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2011 Honda Civic Review

The 2011 Honda Civic ranks among the best compact cars. The Civic rates well for reliability, and it offers a comfortable interior and composed driving dynamics.

Pros & Cons

  • High fuel economy
  • Athletic handling
  • Sporty Si model
  • Great reliability rating
  • Mediocre safety scores
  • Small trunk

Rankings & Awards

The 2011 Honda Civic's #4 ranking is based on its score within the 2011 Compact Cars category. It was the winner of our 2011 Best Compact Car for the Money award and the winner of our 2011 Best Compact Car for Families award. Currently the Honda Civic has a score of 8.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 101 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.6
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 8.5
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2011 Honda Civic Overview

Is the 2011 Honda Civic a Good Used Car?

The 2011 Honda Civic – available as a two-door coupe or four-door sedan – is a great option among used compact cars. It has a good reputation for reliability, and it earns praise for its refined drivetrain, surefooted handling, and solid fuel economy. The one downside to the Civic is its undersized trunk. There are hatchbacks in this class like the 2011 Mazda3 and 2011 Scion xB that give you considerably more space.

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Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 101 Honda Civic reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our team has decades of experience in the auto industry. Though we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To maintain objectivity, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies.

How Much Is the 2011 Honda Civic?

You can expect to pay between $6,000 and $12,000 for a used 2011 Civic. These figures are based on listings for the 2011 Honda Civic on our site. The average price is $8,900. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2011 Honda Civic Cost to Own?

The Civic’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $23,600 – or around $4,700 per year. That’s about average for a compact car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Civic?

The 2018 Honda Civic starts at $18,940. If you’re looking for a good second car, the 2011 Civic is a fine choice. You’ll save thousands of dollars compared to buying the new model. Still, there’s no getting around the fact that the 2018 Civic is a better vehicle. It comes with a new-car warranty to guard you against unanticipated mechanical issues. It also has much better fuel economy, stronger engines, and many more tech features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2018 Civic also offers a far wider range of safety features, including forward collision warning with brake assist.

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You aren’t apt to find any new compact cars that cost less than a used 2011 Civic. Among new subcompact cars, the lowest-priced options are the 2018 Nissan Versa and 2018 Chevrolet Spark, which start at around $12,000 and $13,000, respectively. The Versa finishes low in our subcompact car rankings, making it a poor choice. However, the Spark ranks in the middle of the class.

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Which Model Year of the Honda Civic Is Best?

The 2011 model year is the last of a Civic generation that launched for 2006. Although there were few changes between these years, the 2010 and 2011 models are the best options. The 2006 to 2009 Civic models have experienced engine block cracking, which requires major repair.

Honda introduced Bluetooth and a USB port as options in the Civic for 2009. Before buying a Civic equipped with Bluetooth, you will want to test your phone to see if it will connect. Newer equipment often doesn’t pair well (or at all) with older technology.

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How Reliable Is the 2011 Honda Civic?

The 2011 Civic has a good reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2011 Honda Civic Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are six recalls for the 2011 Civic. Honda is recalling models due to defective Takata airbags that could rupture in the event of a crash. Some of these replacement airbags have been recalled because they may have been improperly installed. An additional recall covers a fault with the vehicle’s fuel pump. Make sure these recalls have been addressed before buying a used Civic.

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Which Used Honda Civic Model Is Right for Me?

The 2011 Civic is available as a coupe or a sedan, and it comes in seven trim levels: DX, DX-VP, LX, LX-S, EX, EX-L, and Si. All share the same 140-horsepower four-cylinder engine, except for the Civic Si, which has a more powerful 197-horsepower engine.

The DX and DX-VP base models have sparse feature lists. Shoppers should consider the Civic LX and LX-S trims. 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 Civic EX trim adds a split-folding rear seat, a moonroof, a USB port, and alloy wheels. The EX-L trim adds leather upholstery and heated front seats. At the top of the lineup is the Si, a sporty ride that has a stronger engine and features like sport seats, fog lights, a rear spoiler, and larger wheels. A navigation system, Bluetooth, and satellite radio are available in the EX, EX-L, and Si models.

