Shopping for a new Honda Civic?
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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
Fit and finish are good, and the cabin utilizes nice materials
Coupes do not isolate noise nearly as well as sedans
Improved cloth seating surfaces and patterns, and matching trim on the door linings and armrests
The 2010 Honda Civic lives up to Honda’s legendary standards of build quality and is surprisingly refined, but it’s not all good news. The Civic’s interior is tighter in back than many other small cars its size because of the curvy, rakish roofline.
Beginning with the front, ConsumerGuide reviewers find that "the seats astutely blend support and comfort," and the Honda Civic "Si's seats are further bolstered for a glued-in-place feel in fast cornering." Cars.com is less enthusiastic, noting that "the leather bucket seats in front have firm cushioning, but they didn't initially seem to fit my back that well...I adapted to the seat in time, but it still wasn't ideal."
In the rear seats, ConsumerGuide says that "sedans have adequate adult headroom" and "a flat floor aids overall comfort," but on the coupe, the "tiny, hard-to-access rear seat is best left to toddlers."
Car and Driver describes the Civic’s interior as roomy overall, while Edmunds hails the Honda Civic as "one of the best small cars in terms of room, interior storage and refinement."
If the backseat space is a little disappointing, the 2010 Honda Civic excels in both cargo space and in storage for smaller items. Cars.com agrees enthusiastically, claiming "the trunk is huge (12 cubic feet), and it has 60/40-split folding rear seats." Motor Trend reports "surprising vastness" inside the cabin and coos that "the Civic's storage solutions [are] impressive." ConsumerGuide also says "interior storage is very good" and notes that "sedans have a wide, tall trunk with a generous opening and low liftover" and "the coupe's trunk has the same attributes, but slightly less volume."
In terms of build quality and materials, the Civic is pretty much at the top of its class. ConsumerGuide reviewers claim no competitor can match the Civic's "reputation for reliability and strong resale value," and they praise the "laudable mix of high-grade plastics and fabrics" inside the Honda Civic. Car and Driver takes note of the EX-L version and its “handsome leather interior"—an unusual feature in this class.
Wind noise is minimal within the 2010 Honda Civic, especially in sedan form. ConsumerGuide, which tends toward the conservative side, proclaims that "sedans are near the top of the class in suppression of road and wind noise," although "coupes do not isolate nearly as well as sedans."
According to Edmunds, the Civic’s "success can be attributed to its consistently high level of fit and finish and an impressive reputation for reliability and low running costs."
The 2010 Honda Civic is well built, with more refinement and isolation than you might find in a small car of its price, but backseat space is problematic.