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in 2009 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $8,742 - $13,603
Original MSRP: $15,305 - $24,305
MPG: 26 City / 34 Hwy
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2009 Honda Civic Interior

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The Honda Civic's cabin wins you over with sterling quality and features that are considered rare for the class. But there are other small cars with better seat comfort and cargo space. 

  • "Honda did a little more work on the Civic's interior, when compared with its minimal sheetmetal changes, notably in the form of more upscale trim options and additional tech goodies." -- Motor Trend
  • "The Honda Civic continues to be one of the best small cars in terms of room, interior storage and refinement. Its controls are easy to operate and materials are of high quality." -- Edmunds
  • "In addition to offering more in-cabin technology than we've come to expect, the 2009 Honda Civic also features the most visually futuristic interior of any vehicle on the market." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Controls move with smooth precision. Civic's cabin materials are a laudable mix of high-grade plastics and fabrics." -- Consumer Guide

Front Seats

The Honda Civic's front row is a comfortable place to sit, but reviewers say once you've spent an extended amount of time riding you might find the seats lack adequate thigh support.

  • "The front seats are comfortable and provide abundant back support, but their short bottoms aren't as strong on thigh support. Seat cushioning is adequate, but a little more might be welcome. Backseat space rivals that of some midsize models." -- Cars.com
  • "The bottom seat cushion doesn't tilt independently of the seat back, so those with longer legs must either jack up the entire seat for thigh support, which reduces headroom, or make do with less-than-adequate thigh support." -- Forbes
  • "The driver's seat is comfortable and supportive for backs young and old." -- The Washington Post

Rear Seats

Minimal comfort and space in the second row is not uncommon in this class, but some report the 2009 Civic's rear space is simply too small. Early reviews fail to mention or give kudos for the introduction of 60/40 split folding seats in the EX and EX-L trims.

  • "Foot space under the front buckets is tight on the instep." -- Car and Driver
  • "The rear seat is high and comfortable, yet foot space is tight under the low front seat." -- Motor Trend
  • "Seat cushioning is adequate, but a little more might be welcome." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

Test drivers consistently praise the 2009 Honda Civic's interior, but make strong statements concerning the car's two-tiered instrument panel. There is also considerable attention given to the features offered with the Civic's new DX-VP and LX-S trims.

  • "An analog tachometer is in the traditional location but the digital speedometer and gas gauge are at the base of the windshield. Though some drivers find the two-tier display distracting, others say it makes quick visual checks of speed easier." -- Edmunds
  • "The cockpit effect isn't just noticeable -- it makes you feel like you're piloting a video game." -- The Car Connection

Navigation

Reviewers generally approve of the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System -- available with the EX and EX-L trims. For 2009, the Civic's nav system now features Bluetooth.

If you'd prefer a navigation system that can be used in or out of the car, there are plenty of similarly-styled and fully loaded GPS units offered for a reasonable price. Check out our GPS reviews and buying guide to pick the best portable navigation system. 

  • "While the navigation system may not be as refined as Mercedes', it does offer wonderful search features. It points drivers to nearby ATMs, restaurants, gas stations, and other handy services, and ranks them according to how close they are to your current position." -- BusinessWeek
  • "Oddly enough the Honda navigation still offers that weird PCMCIA card slot that allows the use of a digital memory card and PC Card adapter to store MP3 and WMA formatted music." -- CNET

Cargo

The 2009 Civic sedan's 12 cubic feet of cargo room is adequate, but not exceptional. However, some do note the abundance of interior storage bins and pockets for a small car. The Civic Coupe has 11.5 cubic feet of available cargo space. 

  • "A wide, tall trunk with a generous opening and low liftover," but "the lid hinges intrude on the cargo area." -- Consumer Guide
  • "You can flip down the rear seatbacks to enlarge the cargo area via a big pass-through opening between the trunk and rear-seat area." -- MSN

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