Used 2008 Honda Civic
- Engine lineup that offers both fuel-efficiency and performance, roomy and refined interior, high crash test scores, available as a sedan or coupe.
- Controversial gauge cluster design, slow acceleration times of Hybrid and GX models.
Used 2008 Honda Civic for Sale
Edmunds' Expert Review
Comfortable, smartly designed and available in a wide array of configurations, the 2008 Honda Civic sets the bar for the small car segment.
In 1973, Honda introduced the Civic to American shores. Small, fuel-efficient and reliable, the Civic was an ideal small car solution to rising gas prices and increased environmental awareness. Now, 35 years later, Americans are faced with similar issues, and again the Civic stands at the ready.
Of course, history hasn't quite repeated itself. The 2008 Honda Civic is considerably heavier and more luxurious than its pint-sized forbear. It's not even the company's smallest car anymore -- that role is handled by the Fit. But for the average small car shopper, the Civic remains the quintessential choice. We're quite fond of the current-generation Civic -- it was last redesigned in 2006 -- and it's one of America's best-selling cars.
There are plenty of reasons to choose the Civic. First among them is the car's wide array of configurations. The Civic is one of the few small car offerings to be sold as a sedan and a sportier-looking coupe. A fixed, minimal-options trim level architecture, ranging from the budget-oriented DX to the top-level EX, makes picking a Civic a relatively straightforward affair.
There are also the specialized Civic Si, Hybrid and GX models. In Si trim, the Civic is one of the most sporting small cars available for the money, while the Hybrid, thanks to its gasoline/electric powertrain, can deliver 40-plus mpg in real-world driving. The Civic GX is truly an oddity -- it runs on natural gas and can be fueled at home via a special "Phill" hook-up. The GX is the most expensive Civic, but in return it's America's cleanest mass-production car in terms of tailpipe emissions.
A new addition this year is the Honda Civic Mugen Si sedan. Built on the foundation of the Civic Si sedan and tuned by the prestigious racing and aftermarket performance company Mugen, this model comes with a track-tuned suspension, 18-inch forged alloy lightweight wheels with special tires, a full aerodynamic body kit with an adjustable rear wing spoiler, a rear diffuser and a sport-tuned exhaust system. Only 1,000 of these models will be sold, and they're priced in the very un-Civic-like territory of $30,000.
No matter what the trim, the Civic's traditional strengths in comfort, interior design and safety are all still firmly intact. The Civic also holds its value better than many other small cars and has a reputation for above-average reliability. Though we suggest doing a bit of comparison shopping -- the sporty Mazda 3, affordable Hyundai Elantra and Volkswagen Rabbit/Jetta are also very good choices -- the 2008 Honda Civic remains an ideal pick for a small sedan or coupe.
Trim levels & features
The 2008 Honda Civic is a small car available as a sedan or coupe. For both, there are five main trim levels: DX, LX, EX, EX-L and Si. On the Civic sedan, Honda also offers the Hybrid, the GX and the Mugen Si. The DX is meant for those on a tight budget and offers little more than power windows, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel and a height-adjustable driver seat. The more popular midgrade LX comes with 16-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, full power accessories, keyless entry, cruise control and a four-speaker CD/MP3 audio system with an auxiliary audio jack.
Going with a Civic EX gets you 16-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, six-speaker audio with steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and a 60/40-split rear seatback with a rear armrest. This year's new Civic EX-L comes with leather upholstery and heated front seats. The Civic Si has most of the EX's features plus a high-output engine, sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, a premium audio system and special interior trim. High-performance summer tires are an option for the Si, and a navigation system is offered for the Si and EX/EX-L models. Hybrid models are equipped similarly to the EX and have automatic climate control and optional navigation. The GX has a feature list similar to the LX's.
The limited-production Civic Mugen Si sedan has a track-tuned suspension, 18-inch wheels with more aggressive tires, performance exhaust and a specialized exterior body kit.
Performance & mpg
Civic DX, LX and EX models are powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 140 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. That power is sent through the front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission or an optional five-speed automatic. The GX also has a 1.8-liter engine, but it's fueled by clean-burning compressed natural gas and makes 113 hp. It only has a cruising range of 200 miles, but with Honda's Phill device, you can refuel from the comfort of your own garage. For the Civic Si, Honda installs a 197-hp 2.0-liter engine and an exclusive six-speed manual transmission with a performance-enhancing limited-slip front differential.
