Civic DX-G & EX Differences

by Harry Havemeyer

The Honda Civic is a ubiquitous entry-level compact car that is sold in most markets around the world. The DX-G trim level was offered exclusively in the Canadian market during the vehicle's eighth generation, lasting from the 2006 to 2011 model years. The Civic has been offered in EX guise over many generations, but during the eighth generation it was positioned above the DX-G model. Both models were powered by the same 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and offered in a choice of five-speed automatic of manual transmission, but the difference between the DX-G and EX came down to the creature comforts and amenities.

Creature Comforts

The Honda Civic DX-G came with standard air conditioning, remote keyless entry, heated exterior mirrors, steering wheel-mounted cruise control, tilt steering and fold-down rear seat. The up-level Civic EX offered the same standard amenities, but added a standard power sunroof, outside temperature indicator and an additional 12-volt power outlet, bringing the total to two. The sedan body style of the Civic EX also included a foldable center armrest with two cup holders, but this equipment was not offered on the coupe body style because of space constraints.


The Civic DX-G featured a 160-watt sound system with four speakers and an auxiliary MP3 player jack as standard equipment. The higher-end EX model featured the same setup in the sedan body style, but the coupe body style received an upgraded 350-watt sound system powering six speakers and retained the auxiliary MP3 jack.


Both the Civic DX-G and EX were equipped with four-wheel anti-lock braking systems. The DX-G model relegated its braking duties to a set of ventilated front discs and rear drums. The up-level Civic EX had ventilated disc brakes mounted to all four wheels for increased stopping power and feel.


The Civic DX-G and EX exterior appeared the same without any changes in terms of fascia, trim or ground effects. The DX-G, however, rolled on a set of 15-inch steel wheels, while the more expensive EX model was outfitted with a set of 16-inch alloy rims.

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