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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
The 2008 Honda Civic performs well in crash tests and has a long list of standard safety equipment.
With this Civic, Honda scores a "good" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2008 Honda Civic received five stars for front impact protection; for driver-side impacts it earned four stars, and for rear-seat side impacts it earned five stars.
The Honda 2008 Civic sedan boasts numerous standard safety features. Kelley Blue Book also cites the anti-lock brakes and active head restraints as notable standard features. Cars.com notes that the Honda 2008 Civic sedan doesn't come with electronic stability control as a standard feature, except on Si versions. Every Civic gets dual, side, and side curtain airbags.
The Honda 2008 Civic scores very well in crash tests, and only stability control is left off the standard equipment list.