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.
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There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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The 2018 Honda Civic has been recalled 4 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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POTENTIAL TROUBLE SPOTS
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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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.

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)
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

"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)

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)

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

"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)
Refrigerant leaks

"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)

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)

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)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"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)

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)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Chipping on plastic trim under doors."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Honda Civic)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

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)

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.

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

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Major

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

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.

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.

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
PROVIDED BY
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP
May 28 2020
If the fuel pump fails, the engine can stall while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Acura NSX, 2019 Acura RDX, RLX and RLX Sport Hybrid, 2018-2019 Honda Accord, Civic Hatchback, Civic Type R and HR-V, 2019-2020 Insight and 2019 Fit vehicles. The low-pressure fuel pump inside the fuel tank may fail.
What should you do:
Honda will notify owners and dealers will replace the fuel pump assembly, free of charge. The recall began July 22, 2020. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V314000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 135995
EQUIPMENT:OTHER:OWNERS/SERVICE/OTHER MANUAL
Nov 16 2018
If the information is missing or improper, it can increase the risk of injury or a crash.
Summary:
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Honda Civic Hatchback and Civic Type R vehicles. The owners guide in these vehicles may not have been included or if included, the owner's guide may not have been properly provided required information. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 225, "Child Restraint Anchorage Systems."
What should you do:
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the owners information kit, free of charge. The recall began January 9, 2019. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is O3A.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V817000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 7016
STEERING:ELECTRIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM
Sep 27 2018
The unintended steering input reduces vehicle maneuverability and increases the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Honda Civic and CR-V vehicles. The magnet that controls the torque sensor output signal for the electronic power steering system may not be properly secured, allowing the magnet to become dislodged. During a full lock turn, the dislodged magnet may cause steering assist to be applied in the opposite direction.
What should you do:
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering gearbox assembly, free of charge. The recall began November 9, 2018. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's numbers for this recall are C2N, P2O.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V663000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 54
EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS
Jun 20 2018
If the owner is not able to verify if their vehicle is involved in safety recall, it can increase the risk of injury or crash.
Summary:
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2018 Honda Civic vehicles. The manufacturing date area of the certification labels may have random characters which can affect the owner's ability to determine if a safety recall includes their vehicle.
What should you do:
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the certification label, free of charge. The recall began August 7, 2018. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is U23.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V421000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 13
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