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. Autoblog explains, “2009 Civics will also offer Bluetooth for the first time on models equipped with navigation systems.” Honda’s Bluetooth system allows drivers to control their mobile 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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