2009 Honda Civic Sport. Click image to enlarge
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Review and photos by Michael Clark
2009 Honda Civic
Inside Story is a review of interior comfort features, cabin controls, storage options, trunk space and under-hood accessibility based on a seven-day evaluation.
News flash! The Honda Civic is still very much for sale!
Did we really need the bulletin? When you factor in all the hoopla from the introduction of the Honda Insight low-dough hybrid, the Swiss Army Knife practicality of the Fit, plus the general return to cubism amongst the compact set, we’re at least bordering on “gentle reminder.” The sales numbers tell a different story, as if advertising has returned to the subliminal no-nos used in the 1950s. Not only was the Civic the top-selling passenger car in Canada for 2008, it was also the best-selling vehicle overall, the first passenger car in 15 years to do so.
Like the Accord, the Civic tends to go through an update every two to three years. While the clay on the next-gen mock-up is probably getting dry and flaky, it’s a good time to dig into the current Civic, and identify areas for improvement. (There’s gotta be SOMETHING.) This week’s IS tester is the Civic Sport sedan, in manual stick trim, with an MSRP of $21,780. (Prices shown do not include freight, taxes, regional or promotional incentives.)