The gasoline-fueled 1.8-liter engine delivers above-average fuel economy for the small car class; 2008 EPA estimates are 24 mpg city and 36 mpg highway for an automatic-equipped Civic. The GX posts 24/36 numbers. The Hybrid, meanwhile, uses a gasoline/electric hybrid powertrain to maximize fuel economy. Its 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine is paired to the latest version of Honda's IMA technology and a continuously variable transmission to deliver 110 hp and 40/45 mpg ratings.
All Civics come with front seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. Antilock brakes are also standard; EX and Si models have four-wheel discs, while the rest have rear drums. Stability control is an exclusive standard feature on the Si trim only. In government crash testing, the 2008 Honda Civic earned a perfect five stars for its protection of occupants in frontal impacts. Side-impact tests resulted in a four-star rating for front passengers and five stars for rear passengers. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Civic its top rating of "Good" for the car's performance in frontal-offset and side-impact tests.
The 2008 Honda Civic's suspension, steering and brakes all work together seamlessly, and even the mainstream models can be described as being somewhat sporty to drive. The Civic Hybrid and natural-gas GX are unfortunately a bit slow, but neither model is meant for supreme acceleration anyway. That task is taken up by the Civic Si. Possessing nimble handling and a delightfully fizzy engine, the Si is one of the few cars available in any price range that makes you want to drive it just for the sake of driving.
The Civic's dash features an unusual layout. 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. Otherwise, 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. Regular Civic sedans have 12 cubic feet of trunk space; this drops to about 10 for the Hybrid and 6 for the GX due to the space taken up by the hardware of their respective powertrains.
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Used 2008 Honda Civic Overview
The Used 2008 Honda Civic is offered in the following submodels: Civic Sedan, Civic Coupe, Civic Si, Civic Hybrid, Civic Natural Gas, Civic MUGEN Si. Available styles include LX 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5A), LX 2dr Coupe (1.8L 4cyl 5A), DX 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5A), EX 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5A), EX 2dr Coupe (1.8L 4cyl 5A), EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M), Si 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M), LX 2dr Coupe (1.8L 4cyl 5M), EX 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M), LX 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M), DX 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M), Si 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M), EX 4dr Sedan w/Navigation (1.8L 4cyl 5A), EX-L 2dr Coupe (1.8L 4cyl 5A), EX-L 2dr Coupe (1.8L 4cyl 5M), GX 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5A), Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5A), EX 2dr Coupe (1.8L 4cyl 5M), EX-L 2dr Coupe w/Navigation (1.8L 4cyl 5M), EX-L 4dr Sedan w/Navigation (1.8L 4cyl 5A), MUGEN Si 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M), EX 4dr Sedan w/Navigation (1.8L 4cyl 5M), Hybrid 4dr Sedan w/Navigation (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), Si 2dr Coupe w/Summer Tires (2.0L 4cyl 6M), Si 2dr Coupe w/Navigation, Summer Tires (2.0L 4cyl 6M), Si 4dr Sedan w/Summer Tires (2.0L 4cyl 6M), Si 4dr Sedan w/Navigation (2.0L 4cyl 6M), Si 2dr Coupe w/Nav (2.0L 4cyl 6M), EX-L 4dr Sedan w/Navigation (1.8L 4cyl 5M), Si 4dr Sedan w/Navigation, Summer Tires (2.0L 4cyl 6M), DX 2dr Coupe (1.8L 4cyl 5A), DX 2dr Coupe (1.8L 4cyl 5M), EX-L 2dr Coupe w/Navigation (1.8L 4cyl 5A), EX 2dr Coupe w/Navigation (1.8L 4cyl 5M), and EX 2dr Coupe w/Navigation (1.8L 4cyl 5A).
What's a good price on a Used 2008 Honda Civic?
Save up to $234 on one of 38 Used 2008 Honda Civic for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, VA with prices as low as $3,000 as of10/20/2018, based on data from dealers and consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from1 to 5 out of 5 stars.
Price comparisons for Used 2008 Honda Civic trim styles:
- The Used 2008 Honda Civic LX is priced between $4,899 and$8,787 with odometer readings between 45404 and159571 miles.
- The Used 2008 Honda Civic EX is priced between $5,980 and$9,995 with odometer readings between 41982 and138812 miles.
- The Used 2008 Honda Civic EX-L is priced between $4,999 and$5,999 with odometer readings between 117564 and170238 miles.
- The Used 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid is priced between $3,000 and$7,575 with odometer readings between 73505 and225234 miles.
- The Used 2008 Honda Civic Si is priced between $8,500 and$8,500 with odometer readings between 107774 and107774 miles.
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