Why mess with success?; With Civic sales soaring in 2008, changes made to the 2009 Honda Civic are intended to refine, not reinvent, the popular compact.
Exterior changes are extremely subtle, letting only eagle-eyed observers discriminate between the new 2009 Civic and its predecessor.; Perhaps most notable is a revised front fascia, sporting a lower air intake that's divvied into three sections.; Designers also revised the front grille insert (lines on the chrome bar are slightly sharper), while tacking on a chrome bar between the taillights.
Speaking of those lights, we're told they, along with the headlamps, sport "all-new color combinations."; By this, Honda means the 2009 Civic is now equipped with clear-lenses on its front and rear turn signals, a cue it previously was without.
Changes inside are just as slight, but we'll bet they'll be more noticeable to buyers than the exterior tweaks.; A USB audio input is standard on EX, EX-L, Hybrid, and Si models, while cars equipped with DVD-based navigation systems are now equipped with Bluetooth hands-free connectivity.; Stability control, new to the 2009 Civic, is standard on EX-L, Hybrid, and Si models.
Shoppers also have two more Civic models to choose from.; The 2009 Civic DX-VP slots in between the base DX sedan and the LX model, and adds air conditioning and an auxiliary audio input.; The new Civic LX-S carries the same content as the existing LX model, but throws in alloy wheels, black cloth seats with suede bolsters, a rear spoiler, and a chrome exhaust tip.