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2009 Honda Civic

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2009 Honda Civic Review

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As Honda's best-known and best-loved car line, the 2009 Civic Sedan and Coupe continue to set the bar in the compact-car arena. Long considered the standard by which all other compacts are measured, the Civic is able to lure buyers thanks to its impressive fuel economy, unrivaled reliability and repair history and class-leading resale values. Once considered the Civic's only weak point, exterior styling is now one of the car's most appealing attributes. With its sharply raked windshield and low profile, the sleek Civic Coupe looks like nothing else on the road. The car's appeal to younger drivers has put Honda back into the good graces of the tuner and aftermarket crowd.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you appreciate world-class refinement (along with impressive mileage), and you're looking to spend anywhere from $16,000 to $24,000 for a new car, your test-drive schedule might not continue past the Honda dealer.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If the Civic's $16,000 starting price is the most you want to spend, you might be disappointed to find out the least-expensive DX model doesn't include a factory-installed audio system, air conditioning, power locks, center console or even map lights.

What's New for 2009

The entire Civic lineup benefits from a freshening of the front and rear ends, new alloy wheel designs and new colors. Two new trims are added to the DX and LX sedan lines. The DX-VP adds air conditioning and an AM/FM/CD audio system, while the LX-S gains alloy wheels, a sportier interior and a rear spoiler. EX-L models now feature electronic stability control as well as Bluetooth connectivity with the optional navigation system.

Driving the Civic

Driving Impressions We drove the Civic in both coupe and sedan form and found them both notable for what you don't hear or feel – the ride is smooth and quiet, while...

cornering and acceleration are easy and nearly effortless. The whole experience is more in line with what you'd expect from a bigger or pricier vehicle. The refined 140-horsepower engine never overwhelms you with power, but even when you run the tachometer up to its redline you don't feel like you're bullying the car. The coupe version gets a slightly sportier suspension to go with its decidedly sportier posture, but we found it to be still comfortable after hour-plus drives. Whether you're in the driver's seat or one of the Civic's other seating positions, the 2009 Honda Civic is a perfectly enjoyable way to travel.

Audio Options
Listen to MP3s on CD. Listen to MP3s on a memory card. Listen to MP3s on an iPod. Listen to XM Satellite Radio. Listen through a 350-watt system with a subwoofer (coupe only). When you're feeling nostalgic, you can even listen to AM and FM radio broadcasts.

Two-Tier Instrument Panel
While some non-traditional instrument panel layouts come across as gimmicky, the Civic's two-tier execution seems to make all the sense in the world.

2009 Honda Civic Details
2009 Honda Civic photo Interior

In addition to offering more in-cabin technology than we've come to expect, the 2009 Honda Civic also features the most visually futuristic interior of any vehicle on the market. Take a seat behind the wheel and your first impression is dominated by a uniquely sculpted steering wheel and an unconventional two-tier instrument panel. Technological highlights include an available navigation system and a broad array of digital audio options. Third, fourth and fifth passengers would be happier in the sedan's backseat than in the coupe's, because the sedan features about four more inches of legroom and two more inches of headroom than the cozy coupe. The fit, finish and design found inside the Civic are first-rate.

Exterior

Although the 2009 Honda Civic Coupe and Sedan are both distinguished by a low-profile front end, short hood and long, laid-back windshield, the two models have never been more different. The taller sedan rides on a longer wheelbase than the sleeker, sportier coupe that also includes a decklid spoiler as standard equipment. Small gaps between the tires and body contribute to each model having a stance with better proportions and more balance. Beneath the sheet metal, the Civic features an advanced body structure designed to better absorb and distribute collision forces, especially in impacts involving taller sport utility vehicles and the like.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Notable standard equipment on the base Civic Sedan and Coupe models includes power windows, a four-way adjustable steering column, height-adjustable driver's seat, fold-down rear seatback and an impressive list of safety equipment such as front, front-side and side-curtain airbags, active head restraints, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and more. The DX-VP adds to the base DX trim an AM/FM/CD stereo and air conditioning, but still lacks power locks/mirrors.