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How Safe Is the Civic?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Civic sedan a 2011 Top Safety Pick. The sedan received the top score of Good in all areas tested, and the Civic coupe received the second-best rating of Acceptable for side impact safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2011 Civic four out of five stars for its performance in the front and rollover crash tests, but only three stars for overall safety and just two stars for side impact safety.

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2011 Honda Civic Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2011 Honda Civic or 2011 Toyota Corolla?

The 2011 Toyota Corolla is another good option if you’re shopping for a used compact car. Like the Civic, the Corolla has a very good reliability and fuel economy ratings. The Corolla also has a smooth ride and plenty of room inside, though its cabin isn’t as nice as the Civic’s. The Civic just looks nicer, and it has features like heated seats that the Corolla lacks. The Civic feels nimbler through turns. You can’t go wrong with either car, so test drive both models to see which you prefer.

Which Is Better: 2011 Honda Civic or 2011 Chevrolet Cruze?

Chevrolet debuted the Cruze sedan as an all-new model for 2011. The Cruze has a smooth ride and adept handling. It also has a roomier trunk and offers a few features that the Honda doesn’t,  like rear parking sensors. On the other hand, the Cruze rates very poorly for reliability. Stick with the Civic.

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2011 Civic Performance

How Does the 2011 Honda Civic Drive?

The 2011 Civic has a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with 140 horsepower. Front-wheel drive and a five-speed manual transmission are standard; a five-speed automatic transmission is available. This engine has more than enough power to move the Civic along city streets and on highways. Acceleration can be tepid, however. The five-speed automatic is smooth, while the manual transmission is engaging.

The sportier Civic Si has a 197-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired solely with a six-speed manual transmission. There’s no slow acceleration with this engine, and it’s a blast to rev and drive.

Handling is excellent in the Civic, regardless the trim. It takes turns with ease, and the brakes slow the car evenly. However, the ride quality varies by model. The sedan delivers a smooth and comfortable experience, while the coupe and Si models have a more jarring ride.

Does the 2011 Honda Civic Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Civic gets good fuel economy for a compact car. It can return 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway with its manual transmission (25/35 mpg, automatic). The Civic Si earns a lower 21/29 mpg, however. Consider the 2011 Honda Civic Hybrid if you want even better fuel economy, as it earns up to 39/43 mpg.

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2011 Civic Interior

How Many People Does the 2011 Civic Seat?

The Civic comes in two body styles: a two-door coupe and a four-door sedan. Both have five seats. The front seats are comfy, and the driving position is relaxed. There’s sufficient head- and legroom for long-legged passengers up front as well. The coupe’s rear seats are cramped and awkward to get in and out of. That said, the sedan offers a fine amount of back-seat space. There’s enough room for kids, and even adults can find adequate space for shorter trips. Cloth seats come standard; leather upholstery and heated front seats are available.

The Civic’s cabin has a clean and minimalist appearance, though some of its materials aren’t up to par. Most of the interior plastics are finely grained and soft to the touch, but some are rough and cheap-looking.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2011 Honda Civic?

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

2011 Honda Civic Features

The majority of Civic models come standard with air conditioning, an AM/FM radio, a CD player, 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 cleanly arranged on the dashboard and easy to use. Don’t bother searching for a model with the available navigation system, though. It has small buttons that replace the standard audio controls, and its reflective screen can be tough to see in direct sunlight.

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2011 Honda Civic Dimensions

Honda Civic Cargo Space

Sedan models have 12 cubic feet of trunk space, and coupe models have 11.5. That’s fairly small for a compact car. The rear seats in both models can fold down to accommodate longer items.

2011 Civic Length and Weight

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

Where Was the 2011 Honda Civic Built?

Honda built the Civic at factories in Indiana and Canada.

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