen too frequently. The temperature control dial really should be the radio dial in my opinion."

Anonymous, MI (2018 Honda Civic Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

"When giving a voice command for calls to a specific name, the system gives a list of choices instead of calling the selection. Then we must select manually."

Anonymous, QC (2018 Honda Civic LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

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 skid plate came loose and dragged on ground"

Anonymous, AB (2018 Honda Civic Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Spots on the hood missing paint. There is an extra warranty offered by Honda due to this being a known problem but I haven't gone in to have it checked out yet."

Anonymous, MI (2018 Honda Civic LX Unsure)

"Probably stone hit body beneath passenger door! Took a big section of paint off in a half moon shape."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Honda Civic EX Unsure)

"Chipping on plastic trim under doors."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Honda Civic)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Seal ripped"

Anonymous, (2018 Honda Civic EX-L 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"A pillars rattle on rough roads. Used foam tape to shore them up. Dealers will do the same under warranty Center console squeaks and rattles in cold weather. Stops once car is warmed up Sunroof headliner rattles on rough roads. Dealer shored up with foam under warranty"

Anonymous, (2018 Honda Civic Si 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sun visor area and ceiling rattles on cold days. Took to dealer hard to reproduce."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Honda Civic EX-L 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"rattle near speaker, took to dealership, rattle returned, took to dealership, had speaker replaced, rattle returned, took to dealership, live with rattle"

Anonymous, OH (2018 Honda Civic Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"I would change lanes and the collision warning would come on and the cruise control would stop working causing the speed to drop quickly and very dangerous.it took 2 or 3 service calls to correct this issue."

Robert A., IL (2018 Honda Civic Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The volume of the audio warning is not adjustable and so is not effective in freeway traffic or radio on."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Honda Civic EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The lane assist is distracting if on slick snow as it is a problem to determine if the assist or the snow causes the steering wheel to shake. Would rather not have it in tough weather."

Anonymous, MI (2018 Honda Civic Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"The design of the engine permitted fuel to bypass the piston rings and enter the engine oil section.. When this occurs to a certain amount the engine would go into the "limp mode" and shut down without warning while driving..."

Anonymous, (2018 Honda Civic EX-L 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Oil leaks

"The engine leaks oil and the dealer is useless and can't figure out where it is leaking from. Have stopped twice without any luck for getting it fixed."

Bjorn L., CT (2018 Honda Civic Si 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Cruise control

"the cruise control locked in the on position even while braking to slow from 60mph to 50 mph... I believe it was because of some kind of electrical failure. the radio went off at the same time and the wipes stopped working at the same time. About 15 seconds later everything started working again"

Anonymous, OR (2018 Honda Civic Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tire pressure monitor

"Tire warning would come on and my tires were fine.i would reset and a week or so the lite would come on.after 3 or 4 service checks now the system when I need it doesn’t work. Reported the problem on last visit with no avail. Still not working. With all the electrical issues I have had it made my experience not a happy one. If not for a great driving car and good gas mileage I would totally hate this car."

Robert A., IL (2018 Honda Civic Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Calipers, either seized or other, and cause squealing, and grinding noises.. The rotors eventually required replacing, as did the brake pads"

Robert S., ON (2018 Honda Civic)
Rotors

"rotors looked like a Record Album, before they were eventually replaced. Unknown causes."

Robert S., ON (2018 Honda Civic)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Rough into 2nd and 4th, grids into 2nd when fast shifting."

Anonymous, VA (2018 Honda Civic Type R 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Turbo or supercharger

"The engine had design issues which Honda failed to replace or refund me for. A Lemon Law claim proved useless. I refused to let my wife continue to drive it and removed/stored as it would quit running without warning.... I then purchased her a new Subaru which she has today. I wound up selling the Honda at a loss to a Honda mechanic with the understanding that I not disclose his name... He knew the problem and said he was able to possibly eliminate it... I could not retain any lawyer in the US who would take my case, so I contend Honda is too large to challenge... The result is that I will never own another Honda... One could say that I've learned my lesson..."

Anonymous, (2018 Honda Civic EX-L 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Steering wheel was sticking. Turned out that the rack and pinion needed to be replaced. It was done in a day though."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Honda Civic EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"Engine wouldn’t warm up in cold weather. Excess fuel would leak past pistons into crankcase causing diluted oil. My car had at least an extra quart of fluid in crankcase. Honda reset computer program changed the oil (for free). Wasn’t notified of problem. Had to take car in for another problem (mouse chewed through wires). No problem with car since new computer program. Wonder why there wasn’t a recall for this problem?"

William W., OH (2018 Honda Civic Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

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

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.

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.

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

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