The 2021 Honda Civic Hatchback is available in four different trim levels, starting with the LX, and followed by the Sport, EX, and Sport Touring. All four trims are powered by the same turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces between 174 hp and 180 hp. Power is sent to the front wheels via a CVT automatic transmission or a six-speed manual transmission in the Sport trims (CVT also available). The base model features a five-inch infotainment display, single-zone climate control, and Bluetooth streaming. The Sport gets a larger seven-inch display with an eight-speaker sound system, a leather steering wheel and shift knob, sport pedals, a rear-seat armrest, and a power bump to 180 hp in six-speed manual guise. EX models include features such as HD radio, dual-zone climate control, and a one-touch power moonroof. The Sport Touring adds a 12-speaker sound system, navigation, and heated rear outboard seats.
Honda's plan with the Civic has always been to deliver an affordable and functional product. Over the years, the compact has become infinitely more refined but the price of the Honda Civic Hatchback has still been kept on the lower side. The base model (LX) starts off with an MSRP of only $22,200. This price excludes tax, registration, and a destination fee of $995. Next up is the Sport, which goes for $23,300. The EX costs $24,700 and the top-of-the-range Sport Touring will set you back $28,600. Fully-specced, the Honda Civic Hatchback will top out at over $35,000. With massive second-hand availability, you should have no problem finding a good used Civic hatch for sale.
Honda has done its best to cram as many standard features into each of its trims, with the Sport Touring offering an impressive amount of kit, but there are a few options that can be added on for an even better driving experience. The lower three trims can be fitted with an auto-dimming rearview mirror for $454 and all versions can be equipped with a wireless phone charger for an additional $314. Non-sport models can get a set of alloy pedals for $93, while both the Sport and Sport Touring can be fitted with a set of massive 19-inch HFP Black alloy wheels.
Cars have never been as refined and well-equipped as they are now, and one glance at the 2021 Civic Hatchback shows you just how far the automotive industry has come; for well under $30,000, you can get a car with standard adaptive cruise control. From the base model right up to the Sport Touring, the Civic offers an excellent driving experience and covers most of the bases in terms of standard features. We would go for the Sport, which is on the cheaper side of the Civic spectrum, but gets the most powerful engine option, a six-speed manual box, quicker steering, and the larger seven-inch infotainment display.