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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 1885 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

Best thing ever

By on Sunday, January 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "everything!"

Cons: "nothing"

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

"I love my Honda! I've had it for the past 3 years, bought it used, and haven't had to do anything to it besides the typcical tire rotation and oil change. I couldn't ask for a better first car. It's sporty and comfortable and so many people tell me how much they love my car. It gets up and goes! definitely a Honda lifer, couldn't ask for a more safe and reliable car"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great vehicle

By on Friday, January 08, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Cons: "have not found one yet"

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

"I bought my Civic brand new in 2007. This was one of the best decision of my life. This car has been extraordinary reliable for more than 100k miles, with almost no trip to the dealership. A bit pricer than the competition, this car also has a better style and drive is more fun than."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Good Commuter

By on Saturday, December 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "MPG, audio, ez to drive 5 spd"

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

"Bought this car used with 68k miles for $11K to drive to work. That was May 2014. Now it is Dec 2015 and the car has 95K miles. Still runs like when I bought it and is great on gas. The EX model has a moon roof and the stock stereo sounds good and connects to a smartphone with a cable."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

2008 civic 51,000

By on Sunday, November 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Money saver , holds up to zero engine problems ,"

Cons: "Wish it were more sporty, I prefer to sit higher"

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

"This has been a very reliable car , great gas Milage, sound when driving , no rattles, Great air , speakers , drives well,"

16 people out of 27 found this review helpful

Typical driving experience, terrible interior

By on Sunday, November 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
6/10

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

"We bought our 2010 Civic new and have been using it for a little over five years. The driving experience is what you'd expect from a Civic - adequate power when needed, easy to maneuver. Only routine maintenance has been needed so far. The road noise/vibrations are pretty similar for other cars this size. In general, very similar our older 2003 Civic that we enjoyed. However... the interior on the 2010 is terrible. After only five years, so many plastic pieces have failed. The driver's side sun shade fell apart (it won't stay in the up position). The plastic piece on the side/back of the driver's side seat is falling off/separating from the seat. We're a two-adult family, and the car is used as a basic daily commuter. It seems crazy that things should be falling apart with normal use. Meanwhile, the interior of our much older 2003 is in great shape. The corners of the front bumper also pop out from time to time. Reaching down to slap the corner of the bumper back into place is, unfortunately, a normal part of getting in and out of the car."

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Honda forever!

By on Wednesday, October 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 114,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"This is the first "nice" car I've ever owned, bought it right out of college. Just paid it off. In the last 5 years I have had NO mechanical issues. I replaced the tires once, regular oil changes, replaced the battery once. It has a few dings and scrapes from parking and potholes, but overall it's handled whatever the weather gave me very well - including Chicago winters. Extremely reliable. I am planning on driving this beauty for at least another 10 years with regular maintenance. Very happy with my purchase overall. I would say that the speakers aren't the best - blew them out a few years back - still work just not the same; and that it seems noisy from the wind when driving on the highway."

8 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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