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2005 Honda Civic

2005 Honda Civic

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$1,284 — $7,892 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
28-48 MPG
(Combined)
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Fuel economy
  • Reputation for reliability
  • Quietness
  • Manual-gearbox operation
  • Ride comfort

The Bad

  • Lackluster appearance
  • Automatic-transmission response
  • Lack of low-speed engine torque
  • ABS only in uplevel models

What to Know

about the 2005 Honda Civic
  • Choice of four-cylinder engines
  • Manual or automatic
  • Three body styles
  • Available high-performance Si model
  • Available Civic Hybrid model

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2005 Honda Civic Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Honda’s popular coupe and sedan earned a face-lift for 2004 that included restyling of the hood, bumpers, grille and headlights. A new Value Package became available. For 2005, a new Special Edition package that features a rear spoiler and an MP3-compatible six-CD stereo is offered on EX models.

Redesigned for the 2001 model year, the front-wheel-drive Civic was made to look more like its larger Accord sibling. Honda introduced the Civic Hybrid for 2003; it is powered by a gasoline engine that’s augmented by an electric motor. Honda also offers the performance-oriented Civic Si hatchback.

Except for the Civic Hybrid and Civic Si, all Civics carry a 1.7-liter four-cylinder with outputs that vary from 115 to 127 horsepower, depending on the model. All Civics but the Si earn at least an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle rating.
(Skip to details on the: Civic Hybrid | Civic Si)

Exterior
Measuring 175.4 inches long overall, the four-door Civic is nearly 3 inches shorter than the Toyota Corolla and about the same length as a Ford Focus sedan. Both the Civic coupe and sedan ride a 103.1-inch wheelbase, but the four-door model is 1.6 inches taller than the coupe.

Coupes and sedans have a similar hood, front fenders, front bumper and headlight styling, but the coupe’s rear pillars, rear bumper and taillights are different, and it features a swept-back windshield.

Interior
All Civics seat up to five occupants and offer a more spacious feel than some other com...

Vehicle Overview
Honda’s popular coupe and sedan earned a face-lift for 2004 that included restyling of the hood, bumpers, grille and headlights. A new Value Package became available. For 2005, a new Special Edition package that features a rear spoiler and an MP3-compatible six-CD stereo is offered on EX models.

Redesigned for the 2001 model year, the front-wheel-drive Civic was made to look more like its larger Accord sibling. Honda introduced the Civic Hybrid for 2003; it is powered by a gasoline engine that’s augmented by an electric motor. Honda also offers the performance-oriented Civic Si hatchback.

Except for the Civic Hybrid and Civic Si, all Civics carry a 1.7-liter four-cylinder with outputs that vary from 115 to 127 horsepower, depending on the model. All Civics but the Si earn at least an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle rating.
(Skip to details on the: Civic Hybrid | Civic Si)

Exterior
Measuring 175.4 inches long overall, the four-door Civic is nearly 3 inches shorter than the Toyota Corolla and about the same length as a Ford Focus sedan. Both the Civic coupe and sedan ride a 103.1-inch wheelbase, but the four-door model is 1.6 inches taller than the coupe.

Coupes and sedans have a similar hood, front fenders, front bumper and headlight styling, but the coupe’s rear pillars, rear bumper and taillights are different, and it features a swept-back windshield.

Interior
All Civics seat up to five occupants and offer a more spacious feel than some other compact models. A shoulder belt is provided for the center rear seating position. Rear legroom is ample because of the Civic’s compact rear suspension. The sedan’s trunk offers 12.9 cubic feet of space, and the split rear seatback folds down for additional cargo room.

Under the Hood
When installed in DX and LX models, the Civic’s 1.7-liter four-cylinder makes 115 hp. In EX models, this engine uses Honda’s variable valve timing technology and produces 127 hp. Both engines are available with a standard five-speed-manual gearbox or an optional four-speed-automatic transmission. The HX coupe uses a 117-hp lean-burn engine that operates with reduced emissions and is available with a continuously variable transmission that has no gears. This transmission is standard in the 100-hp GX sedan that runs on compressed natural gas.

Safety
Side-impact airbags for the front seats are optional on all models. Antilock brakes are standard on EX models.

