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2009 Honda Civic Sedan - Overview

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Overview

What Changed for 2009:

  • Revised front bumper, grille, and head- and taillight colors
  • Electronic stability control now offered on EX-L and Hybrid models
  • New LX-S and DX-VP sedans added to lineup
  • Available Bluetooth hands-free cell phone link
  • USB audio interface now offered
  • Hybrid model adds available leather upholstery with heated seats, heated mirrors and leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Civic Si Mugen model no longer offered
Overview
The Honda Civic has been part of the American motoring scene since the early 1970s when the first subcompact from Japan landed on our shores. The current eighth-generation Civic arrived on the scene in 2006, when it adapted a smooth, aerodynamic shape with a futuristic (and roomy) interior. The Civic receives a facelift for 2009, with a slightly revised grille, highly modified front bumper cover with larger air intakes, and clear turn signals with amber bulbs for the headlights and taillights. The Civic comes in 4-door sedan and 2-door coupe body styles, and offers several distinct powertrain combinations. These include gasoline, gasoline-electric hybrid, and natural-gas-powered versions. Sadly for enthusiasts, last year's limited-edition Mugen Si sedan has been dropped from the lineup.

Model Lineup
Honda offers the 2009 Civic coupe in seven trim levels: DX, LX, EX, EX with Nav, EX-L, EX-L with Nav, and Si. The Civic sedan is available in eleven trim levels: DX, DX-VP, LX, LX-S, EX, EX with Nav, EX-L, EX-L with Nav, Si, Hybrid, and GX NGV. The entry-level DX models are lightly optioned with cloth upholstery, 195/65R15 tires on steel wheels, and power windows but little else-not even a stereo. The new DX-VP adds air conditioning and an AM/FM/CD stereo with auxiliary input jack. The LX models add power locks; remote keyless entry; air conditioning; 4-speaker, 160-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo; auxiliary input jack; cruise control; fold-down rear seat; and P205/55R16 tires on steel wheels with wheelcovers. The LX-S sedan receives alloy wheels; sport-trimmed black seat cloth with synthetic suede bolsters; leather-wrapped steering wheel; rear spoiler; and a chrome exhaust tip. All EX models are equipped with alloy wheels, a 60/40-split/folding rear seat, moonroof, ambient console lighting, USB audio interface, and steering-wheel audio controls. The EX-L model adds leather seats (heated in front) and heated door mirrors. EX and EX-L coupes get a 7-speaker audio system with a subwoofer. Honda generally does not offer factory options, but EX and EX-L models can be fitted with XM satellite radio, GPS-linked navigation system with voice activation, and a Bluetooth hands-free cell phone link. Hybrid and GX sedans get a level of equipment similar to the LX; the GX NGV (natural gas vehicle) comes with 15-inch steel wheels while the Hybrid gets alloy wheels and an optional navigation system. For 2009, the Hybrid is available with leather upholstery, heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The Si is the high-performance version of the Civic. Available in both coupe and sedan form, it gets a more powerful engine, 6-speed manual transmission, limited-slip differential and a performance-tuned suspension. The Si also receives 17-inch alloy wheels with high-performance tires, trunk lid spoiler, fog lights, and unique interior trim including synthetic suede seats with red stitching.

Powertrain
All 2009 Honda Civics are fitted with 4-cylinder engines and front-wheel-drive powertrains. Civic DX, LX, EX and EX-L models feature a 1.8-liter engine producing 140 hp at 6300 rpm and 128 lb.-ft. of torque at 4300 rpm. EPA fuel-economy estimates are 26 mpg city/34 mpg highway with the 5-speed manual transmission, and 25 mpg city/36 mpg highway with the optional 5-speed automatic. Si models are fitted with a larger, 2.0-liter engine that is rated at 197 hp at 7800 rpm and 139 lb.-ft. of torque at 6100 rpm with an 8000-rpm redline. A 6-speed manual is the only transmission offered on the Si. The EPA fuel-economy estimates for the Si models are 21 mpg city/29 mpg highway.

The 2009 Civic Hybrid uses Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system, which combines a 1.4-liter gasoline engine with an electric motor. Total power output is 110 hp at 6000 rpm and 123 lb.-ft. of torque between 1000 and 2500 rpm. (Power output of the gasoline engine itself is 93 hp and 89 lb-ft.) The Hybrid uses a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and fuel-economy estimates are 40 mpg city/45 mpg highway. The Civic GX is powered by a compressed natural gas (CNG) version of the 1.8-liter engine producing 113 hp at 6300 rpm and 109 lb.-ft. of torque at 4300 rpm. The Civic GX's front wheels are driven through a 5-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy estimates-measured in GGE, or Gasoline Gallon Equivalent-are 24 mpg city/36 mpg highway.

Safety
All 2009 Honda Civics are equipped with dual front air bags; torso-protecting front side air bags; head-protecting side curtain air bags; active front head restraints; tire-pressure monitors; and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution. Traction control and electronic stability control are standard on the EX-L, Hybrid and Si models. The Civic also has Honda's ACE (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) body structure, which is designed to enhance frontal collision compatibility with vehicles of different sizes and bumper heights, reduce intrusion into the passenger cabin in front end collisions, and mitigate pedestrian injury.

In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests, both sedan and coupe received a perfect 5-star rating (the Administration's highest score) for both passengers in frontal impacts. For the side-impact test, the Civic received 4-star ratings for front passengers and 5-star ratings for rear passengers. The rollover rating was 4 stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rated the Civic "Good" (its top rating) for front, side, and rear crash protection.

Technology
The 2009 Civic Hybrid uses the latest version of Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system, which sandwiches an electric motor between the gasoline engine and the transmission. When power demand is light, the engine can deactivate all four cylinders and spin freely. This allows the electric motor to solely power the car. For those who wish to completely escape their dependency on gasoline, Honda offers the natural-gas-powered GX (which, though available to fleets nationwide, is only offered to private buyers in New York and California). As an accessory, Honda offers the Phill home-refueling device, which runs off the house's natural gas supply-so owners need never stop at a gas station, except to ask for directions.

Available Trims for the 2009 Honda Civic Sedan

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
DX (M5) 5 speed manual $15,505 140-hp / 1.8L 4-cyl 26/34
VP (M5) 5 speed manual $16,255 140-hp / 1.8L 4-cyl 26/34
LX (M5) 5 speed manual $17,455 140-hp / 1.8L 4-cyl 26/34
LX-S (M5) 5 speed manual $18,055 140-hp / 1.8L 4-cyl 26/34
EX (M5) 5 speed manual $19,305 140-hp / 1.8L 4-cyl 26/34
EX-L (M5) 5 speed manual $20,855 140-hp / 1.8L 4-cyl 26/34
Si (M6) 6 speed manual $22,105 197-hp / 2.0L 4-cyl 21/29
GX (A5) 5 speed automatic $25,190 113-hp / 1.8L 4-cyl 24/36

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