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8.5

Overall

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Critics' Rating: 9.6
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 9.7
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2010 Honda Civic Review

The 2010 Honda Civic ranks near the top of the compact car class. It boasts composed handling and a pleasant ride, along with an upscale and comfortable interior. The Civic also has high safety scores.

Pros & Cons

  • High safety scores
  • Good fuel economy
  • Agile handling
  • Sporty Si model
  • Cramped backseat in coupe
  • Small trunk

2010 Honda Civic Overview

Is the 2010 Honda Civic a Good Used Car?

The 2010 Honda Civic is a fine pick if you’re shopping for a used compact car. Available as a two-door coupe or four-door sedan, the Civic boasts robust safety scores, balanced handling, a refined drivetrain, and good fuel economy. The Civic sedan earns praise for its comfortable ride and roomy interior. There’s also a fun-to-drive Si variant for those who want livelier acceleration and sportier handling. The Civic’s trunk is rather small, so if you plan to haul lots of cargo, you may want to consider hatchbacks like the 2010 Kia Soul or 2010 Scion xB.

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How Much Is the 2010 Honda Civic?

You can expect to pay between $5,800 and $11,000 for a used 2010 Civic. These figures are based on listings for the 2010 Honda Civic on our site. The average price is $8,300. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2010 Honda Civic Cost to Own?

The Civic’s five-year cost projections for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance add up to $23,700, or about $4,750 per year. That’s lower than average for a compact car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Civic?

The 2018 Honda Civic starts at $18,940, and it’s a far superior car. The new Civic has zippier engine performance and better fuel economy of up to 32 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway. It also has a much nicer interior with better tech features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a range of active safety features like forward collision warning with brake assist. However, this modern refinement comes with a steep price jump. For thousands of dollars less, a used 2010 Civic still offers easy drivability and a comfortable interior.

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You aren’t likely to find any new compact cars that cost less than a used 2010 Civic. Among new subcompact cars, your cheapest options are the 2018 Nissan Versa and 2018 Chevrolet Spark, which start at around $12,000 and $13,000, respectively. While the Versa ranks low in the class, the Spark is midpack.

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Which Model Year of the Honda Civic Is Best?

The eighth-generation Honda Civic spans the 2006 through 2011 model years. The Civic saw few major updates over this generation, so you can find comparable engine performance, fuel economy, and features across all of these model years. The 2009 Civic introduced the most notable changes during this generation, including updated exterior styling and the availability of Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port.

If you’re considering a used eighth-generation Civic, the 2010 and 2011 Civic models are the best options of the bunch. A number of earlier 2006 to 2009 Civic models have experienced engine block cracking, which requires a major repair.

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How Reliable Is the 2010 Honda Civic?

J.D. Power gives the 2010 Civic a reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2010 Honda Civic Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are five recalls for the 2010 Civic. Honda has recalled these models due to defective Takata airbags that could rupture in the event of a crash. In some cases, the replacement airbags were installed improperly. Make sure a Honda dealer has addressed these recalls before buying a used Civic.

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Which Used Honda Civic Model Is Right for Me?

Available as a two-door coupe and four-door sedan, the 2010 Civic comes in seven trim levels: DX, DX-VP, LX, LX-S, EX, EX-L, and Si. Most shoppers should skip the base model DX and DX-VP. These two trims don’t offer many convenience features aside from power windows. The Honda Civic LX and LX-S trims are better picks. Both come standard with an AM/FM radio, a CD player, auxiliary audio input, air conditioning, remote keyless entry, power door locks, and cruise control.

The Honda Civic EX trim adds a split-folding rear seat, a moonroof, a USB port, and alloy wheels. The EX-L trim includes leather upholstery and heated front seats. Lastly, the sport-tuned Civic Si trim adds a punchier 197-horsepower engine, sport seats, fog lights, a rear spoiler, and larger wheels. Available features are few and far between, though you may find used EX, EX-L, and Si models equipped with a navigation system, Bluetooth, and satellite radio.

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Certified Pre-Owned Honda Civic Warranty

Honda offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. Honda vehicles that earn CPO status see the original new-car limited powertrain warranty extended to seven years or 100,000 miles and the new-car non-powertrain warranty extended to four years or 48,000 miles. If the CPO Honda you purchase is more than four years old or has more than 48,000 miles, you’ll receive a one-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain limited warranty. Honda CPO vehicles must pass a 182-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully.

