The not so good: More cabin noise than other vehicles in class, limited manual-transmission availability
The Honda Civic is redesigned for 2022, with fresh styling, new safety features, and updated tech options. This front-wheel-drive compact car is offered as a 2-door hatchback in LX, Sport, EX-L, and Sport Touring models, and as a 4-door sedan in LX, Sport, EX, Touring, and sporty Si versions. The high-performance Type R is slated to return in the near future.
Engines are updated versions of the outgoing Civic’s 4-cylinders: LX and Sport models have a 158-horsepower 2.0-liter; EX/EX-L and Touring/Sport Touring Civics have a 180-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter. The Si gets a 200-hp version of the turbo 1.5 engine paired with a mandatory 6-speed manual transmission. Hatchbacks are available with a 6-speed manual or a CVT automatic; non-Si sedans are available only with the CVT.
Passenger space is nearly identical to the outgoing Civic, though there are several newly available features, including a fully digital configurable instrument display, larger color touchscreens, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, and wireless device charging.
New safety features include rear-seat side airbags, Traffic Jam Assist, a blind-spot monitor in place of the previous blind-spot camera, and a revised front collision-warning system designed to recognize hazards and road features more quickly and accurately.
Consumer Guide’s test Sport Touring may hold the sweet spot in the Civic lineup, balancing sporty character with extra utility and pleasant long-drive comfort. We’re impressed by the roominess of the cabin, the generally simple-to-use controls, and our observed fuel economy. Our sole complaint: cabin noise–especially at highway speed–is higher than that in most of other vehicles in this class.
Honda has chosen to take a conservative, understated route with the new-generation Civic’s exterior styling, which may be a good or bad thing depending on your tastes. Regardless, the Civic has always been a must-see in its class, and Honda’s latest version of this evergreen nameplate will likely keep it there for years to come.
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