2009 Honda Civic vs. Its Competition

2009 Honda Civic Sdn LX

The Mazda3 has a reputation for the best handling in this class; there’s a new Mazda3 arriving as an early ’10 model, and it’s even better in refinement and interior materials.

The Toyota Corolla is new for the 2009 model year and gets more refined and more expensive, though base versions can have a plasticky interior.

The Ford Focus was restyled for the 2008 model year, and while most reviewers think it's a step backward, the Focus has new features like Ford's SYNC entertainment and hands-free phone controller.

Finally, shoppers of standard-version Civic sedans owe it to themselves to check out the Hyundai Elantra sedan, which is arguably a step above the Corolla in refinement, yet roomier and more comfortable than the Civic.

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Quick Specs
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The 2009 Honda Civic lineup rates well for safety, handling, and overall frugality, though those who plan to carry cargo or frequent backseat passengers should look elsewhere.
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The 2009 Toyota Corolla has a split personality: the utilitarian base car and the slightly edgy, expensive Corolla XRS.
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The 2008 Ford Focus isn’t all new, but it is an improvement, and a solid choice if you’re looking for a roomy car that handles well with a base price that starts around $15,000.
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The 2008 Hyundai Elantra doesn’t have a lot of personality, but it’s the undeniable practical choice.
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The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
MSRP From    
$15,505$15,350$14,395$13,970$13,895
Gas Mileage    
21 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
CompactCompactCompactMid-SizeCompact
Style Name    
4-Door Manual DX4-Door Sedan Manual (Natl)2-Door Coupe S4-Door Sedan Manual GLS4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission    
ManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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