2022 Honda Civic Sedan

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2022 Honda Civic Sedan Test Drive Review: All Grown Up

The Honda Civic is still the second-best selling car - not truck or crossover - in the US, lagging only behind the perennial all-star Toyota Camry. But in the compact segment, the Civic outsold its closest competitor, the Toyota Corolla, by 30,000 vehicles last year. And it beat the rest by an even bigger margin. That's why Honda always needs to get the Civic right.

When we look back at the ten previous generations of Civic, designers seem to bounce back and forth between dorky and cool. Generation ten? Definitely cool. The few before that? Kinda dorky, while four, five, and six were pretty cool. But what about gen 11? That's the all-new 2022 Honda Civic you see here, available first as a sedan and later as a hatchback. Well, gen 11 is much more grown up, both visually and in the way it feels and behaves. For better or for worse.

Under the hood, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine produces 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft in base models, while a turbocharged 1.5L on upper trims brings these up to 180 hp and 177 lb-ft. As with most in the segment, the Civic is front-wheel driven, but unlike most, this eschews its compact classification with masses of space, an abundance of tech, and a joyful chassis that remembers what the pleasure of driving is all about. So is this all-new Civic good enough to still dominate the sales charts? Our first drive of the newcomer suggests this may be the best performing Civic yet.

Read in this review:

  • Exterior Design 8 /10
  • Performance 8 /10
  • Fuel Economy 9 /10
  • Interior & Cargo 10 /10
  • Infotainment & Features 9 /10
  • Reliability 10 /10
  • Safety 10 /10
  • Value For Money 10 /10
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2022 Honda Civic Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2021 Honda Civic?

Meet the 11th generation of the humble 4-door Honda Civic Sedan, featuring all-new styling and a brand-new interior for the 2022 model year. The last few Civics haven't quite been all-new, but this time around, it is. The only components carried over from the previous model are the engines and gearboxes, but the turbocharged engine option has been improved and boasts a slight power increase. This is not just a facelift but a complete overhaul all the way down to the wheelbase, which is 1.4 inches longer than before.

Pros and Cons

  • Improved performance over old model
  • Impressive fuel economy
  • Clean, simple interior
  • High-quality materials
  • Surprisingly good driver assistance
  • Not as visually striking as 10th generation
  • CVT could be more refined
  • Interior might be too plain for some

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2022 Honda Civic Sedan Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
LX Sedan
2.0L Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$21,900
Sport Sedan
2.0L Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$23,300
EX Sedan
1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$24,900
Touring Sedan
1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$28,500

2022 Civic Sedan Exterior

Honda's designers took a step back from the relatively wild styling of the tenth generation Civic Sedan. Instead of building on the previous incarnation's design, they looked closely at every iteration. They noticed many commonalities, like a long, low, and thin body, a wide stance, and a glassy cabin with a low beltline, attributes they focused on in creating the new Honda Civic model. The result is less striking than gen ten but overall more appealing and less likely to cause controversy. It has a blunt front end, A-pillars that have been pulled back, and a "glassy" cabin. Honda hit all of the targets it set, and we'll have to wait and see if it resonates with its customer base.

All models get automatic LED headlights, and body-colored door handles. The entry-level LX rides on 16-inch steel wheels with plastic covers, but the rest of the range gets either 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels as standard. Certain trims are easily identifiable, like the Honda Civic Sport which gets a chrome exhaust finisher and black side mirrors, while the range-topping Touring gets LED foglights. Both the EX and Touring get a standard power moonroof.

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Dimensions

Generation 11 shares two exterior measurements with the previous model. The 55.7-inch height is the same as is the 70.9-inch width. Honda's new design creates the illusion of a more hunkered-down car, however. The overall length is up to 184 inches, but more importantly, the wheelbase has been increased by 1.4 inches to 107.7 inches. On the downside, the all-new Civic is heavier than the previous model. The last base model weighed 2,771 pounds, while the new entry-level model weighs 2,877 lbs. For the first time in its history, the Civic breaches the 3,000 lbs mark. The EX and Touring models weigh 3,004 and 3,077 lbs, respectively.

