By KBB.com Editors
As Honda's best-known and best-loved car line, the 2011 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. And, despite its five-year old design, the Civic's exterior styling is still 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.
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.
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 or power locks. Shop around and you'll find your money goes a lot further at a Hyundai or Kia dealership.
The Honda Civic sees no major changes for 2011.
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 2011 Honda Civic is a perfectly enjoyable way to travel.
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.
In addition to offering more in-cabin technology than we've come to expect, the 2011 Honda Civic also features one of 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
Although the 2011 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 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.
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 \ and 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 DX-VP 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.
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)
By Sean (NY) on Saturday, May 11, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Stylish and sporty, spacious, comfortable"
Cons: "Door lock problem"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I love my 2006 Civic. It drives well, boasts a comfortable and very spacious interior (my cargo capacity amazes me), gets good gas mileage, and is stylish to boot. Of all the different designs of the Civic, I find this generation the most sporty and stylish looking. It isn't luxuriously appointed, but the sound system and sunroof are two highlights. It's small enough to park easily yet large enough to accommodate all sorts of cargo and passengers. The folding rear seats allow long cargo to be stored efficiently, making use of the rear cabin and trunk space. My only complaint would be an expensive issue with a rear automatic door lock. Not a cheap fix! Saw that mentioned in another review here as well. That aside, this car has been everything I'd hoped for. I'm overall very happy with the vehicle."
3 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By DEET (OK) on Tuesday, May 07, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,880overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "low price, fun to drive, efficient"
Cons: "cheap cpt, door locks, wheels scratch easily"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Only a couple of complaints. The carpets mats are quite flimsy and are made of cheap materials -- which show wear. Also, 2 of the automatic door locks quit working last Summer. Honda dealer said they could see what was wrong -- but it would cost a lot, since they would be taking off the door panels. Overall tho, I love this car, and I have owned a lot of cars in my day. Dependable, efficient, comfortable, easy, cute. What more could one ask for?"
4 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By Zan (HI) on Sunday, May 05, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"My Honda Civic has been a wonderful investment. It holds its value beautifully. Just a fun, stylish car for any age."
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful
By M.robinson (OH) on Thursday, May 02, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to Drive, Stylish, Great Gas Mileage"
Cons: "It's a 4cyl so you are not going to get fast speed"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Best Vehicle I have Owned, I just recently traded-In my Honda Odyssey (I loved that as well) but the Gas was killing me !!! So I decided to purchase a 2008 Honda Civic, Well that was one of the best decision I ever made about a car:) Rides Great and I'm loving that a full tank of gas last me about a week and a half and that's with me going to work Monday-Friday (25-30miles)."
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By Katie (KY) on Monday, April 29, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000overall rating 3 of 10rating details
Pros: "gas mileage"
Cons: "no power"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I hate this car. When I bought it, I was in love with the idea of the hybrid and with the body styling. Now I completely regret the decision. The mileage is lower than the dealership told me and there's no power at all behind the engine. Flooring it, I go 0 to 60 in about two weeks. It's also very plastic, dents easily, and is generally of lower quality than I had originally reqlized. I will never buy another honda after owning this one."
4 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By mayra (NY) on Monday, April 29, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "fun to drive, stylish, sporty, great cup holders"
Cons: "no navi/bt,sterring wheel should go lower"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"only problem i have with mine is that if the car isnt warmed up it will jerk between gears and the rpm will increase and decrease randomly. other than that very sport, reliable car for its price. after all, it is honda."
2 people out of 3 found this review helpful