Best Bet
  • (4.5) 120 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,433$11,921
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 25-30
  • Engine: 140-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic w/OD
2008 Honda Civic

Our Take on the 2008 Honda Civic

Our Take

A redesigned eighth-generation version of Honda's smallest model went on sale for the 2006 model year, with Honda calling it the most-changed Civic since the model was introduced to the U.S. market in 1973. Changes for 2008 include a new Mugen Si trim designed by Honda's high-performanc... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Hybrid's backseat doesn't fold
  • No manual Hybrid
  • Some headroom/legroom decreases

Notable Features

  • Mugen high-performance sedan
  • New leather package
  • Sedan, coupe, Hybrid and Si models
  • High-performance Si sedan
  • SULEV emissions
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • GPS navigation option

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

The three years since the Honda Civic was last redesigned have been plenty of time for the competition to catch up to Honda's solid, fuel-efficient, entertaining daily driver, but after revisiting the Civic, it's really hard to think of any car that has managed the feat. The Civic still rules — in statistical categories as well as in the real world of commuting and soaring gas ... Read full review for the 2008 Honda Civic

Consumer Reviews

4.5

Average based on 120 reviews

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Great Commuter Card

by Brentacles from El Sobrante, CA on November 17, 2010

At the time of writing, my 2008 Civic has over 62,000 miles on it, so I feel I can accurately review the car. When I first purchased this vehicle, I was living in Illinois during the harsh winters. I... Read Full Review

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Safety

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Honda Civic DX

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Honda Civic DX

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
A
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Honda Civic DX

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Honda Civic DX

Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Front Seat
Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 5 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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