2008 Honda Civic vs. Its Competition

2008 Honda Civic Sdn LX
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Mazda3 has a reputation for the best handling in this class, and it offers a turbocharged Mazdaspeed3 edition as well.

The Toyota Corolla is new for the 2009 model year and gets more refined and more expensive, though base versions can have a plasticky interior.

The Ford Focus was restyled for the 2008 model year, and while most reviewers think it's a step backward, the Focus has new features like Ford's SYNC entertainment and hands-free phone controller.

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Quick Specs
The 2008 Honda Civic sedan rates well for safety, handling and green options, with only a few complaints about its rear-seat access.
The 2009 Toyota Corolla has a split personality: the utilitarian base car and the slightly edgy, expensive Corolla XRS.
The 2008 Ford Focus isn’t all new, but it is an improvement, and a solid choice if you’re looking for a roomy car that handles well with a base price that starts around $15,000.
The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
21 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class   
Style Name   
4-Door Manual DX4-Door Sedan Manual (Natl)2-Door Coupe S4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan
ManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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