Used Honda Civic

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  • Overview

    Dark gray 2015 Used Honda Civic angled left

    If you’re currently in the market for a used ride, it can be tough deciding between the thousands and thousands of potential options. Even if you zero in on a specific nameplate, it can be difficult determining which model year you should pursue. At the end of the day, most consumers ignore this step and opt for the inexpensive option.


    Well, if you’re seeking a reliable ride that promises excellent amenities and capabilities, you can’t do much better than the Honda Civic. Furthermore, if you’re seeking a used car that won’t break the bank, then the ninth-generation of the nameplate is a logical target. While the 2012 Honda Civic saw a general lack of interest from consumers, later variations of the model impressed. Whether you’re seeking opulence, reliability, power, efficiency, or technology, you’ll surely find it in one of these variations of the Civic.

    Below, we’ve explored the specific years of the ninth-generation Honda Civic and the major changes that the model underwent. That way, when you head into a dealership requesting a used Honda Civic, you’ll know exactly what vehicle you want to pursue…

  • 2012

    Silver 2012 Used Honda Civic Si Sedan in front of mountains at dusk

    The ninth generation of the beloved nameplate actually saw some logistical changes before it ended up hitting dealership lots. While the brand initially intended to produce a larger, more rugged version of the model, they opted for a smaller variation due to the negative financial effect of the global credit crisis back in 2008. As a result, Honda ultimately had to delay the introduction of this particular generation for an entire year.

    Ultimately, the vehicle was unveiled at the 2011 North American International Auto Show, and it arrived at dealership lots later that year. The vehicle still maintained many of its cosmetic attributes, although engineers did redesign the hood so it was a bit longer. As we mentioned, the vehicle was also a bit smaller than previous iterations, and it was also considerably lighter (leading to improved performance and efficiency specs).

    The brand didn’t do much to mess with their already-renowned engine offerings. The standard 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine remained mostly the same, as drivers could still anticipate a respectable 140 horsepower. Meanwhile, those who opted for the Si model would have access to the hulking 2.4-liter engine, which manages to deliver an impressive 201 horsepower. Thanks to several fuel-saving technologies like the brand’s Eco Assist technology, drivers could ultimately anticipate a practically-unmatched 39-mile-per-gallon highway fuel efficiency (31 miles per gallon when equipped with the 2.4-liter engine).

    Cosmetically, the instrumental panel was replaced with the new and innovative Multi-Informational Display, which showcased an array of important information (including speed, efficiency, and vehicle diagnostics) right in front of the driver. The accompanying five-inch color LCD screen replaced the model’s trip computer, allowing drivers to access a number of important applications (including radio and climate control).

    Finally, the brand provided customers with an array of notable color options, meaning they would be hard-pressed to find a pair of used ninth-generation Honda Civics that are completely identical. The various color offerings included:

    • Alabaster Silver
    • Carnelian Red
    • Crimson Pearl
    • Crystal Black Pearl
    • Dyno Blue Pearl
    • Modern Steel
    • Polished Metal
    • Rallye Red
    • Sunburst Orange Pearl
    • Taffeta White
    • Twilight Blue
    • Urban Titanium

    Those who opted for the hybrid variation of the nameplate would also have access to the Cool Mist, Frosty White, Green Opal, and White Orchid paint offerings.

  • 2013

    A closeup of a 2013 Used Honda Civic steering wheel and infotainment screen

    While Honda did an admirable job of revamping their ninth-generation Honda Civic for the 2012 model year, consumers weren’t all that enthralled about the changes. The brand ultimately acknowledged where they “went wrong” with the 2012 model. As a result of the financial crisis, Honda figured customers would opt for a vehicle that contained lower-quality materials, thus making the vehicle inexpensive. However, customers were turned off by these materials, leading to decreased sales.

    As a result, the brand’s engineers ended up adding a number of additional amenities to the vehicle. The majority of the changes were cosmetic, as the brand replaced all of the outdated plastic interior materials and replaced them with classier materials. Engineers also included a number of new technological features that will positively influence the entire driving experience. The USB port and Bluetooth compatibility allow the driver to use their phone without compromising safety, while the climate control system assures that all occupants are consistently comfortable. Even the rearview camera is notable, as this inclusion will reduce the chance that a driver ends up in a collision.

    The exterior of the vehicle also saw some changes, as the brand included a new front fascia that contained a revised grille, a revamped hood, redesigned rear seats (with new taillights), and a number of chrome accents.

  • 2014

    Red 2014 Used Honda Civic driving down a snowy road

    Considering the number of changes that both the 2012 and 2013 models saw, Honda didn’t do a whole lot to shake up the 2014 version of the nameplate. The engineers did include new front and rear fascias, adding a bit of athleticism to the model. The continuously variable transmission replaced the five-speed automatic offering (leading to slightly boosted power), and the brand’s engineers also added amenities like a keyless start function and smartphone compatibility (although previous iterations of the vehicle already offered Bluetooth technology).

  • 2015

    Blue 2015 Used Honda Civic driving on a country road

    The lone change to this particular version of the Honda was the addition of the SE trim level, which added some opulence to the sedan. Otherwise, this specific variation of the nameplate didn’t see any revamps for the 2015 model year.

    Following the 2015 model, Honda once against revamped their Honda Civic, leading to the release of the 10th-generation of the nameplate in 2016. However, it’s rather evident that the ninth generation of the nameplate is a logical target for those seeking a used vehicle.

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