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2008 Honda Civic
2008 Honda Civic
Available Price Range $3,825-$12,037 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 25-30 SeatsN/A

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


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


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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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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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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