Kelley Blue Book Value®
$4,326 - $8,645
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
25 City / 36 HWY
Horsepower
113-197
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$4,326 - $8,645
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
25 City / 36 HWY
Horsepower
113-197
Seats
5

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By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

2008 Honda Civic Owner Reviews

4.29
555 Reviews
46% 40% 13% 1% 1%
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2008 Honda Civic still works like a charm

2008 Honda Civic Base

The car is very reliable - it doesn't have any major issues at startup. I've regularly taken it for oil changes every few months though, so I'm sure good maintenance plays a major role in it's upkeep. There is about 140,000 miles on my car at this point, and it is still working fine. I go long distances very often. The AC works without a hitch, and it is overall pleasant experience in the Civic. During trips to IKEA, we are able to fit a lot of furniture boxes we purchased in the back seat of the Civic once we put the seats down as well, it is also very useful when moving. I couldn't really think of any complaints but I do know my boyfriend wishes it was faster sometimes when he gets passed up on the highways, though that's not something I worry about as a safe driver.

- Davina S

A reliable, comfortable, durable car.

2008 Honda Civic

I truly love my Honda civic. It was my parents but they recently gave it to me. I drive in a big city and I find that the gas mileage could be better but is also affordable if I split my time between driving and taking public transportation. This car has lasted over 10 years and survived a pretty bad accident. It was easy to find replacement parts. I love the pickup speed and the reliability of the brakes. The sound system is fine for a 2008 model. It is easy to clean. The size is perfect because I feel like I am in a safe and sturdy car but it is still easy to parallel park in the city. I do wish that the rear window had its own set of windshield wipers. Overall I am highly satisfied with my car, so much so that I will probably continue buying civics for a long time.

- Em M

My car easy to drive and handles well all year long.

2008 Honda Civic EX-L Sedan

The problems that are most notable with this make and model of car are that, the inside has parts such as the armrest / middle storage compartment is easy to break if you use your body weight to push yourself up with the armrest. The sun shades are flimsy as well and wear down after years of use. The car has normal wear and tear for regular parts like oil, tires, battery. The car is easy to service, and the cost to service it is about average, particularly with the Honda dealership. It is a very reliable care with very few breakdowns or other issues. It is also a fairly comfortable car to drive, decent amount of legroom and click bye climate controls are good.

- Travis M

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Key Specs

Overview

Horsepower

Horsepower
140 hp
197 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
1.8L SOHC MPFI 16
2.0L DOHC MPFI 16

Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.6 in.
42.2 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38 in.
38.1 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
30.3 in.
34.6 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
35.1 in.
36.7 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
11.5 cu. ft.
12 cu. ft.

Entertainment

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional

CD Player

CD Player
Optional

Seats

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Steel
Aluminum

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P195/65HR15
P215/40ZR18

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
104.3 in.
106.3 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
35.4 ft.
35.4 ft.

Length

Length
174.8 in.
177.8 in.

Width

Width
68.9 in.
69 in.

Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2586 - 2650 lbs.
2945 lbs.

Horsepower

Horsepower
140 hp
197 hp

Torque

Torque
128 ft. lbs.
139 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
13.2 gal.
13.2 gal.

Combined

Combined
30 - 31 mpg
25 mpg

City

City
25 - 26 mpg
21 mpg

Highway

Highway
34 - 36 mpg
29 mpg

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

    N/A
  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety