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2009 Honda Civic Sedan

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  • $15,505 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2009 Honda Civic Sedan

Honda has built a longstanding reputation with the Civic, positioning it as one of the sportiest, most practical, most fun-to-drive small cars. The 2009 Civic emphasizes styling and safety at a very competitive price.

What's new for 2009?

For 2009, Honda's popular Civic gets a slight facelift with a bigger grille, a new front bumper, and a 3-part lower air intake. Bluetooth hands-free connectivity has been added to models equipped with navigation. Civic EX, EX-L and Si models feature new alloy wheel designs, and new materials and patterns now cover the seats and interior door panels.

Model Strengths

  • Standout styling
  • plenty of green choices with Hybrid and natural-gas GX
  • safety features

Model Review

The 2009 Honda Civic comes as 6 distinct models: sedan, coupe, Si sedan, Si coupe, Hybrid sedan and natural-gas GX sedan.

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2009 Honda Civic Hybrid

Source: The Car Connection

Experts at TheCarConnection.com have gathered some of the most useful comments from other reviewers regarding the 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid. Then here, in this Bottom Line, TheCarConnection.com's editors bring you their own assessment, based on their firsthand driving experiences and observations.

The 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid does just what it's designed to do: carry you and yours all over town with minimal gasoline consumption. The four-door Civic uses both gas and electric power to achieve 45 mpg.

The system at work in the 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid actually has five modes that let the electrics and gas engine come together in different ways, including allowing the Civic Hybrid to run on electric power alone. The powertrain consists of a 1.3-liter four mated to an IMA hybrid system. The engine by itself produces 93 horsepower, assisted by a 20-horsepower electric motor. The Civic Hybrid gets 40 mpg city, 45 highway, compared to the larger Toyota Prius, which has an equal highway rating but a higher city rating of 48 mpg.

It takes a trained eye to tell the 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid apart from other Civics. The sedan shape is shared with the gas-powered four-doors, and it makes some compromises to style. The Hybrid's minor cosmetic changes include a small spoiler, clear turn-signal lenses, and blue lighting for the interior, as well as a wonderfully rich blue cloth interior and blue vinyl dash cap, different wheels, and turn indicators built into the sideview mirror housings. Inside the Hybrid, the futuristic look is somewhat fitting. However, the design leaves a lot of wasted space above the dash, and the rear doors with small cutouts make it harder for backseat passengers to get in and out of the Hybrid. The front seats are comfortable, but the dash standing before them has an unusual double-decker style that makes you feel like you're piloting a video game. There's not an abundance of headroom in back, either. For 2009, a leather-trimmed interior is available.

As with most Hybrids, there's a learning curve to the Civic. Although it handles well, the cornering limits are low, the steering feel is quite numb, and when the gas engine is needed, the CVT keeps it running at an unappealing drone. The ride is a bit busy, too. However, driving gently around town, you can move along at lower speeds on electric power alone, in near silence.

There is no folding rear seat in the 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid, because the battery pack lives between the rear seats and the trunk. Power locks and windows are standard, along with a tilt/telescope steering wheel, remote keyless entry, steering-wheel audio controls, a 160-watt audio system with an auxiliary jack for your MP3 player, automatic climate control, and 15-inch wheels and tires. Options include satellite radio and a navigation system. For 2009, the nav system includes Bluetooth capabilities for hands-free calling.

Every 2009 Civic gets dual airbags, side and side curtain airbags, and anti-lock brakes. Electronic stability control is newly standard on the Civic Hybrid for 2009. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid as "good."


The Bottom Line:

The 2009 Honda Civic is a very livable fuel-economy champ.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Opt
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Honda Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Honda Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles (HCPV) Limited Warranty extends the non-powertrain coverage by 1 year/12,000 miles from the date of purchase or expiration of new car warranty date. In addition, Honda Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles (HCPV) Limited Warranty extends the powertrain coverage to 7 years/100,000 miles.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 year or 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 150
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance No
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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