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The car experts at TheCarConnection.com studied a wide range of road tests of the 2009 Honda Civic to compile this definitive review. TheCarConnection.com's editors also drove the new Honda Civic to help you decide which reviews to trust where opinions differ, to add more impressions and details, and to provide you with the best information.
- Energetic engines
- Excellent manual transmissions
- Reputation for reliability
- Fuel economy
- Swoopy styling cuts into headroom
- Backseat hard to enter
- Ride can get busy
The 2009 Honda Civic lineup is one of the more extensive in the automotive industry and encompasses a base model, a sports-oriented version (the Si), a Hybrid, and a natural-gas version in the form of the Honda Civic GX. Both of the conventionally powered Civics come in either sedan or coupe body styles, while the Hybrid and GX are available exclusively as four-doors. For 2009, Honda expands the trim lineup with the LX-S and VP sedans, while all Civics get new exterior styling and an array of new available features, such as Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and a USB audio interface.
The 2009 Honda Civic lineup has been mildly restyled, but overall it maintains the futuristic styling on display last year. While it definitely stands out in a crowd, the deeply raked windshield on both the coupe and sedan leaves a lot of unusable room atop the dash. The two-tiered dashboard is also unlike anything seen on the Civic's competitors, with the tach and speedo separated vertically into two distinct recesses. The overall effect is it seems as though you're commanding the Civic through a video game, and while it's not very believable on the sedan, it does work somewhat better on the Civic coupe.
The base 2009 Honda Civic is powered by a 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that pairs with either a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic. Either transmission delivers exceptional fuel economy, with EPA estimates for the manual of 26 mpg city, 34 highway for the manual gearbox and 25/36 mpg for the automatic. Honda offers a perfectly acceptable automatic transmission for the base Civic, but Honda is known for its light, quick-shifting manuals, and the latest iteration on the Civic is no exception.