The 2009 Honda Civic holds up the standard set by its predecessors. The multiple models available within the Civic nameplate for 2009 leave out no one's personal preferences. Whether someone wants to race like a sports car, take a long road trip with minimal gas stops, or manage a combination of the two, the Civic can do it.
Small cars have slowly but surely increased in popularity over the past few decades. Rising gas prices leave more and more individuals wanting something that can go many miles without needing to fill up the gas tank. The top car manufacturers all offer small cars that meet this demand while trying to keep neat features and stylish looks. In this regard, the 2009 Honda Civic certainly rules the small-car category.
Everyone knows about the Honda Civic. It offers a sporty feel, a sleek appearance, and fun drivability, all at an affordable price. The Civic has set the bar for excellence in small cars. In fact, the Civic is widely known as the ""poor man's BMW"" because of its combined qualities, making even wealthier individuals desire one for day-to-day driving.
Body styles: sedan, coupe
Engines: 1.8-liter, 1.3-liter, 2.0-liter
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic, six-speed manual
Models: Honda Civic DX, Honda Civic LX, Honda Civic LX-S (sedan only), Honda Civic EX, Honda Civic EX-L, Honda Civic Hybrid (sedan only), Honda Civic Si, Honda Civic GX (sedan only), Honda Civic VP (sedan only)
With so much variety within the Honda Civic lineup, changes made to the 2009 model have been kept to a minimum. In terms of exterior appearance, the updated model receives a slightly different look for the nose as well as the tail. It also features new wheel designs. Also, two new trim styles (the DX Value Package and the LX-S) have been introduced for the 2009 Civic. A number of tech-savvy enhancements are new to the interior, such as the availability of Bluetooth and a USB audio port.
The 2009 Honda Civic maintains the dimensions to classify it as a small-size car, but it has slowly grown over the previous models to be a bit bigger and more luxurious. In fact, the Civic is no longer Honda's smallest car since the introduction of the Honda Fit. Sleek and smooth, the overall appearance of the 2009 Civic shows a link to the sporty side of car design with almost seamless curves. The new take on the nose of this year's model shortens the front of the car slightly, creating an almost immediate transition to the cabin from the front. Meanwhile, the remodeled tail pulls outward a bit. The combination of these two characteristics makes the 2009 Civic look even more swept-back than its predecessors. The windshield may seem quirky to some, as it looks rather large for a small car and resembles the glass of a minivan.
The interior design of the Civic shuffles the position of gauges and displays. The analog tachometer sits in its traditional position, but the digital speedometer and gas gauge move to the base of the windshield. Many find this layout distracting, while others like the idea of a quick visual check of speed and gas. Other than the gauges, the rest of the controls remain simply laid out in a smooth fashion. The interior features all use high-quality materials, which contribute to the luxurious feel of the Civic. In addition to the luxurious appearance, the sheer space within the cabin and plenty of interior storage looks and functions well.
Performance & Handling
Depending on the 2009 Civic model, the engine, fuel, and powering can vary. The DX, LX, and EX models all contain a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine that uses gasoline and produces 140 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual transmission comes standard on these models with the option of a five-speed automatic. The GX model also has a 1.8-liter engine but uses clean-burning compressed natural gas, which means that it can only achieve 113 horsepower. The Civic Hybrid uses a combination gasoline/electric powertrain to maximize fuel efficiency. It features a 1.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 110 horsepower and pairs with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The sport-based Civic Si holds a powerful 2.0-liter engine that produces 197 horsepower and comes with an exclusive six-speed manual transmission.
All Honda Civics include safety packages that feature anti-lock brakes, front seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and active front head restraints. Stability control comes standard on the EX-L, Hybrid, and Si models, but remains unavailable on the others.
EPA Fuel Economy
Honda Civic DX: 26/36 mpg city/highway
Honda Civic LX: 26/36 mpg city/highway
Honda Civic LX-S: 26/36 mpg city/highway
Honda Civic EX: 26/36 mpg city/highway
Honda Civic EX-L: 26/36 mpg city/highway
Honda Civic VP: 26/36 mpg city/highway
Honda Civic GX: 24/36 mpg city/highway
Honda Civic Hybrid : 40/45 mpg city/highway
Honda Civic Si: 21/29 mpg city/highway
- Wide range of models
- Fuel Efficiency
You Won't Like
- Lack of stability control on lower trims
- Slow acceleration on Hybrid and GX
Top of the line for anyone seeking a small car with kick at an affordable price.
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