Driving Impressions
Civics are solid, quiet on the road, and easy and pleasant to drive, but they’re a bit on the bland side in appearance and performance. Those aspects may be overshadowed easily by Honda’s reputation for quality and dependability. The Civic EX is about as good as compact sedans get.

Throttle response in the 127-hp EX is good, but its automatic transmission reacts a bit slowly. Honda’s manual gearshift, however, is precise, and the clutch performs expertly. The only minor drawback is its inability to move suitably at low speeds in higher gears due to a lack of low-speed engine torque.

Steering requires only modest effort. This car delivers excellent ride quality and is wholly capable during tight maneuvers. Civics are appealing and undeniably sensible, though they’re not overpowering or alluring.

Civic Hybrid
Honda introduced a gasoline/electric hybrid powertrain in its conventional Civic sedan for the 2003 model year.

Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist system in the Civic Hybrid makes the gas engine dominant. The electric motor provides additional power when needed. While yielding impressive fuel-economy figures and reduced emissions, the Civic Hybrid drives like any other automobile. The batteries never need to be connected to a power outlet because they’re recharged while driving. An automatic idle/stop feature shuts off the engine when the car comes to a stop as a means of conserving fuel.

The Civic Hybrid is available with either a five-speed-manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission that uses no gears. It’s powered by a 1.3-liter four-cylinder and an electric motor/generator that produce a combined 93 hp. Compared with its gasoline-engine sibling, several exterior revisions give the Civic Hybrid a distinctive look. Dunlop tires promise low rolling resistance, and electric power steering is installed. Side-impact airbags and antilock brakes are standard.

Except for the powertrain and various details, the Civic Hybrid differs little from a regular Civic sedan, so the driving experience is similar. Handling falls well short of sporty, but you get all the other virtues of Honda’s compact car, including a smooth ride. The idle/stop feature operates as promised by shutting off the gas engine when the car comes to a halt and then starting up instantly when it’s time to take off again. Some manual-shift models, however, have failed to restart immediately. Acceleration is wholly adequate from a standstill and at highway speeds. The car operates very quietly, but road noise is slightly greater than usual due to the low-rolling-resistance tires. Back to top

Civic Si
The current Civic Si went on sale late in the 2002 model year. Built in Swindon, England, the Si is a three-door hatchback. Featuring a double-layered mesh grille and a subtle rear roof spoiler, the Civic Si has a firmer suspension and larger wheels and tires than other Civics.

Electric power steering features variable gear ratios. The front disc brakes are larger than usual, and a moonroof and rear wiper are standard. Up to five occupants get sport seats with open head restraints, and the driver faces performance-oriented gauges and a leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel. Cargo capacity is 15.7 cubic feet.

Honda’s high-output i-VTEC 2.0-liter four-cylinder produces 160 hp and 132 pounds-feet of torque; it drives a close-ratio five-speed-manual gearbox. A rally-style gearshift lever is mounted at the dashboard center, near the steering wheel. All-disc antilock brakes are standard. Side-impact airbags are optional.

On the highway, the agile and exuberant Civic Si steers with precision and handles with conviction. At the racetrack, the hatchback responds pleasantly through demanding curves. The energetic, nimble Si delivers a welcome combination of confidence and joy to anyone who wishes to push the car toward its limits. The gearshift’s position and operation are excellent, though smooth takeoffs require a little practice.

Honda’s electric power steering works magnificently and with natural reactions. An aggressively taut suspension transmits bumps, but it reacts so rapidly and with such control that the ride is actually pleasant. Bigger obstacles are undeniably jarring, however. The Si’s seats are super, but the lack of grab handles is a drawback. Back to top

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
93 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.0)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

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(5.0)

Car drives with a leaking gasket

by Jesse m from Lake elsinore ca on July 11, 2020

Great value car , bought for $ 3,000 At a dealer and shortly after discovered a small gasket leak however still runs and drives great for its price, drove it about 10,000 miles since and it’s still ... Read full review

(5.0)

Excellent reliability

by t man from South Jersey on April 9, 2020

Hondas are well known for their reliability and ease of use, they do what they're designed to do. I've owned several (cars and motorcycles), they've never let me down, never left me stranded, and in ... Read full review

Safety

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Civic received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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