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8.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.7
Reliability:
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2009 Honda Civic Review

The 2009 Honda Civic is one of the safest and best-performing used 2009 small cars.

Pros & Cons

  • Outstanding safety scores
  • Good fuel economy for the class
  • Quality interior
  • Smooth, quiet ride
  • Tight second row
  • Few standard features on base model

2009 Honda Civic Overview

When it was new, car reviewers said you couldn’t go wrong with the 2009 Honda Civic. They said that it not only looks sleek on the outside, but it also has great interior quality. The Civic has excellent crash test ratings, though several safety features, like electronic stability control and traction control, only came with higher trims.

Test drivers also applauded the Civic for its quiet, smooth ride and good fuel economy. The base Civic coupe and sedan have a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. Reviewers found the Civic Si, which has a 2.0-liter engine, particularly fast and agile, but said the base engine would work for most buyers. The Civic doesn’t have many standard features, though, and you’ll have to choose a higher trim to get standard air conditioning and a radio. Available features on the Civic include air conditioning, a radio, an auxiliary jack, cruise control, navigation, satellite radio, Bluetooth and a USB port.

One of the Civic’s drawbacks is that its second row is cramped, but the front seats are comfortable. There’s also good trunk space in the sedan and coupe. Despite its small rear dimensions, reviewers had few quibbles. With outstanding safety ratings, solid performance and a quality interior, the 2009 Honda Civic is one of the best used small cars you can buy.  

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Other Cars to Consider

Test drivers said the 2009 Hyundai Elantra not only has comfortable front seats, but it also has one of the most spacious second rows in the class and a large trunk. The Elantra’s performance may not impress you as much as the Civic’s, but it’s a good commuter car that doesn’t use too much gas. The Elantra can’t match the safety scores of the Civic.   

The 2009 Toyota Corolla has more standard interior and safety features than the Civic. The Corolla is also a practical commuter car with good fuel economy ratings and engine power. Reviewers preferred the Corolla’s second row.

Compare the Civic to the Elantra and Corolla »

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