2009 Honda Civic LX-S

Updated for 2009, the changes to the Honda Civic's facade aren't immediately obvious unless viewed next to a 2008 or older model. Sci-fi good looks and fantastic fuel economy remain intact for this new generation. Read full review
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New front end

A more aggressive three-opening lower air dam and a simplified grill distinguishes 2009 Civics from their elder brethren. Read full review
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16-inch alloy wheels

The Civic LX-S steps up to 16-inch alloy wheels and a subtle rear decklid spoiler. Read full review
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Rear end

The Civic is classified as a ULEV2 CARB emission rating. We were able to get 37 combined mpg out of our tester, surpassing the EPA rating of 36 highway and 25 city mpg. Read full review
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1.8-liter engine

Every Civic Sedan, with the exception of the high-performance Si model, is powered by a 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter iVTEC engine. Lacking much low-end torque, the Civic's engine has to be revved to the upper reaches of its powerband to benefit from its 128 pound-feet of torque. Read full review
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Trunk

Underneath the decklid, the Civic's 12-cubic-foot trunk offers a decent amount of space for grocery getting. Read full review
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Fold down seats

In LX-S trim, you get a single, folding rear seatback. In EX trim, you get a 60/40 split. Even with the seats down, you don't approach the max storage volume of a Honda Fit with it's seats stowed (57.3 cubic feet). Read full review
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Futuristic interior

The Civic's futuristic interior is made of high quality plastics, enhanced by a neat matte finish and well designed controls. Read full review
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Tachometer

The Civic's dashboard features a two-tiered design. The lower tier features this large tachometer, the odometer, and an array of warning lights. Read full review
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Speedometer

The top tier puts the speedometer, fuel and temperature gauges closer the the driver's field of view to reduce eye movement while driving. Read full review
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Steering wheel controls

The steering wheel features controls for the cruise control. In EX and higher models, there are also controls for audio and navigation, if so equipped. Read full review
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Center stack

The stereo system in the Civic is extremely integrated into the dashboard, which makes it difficult to replace with an aftermarket unit. Fortunately, the sound quality from this four-speaker system is pretty good, thanks to the well-crafted interior's lack of buzzing and rattling. Read full review
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Single-line display

The stock stereo features a single-line display. Available sources are CD, AM/FM radio, and line-input. Read full review
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MP3 playback

Despite being a single-line display, we were able to navigate MP3 CD folders rather quickly and easily. Read full review
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Five-speed automatic transmission

Our Civic LX-S was equipped with the five-speed manual transmission. During spirited driving, the gearbox had a bad habit of being in too high of a gear to make power, but for commuting it performed just fine. Read full review
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Auxiliary input

The auxiliary input is hidden down at the bottom of the dashboard, beneath this 12v power outlet. Read full review
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