Honda Civic Problem Trends and Complaints

Based on 12 problem areas, owners have reported the following issues with this vehicle that range in severity ratings from low to high.

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Extreme Poor Quality

Model Year:

2019

Manufacturer:

Honda

Model:

Civic

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

I bought a NEW Honda Civic car on 12/19/2019. Within the first 7 months, I must bring my new car into service 4 times for the same problem – oil leaking! Can you image your new car having an oil leaking problem?! Obviously, this car has manufacturer defects. And it

Review submitted by:JC

Pros:Confortable

Cons:Extreme Poor Quality

It's not been reliable transportation

Model Year:

2018

Manufacturer:

Honda

Model:

Civic

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

Problems after problems with this vehicle. 2018 Honda Civic EX-L. Transmission CVT is terrible for these cars. I keep taking this vehicle to the dealership continuously. Steering wheel making clicking noise. Stereo system shows brakes code. Bad Experience, ready to trade this vehicle in.

Review submitted by:Margaret

Pros:This pros spot will be blank

Cons:Transmission problems, and other things

At first it was ok

Model Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

Honda

Model:

Civic

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Bought this 2016 Honda Civic Ex brand new. $21.000 The depreciation value dropped big time. Had problems with this car, and so did others. Regarding transmission CVT issues. And this so called earth dreams engine had problems. Believe me, this car only had about 81000 thousand miles on it before

Review submitted by:Megan

Pros:Not much of good to say

Cons:Transmission problems, and so on..

Cheap Vehicles

Model Year:

2018

Manufacturer:

Honda

Model:

Civic

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

Nothing but a headache with these cars. They just don't make Honda's like they use to. These cars are alot bigger in size. They have road noise. These cars are not luxury type. There just a basic fuel economy vehicle. I, must say they just are not worth buying new.

Review submitted by:Allison

Pros:Good gas mileage

Cons:Noisy engine, and cabin noise.

Broken A/C

Model Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

Honda

Model:

Civic

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Like many other owners, my HONDA CIVIC 2016 blows hot air. But HONDA refuses to recalled their defected vehicles. HONDA sucks!

Review submitted by:Honda

Cons:defective product, over-priced!

Worse car I have ever owned

Model Year:

2018

Manufacturer:

Honda

Model:

Civic

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by an independent shop

My AC broke down after 3 years, I did my research and i found this is common problem on honda they have a bad ac system. Cost me over $2000.00 to get it fixed. Selling it after repaired as there is no guarantee that it will happen again and again.

Review submitted by:acjsanjose

Pros:good looking car

Cons:Worse ac system

Jury is still out

Model Year:

2017

Manufacturer:

Honda

Model:

Civic

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

Don't feel this car is trustworthy on long trips. After just 25 miles had very loud scraping noise like I was dragging my muffler. Dealer looked at it and fixed it but was not told what the problem was. After just 1200 miles A/C went out. Had to have compressor

Review submitted by:Mallomelt

Pros:Rides nice, quiet.

Cons:Not trustworthy, a bit hard to get in and out of

Car drives great, but the A/C is terrible

Model Year:

2017

Manufacturer:

Honda

Model:

Civic

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Car drives really well. It has spunk on the road and new design has made it a sporty which I like. The A/C does not work. This is a 2.5 year old car and it is unacceptable that the A/C should be this terrible and that honda is not prepared

Review submitted by:Stu

Pros:Sporty Style/ Great Braking all in all a good car.

Cons:A/C is horrible

Ongoing air conditioning issues

Model Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

Honda

Model:

Civic

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Don't Buy Honda! They can't even make a car with reliable A/C! How has Honda not NOT RECALLED this Car! I am a Veteran and cannot stand behind such a poor product! Toyota and Subaru smoke this car, it's not even close. My 16yr old is going to have to

Review submitted by:Integrity

Pros:Gas mileage

Cons:2 windows down at 55 works better then A/C!

So disappointed in my Civic

Model Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

Honda

Model:

Civic

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

I bought the car brand new and have had it in the shop at least 10 times and towed twice. I have had the front axel replaced 4 times. The two times I had it towed the mileage was under 10000 and the car would not go into gear. This

Review submitted by:Cris8778

Pros:Style and comfort

Cons:Everything else

Unreliable trouble lights

Model Year:

2017

Manufacturer:

Honda

Model:

Civic

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

I bought this car for my wife. General design and appearance of the car are impressive. Being a Honda, I thought it would be very reliable. For us, that has not been the case. Trouble lights on the dash often light up for no apparent reason. For example, the low

Review submitted by:Richard

Pros:A nervous ride

Cons:Unreliable warning lights

Looks better than it is

Model Year:

2017

Manufacturer:

Honda

Model:

Civic

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Bought this EX-L w/navigation without much testing since it was very hard to get. My mistake. Should have driving it first. The good thing about the car is the turbo and mileage, you get both, power and economy. On the other hand you get a GPS unit that looks like

Review submitted by:goldenrule41

Pros:Mileage, fun to drive.

Cons:Unfriendly controls and hard to get to accesories.

Smart entry problems

Model Year:

2017

Manufacturer:

Honda

Model:

Civic

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Please wait do not buy this car until Honda fixes the smart entry issue on this car. After owning this car for two months the smart entry system stop working. Other people and my self waiting for Honda to fix this. Honda knows about this defect from last November. they

Review submitted by:Joe H

Pros:nice comfortable car efficient drive very nice

Cons:Technology component not reliable

Like the car but hate the wheels

Model Year:

2017

Manufacturer:

Honda

Model:

Civic

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Bought an EX-L w/Navigation sight unseen (since availability scarce). Expected to get the car as shown on the Honda website. Car arrived with black wheels! Dealer said they were Honda standard, but they are not shown on Honda website or in any Honda material. They make the car look much

Review submitted by:Wabuck

Pros:Wife says fun to drive and likes a few options.

Cons:Ugly wheels and no dealer consideration.

You pay a lot and get gimmicks

Model Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

Honda

Model:

Civic

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

This car sucks and proper car shopping screamed stay away from this one! Very weather affected, not that great at night especially when you look at a white screen in the dark from headlights shinning at the camera, and is missing rear cross traffic alert so if you back out

Review submitted by:Peter

Pros:Handling

Cons:Pay more and get way less or bad value

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