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Honda Civic : Used

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Justin Pritchard
Last-gen Civic maintains reputation for reliability
Model: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 Honda Civic

Vehicle Type: Sedan or Coupe

History/Description: Honda’s elemental Civic is now in its latest generation, having undergone a restyle and re-engineering for the 2012 model year. The previous generation, which spanned from 2006 to 2011 inclusively, has now moved completely into used car territory.

2009 Honda Civic EX-L (Photo: Matthieu Lambert/

The last-gen Civic was available to Canadian shoppers in 2- or 4-door body styles and with a range of powertrain options to suit a variety of needs. Standard, hybrid, and sporty ‘Si’ models were all available, powered by several different 4-cylinder engines teamed with automatic or manual transmissions depending on the model in question.

The remainder of this review will focus on the standard, gas-powered models, which came with a 1.8-litre, 140-horsepower VTEC engine paired to a 5-speed transmission in automatic or manual gear rowing.

Look for features like a sunroof, cruise, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, a sunroof, remote access, tilt and telescopic steering, air conditioning, an exterior temperature display and plenty more.

What Owners Like:
Civic owners typically rave about build quality, gas mileage, expected reliability, generous storage facilities and an all-around easy-to-drive character. Handling and ride quality are also highly rated on most Civic models. Comfortable seats and the digital speedometer are also typically loved.

What Owners Dislike:
Many owners wish for more power, a richer and more upscale interior feel, a quieter ride and a repositioned handbrake lever, which can dig into the knees of long-legged drivers. Finally, some Civic drivers note a strange and ‘numb’ feeling to the electronic throttle system in certain situations.

2009 Honda Civic EX-L (Photo: Matthieu Lambert/
Justin Pritchard
Justin Pritchard
Automotive expert