2008 Honda Civic LX Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2008 Honda Civic - Road Test Specs

2008 Honda Civic Sedan

(1.8L 4-cyl. 5-speed Automatic)


Model year2008
StyleLX 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5A)
Base MSRP$17,760
Options on test vehicleNone
As-tested MSRP$18,395


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeinline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,799cc (110cu-in)
ValvetrainSingle overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.5
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)140 @ 6,300
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)128 @ 4,300
Fuel typeRegular unleaded
Transmission type5-speed Automatic


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearDouble wishbone
Steering typePower steering
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelEagle RS-A
Tire typeAll season
Tire size, frontP205/55R16 H
Tire size, rearP205/55R16 H
Wheel size, rear16 X 6.5
Wheel materialSteel
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDrum

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)3.5
0-45 mph (sec.)6.1
0-60 mph (sec.)9.6
0-75 mph (sec.)14.7
1/4-mile, mfr. claim (sec. @ mph)17.1 @ 80.37
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)9.3
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)128
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)63.5
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.81
Sound level @ idle (dB)42.4
@ Full throttle (dB)75.5
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)67.2

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThe Civic makes the most of its five-speed, not losing too many revs with each upshift.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsSignificant ABS noise and shudder -- especially up front. Some lane wander too. Late onset of fade on 6th stop.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsGood steering feel and loading on skid pad, but tires aren't very grippy. The nose feels more softly spring than the back which produces some steering delay. Chassis feels more capable than the tires.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1121

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)25 City / 36 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)27.08
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)13.2

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,751
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)2,747
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)61.3/38.7
Length (in.)176.7
Width (in.)69.0
Height (in.)56.5
Wheelbase (in.)106.3
Track, front (in.)59.0
Track, rear (in.)60.2
Turning circle (ft.)35.4
Legroom, front (in.)42.2
Legroom, rear (in.)34.6
Headroom, front (in.)39.4
Headroom, rear (in.)37.4
Shoulder room, front (in.)53.7
Shoulder room, rear (in.)52.4
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)12.0


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlNot available
Stability controlNot available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driver5 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front4 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear5 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance4 stars
IIHS offsetGood

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