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STYLING | 8 out of 10
the current Civic sedan looks futuristic compared to its predecessor
some drivers find the two-tier display distracting
bold front-end styling with a steeply raked windshield
The 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid shares the same radical styling carried by the Civic sedan, with only a few minor modifications.
While the majority of reviewers like the design of the 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid, there are some mixed feelings. Overall, reviewers tend to side with Edmunds, whose testers are "quite fond of the current-generation Civic" and its futuristic styling. The 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid shares much of its body design with conventional Honda Civics, including what ForbesAutos calls its "bold front-end styling with a steeply raked windshield." Reviewers at Cars.com point out "the current Civic sedan looks futuristic compared to its predecessor," and "the hybrid takes the look even further, with disc-like 15-inch alloy wheels fitted with low-rolling-resistance tires." Not all reviewers appreciate the silhouette, as Car and Driver feels that "from the B-pillar forward, it has almost a minivan look to it," contributing to a "front end [that] looks pretty strange." Kelley Blue Book notes that other visual distinctions between conventional Honda Civics and the Civic Hybrid are "side mirrors with integrated turn indicators," along with "clear front turn signal lenses, mild trunk spoiler, small roof-mounted antenna and hybrid badging."
The interior is also love it or hate it, especially when it comes to the dashboard and displays. ConsumerGuide sings the virtues of the "two-tier instrument panel" where the "speedometer's digits are in driver's line of sight for viewing without taking focus off [the] road." Edmunds observes that the "digital speedometer and gas gauge are at the base of the windshield," and "some drivers find the two-tier display distracting," though "others say it makes quick visual checks of speed easier." However, Car and Driver testers feel that the dashboard is "odd" and gives "the impression that a designer is trying a bit too hard to make the civilian Civic into a Formula 1 racer." One knock on the Honda Civic Hybrid's control design comes from ConsumerGuide, where reviewers find that "the navigation system takes time to master, has undersized buttons, and absorbs too many audio functions"; they also complain that "its screen is difficult to read in changing light conditions." Kelley Blue Book reports that, for 2009, Honda offers "a two-tone blue cloth interior" as standard, and Edmunds praises the "easy to operate" controls. 2009 brings an optional leather-trimmed interior to the Honda Civic Hybrid.
The 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid is styled to look futuristic—which you may love or hate.