The Honda Civic has long been a major contender in the landscape of trusted affordable transportation and even a little fun for enthusiasts with trim levels like the Civic Si and Type R. For the 2022 model year, the Honda Civic gets a redesign where it looks to have literally grown up even more with a mature aesthetic that fits the part to reach wider demographics, not just the young seeking their first vehicle or “basic” transportation.
The long lineage of the Honda Civic, now marking 50 years and 11 generations, has been one that’s set tones and benchmarks for the automotive industry within the small car segments. If you’ve seen a new 2022 Honda Civic you probably didn’t know what you were looking at with a quick first glance, and that’s a good thing in most cases. Bringing a new design language, the 2022 Civic looks more refined, and its. From the newly styled sheet metal to the more accommodating interior, the new 2022 Civic returns with a hatchback and sedan design with no plans in sight for a coupe.
Powering the new 2022 Honda Civic is mostly a familiar return having the two engine choices of the base 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 158 horsepower found in the LX and Sport trims. A 6-speed manual transmission also returns as a no-cost option on the Sport trim as does the option of the 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with a 180-horsepower figure. The Honda Civic remains to be one of the few vehicles produced today that have managed to keep the love of the manual transmission alive. Way to go Honda! If you opt for the “automatic transmission” you’re going to make do with a CVT “Continuously Variable Transmission”. However, from what we have experienced in the past with the Honda Civic, the brand’s CVT is among the best in the business, and we don’t mind it near as much as CVTs in many other vehicles.
Opting for the new 2022 Civic Hatchback there’s a premium to pay over the Sedan. The new Civic Sedan LX starts at $21,700 while the new Civic Hatchback LX starts at $22,900. In either configuration, EPA fuel estimates are good, sitting at 30 mpg city and 38 mpg highway. There’s also a decent list of standard features, such as the highlights of Apple CarPlay integration, auto on-off LED headlights, 7-inch color infotainment touchscreen, automatic climate control, and a bevy of active safety features like lane-keeping assist, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, traffic sign recognition, and a multi-angle rearview camera.
Honda has done well to inspire and bring back the fun-to-drive nature of the Civic, especially with the Sport and Touring trim levels. The welcomed upgrades for the top-level Touring trim include a larger 9-inch infotainment touchscreen, 18-inch wheels, foglights, auto-dimming review mirror, power-adjustable front seats, 12-speak Bose premium audio system, automatic wipers, front and rear parking sensors, low-speed automatic emergency braking, and leather upholstery. The 2022 Honda Civic Touring Sedan, for reference, will cost around $28,300 before fees and dealer-installed options.
The new 2022 Honda Civic Sedan and Hatchback are currently on sale and available at local dealerships even in the current low-inventory crises many dealerships face. A new Civic Type R is slated for a return under the new design in 2022 and is currently undergoing testing at the Nürburgring in a designed prototype form.