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.

Reliability

We expect the 2021 Civic will have about average reliability when compared to the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2018, 2019 and 2020 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.

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POTENTIAL TROUBLE SPOTS
Engine Major
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Transmission Major
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Drive System
Fuel System
Electric System
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power Equipment
In-car Electronics
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.

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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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
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
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
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
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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