The 2009 Honda Civic was unofficially revealed earlier this week when a brochure sent to dealerships made its way onto the web. Today, Honda has officially revealed photos and details of the new version of its best-selling car.
Kicking Tires reports, “Most of the changes are so subtle the average buyer won’t even notice. However, there are some substantial changes to the Civic lineup as a whole that add some new value choices and tech features.”
Jalopnik explains, “From the appearance side of things, the most dramatic difference is the lower bumper — it gets a set of flanking intakes which are probably just for visual interest.” A new selection of alloy wheels is offered on EX, EX-L and Si models, and a strip of chrome now surrounds the rear license plate holder. Otherwise, we can’t detect significant exterior changes.
Mechanically, the new car is virtually identical to the old. The only change: Stability control is now standard on EX, EX-L and Hybrid models.
Kicking Tires notes, “There are two new trim levels for the sedan. The DX-VP — standing for value package — will cost the same as the DX — $15,405 for the manual and $16,205 for the automatic — but come with A/C and an audio system.” The other new trim level is the LX-S, which adds alloy wheels, sport seats and a spoiler to last year’s LX trim.
Many buyers who would have purchased larger cars in previous years are now shopping for fuel-efficient compact models. Those buyers are accustomed to more luxury than what is usually found in the econocar segment, and Honda has responded with a few upscale features on its small car. Autoblogmobile phone via steering-wheel mounted buttons. “The EX, EX-L, Hybrid and Si also get a new USB port to plug in digital audio players.”
Motor Trend reports that the Civic Hybrid “Can now be had with leather and heated seats, along with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and heated side mirrors.”
Source: US News and World Report
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