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2009 Honda Civic



  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Wonder if they'll just shod the car with the EX alloys which do look pretty nice. Wanted to be different and went with the alloys from the '04-'05 SI models. A unique look and you don't see them on every other Civic in town. Got a killer deal on EBAY also...won my 1st time out!

    The Sandman :)
  • danny6285danny6285 Posts: 3
    It just sounds like the trim levels are going to get more confusing. If I'm reading correctly, coupe base will become LX but adding LX-S, then EX. Will the base LX be watered down with the black door handles, etc.? Will there be an LX-S sedan and how will that be different from a VP? The current DX, LX, EX seems to be how it's been for a long time, they should just re-configure the features a bit across the board without confusing future customers with additional letter designations. But hey, that's just me. I'm interested to see what "Polished Metal Metallic" looks like. Has anyone noticed how misleading the Galaxy Gray Metallic color looks in the Civic brochure compared to how it actually looks in person? Although this does seem to be the color I see most on the road...
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Have this color and can't understand how they got gray as the color...looks more like a pearlized green to me. great color though...get lots of compliments on it and also on the Honda rims I have.

    The Sandman :)
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    This certainly isn't the first time Honda has added models to fill the gaps in the existing "DX/LX/EX" models.

    Will the base LX be watered down with the black door handles, etc.? Will there be an LX-S sedan and how will that be different from a VP?

    Here's how it'll likely be, danny, if the past is a good guide.

    DX models won't change (if they still exist).

    VP models are a step-up from a DX. Think of it as a DX with a convenience package. In the past the VP has added things like standard A/C, a stereo, and a couple of other minor upgrades. The A/C and stereo would be the main ones. Pricing should split the gap from DX to LX.

    LX models will not change much.

    LX-S models will split the gap in an LX and an EX, much like the VP does with the DX and LX. You can look for things such as upgraded wheels, possibly an upgraded stereo, and possibly audio controls on the steering wheel; these wouldn't be all the upgrades, but give you an idea. Pricing should split the difference in LX and EX models.

    These models are not meant to make things more confusing, but instead to provide more options to buyers who want some uplevel features but can't afford the big price jumps in DX, LX, and EX.

    Now that gas prices are SO high, the Civic will be on a lot of shoppers' radars. Being competitive with prices and trim levels will help ensure people drive home in new Civics instead of Corollas, Cobalts, etc.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,934
    I think the trim picture will get even worse. VSC has to be added in somehow. Since Honda doesn't like to do options, what we'll be looking at for 2009 trims is something like this (assuming VSC is widely available):

    DX VSC
    DX AT
    LX VSC
    LX AT
    LX-S VSC
    LX-S AT
    EX VSC
    EX AT
    EX-L VSC
    EX-L AT
    EX-L navi
    EX-L navi VSC
    EX-L navi AT
    EX-L navi AT VSC

    Of course, Honda might simplify this trim structure by making VSC standard on the higher-line trims, and/or not making VSC available at all on the lower trim levels (ala 2009 Fit). But any way you slice it.... it's a lot of trims! :confuse:
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Now backy, surely you don't count a transmission option or the option of VSA as a trim level!

    Don't look for VSA to be optional on Civics; expect it to be standard on some/all Civics, or not at all. You won't find it as an "option" I'll bet.

    It'll be DX, VP, LX, LX-S, EX, EX-L. Transmission choice will be optional, as will NAVI on EX and EX-L models.

    That's my bet.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,934
    Sorry, that's not how Honda does it. Honda doesn't do options. So a stick and AT are two different trim levels. Leather isn't an option, but a trim level. Navi isn't an option, but a trim level. And as we have seen with the trims for the 2009 Fit (refer to that discussion for details), VSC makes for different trim levels--although it's very simple on the Fit because the only trims on which VSC is additive as additional trims is on the Sport with Navi and Sport with AT and Navi.

    I'll take your bet that we will not see VSC as an "option" on ANY Civic. It will be part of the trim levels.

