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2010 Honda Civic Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2010 Honda Civic was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.2

Reviewers generally agree that the 2010 Honda Civic's cabin provides a winning combination of quality and functionality. The main complaints are about the navigation system, limited cargo space and lack of rear seat comfort. Other cars you might want to cross-shop with the Civic for interior options, include the Honda Fit for its cargo and features list and the Volkswagen Rabbit, which has a truly luxurious interior that is rare for the class. 

  • "We find the Civic LX sedan the most comfortable model. The DX edges more toward spartan inside, while the EX heads toward lush. Fit and finish meet Honda standards. Plastic trim elements look high-grade, although the multi-piece dash invites concern about high-mileage squeaks and buzzes." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "No rival has quite matched it for sophisticated good taste." -- Iguida.com
  • "The Civic's original reputation for cheapness, understandable given its entry into the market, has given way to a quality that surpasses many in its class, with special note given to EX and Si trims, which gain an extra level of upscale feel, due to a higher grade of plastic and additional trim that impart a slightly luxury appeal in the EX and a sporty leaning in the Si." -- Car Gurus
  • "Drivers were more split on the Civic's interior aesthetics. Some love the futuristic gauges and dash. Others found it tacky and cheap, an impression furthered by its similarity to the cabin in our Four Seasons Honda Fit. And yet, we preferred it to the Genesis' cabin for its excellent -- and classically Honda -- functionality." -- Automobile Magazine

Front Seats

The Honda Civic's front row is comfortable for all but especially tall drivers. Reviewers especially like the extra bolstering in the SI trim, which they say takes some getting used to but ends up feeling exceptionally comfortable in the end.

  • "Seats are comfortable, not plush. Seat bottoms provide better than average thigh support. The manual height adjustment on the driver's seat pivots on front hinges, forcing drivers to choose between seat height and legroom." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "A standard tilt and telescopic steering column and height-adjustable driver seat help tailor an accommodating driving position. The seats astutely blend support and comfort. Si's seats are further bolstered for a glued-in-place feel in fast cornering. Tall occupants have no excess headroom, especially beneath the sunroof housing." -- Consumer Guide
  • "We also loved the snug, amply bolstered seats [on the SI]." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "My first two impressions [of the SI] were mixed. While I readily admit that I am not as young and as thin as I once was, I felt genuinely old when I found the seat bolsters were hugging me too tightly and the ride was somewhere between stiff and harsh. After driving all the way from Monterey to San Diego, California on all types of roads for over a week what initially irked me became quite comfortable." -- Grassroots Motor Sports
  • "While front seats are comfortable and supportive (extremely supportive in the Si), taller drivers will have to take a pass." -- Car Gurus

Rear Seats

Most reviewers say that the rear seat in the 2010 Civic sedan is adequate for the class, although they complain loudly about the lack of room in the coupe -- which they say is best left to children and luggage. If a cushy back seat is important to you, check out the Volkswagen Rabbit, which costs about $1,000 more, but has an exceptionally comfortable interior. The Nissan Versa may also be worth a look. It's more Spartan than the Civic or Rabbit but has a really cushy back seat and a starting price around $2,000 less than the Civic.

  • "Sedans have adequate adult headroom. Knee space is tight with the front seats far aft. Foot space is good unless the front cushions are near their lowest point. A flat floor aids overall comfort, as does the firm, well-contoured seat. Sedan doors open wide for good entry and exit. The coupe's tiny, hard-to-access rear seat is best left to toddlers." -- Consumer Guide
  • "When it comes to interior room, the Civic coupe and sedan are competitive with other cars in their classes. Almost oversize rear doors provide easy rear seat access. But the bench seats in the rear are flat and do little to keep passengers in place in twists and turns." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The rear seats [in the coupe] are seemingly designed for luggage and small pets alone. Entry and exit is painful at best for the back seat, and the seats provide little relief once passengers have been shoehorned in." -- Car Gurus
  • "Getting comfortable in the coupe's back seat is the province of pre-teens." -- Iguida.com

Interior Features

The majority of the automotive press is in favor of the design of the 2010 Honda Civic. They appreciate the materials quality and the easy-to-read gauges and controls. The Civic doesn't come with many optional features. Instead, each trim adds to the standard list, from the base DX (which doesn't even come with air conditioning or even an audio system) to the ultra-luxe EX-L (which comes with heated leather seats). If more standard and optional features are important to you, take the Honda Fit and Volkswagen Rabbit for a test drive. The Fit has an impressive list of features and a starting price that is about $500 less than the Civic. The Rabbit is more expensive (about $1,000 more) but it has one of the cushiest interiors in its class and an equally long list of features.

Reviewers say that you should beware of the navigation system with voice recognition, which is one of the few optional features that Honda offers. Many reviewers report that it is more complicated than it should be, can be difficult to read in the sun and has difficulty recognizing voice commands. Moreover, it will cost you at least $2,000 extra and is only available on the EX, EX-L and SI trims as well as the Civic Hybrid. It would probably be easier (and cheaper) to just buy a portable GPS system.

  • "Though most surfaces are hard and plastic, everything the driver normally touches, especially the small-radius steering wheel, is wrapped in leather or soft cloth. The digital gauges are easy to read, and the low dash and expansive windshield provide excellent forward visibility. Our only complaint was with the outdated optional navigation system, and the slow radio controls that come with it." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The navigation system takes time to master, has undersized buttons, and absorbs too many audio functions, but programming via predetermined voice commands is a plus. Its screen is difficult to read in changing light conditions." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Architecturally busy interior door panels could be friendlier to fingers in terms of grips and pulls, but armrests provide good support at the right level." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Many complaints have been heard about the optional navigation system available on the 2010 Honda Civic Coupe EX and Si trims, which is hard to read and seems to overly complicate the relatively simple audio functions it absorbs." -- Car Gurus
  • "Navigation systems are becoming more common in compact cars, but those with voice activation are still a novelty. That may not be a bad thing: Civic's doesn't always respond accurately to spoken commands. Additionally, the navigation system usurps too many audio functions and has a screen that can be difficult to read as light conditions change." -- Iguida.com

Cargo

The 2010 Civic sedan's 12 cubic feet of cargo room is adequate for the class, but not exceptional. However, some do note the Civic's abundance of interior storage bins and pockets for a small car. The Civic Coupe has 11.5 cubic feet of available cargo space. If you are in need of better luggage capacity, check out the Honda Fit, which offers an impressive maximum capacity of 57.3 cubic feet and an innovative "magic seat," which makes organizing your cargo easier. 

  • "Sedans have a wide, tall trunk with a generous opening and low liftover. The coupe's trunk has the same attributes, but slightly less volume. On both, the lid hinges intrude on the cargo area. All but Hybrids and GX have a folding rear seatback. Interior storage is very good." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Cargo space, at 12.0 cubic feet, trails the class leaders by a couple of cubic feet.The Hybrid gives up an additional 1.6 cubic feet to battery and such, while the GX loses fully half its trunk to fuel storage." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Bins and boxes for bric-a-brac abound in Civic's cabin." -- Iguida.com

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