Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

2009 Honda Civic Coupe LX Review


Diminutive Dynamo

A three-quarter front view of a 2009 Honda Civic Coupe

In short: A stylish, nimble and well-balanced compact coupe.

lthough characterized by its petite proportions, Honda’s refreshed Civic Coupe is big on versatility, a trait evident in the Civic model’s range of configurations, which includes a sedan, hybrid and compressed natural gas-powered vehicle. The 2009 Civic Coupe—available in five trims—is a well-rounded economy car, especially given its affordability, small size and sleek appearance, enhanced by a sporty rear decklid spoiler. This nimble five-passenger compact comes standard with a 140-horsepower four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission (a five-speed automatic is optional), enabling decent acceleration and fuel economy. Matching its reliable road performance is a comfortable albeit cozy interior. The LX trim, one up from the base level DX, boasts amenities such as a speed-sensitive volume control; 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers and MP3/WMA playback capability; power side mirrors; steering wheel-mounted cruise controls; and air conditioning.

Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty; 5-year/unlimited-mile corrosion warranty.

Base Price: $17,255

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 2-door coupe

Engine: 1.8-liter, 16-valve SOHC inline 4-cylinder
Horsepower: 140 hp @ 6,300 rpm
Torque: 128 lb-ft @ 4,300 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed manual

Curb weight:
2,659 lbs
Wheelbase: 104.3 in
Length/Width/Height: 175.5/68.9/55 in
Turning circle: 35.4 ft

power-assisted ventilated disc in front; drum in rear; ABS; electronic brakeforce distribution
Suspension: MacPherson strut in front; double-wishbone in rear; stabilizer bars in front and rear

Traction: n/a

0-60 mph:
Top Speed: n/a

EPA City:
26 mpg
EPA Highway: 34 mpg

Safety: dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags; front-side airbags with passenger-side occupant position detection system; side-curtain airbags; tire pressure monitoring system; daytime running lights; side-impact door beams


Check out other Honda models
See all of our Automobile Reviews
Visit the Honda website

Photography: Honda

PSV051309 (Updated 05/13/09 SV)