In terms of their powertrains, the specs of the three Honda Civic Hatchbacks trims, called Sport, EX-L, and Sport Touring, read as follows: The Sport gets a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 158 hp, and the other two trim levels a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder with 180 hp. A CVT is standard, but a manual option is available to the Sport and Sport Touring - all cars are FWD, with no hybrid or AWD configurations available. A notable exception from these performance specifications is a properly quick sports model, but that need is catered for by the Civic Type R hatchback, which we review separately.
The base Sport trim comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED exterior lights, a proximity key with push-button start, automatic dual-zone climate control, cloth upholstery, a leather-trimmed and manually adjustable tilting/telescoping steering wheel. Infotainment comprises an eight-speaker audio system and a seven-inch touchscreen with smartphone mirroring. The standard safety suite is comprehensive, however, with collision mitigation, road-departure mitigation, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control, to name a few.
Moving up through the range fits 17- or 18-inch wheels, depending on trim, and adds such luxuries and conveniences as leather upholstery over cloth, a power moonroof, and power adjustment for the front seats, with heating. Blind-spot monitoring comes standard on the EX-L, while the Sport Touring gets parking sensors, a premium 12-speaker Bose sound system with navigation, and a larger touchscreen display. Package options are limited to a few protection packages and accessories.
Honda only makes a few packages available, but these mostly pertain to splash guards, floor mats, and cargo trays. A $799 HPD Package can be equipped to the hatch, which adds a front underbody spoiler, HPD emblem, and a tailgate spoiler. A variety of accessories and standalone options can be fitted, including roof racks, spoilers, badging, body moldings, and an engine-block heater for $90. The Civic Hatch is a take-it-or-leave it range, so choose your model carefully.