    Don't blame me for it!! :sick:

    Edit: Check out post 105 of the 2009/2010 Fit discussion. It gives the trims for the 2009 Fit as follows:

    GE8729EW 2009 FIT 5DR 5MT KA
    GE8749EW 2009 FIT 5DR SPORT 5MT KA
    GE8829EW 2009 FIT 5DR 5AT KA
    GE8849EW 2009 FIT 5DR SPORT 5AT KA

    Notice that the transmission choices, nav/no nav choice, and VSA/no VSA choice are part of the trim levels, not options

    So depending on whether Honda always includes VSA with Nav and/or Nav and leather on the Civic, the trim levels will be along the lines I laid out, maybe with some consolidation at the top end and some simplification at the bottom end if Honda doesn't put VSC on all models, all the way down to DX.

    Or as you said, they could do the simple thing, the right thing for safety, and make VSC standard across the board, like they did ABS for the 2006 Civic.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Tell me this:

    How can you define a difference in trim level vs. option in a Corolla LE with an automatic transmission and a Civic LX with automatic transmission?

    There's no difference as far as I can tell. They sit on the lot the same way, and are listed on the sticker in that way. The difference is that the Corolla will have MORE options.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,934
    Correct. The Corollla, and Toyotas in general, will have more options--actually they will have options period--than Hondas. It's just how different companies package their cars. Some have lots of options and fewer trims, some have lots of trims and few or no options. When you look at them on a lot, you can't tell whether the transmission or leather or whatnot is an option or trim--unless you look at the window sticker. There is a difference there. An option will be itemized on the sticker, like how Toyota itemizes ESC on the Corolla. On the Civic, it will be included in the trim designation, or perhaps as a standard feature, and there will be no separate charge for it on the sticker.

    But maybe one of our resident Honda sales folks will set the record straight on how Honda handles trims and options, specifically with the Civic but also in general.
  • sparklandsparkland Posts: 120
    "Polished metal metallic" is beautiful. It would be the color of choice for my Ridgeline if they offered it in that color. The 2008 Accord has that color and it looks marvelous. Really professional and sleek looking.

    The VSC will be required soon on all cars, so who really knows how many trim levels it will come on initially this year.

    We love our 2008 Civic. The EX's are really in short supply at the moment. Quite a few 2-doors left on the lots.

  • danny6285danny6285 Posts: 3
    gah! I just looked up the polished metal and found it on a new Accord coupe. that is exactly the color I wish was out when I got my Civic in January. In fact, Polished Metal is what Galaxy Gray looks like in the Civic brochure. It's similar to that mica pearl color you see the Scion Tc in (greenish/gray). I'm anxious to see how the Civic will evolve for 2009...
  • amkingamking Posts: 16
    any idea when the 09's will be released?

    when did honda start offering the 08's last year?

    other than maybe some different color options, the main issue i have with the car is the parking break location (rubs my knee).
  • obieobie Posts: 39
    Has any one heard of any changes to external appearance of the Civic? Any photos out there?
  • xxyxxy Posts: 16
    To me it is looking more like an Accord, hopefully the price will not match the price, I plan to keep my 08 Civic for a long time. It is a great car.
  • gasmizrgasmizr Posts: 40
    I checked the posted link and the interior looks the same. I am guessing that is not an updated picture. Any news yet on if they are moving the PB. I want the Civic and I keep sitting in it and driving it and that PB is a real deal breaker. Thanks for any updates. I am getting ready to give my 1996 to my daughter. So I need to purchase something soon.
  • It sounds like ESC may still be an option for 2009. Am thinking about a 2007 which of course does not have ESC. Is there really a driving difference? Isn't the antilock EBD kind of like traction control as you brake? (a 'poor man's' ESC?).
    I live in a snowy area (about 3 months out of the year)...May consider a domestic or Korean 2009 if ESC is standard.
  • cz75cz75 Posts: 210
    EBD just helps the car brake more evenly under load - it is essentially an electronic proportioning valve.
  • So, in your opinion, knowing that standard ESC is coming, would you wait for a 2009 or try to get a "deal" on an earlier model? The evidence for ESC is very compelling...
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,934
    Where did you hear that ESC will be standard on the 2009 Civic? I know it will be available, but I hadn't seen anything yet saying it would be standard.
  • cz75cz75 Posts: 210
    I'd wait.

