2009 Honda Civic Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5A)
After 6 months the Civic is almost exactly as expected. Reliable, great mileage, solid build. There are a few things that will drive you nuts. If you are tall, the parking brake handle sticks up and you will whack your leg. It is impossible to see any part of the outside of the car from the inside so for a small car it is more difficult to park then you would expect. The rear seat is not divided so you have to fold down the whole seat - a difficult task with the release mounted in the trunk. The key has become the joke of my department at work. It is huge (gold plate it and it could be the key to the city). It also costs over $100 to duplicate. So solid car with some design issues.
Dash layout is very nice. The cruise control setup is particularly well done. It seats 4 adults very well for a small car.
The two daily irritants I find are the 4" long key and the parking brake. You may only be in the car an hour a day but you fight that key for 16 hrs in your pocket. Within the car the biggest issue is the protrusion of the parking brake into the drivers space. It hurts.
2009 Honda Civic Sedan LX-S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5A)
The car is fun to drive. It has good acceleration and corners very well. Gas mileage is pretty good, averaging around 33 mpg combined city and highway driving. BUYER BEWARE THE A/C CONDENSER. A week ago, I noticed that my A/C was not cooling. Called the dealership and they said that it was possibly a rock through the condenser. I took it in, and sure enough, a big hole in the A/C condenser. Cost of repair, $576. I did a Google search and apparently this is a common event that Honda will not address as a problem, not only on civic, but also accord and odyssey. They tell you to file a claim with your insurance company for their poor design. This is not what I expected from a Honda.
fuel mileage, good control, cornering, sporty look, tpms, black interior on lx-s
improve road noise, auto on/off headlights, trunk release on key fob, improve protection of A/C condenser or relocate it
2009 Honda Civic Sedan DX-VP 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
Mileage is excellent (37 combined) and the engine and transmission are smooth and will last. But the interior design is so poor that I got rid of the car already. Shifter is so far forward that you have to continually reach for it. Between the seats needs an arm rest. Seat belts bind.