Receive offers from our dealer partners fast. Vehicle overview In , Honda introduced the Civic to American shores. Small, fuel-efficient and reliable, the Civic was an ideal small car solution to rising gas prices and increased environmental awareness. Now, 35 years later, Americans are faced with similar issues, and again the Civic stands at the ready. The Honda Civic is considerably heavier and more luxurious than its pint-sized forbear. But for the average small car shopper, the Civic remains the quintessential choice.
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Receive offers from our dealer partners fast. Vehicle overview In , Honda introduced the Civic to American shores. Small, fuel-efficient and reliable, the Civic was an ideal small car solution to rising gas prices and increased environmental awareness. Now, 35 years later, Americans are faced with similar issues, and again the Civic stands at the ready. The Honda Civic is considerably heavier and more luxurious than its pint-sized forbear.
But for the average small car shopper, the Civic remains the quintessential choice. There are plenty of reasons to choose the Civic. The Civic is one of the few small car offerings to be sold as a sedan and a sportier-looking coupe. A fixed, minimal-options trim level architecture, ranging from the budget-oriented DX to the top-level EX, makes picking a Civic a relatively straightforward affair.
The Civic GX is truly an oddity -- it runs on natural gas and can be fueled at home via a special "Phill" hook-up. A new addition this year is the Honda Civic Mugen Si sedan. Built on the foundation of the Civic Si sedan and tuned by the prestigious racing and aftermarket performance company Mugen, this model comes with a track-tuned suspension, inch forged alloy lightweight wheels with special tires, a full aerodynamic body kit with an adjustable rear wing spoiler, a rear diffuser and a sport-tuned exhaust system.
The Civic also holds its value better than many other small cars and has a reputation for above-average reliability. Hybrid models are equipped similarly to the EX and have automatic climate control and optional navigation.
The limited-production Civic Mugen Si sedan has a track-tuned suspension, inch wheels with more aggressive tires, performance exhaust and a specialized exterior body kit. The only other change for the Civic line this year is the new availability of leather seating for the new EX-L trim level.
That power is sent through the front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission or an optional five-speed automatic. The GX also has a 1. For the Civic Si, Honda installs a hp 2. The gasoline-fueled 1. Its 1. Safety All Civics come with front seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. Antilock brakes are also standard; EX and Si models have four-wheel discs, while the rest have rear drums.
Stability control is an exclusive standard feature on the Si trim only. In government crash testing, the Honda Civic earned a perfect five stars for its protection of occupants in frontal impacts. Side-impact tests resulted in a four-star rating for front passengers and five stars for rear passengers. The Civic Hybrid and natural-gas GX are unfortunately a bit slow, but neither model is meant for supreme acceleration anyway.
That task is taken up by the Civic Si. Possessing nimble handling and a delightfully fizzy engine, the Si is one of the few cars available in any price range that makes you want to drive it just for the sake of driving. An analog tachometer is in the traditional location but the digital speedometer and gas gauge are at the base of the windshield.
Though some drivers find the two-tier display distracting, others say it makes quick visual checks of speed easier. Otherwise, the Honda Civic continues to be one of the best small cars in terms of room, interior storage and refinement. Its controls are easy to operate and materials are of high quality. Regular Civic sedans have 12 cubic feet of trunk space; this drops to about 10 for the Hybrid and 6 for the GX due to the space taken up by the hardware of their respective powertrains.
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Unquestionably one of the most famous Japanese brands, Honda has gained a reputation for being one of the sportier brands all round, and provides engines for many cars and bikes used in the world of motor sport. This reputation has merely strengthened over the years, and a Honda car is always a car worth having. Undoubtedly, a good car based on strong technical principles will be a wise investment, but this does not mean that there will never be a problem with a Honda automobile or motorbike, it is just common sense to have a service manual which allows you to identify and locate faults which you can repair, and find out more about the ones you will need to refer to a specialist. A good repair manual can save you a lot of money in the long run, both in work on the car and in terms of sourcing technical help most of all, a service manual provides peace of mind. The best place to look for a Honda service manual is right here on this site, where they are free for download. Once you have downloaded the manual, you merely need to print it out and keep it wherever you will find it most convenient.
2008 Honda Civic Coupe - Owner's Manual (303 pages)
Car owners manuals, booklets and guides Manuals for cars that you can read, download in PDF or print. In North America, the Honda Civic is the second-longest continuously-running nameplate from a Japanese manufacturer; only the Toyota Corolla, introduced in , has been in production longer. Having gone through several generational changes, the Civic has become larger and more upmarket, and it currently slots between the Fit and Accord. The Civic VX featured a fuel-efficient hp 1. More powerful was the hp 1. First sold only in hatchback and sedan body styles, the fifth-gen Honda Civic got two coupe trims in , the DX and EX.