DIY tech with the 2009 Honda Civic LX-S (review)

The 2009 Honda Civic LX-S represents a good mix of efficiency and value with just a touch of fun, but those looking for tech options beyond the most basic level will want to look at the Civic EX and EX-L models.

2009 Honda Civic LX-S
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We were disappointed to see that our 2009 Honda Civic LX-S was practically devoid of much of the cabin tech that we like to see on the dashboard of our test vehicles. There was neither Bluetooth hands-free nor GPS navigation. There wasn't even a trip computer that calculated fuel economy. Even the Honda Fit has a mpg meter.

The Civic is one of the most oft-modified cars in the world, so we decided to upgrade ours. Because of the heavily proprietary nature of the Civic's base audio system, swapping the receiver for an all-in-one unit was out of the question. With this limitation, we decided to go with some "bolt-on" cabin tech.

Read the full 2009 Honda Civic LX-S review.
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