What should I look for in a used Honda Civic hatchback?
Some Civic owners have complained of squealing brakes; Honda is said to be aware of the problem and working on a fix, though it's worth keeping in mind that any Civic you test drive with noisy brakes may not be easy to fix.
It'll also pay you to check the electrics carefully, as some owners have also described electrical niggles. And cast a keen eye over the paintwork and lights, because both of these areas have caused concern too.
Check the bodywork for any dings picked up in car parks or stone chips from motorway driving, too, and look at the alloy wheels to make sure there are no signs of kerb damage. It'll also pay you to look closely around the interior; Civics are family cars, so they may have been trashed by unsympathetic owners.
What are the most common problems with a used Honda Civic hatchback?
Is a used Honda Civic hatchback reliable?
Yes, it seems to be, scoring well in our most recent reliability survey. Honda as a brand slipped slightly, but still finished highly in 18th place out of 37 manufacturers.