1. Car Buying Advice | 2022 Honda Civic First Look

The Honda Civic has been redesigned for the 2022 model year, and it now packs more safety, technology and efficiency than ever before. The eleventh-generation Civic will continue to offer sedan and hatchback models, as well as the sportier Si and Type-R performance trim levels. But Honda has dropped the Civic Coupe from the lineup. 

The 2022 Honda Civic is on sale now, and despite all of the modern advancements, it's still one of the lowest-priced offerings in the compact segment. Keep reading for more information on this popular compact car.

2022 Honda Civic Exterior

As stylish as the tenth-generation (2015-2021) Civic design is, the 2022 Honda Civic lineup has a more premium appearance in both sedan and hatchback body styles. From the B-pillar forward, both versions of the 2022 Civic are identical, with a new face that is defined by harrow, horizontal headlights and a three-dimensional, concave grille design. The sedan features a short decklid with an integrated ducktail-style spoiler, while the hatchback coupe-like roofline integrates a massive liftgate allowing easy access to the cargo area. 

The biggest change in the Civic's design is the abundance of straight lines, which stands in stark contrast to the previous Civic's rounded body including the arched fender lines. Style wise, this new design language helps the Civic distance itself from its economy car and boy-racer image. But don't worry, this car will still deliver big on value, efficiency and sportiness. Honda says that the Civic Hatchback is 4.9 inches shorter than the new Civic Sedan, and the rear track is 0.5 inches wider than the previous hatchback. 

According to Honda's configurator, there's an available HPD (Honda Performance Development) Package that gives the Civic Sedan a tuner look with unique emblems, a rear spoiler and a lower body kit (aka, underbody spoilers). The 2022 Honda Civic Sedan will add new colors called Sonic Gray Metallic and Morning Mist Metallic, and the Civic Hatchback will be available in new colors called Boost Blue Pearl and Smoky Mauve Pearl.

2022 Honda Civic Interior

Looking to completely dominate the compact segment, the interior of the 2022 Honda Civic is stylish and filled with tech. The Civic comes standard with a seven-inch touchscreen, and a nine-inch display comes standard on the Touring trim. This top trim level also comes standard with an all-digital, 10.2 LCD gauge cluster - a first for the Honda Civic - as well as a 12-speaker Bose sound system; all trim levels come standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The design is as upscale as the features list with a stylish instrument cluster defined by its full-width honeycomb mesh that cleverly integrates the HVAC vents.

Honda hasn't revealed the official specs for the new Civic Hatchback, but the sedan rides on a wheelbase that is 1.4 inches longer resulting in a longer version of the sedan. All other exterior dimensions are the same as are most of the interior specs including headroom and legroom. Interestingly, the new Civic gets slightly more rear seat shoulder room and overall hip room, and the 99 cubic feet of passenger volume marks an increase of 1.2 cubic feet compared to 2021. This redesigned sedan offers up to 14.8 cubic feet of trunk space, which is slightly less than the 2021 model.

2022 Honda Civic Powertrain

Honda made a lot of changes to the 2022 Honda Civic, but the powertrain options carry over almost untouched. The LX and Sport trim levels continue to come with a 2.0-liter inline-four rated at 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque, and the EX and Touring trim levels continue to use the 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four rated at 180 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque; the base engine output is identical to the 2021 model year, while the 1.5-liter engine produces 6 more hp and 15 more lb-ft of torque. All trim levels come standard with a CVT, but the only way you can get an optional manual transmission is by opting for the hatchback model.

Not surprisingly, the carryover engine options result in the new Civic having almost the same fuel economy as the outgoing model. The most fuel-efficient version of the 2022 Honda Civic (the 1.5L) has EPA-rated fuel economy estimates of 33 mpg city and 42 mpg highway, marking a 1 mpg improvement in city driving compared to the 2021 model. The 2.0L model adds more efficiency with estimates of 31 mpg city and 40 mpg highway, which compares to 30 mpg city and 38 mpg highway for the most fuel-efficient version of this engine in 2021.

To match its premium appearance inside and out, the 2022 Honda Civic rides on a platform that is the most rigid in the Civic's 50-year history. The rigid chassis allows the Civic to improve ride and handling and reduce NVH (noise, vibration and harshness), while the use of aluminum and high-strength steel provide this added rigidity with minimal weight gains. 

2022 Honda Civic Safety

Honda made the 2022 Honda Civic even safer with standard features that include ten airbags, automatic high-beam headlights, and a rear-seat reminder. All trim levels are equipped with the expanded Honda Sensing suite of safety features which now bundles Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Keeping Assist System, Traffic Jam Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow and Traffic Sign Recognition System. The EX and Touring add standard blind spot information system, while the Touring gets low-speed braking control. 

2022 Honda Civic Overall

Even though domestic automakers are killing off cars in favor of crossovers and SUVs, Honda is betting the 2022 Honda Civic will be a hit. It's not a longshot either, as sales of the Civic are up almost 20 percent over last year, making it the second-best nameplate in the Honda portfolio (behind the CR-V). In terms of production, both the sedan and hatchback will be produced at Honda's Greensburg, Indiana assembly plant, marking the first time the Civic Hatchback has been produced domestically. The tenth-generation Civic Hatchback was built in Swindon, UK.

The 2022 Honda Civic will continue to offer impressive value with a starting price of $21,700 for the sedan, which is just $650 more than the 2021 model year. Honda has not released pricing for the Civic Hatchback, but this body style was $1,150 more than sedan in 2021. Likewise, prices of the Civic Si and Type-R are currently unknown. The 2022 Honda Civic is on sale now, so AutoNation Drive should be able to snag one soon for a full test drive review. 

Jeffrey N. Ross | Aug 11, 2021

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