in 2011 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $10,582 - $16,548
Original MSRP: $15,605 - $25,490
MPG: 26 City / 34 Hwy
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2011 Honda Civic Interior

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Generally, reviewers agree that the Honda Civic's cabin provides a winning combination of quality and functionality. They do, however, complain about the navigation system, limited cargo space and uncomfortable back seat. 

  • "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
  • "Inside, the Civic Coupe has room for five and a spaceship-inspired two-tier instrument panel, dashboard and center console, which looks and feels nothing like the Civic's conservative predecessors. The long dashboard and steep windshield only add to the unique driving position." -- Left Lane News


For an affordable small car, reviewers say the 2011 Honda Civic has comfortable front seats. The back row, especially in the coupe, is only ideal for children or luggage. The base Civic comes with a tilt and telescopic steering column, which allows the driver to find the most comfortable position.

  • "We also loved the snug, amply bolstered seats [on the Si]." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "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
  • "Seats are comfortable front and rear, and the rear floor is flat all the way across, making the middle passenger's life easier. Rear passenger space is quite good for this class." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Before you buy a Civic, it’s important to know two things: There aren’t a lot of optional features, so you have to upgrade to a different trim if you want a particular option. And the base DX doesn’t come with basic features like air conditioning and an audio system that are standard on many competitors. For air conditioning, an audio system and an MP3 input jack, select the DX-VP trim.

The upper four trims offer a lot more features such as power door locks, power windows, cruise control, a leather wrapper steering wheel and an optional navigation system. The top-of-the-line EX-L offers navigation.

Reviewers say the navigation system is more complicated to use than it should be, can be difficult to read in the sun and has difficulty recognizing voice commands. 

  • "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." -- 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
  • "Some of the Civic's aesthetic touches are a bit bizarre, particularly its dual-tiered instrument panel, which combines digital and analog gauges into a 'Jetsons'-style presentation. But most shoppers will probably view this as a forgivable quirk in an all-around impressive car." -- Edmunds


The Civic sedan's 12 cubic feet of trunk room is adequate for the class. In comparison, the Civic Coupe has 11.5 cubic feet of available cargo space. Some reviewers note that the trunk’s hinges intrude into the cargo area, limiting what you can stuff in the back. Some models, like the EX, EX-L and Si, have 60/40 split-folding rear seats.

  • "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
  • "EX, EX-L and Si models get a 60/40-split folding rear seat; lower trims have a seat that folds in a single piece. The sedan's trunk volume, at 12 cubic feet, is on the low side for the segment. Civic coupes have just 11.5 cubic feet." -- Cars.com

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