Optional Equipment

The Civic's list of optional equipment is highlighted by a navigation system with voice-recognition software and Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity. An advanced 350-watt AM/FM/XM/CD sound system with subwoofer is available on the Si Sedan and EX, EX-L and Si Coupe, but there are several iterations of a 160-watt CD sound system – and all audio systems have MP3/WMA CD playback capability and, on LX and higher trims, an auxiliary audio input jack. Getting the navigation system also gives you the ability to play music stored on a variety of digital media cards. More familiar options are included within the various trim levels and include an automatic transmission, one-touch power moonroof, leather seating, power door locks with keyless remote, power mirrors, air conditioning, cruise control and steering wheel-mounted cruise/audio/navigation controls.

Under the Hood

Bridging the gap between the 197-horsepower high-output engine in the Civic Si and the 45-miles per gallon powerplant in the Civic Hybrid, the Civic sedan and coupe feature a 140-horsepower unit that delivers impressive city/highway mileage of up to 25/36-miles per gallon. A five-speed manual is standard, but a five-speed automatic mitigates the performance penalty normally associated with combining a small four-cylinder engine and an automatic transmission. Performance fans who can't work a manual gearbox are shut out of the Si, as no automatic is offered.

1.8-liter in-line 4
140 horsepower @ 6300 rpm
128 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 26/34 (manual), 25/36 (automatic)

2.0-liter in-line 4
197 horsepower @ 7800 rpm
139 lb.-ft. of torque @ 6100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/29

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2009 Honda Civic Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 1866 Ratings for the 2006 - 2011 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

very reliable ride

By on Monday, July 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "easy to drive, reliable car"

Cons: "could use a little more rear passenger leg room"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"2009 Honda Civic LX, 5 speed. Good to great condition. 26 MPG city, 34 MPG highway. Like new interior, exterior with minimal wear. No engine issues. Gets routine maintenance. No longer being used."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

LOVE MY CAR

By on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 107,488

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "fun to drive"

Cons: "my sunvisors werent usuable splitting"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My husband at the time purchased me a 2006 used Honda Civic EX with navigation and 8000 mil. I fell in love with my Honda Civic EX. Very dependable car which took me lots of places for softball tournaments. With that said the trunk held lots of equipment along with other things needed for road trips. Thanks to the navigation which I heavily rely on I was able to drive freely and not worry about getting lost. The only downside to my Honda was the sunvisors, They would crack and split at the seams. I even replaced both but same thing happened. So I couldn't use my sunvisors. Other than that I just LOVE MY HONDA. Its time to trade in my used used car and I would finally love to be able to purchase MY very first NEW NEWER CAR. Thanks HONDA for the dependability."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Great Car, solid as a Honda is expected to be.

By on Thursday, July 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Cons: "harsh ride, road noise"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"No service issues other than regular maintenance. Always starts, solid in difficult weather, tracks well in snow. Heat and air conditioning provide for all comfort needs. Gas mileage is as stated...36 highway if you do the speed limit."

16 people out of 27 found this review helpful

Great little car for everyday commute.

By on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Nice looking and drives very well."

Cons: "Uncomfortable seats for long drives."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This vehicle rides and handles very well. I drive 80 miles to and from work and the fuel mileage is a little better than average for a small vehicle. The only negative about it is, the seats are very uncomfortable when driving more than an hour at a time. I'm looking for a replacement for these seats because I have to drive it a very long distance in a couple months. Maybe I'll use a pillow."

9 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Great car!

By on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Quick Acceleration, Ease of Driving/Shifting."

Cons: "2nd and 3rd gear grinds/Synchronizer problems"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"My 2007 civic si has been awesome. Performance is outstanding for its class. 6 speed is very fun to drive. No leaks! Has the K20Z3 2.0l IVTEC. Strong Engine and Drivetrain. Overall Awesome Car!"

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Performs A Perfect Function

By on Monday, June 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 180,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Bought new to be a reliable daily driver. Was chosen over comparable models from other manufacturers. Ultimately decided on the Civic because of it's long term cost savings and superior fit and finish when compared to the Corolla and Fusion at the time. Only real repair bills have been in the form of a new AC unit in the dash and Nav system. Both pricey, Nav system was not totally broken, but I wanted it 100%. Hate the leather - but that is just a personal thing. They started using substantially higher quality leather after '09, so it could be avoided with later years. Otherwise never have had a reliability issue. Get roughly 50K miles from the tires and return ~32-35mpg with varied driving. Would buy again in a heart beat."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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