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MPG: 25 City / 36 Hwy
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Used Car: 2010 Honda Civic Review

Review Last Updated: 7/10/12

When it was new, reviewers agreed that the 2010 Honda Civic offered a winning combination of substance and style. Today, the Civic still stands out as one of the most fuel-efficient, reliable and solid-performing 2010 small cars.

The 2010 Honda Civic is ranked:

If you want a small car with great safety scores, a high reliability rating and good fuel economy, the 2010 Honda Civic is a strong choice. The Civic’s safety scores are well above average, and with a good reliability score, it should be less expensive to maintain than other 2010 small cars.

With the Civic, performance depends on the model you choose. The Honda Civic Si is the most powerful model, featuring a 2.0-liter engine that makes a lot of horsepower for the class. But if you want great fuel economy, other Civic models are a better choice. The base Civic’s 1.8-liter engine is a lot less powerful, but with fuel economy ratings of up to 26/34 mpg, it’s a lot more fuel-efficient than the Si. Plus, test drivers thought the base model was just fine for driving around town.

One of the Civic’s drawbacks is that it doesn’t have a lot of standard interior features, as well as less interior space than some competitors. The base model doesn’t have a stereo, cruise control or air conditioning, but if you shop for a Civic LX or higher trim level, you’ll get those features. A fully-loaded Civic features a USB port and a navigation system, however, some reviewers found the latter difficult to use. The Civic’s front seats are comfortable, but if you will use the back seat frequently and need a lot of trunk space, some competitors have more room.

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Other Cars to Consider

Like the Civic, the 2010 Toyota Corolla is a small car designed for shoppers who need a vehicle with enough power for city driving, and some of the highest fuel economy ratings in the class. Inside, the Corolla’s rear seats are more comfortable than the Civic’s, but it has about as much trunk space. What really makes the Corolla stand out in comparison with the Civic is its reliability score, which is quite good for the class. However, its safety scores are slightly lower.

The 2010 Hyundai Elantra also ranks near the top of the class for good reason. This U.S. News 2010 Best Compact Car for the Money award winner has an above-average reliability score, which means that it should be less expensive to maintain than many of its competitors. The Elantra also has high fuel economy ratings and works well as a daily commuter. Inside, the 2010 Hyundai Elantra has comfortable front and rear seats, as well as one of the largest trunks in the class.  

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