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2010 Honda Civic

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2010 Honda Civic Review

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As Honda's best-known and best-loved car line, the 2010 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 $25,000 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 2010

After a thorough update last year, there are no major changes planned for 2010.

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 2010 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.

2010 Honda Civic Details
2010 Honda Civic photo Interior

In addition to offering more in-cabin technology than we've come to expect, the 2010 Honda Civic also features the most visually futuristic interior of any non- hybrid 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, although the standard audio system itself could make due with some more power. 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
2010 Honda Civic photo

Although the 2010 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 EX and EX-L, 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)

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2010 Honda Civic Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 1894 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
    8.9/10

Completely satisfied

By on Monday, June 6, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,200

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Reliability, gas mileage, appearance"

Cons: "Navigtion map was outdated when purchased in 2006"

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

"I love my 2007 Honda Civic EX. The only problem (from 2006 when I purchased it new) is a very outdated navigation map. Need to trade it in now because of deteriorating eyesight and need for a 2016 car with all the connected safety bells and whistles. Will be sad to see the current one go."

Best car choice iv'e ever made

By on Saturday, June 4, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 220,000

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
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"This car is undoubtedly the best car purchase ive made. I bought it new in 2007, and at 220000 miles, it still runs like the day i purchased it. -Hardly any repairs but... -My A/C quit around 2013 -The left side of my car stereo died in 2014, so i only have half a stereo -Great on gas, has never burned oil -Quiet -Hubcaps are starting to peel off(They are plastic though) -Had to get it repainted once Overall a great car, i am giving this one to my son, because no trade in would match the value this car holds. At 9 years old, this car is as reliable and feul efficient as it was when i first bought it."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Great work car

By on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,750

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "No mechanical/engine problem,new brakes good tires"

Cons: "Needs paint & dents repaired, console latch repair"

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

"Excellent work car, good air conditioning new brakes(3/2016)great mileage. I am only owner. I bought this car new. Retired, no longer need a work car. Good tires"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Cheap and best car

By on Monday, April 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 138,999

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Excellent Condition,No mechanical Problems"

Cons: "Front and Back Bumper has small danage"

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

"Excellent condition car no mechanical issues,and I changed all four tires 5 to 6 months back and still in good condition.Has minor damage on front bumper and back bumper, it will cost around $350 to replace if you like."

13 people out of 26 found this review helpful

A great way to scoot around town

By on Thursday, March 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 116,100

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
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Easy to drive. Controls & guages. Fuel economy"

Cons: "CVT is a bit noisy when pushed hard."

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

"Bought used in late 2006. Has been a very reliable vehicle for me. Just installed a new hybrid battery which was disappointing. May be my fault though because for the past 6 years, the car is parked for up to 4 months at a time without being driven. I think that would be hard for any battery. The controls and instruments are easily accessible. The drivers seat is comfortable. Visibility outside is adequate. Have been pleasantly surprised with the acceleration for such a small car. The DC motor assist is very evident when needed."

14 people out of 22 found this review helpful

Absolutely Love my "Black Betty"!

By on Friday, March 4, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Price, Gas Mileage, Trunk Space, Sleek design"

Cons: "Lack of leg space in the back , low Horsepower,"

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

"I purchased my Civic EX Brand New in 2007, and it has not let me down. The driving and handling have all been superb, and you will NOT find a better car for gas mileage! It is amazing. The low HP and ability to not have leather as an option are the only cons that I can comeup with. This vehicle offers amazing trunk space which is probably why you lack legroom in the back seat of the coupe. Overall would highly recommend this car."

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

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