2011 Honda Civic

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Honda Civic. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    25-30 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    140-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Well-executed transmissions
  • Nimble handling
  • Interior build quality
  • Reliability
  • Civic Si's performance

The Bad

  • Backseat too low to the floor
  • Modest trunk size
  • Firm ride
  • Higher trims get expensive
  • Stability system unavailable on most trims

Notable Features of the 2011 Honda Civic

  • Sedan or coupe, manual or automatic
  • Available high-performance Civic Si
  • Natural-gas GX available in four states
  • Available navigation system
  • Sedan and coupe both seat five

2011 Honda Civic Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Honda's compact Civic is available in coupe and sedan body styles and is positioned between the subcompact Fit hatchback and midsize Accord in Honda's lineup. The Civic competes with the Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra and Nissan Sentra. Five distinct models are available: the Civic sedan and coupe, Civic Si sedan and coupe, and the Civic Hybrid sedan, which is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section. In addition, approved Honda dealers in California, Utah, Oklahoma and New York carry a Civic GX powered by natural gas.

(Skip to details on the: Civic Si)

New for 2011
There are no significant changes.

Exterior
Honda says the Civic features an "expressive and futuristic design." Design touches include a steeply raked windshield, minimal front and rear overhangs, and small gaps between the tires and fenders. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 15-inch wheels
  • Optional 16-inch wheels
  • Optional power moonroof
  • Optional rear deck spoiler and chrome exhaust finisher

Interior
All Civics seat five, and the driver faces a two-tier instrument panel and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. There is a multifunction center console. Interior features include:

  • Standard power windows
  • Optional navigation system with voice recognition
  • Optional Bluetooth limited to navigation-equipped vehicles
  • Optional USB audio interface for MP3 players and flash drives
  • Optional leather interior
  • Optional XM Satellite Radio

Under the Hood
Regular Civic coupes and sedans use a 1.8...

Vehicle Overview

Honda's compact Civic is available in coupe and sedan body styles and is positioned between the subcompact Fit hatchback and midsize Accord in Honda's lineup. The Civic competes with the Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra and Nissan Sentra. Five distinct models are available: the Civic sedan and coupe, Civic Si sedan and coupe, and the Civic Hybrid sedan, which is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section. In addition, approved Honda dealers in California, Utah, Oklahoma and New York carry a Civic GX powered by natural gas.

(Skip to details on the: Civic Si)

New for 2011
There are no significant changes.

Exterior
Honda says the Civic features an "expressive and futuristic design." Design touches include a steeply raked windshield, minimal front and rear overhangs, and small gaps between the tires and fenders. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 15-inch wheels
  • Optional 16-inch wheels
  • Optional power moonroof
  • Optional rear deck spoiler and chrome exhaust finisher

Interior
All Civics seat five, and the driver faces a two-tier instrument panel and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. There is a multifunction center console. Interior features include:

  • Standard power windows
  • Optional navigation system with voice recognition
  • Optional Bluetooth limited to navigation-equipped vehicles
  • Optional USB audio interface for MP3 players and flash drives
  • Optional leather interior
  • Optional XM Satellite Radio

Under the Hood
Regular Civic coupes and sedans use a 1.8-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder. All models use drive-by-wire throttle control. Mechanical features include:

  • 140 horsepower and 128 pounds-feet of torque
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • Optional five-speed automatic
  • MacPherson strut front suspension and a compact multilink double-wishbone rear suspension

Safety
As in previous years, the electronic stability system is not available on lower trim levels, but it's standard on EX-L trims and above. Standard safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution
  • Side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Active head restraints for front seats

Civic Si
Honda's performance-oriented Si model — offered as a sedan and coupe — features a rear deck spoiler, cladding and Si badging that's different from the coupe's rear spoiler and cladding. The engine cover also is black instead of silver. Features include:

  • 2.0-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder
  • 197 hp at 7,800 rpm and 139 pounds-feet of torque at 6,200 rpm
  • Six-speed manual gearbox
  • Limited-slip differential
  • Deeply bolstered seats with red fabric stitching
  • Alloy wheels with 17-inch tires
  • USB audio interface for MP3 players and flash drives
  • Navigation system with voice recognition available

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Latest 2011 Civic Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.0)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

The best car I've ever owned.

by Kman1820 from Chicago, IL on August 11, 2018

This car is exactly what I was looking for when car shopping. It has great technology throughout the car and is very reliable. Its is a very smooth and safe ride. Read full review

(4.0)

Very reliable var

by Nisanri from Lone Tree on June 23, 2018

Very reliable, value for money. Part of family. Take good care of him and he would be there anytime , providing great mileage and very less maintenance Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Honda Civic currently has 6 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2011 Honda Civic DX

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

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

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Driver Torso
marginal
Overall Side
acceptable
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Honda

Program Benefits

Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    1-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain warranty begins after expiration of original warranty (3 years/36,000 miles) or on date sold as certified (no deductible); 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty begins from the original in-service date (no deductible)
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 182 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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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