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2009 Honda Civic

rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
I know what you are thinking. This is a thread about the 09 version. Apparently according to Hondas release schedule the Civic will get a MMC for 09. No info has been released but some usual changes will be made. Possibly some Hybrid and NGV changes could be made as well.

As this time goes on more info will be posted as soon as it's a available. Stay tuned for more updates.


  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    yeah, this is when they start tweaking the apperance and interior a bit and maybe add a few ponies.

    i would imagine:

    a few new colors, or at least color combos

    slightly different front fascia and taillights (and maybe a chrome exhaust tip standard on the ex sedan?)

    145 hp for the hp wars

    and maybe a true analog tach like in the 07 accord, instead of one that is backlit a la fit. it'll make the display match a little better too.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,632
    We'll probably see the VP trim for 2009. And perhaps ESC at least as an option (ala Corolla and Elantra), if not standard (ala Accord).
  • I don't suppose we'll see anything dramatic with the '09 MMC? People seem to be polarized by the way the car looks - some love it, others hate it. But the car seems to be selling so well that Honda probably won't change much for '09.

    That's unfortunate for me, because I'd like to see some dramatic improvements. New bumpers, new grille, new tail lights.... well, okay, there's a chance we'll see some of this. But what I'd really like to see is a new interior. Nicer materials. New dashboard. Traditional gauges (goodbye two-tiered dash!), new gearshift and parking brake... The interior is the main reason why I refuse to purchase the current Civic.

    I'd like to buy a Hybrid, too, but I'd like to see black or gray interior colors. WTF is up with blue as an option?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,632
    I agree--I don't think Honda will make major changes since they would be expensive and Civics are selling well as-is. They made few changes in the middle of the prior generation--mainly a new plastic nose piece and grille, a tweak to the taillamps and small changes to the interior. And I am trying to remember if they made the side airbags standard for 2004 also. Will probably change colors, and maybe trim lines e.g. something like a value package.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    We love the two-tiered dash as it's so much easier to read without taking one's eyes off the road. It just falls into the natural line of sight so one's can be kept on the road...where they belong. I do agree about the padding on the arm rests and certain other areas of the car though...they could use a more durable and softer fabric. And the plastic does scratch easily. Nitpicky things I know, but Honda needs to get back to their reputation for taking care of even the smallest details.
    Backy, on a side note. Just left BJ's and they had a leather lined 6 cylinder Sonata in the front and it was unlocked. Couldn't believe how nice the leather surfaces were, smooth and soft as a babys butt! Seemed very upscale to me, but we haven't had leather since the '60's & '70's when the folks drove Cadillacs and Lincolns. Comfortable seats also and pretty nice ergonomics to boot. A step down from the Camry and Accord, but Hyundai is 9/10's of the way there. Was very impressed to say the least. And I'd bet the Sonata is only a little bigger than the Civic in length anyways. Good job Hyundai! :)

    The Sandman :)
  • kenlwkenlw Posts: 190
    I too love the 2-level dash for much the same reasons. It is good design. And I come from a family of artists and designers so I (and they) know good design when we see it.

    This is my 1st Honda after 4 Toyotas (3 Camrys, 1 Highlander). I think there are a few things that need to change (some are more possible than others) for 2009 et al.

    A few quirks come to mind:

    1) the fundamental uselessness of high-revving/low torque engines for urban use is a biggie. Probably means this will be my only Honda. Fun car, just absolutely gutless.

    2) why not have the headlights JUST TURN OFF instead of the stupid noisemaker? The cost of the required relay is probably less than the chirper thingee.

    3) (coupe only). When you do the auto-move on the passenger seat to access the rear seating area, why can't it go back to the recline angle that it had? Every time you do this you have to reset the seatback angle. PITA

    4) Is the civic the only car in the world without visor exensions?

    Little things I like, and hope won't change:

    1) the hide-away hanger hooks in the rear seat. clean design and durable.
    2) the cast-in arrow in the oil pan to denote the oil-drain plug. genius.
    3) the correctly-oriented oil filter (unlike toyota's insane upside-down filter, which guarantees oil spill and since it happens to be right above the exhaust manifold, a stinky one at that.)
    4) worth mentioning again: the two-level dash. excellent.
    5) the sliding center armrest
    6) cover over the center cup holders
    7) the combo trunk/gas release, altho it could be a bit smaller and less garrish.

    and sandman, the Hundai leather (and that of any new car) is a far cry from that in the domestics of the 60s-70s. I drove lots of those (and worked for a cadillac dealer in the mid 70s). That leather was solid hide, today's is bonded leather, which is basically pieces-parts glued to a fabric and is incredibly thin. It does not hold up.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,632
    2) why not have the headlights JUST TURN OFF instead of the stupid noisemaker? The cost of the required relay is probably less than the chirper thingee.

