The 2008 Honda Civic features a technologically-advanced Civic Sedan and Coupe lineup highlighted by a Civic Hybrid, a dedicated natural gas-powered Civic GX and a high-performance Civic Si.
New for 2008, the Civic EX-L Sedan and Coupe introduce a leather-trimmed interior to the Civic lineup for the first time. A Civic MUGEN Si Sedan also debuts for the 2008 model year with a high-performance suspension, forged aluminum wheels, aerodynamic body styling and a sport-tuned exhaust system.
"Quality construction, a technologically-advanced and spacious interior, and fun-to-drive performance put the Civic in a class of its own," said Dick Colliver, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "The availability of high-performance versions, a hybrid and a dedicated natural gas vehicle also makes Civic one of the most diverse vehicles in the automotive industry."
A sweeping roofline and a sleek windshield angle convey an advanced, one-motion profile with a low and wide stance tailored into two distinctive sedan and coupe body configurations. The interior focuses on sophisticated styling with a two-tier instrument panel, comfortable seating and accommodating storage areas with room for mobile phones, MP3 players, compact discs and more.
Available features include a Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with voice activation and a 350-Watt AM/FM/CD/MP3/XM® Satellite Radio Premium Audio System with seven speakers including a subwoofer. The Civic EX-L Sedan and Civic EX-L Coupe add heated seats and side mirrors along with leather trim to the steering wheel, seating surfaces and center armrest to the Civic EX list of features.
Every 2008 Civic integrates a wide array of standard safety technologies that include the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure; side curtain airbags; driver's and front passenger's side airbags with a passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS); and dual-stage, dual-threshold driver's and front passenger's airbags (SRS). Active front seat head restraints are designed to help reduce the severity of neck injury in the event of a rear collision. Standard active safety features include an anti-lock brake system (ABS) with brake assist and electronic brake distribution, front seatbelts with automatic tensioning system and load limiters, and a pedestrian injury mitigation design incorporated into the front exterior of the vehicle. Driver and front passenger seatbelt reminders and daytime running lights are also standard equipment.
Four engine and four transmission choices range from a 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter i-VTEC engine (Civic DX, LX, EX and EX-L), with either a 5-speed manual or an available 5-speed automatic transmission, to a 197-horsepower, 2.0-liter i-VTEC engine (Civic Si) with a 6-speed manual transmission. The Civic Hybrid is powered by a 1.3-liter i-VTEC engine with Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) gasoline-electric hybrid technology to enhance both fuel economy and performance, and is equipped with a continuously variable transmission. The Civic GX, having earned the distinction of "cleanest internal combustion vehicle in the world" by virtue of its certification, is powered by a dedicated natural gas version of the Civic's 1.8-liter i-VTEC engine - and is equipped with a 5-speed automatic transmission. Both Civic Hybrid and Civic GX are classified as Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicles (AT-PZEV) by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The Civic GX is further certified by the EPA as an Inherently Low Emissions Vehicle (ILEV).
Built on a high-rigidity unit-body platform, the Civic is designed to deliver precise, sharp and refined handling performance with its MacPherson strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension.
The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System1, available on Civic EX, EX-L, Si and Hybrid models, has a 6.5-inch motorized display that opens and closes for access to the internal single-disc CD player and a digital audio card reader that can play MP3 and Windows Media® Audio (WMA) files from CompactFlash® cards (via a PC card adapter). The navigation system features more than 7 million points of interest and the voice activation can control the navigation menus and the audio system, along with entering city and street names.
Auxiliary audio input jacks are standard equipment on Civic LX and above trim levels (and Civic GX for 2008) and allow for portable music device playback through the audio system. The Civic LX Coupe has a six-speaker 160-watt audio system with a CD player (four speakers for the LX sedan). All audio systems feature are capable of playing MP3 and WMA formatted CDs. Standard Speed-sensitive Volume Control (SVC) that automatically adjusts the volume based on vehicle speed. Audio displays include CD/MP3 text readout, and all coupes (except for the DX) plus the Civic Si Sedan provide a customizable welcome screen (exclusively on models without the available navigation system).
Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe (1.8-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine)
Standard features on the Civic DX include a 140-horsepower 1.8-liter SOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine, 5-speed manual transmission (5-speed automatic available), power windows, 15-inch steel wheels with covers, and P195/65R15 tires. The Civic LX adds air conditioning, cruise control, power door locks, 16-inch steel wheels with covers, P205/55R16 tires, keyless entry, a 4-speaker 160-watt AM/FM Audio System with CD Player (MP3/WMA enabled), auxiliary audio input jack, center console with sliding armrest, progressive blue illumination instrument panel meters, auto up and down driver's power window, and a folding rear seat. The Civic Coupe LX adds a 6-speaker audio system.
In addition to all of the Civic LX features, the Civic EX Sedan and Coupe adds or replaces: alloy wheels; 60/40 split folding rear seat; one-touch power moonroof; ambient console lighting; and the availability of the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Activation, which also includes XM Satellite Radio. The Civic EX-L adds a leather-trimmed interior, heated seats and heated door mirrors to the Civic EX list of features. The Civic EX and EX-L Coupe exclusively features a 7-speaker with subwoofer AM/FM Audio System with CD player (MP3/WMA enabled).
Civic Si Sedan and Coupe (2.0-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine)
The Civic Si Sedan and Coupe serve as the performance cornerstone for the Civic line-up with a 197-horsepower, 16-valve, DOHC 2.0 liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine mated to a close-ratio, 6-speed manual transmission. A helical-type, limited-slip differential enhances traction in high-performance driving situations. The Civic Si sport suspension adds firm spring, damper and stabilizer bar tuning along with exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels and high-performance tires. Exclusive exterior features include a low-profile rear wing spoiler and Si emblems. The sports-oriented interior adds specially-bolstered synthetic suede seats with red fabric stitching and unique trim panels.
Civic MUGEN Si Sedan (2.0-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine)
Built on the foundation of the Civic Si Sedan and tuned by the prestigious racing and aftermarket performance company, MUGEN, a Honda-prepared Civic MUGEN Si Sedan debuts for 2008 and adds a high-performance suspension, forged aluminum 18-inch lightweight alloy wheels, a full aerodynamic body kit with an adjustable rear wing spoiler and rear diffuser, and a sport-tuned exhaust system.
Civic Hybrid (1.3-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine with IMA)
The Civic Hybrid with its advanced IMA hybrid technology achieves the highest fuel economy of any 2008 Honda automobile with an EPA-estimated city/highway fuel economy of 40/45 miles per gallon . The Civic Hybrid is equipped with Advanced-Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) equipment and a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Civic Hybrid can deactivate up to all four of its cylinders and operate using only the electric motor in certain low-speed cruising situations. Power is provided by a 1.3-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine and a 20 horsepower electric motor, producing a combined 110-horsepower @ 6000 rpm and combined 123 lb-ft. torque @ 1000-2500 rpm.
Civic GX (1.8-liter i-VTEC engine, dedicated natural gas vehicle)
The ultra-clean Civic GX produces near zero emissions, enables owners to become eligible for a $4,000 federal tax credit and can refuel with an available, first-of-its-kind "Phill" home refueling appliance by FuelMaker Corporation (available through qualifying Honda dealers in California). The 2008 Civic GX is the only dedicated natural gas-powered passenger car available to retail customers in the United States and achieves an EPA estimated city/highway fuel economy of 24/36 miles per gasoline-gallon equivalent5. Currently, natural gas is approximately thirty-five percent less expensive than gasoline when purchased at a refueling station, and can be more than 50 percent cheaper than gasoline when supplied by a Phill home refueling appliance. The Civic GX is the only vehicle certified by the EPA to meet both Federal Tier 2-Bin 2 and Inherently Low Emission Vehicle (ILEV) zero evaporative emission certification standards. The Civic GX is available to consumers at qualified Honda dealers in the states of California and New York and is also available to fleet customers nationwide from qualified Honda dealers.
The majority of Civics are produced and assembled in the United States and Canada using domestic and globally sourced parts. Civic Coupe and Civic Si models are solely produced and assembled at the Honda of Canada Manufacturing plant in Alliston, Ontario. Civic Sedan models for the U.S. are primarily produced and assembled at the Honda of America Manufacturing plant in East Liberty, Ohio. Civic Sedans are also produced and assembled at Honda of Canada Manufacturing in Alliston, Ontario. Some Civic Sedans and all Civic Hybrid models are produced and assembled in the Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Suzuka, Japan, manufacturing facility.