According to our research, Honda has one of the more robust programs in the industry. Still, Chevy, GMC, and Buick offer a few features Honda doesn’t.

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How Safe Is the Civic?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2010 Civic a perfect five-star rating in the frontal crash test, as well as four stars for driver-side impact and rollover tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Civic sedan a 2010 Top Safety Pick, and it gave the car the top score of Good in all areas tested. The Civic coupe received the second-highest rating of Acceptable for side impact safety.

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2010 Honda Civic Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2010 Honda Civic or 2010 Toyota Corolla?

The 2010 Toyota Corolla is another fine option in this class. Like the Civic, the Corolla sedan has solid fuel economy (up to 26/35 mpg), a spacious interior, and a comfortable ride. It’s just as capable on the daily commute as the Honda, though the Toyota is not as upscale. The Civic feels more athletic around turns than the Corolla, and it has a nicer-looking interior with available convenience features like heated seats. Test drive both models to see which model you prefer.

Which Is Better: 2010 Honda Civic or 2010 Mazda3?

With its eye-catching exterior styling, the redesigned 2010 Mazda3 is another good alternative to the Civic. It has more advanced features than the Civic, like available rain-sensing windshield wipers, adaptive pivoting headlights, and push-button start. The Mazda is available as a sedan or a roomy hatchback, which is a bit more practical than the Civic. Ultimately, both are fine options that earn average reliability ratings.

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2010 Civic Performance

How Does the 2010 Honda Civic Drive?

The 2010 Civic has a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with 140 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission comes standard, and a five-speed automatic transmission is available. The engine struggles initially to get the Civic up to speed, but it supplies adequate power once moving. The manual transmission is precise and enjoyable to shift, and the five-speed automatic changes gear smoothly.

The Civic Si has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 197 horsepower and it’s paired exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission. This engine is far more energetic and it easily hustles the Si up to speed.

Regardless of engine, the Civic impresses with well-mannered handling. It remains stable around turns, the steering feels responsive, and the brakes slow the car down confidently. The biggest difference between these models however is ride quality. The sedan’s suspension does a nice job of soaking up bumps and dips in the road. The coupe and Si have a noticeably stiffer ride; larger bumps and rough pavement can be jarring.

Does the 2010 Honda Civic Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Civic earns good fuel economy for a compact car. It returns an EPA-rated 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway when paired with its manual transmission, and up to 25/36 mpg with its automatic. The sportier Civic Si earns a lower 21/29 mpg, however.

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2010 Civic Interior

How Many People Does the 2010 Civic Seat?

The five-seat Civic is available in two body styles: a two-door coupe and a four-door sedan. The Civic’s front seats are supportive, and the driving position is quite comfortable. There’s ample head- and legroom for taller passengers up front, and the sedan’s rear seats are adult-friendly for shorter trips. The coupe’s back seats have substantially less legroom, and getting in and out of the back is awkward.

Cloth upholstery comes standard, while leather upholstery and heated front seats are available. The Civic’s cabin has an upscale look overall, thanks in part to its split-level gauge cluster and minimalist styling. That said, the interior materials are a mixed bag. Some plastics are cheap looking, while others are nicely grained and soft to the touch.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2010 Honda Civic?

The Civic has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats.

2010 Honda Civic Features

The majority of Civic models come standard with an AM/FM radio, a CD player, air conditioning, and power windows. Available features include Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, a navigation system, keyless entry, cruise control, and a moonroof. The basic audio and climate controls are straightforward and easy to use on the go. However, the optional navigation system is clunky. It has tiny buttons instead of the standard audio controls, and its reflective screen is hard to see in direct sunlight.

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2010 Honda Civic Dimensions

Honda Civic Cargo Space

There’s 12 cubic feet of trunk space in the Civic sedan, and the coupe has a slightly smaller 11.5-cubic-foot trunk. The rear seats in both models can fold down to accommodate longer items.

2010 Civic Length and Weight

The Civic sedan is 14.8 feet long, and it has a curb weight of between 2,630 and 2,954 pounds. The coupe is 14.6 feet long. Its weight ranges between 2,588 and 2,895 pounds.

Where Was the 2010 Honda Civic Built?

Honda built the 2010 Civic at factories in Indiana and Canada.

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