2011 Honda Civic Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality
Better-than-average front seats in the 2011 Honda Civic afford good support and a great driving position, helping make the driving experience enjoyable. Even in base cars, the height-adjustable seats leave great headroom for tall drivers, though the seat cushions themselves are a bit short and drivers should make sure their knee doesn't rest against the hard handbrake lever.

The rear, however, is less rosy; the rear doors on the sedan are cut narrow at their base, so it's not easy for long legs to clamber in and out. Also, backseat passengers had better not be tall or even average in height, as the curvature of the roof interferes with headroom. It's the penalty of the rakish roofline.

The 2011 Honda Civic Coupe is slightly shorter in wheelbase, and its roofline is slightly more arched, so the backseat is a step more cramped—in addition to being harder to get into.

The 2011 Honda Civic offers a refined interior, but especially with its tight back seat it's far from the most comfortable among small sedans.

While the Civic offers some features that aren't at all usual in this class—like heated leather seats—don't expect anything close to luxury-car comfort or top-grade materials. The leather is very stiff, almost like vinyl, and the front seat heaters didn't appreciably heat the backrests, just the lower cushions—which seemed to be the case on both sides. And although there are soft-touch inserts in top EX-L models, and a padded armrest, the rest of the door panels, center console, and instrument panel was covered in rather hard, thin-feeling gray plastic.

Ride quality in the base Civic is a bit choppy, considering its longish wheelbase. The sport-tuned Si is even harsher, with choppy roads inducing significant rattling. That said, the Civic does a good job isolating coarse road noise.

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