As demand for SUVs and pickup trucks continues to surge, the Honda Civic makes a case that less really can be more. J.D. Power reports that the average new-vehicle price was expected to hit a record high of $41,378 in August, the fervor for large vehicles partially to blame (SUVs and pickup trucks comprised roughly 77% of new-vehicle sales in August). However, compact cars such as the Civic cost less on average and may help avoid buyer’s remorse, according to some owners.
From 2016-20, the Civic was available as a coupe, sedan or hatchback, along with the high-performance Civic Si and Type R models. Honda dropped the Civic coupe and Si in 2021, but has since confirmed the Civic Si is making a comeback. The Civic’s long list of trim levels and powertrain options present shoppers with ample choices at a wide range of price points. It got a redesign for 2022, but can the previous generation (2016-21) offer an even better value? Reviews from Cars.com users help to shed more light on this question.
Honda Civic Raves and Rants
While analyzing Cars.com user reviews of the 10th-gen Honda Civic, we identified common highs and lows and compared these trends with Cars.com’s expert evaluations. Among the raves, owners were impressed by the vehicle’s overall value, sporty performance and generous mpg numbers. The Civic wasn’t a good fit for everyone, however: Common rants include the malfunctioning air conditioning traced to a faulty condenser in older models, plus difficulty getting in and out of the vehicle (comments have been edited for clarity).