    I agree! The last two cars I bought (both of which cost a lot less than a Civic, btw) have auto-off headlamps and it's just so logical, I don't understand why Honda wouldn't add that to the Civic. It can't be very expensive.
  • 4) Is the civic the only car in the world without visor exensions?

    Nope. My $23k MSRP 2006 Accord doesnt have them. My grandmother's lower-level $19k 2002 Accord has them. Go figure!
  • Anyone think that Honda will add factory installed bluetooth as an option to the '09 civic?
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    Probably in the EX-L navi and Si Navi. Maybe EX navi. Honda has to work on a new revision of the GPS system. Maybe a Hard drive Navigation system.
  • In reference to the 2009 MMC:

    Does anyone know if they are going to offer Stability Control on the LX & EX, and not just the SI? Doesn't make sense. It's a life - saver.

    How about a diesel engine? That'd be fantastic! Much better mileage.
  • gasmizrgasmizr Posts: 40
    I have been holding off and am hoping for 2009 that they fix the stupid parking brake. I am on the tall side they way the have it located it is right in my knee. I am still driving by "96 because of how they designed that brake. I like the rest of the car including the 2 tier dash, cool. The other thing I would love is a power driver seat with memory on the LX. I can not buy the EX because of the sunroof and losing that much headroom. My '96 LX has more headroom then the current model and a sunroof is a killer. Upgrading some of the plastic and cloth would also be nice including a medium grey interior to hide dirt.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    Yes they will add Stability control on all trims. I don't think there will be a diesel engine! Honda will debut that in the Accord and CR-V before the civic. Maybe on the next gen Civic in MY2011.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    Hard drive navi is backwards. That's how the old ones were before they moved to DVDs. They will also be much more difficult to upgrade maps than simply swapping out the DVD.
    Portable gps with bluetooth works well enough except that you have to pull out your portable navi all the time so that the bluetooth handsfree will be available in case you get a call even if you only need the navi for driving directions a few times a month.
    If you use your gps to find addresses every day this doesn't matter, but I bet most people only need driving directions once in a while.
    I hope they make factory bluetooth available like it is in the Nissan Sentra and not require factory nav like they do on the Accord.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    Well actually there were CD units at that time as well by the germans. Some hard drive units now use DVD's to update the maps. Just like upgrading a portable system. Pop in the dvd and you're set. . May be bluetooth with navi. Honda still thinks you should have navi and bluetooth together. Maybe it's because they already have the microphone so they could just use that.
  • Well, I loved the Civic Si 8th generation of the U.S, until I saw the European Civic. Has anybody seen it? Why can't they bring it? It's true, the Civic Si hatchback 05 model was not a hit in the U.S because of the model, but todays European hatchback is completely different.
    In Australia, the Civic was similar to the one in the U.S 4 door, and did not have the hatch. Last year, they introduced the European Civic Type R hatchback. Can this be possible for 09?
    For 2011, when the next model change is expected, do you all think they will make it available like previous years to own a hatch and a coupe?
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    4) Is the civic the only car in the world without visor exensions?

    Nope. My $23k MSRP 2006 Accord doesnt have them. My grandmother's lower-level $19k 2002 Accord has them. Go figure!

    I'd like to correct that. I just realized the WHOLE VISOR slides on its arm in my Accord. Maybe the Civic does as well?
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    It could mean VSA on the EX or even VSA only for EX-L with Navi.
    "VSA for non-Si trims" is vague.
    I assume the 350W stereo is just adding the small sub and amp that the EX coupes have had since the 2006 models.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    New Headlamps with Halogen projectors. Not HID
    Refreshed front and rear ends
    Rumored LED tailamps
    New 17" wheels for the Si

    Revised tuning on the Si should give a small boost
    2 New replacement colors. 1 is Si Only
    Colors are supposed to be pearl white and some gray color.

    VSA for non Si trims
    Also a 350W stereo for EX and maybe hybrid sedans which is a possibility.
    Maybe bluetooth on navi models or as an optional accessory.

    Thats about a standard MMC as you can get.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,632
    Is that standard VSC on all trims? That would be really great--and I think the first economy car to offer standard ESC across the board.
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