    I have it already on the Si, but I've never noticed any part of it work other than the traction control program. I guess I don't over-drive enough.
  • Sorry, I thought I read (earlier in this forum) where it will be standard. I see there is some question as to if it will be standard or not. That would be unfortunate because Honda should have made this feature standard in 2006, given their policy of "safety for all". More and more small cars will have this as standard or at least a popular option. I checked out the 1.8L 2009 Vibe and it has standard stability control/traction control on all trim lines (it's mate, the matrix, oddly has this as an option). I would like to buy soon due to the questionable economy and gas prices. Am driving a CRV and get about 22mpg, would love to get 29/30 +.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,934
    I'd love to see Honda step up as VW has done and make ESC standard across their lineup. At least every 2009 Honda will have ESC available, but it would be nice if, for example, the 2009 Civic VP coupe would come with ESC (VSA). That would make a great next car for me, and it would go to my daughter next and I know she'd like the coupe also. And I'd like the fact she's driving a car with exceptional active and passive safety.
  • cz75cz75 Posts: 210
    I guess if I were worried about getting as much safety as possible, I'd also make sure I had four wheel disc brakes too.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,934
    Yes, I agree. That's why I have cars like the Elantra SE (or Touring) and Optima ahead of the Civic on my shopping list. :)
  • Yes, the Vibe does have 4 wheel disc standard. I didn't realize that the Civic does not. For the unaware (i.e. me) how are discs better than drums? FYI, I heard the Elantra GLS will have ESC option for 2009.
  • cz75cz75 Posts: 210
    Disc are better insofar as they dry better after getting wet and they are easier to modulate when you don't have ABS. Drums are self-energizing as the shoes are "pulled" into the brake drum by the forward momentum of the drum, which makes their application more tricky, especially in panic stops, at least w/o ABS. ABS isn't a cure-all however, since it is a reactive solution.

    Discs also cool better and seem to be easier to get more surface area (which is why they cool better) available to be acted on by the clamping forces produced by the brake piston (swept area). Don't let the idea of more available force fool you, as tires are responsible for the lion's share of a car's braking, being that they are what actually grips the road. However, the ability to generate this force sooner and more evenly can reduce braking distances.

    Rear drums aren't terrible, since the majority of a car's braking is done up front, which is why front brakes are larger (Or at least more massive, by weight; many trucks use larger diameter less massive discs in rear. Why? I assume that it is for the potential to exert more leverage in high load situations; obviously not a factor where drums are involved, as they are still in many trucks.) However, it's really that extra edge when it counts that makes them worthwhile.

    Typically, drum equipped vehicles don't stop with the same authority as the same model with optional rear discs, but it may be only a ten percent difference between them. I like that kind of margin and appreciate having brakes that are more capable than I need, since that ten percent is around a car length. Additionally, since discs cool better, the difference might even be more dramatic after driving down a long hill, or in heavy traffic with lots of stops that heat up the brakes.
  • Thank you for a very thoughtful reply!

    I think I'm going for the Elantra SE due to safety and price. The Civic LX can't match the features of the Elantra SE. In 2008, ESC should be standard in every car. I saw a Consumer Reports video where a father is suing an automaker for not having ESC in a car that his daughter died in.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,934
    OMG. While it is very sad the girl died, it is ridiculous that the father is blaming the automaker for not including a feature on a car that HE decided to buy (or perhaps his daughter made the decision), when the feature was available on other cars that he could have bought. No personal responsibility these days...
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