  • Length 184.0 in
  • Wheelbase 107.7 in
  • Height 55.7 in
  • Max Width 70.9 in
  • Front Width 60.5 in
  • Rear Width 61.6 in
  • Curb Weight 2,935.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

The new Civic is available in eight colors, mostly carried over from the previous model. Familiar color options include Rallye Red, Aegean Blue, Platinum White ($395), Lunar Silver, Crystal Black, and Sonic Gray Pearl. Two all-new colors join the existing palette: Meteorite Gray and Morning Mist Blue. Both of these new colors retail for $395.

  • Platinum White Pearl
  • Sonic Gray Pearl
  • Morning Mist Metallic
  • Meteorite Gray Metallic
  • Aegean Blue Metallic
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Rallye Red
  • Lunar Silver Metallic

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2022 Honda Civic a good car?

Between the extra power, massively improved cabin and stiffer, more controllable body, the 11th-gen Civic is undeniably good. But we keep coming back to the sheetmetal, which looks like a mix of Accord and Volkswagen cues. It's just a little boring, especially when you set it next to the last generation, which was a little boy racer, but still cool.

This is the first year of a new model, so that's something to think about, but this is Honda we're talking about; we don't think the Civic will be a lemon. It competes with the Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, Nissan Sentra and Kia Forte, to name some of the best sellers, but we think this may be the pick of the lot.

The new Elantra looks great, and the N-Line powertrain makes 201 hp, which is fun. The Corolla, Sentra, and Forte are fine, just not very exciting. If you want wild, try the Elantra first. If you want sensible, though, the Honda Civic Sedan is probably the best option.

🚘What's the Price of the 2022 Honda Civic?

The price of the Honda Civic Sedan is very attractive. Price increases over the outgoing model are minimal, and in the case of the Touring, it's exactly the same as before. The 2.0L LX has an MSRP of $21,700, increasing to $23,100 for the Sport trim. Equipped with a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, the EX variant of the Honda Civic has a cost of $24,700. The price of the top-spec Touring matches that of the outgoing model. At just $28,300, it's a steal. These prices exclude Honda's destination charge of $995.

2022 Honda Civic Sedan Models

There are four models in the new Civic sedan range: LX, Sport, EX, and Touring.

The entry-level LX and Sport are powered by a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a CVT transmission. LX trim comes standard with Honda Sensing, LED exterior lights, push-start button, a seven-inch digital gauge display, a seven-inch color touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, auto climate control, and a four-speaker sound system.

The Sport trim adds 18-inch alloys, sporty exterior adornments, keyless entry, remote start, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, paddle shifters, and an eight-speaker sound system.

The EX and Touring trims are equipped with the 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, also mated to a CVT transmission. EX variants add a moonroof, blind-spot monitoring, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats and side mirrors, and 60/40 folding rear seats. Since the EX is aimed at comfort, it removes some of the sportier features found on the Sport model and drops to 17-inch alloy wheels.

The top-spec Touring trim adds low-speed braking control, rear cross-traffic alert, parking sensors front and rear, LED fog lights, power-adjustable front seats, rain-sensing wipers, a digital instrument cluster, a nine-inch infotainment system, navigation, two rear USB ports, and a 12-speaker Bose sound system developed specifically for the Civic.

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Additional Packages

So far Honda has unveiled only one optional package but without a price. It's called the Honda Racing Package, and it comes with front, side, and rear underbody spoilers, a decklid spoiler, and a rear emblem. Honda traditionally doesn't make lots of features optional, so if you want more, you need to climb the trim ladder.

🚗What Honda Civic Sedan Model Should I Buy?

Pricing looks just right, with the base Civic starting at $22,695 including destination. The top Touring trim starts at $29,295, which seems a bit much, but you do get all of that new tech, the heated leather seats, and a bunch of other stuff. We think the best place to land is probably somewhere in the middle, as long as you get the more powerful 1.5-liter turbo engine. That leaves you with just one option, the EX. The EX trim with that power plant costs $25,695, and is where we'd start. You get the seven-inch screen, which is fine, and the interior layout is standard no matter what model you pick.

On the other hand, if you want to wait a few months, we'll see the new Civic Hatch. That will definitely look cooler, but don't wait around for a coupe, because it's never coming. And if you want a manual, you'll have to wait for that too. Finally, if you want a wild-looking Civic, you'll have to wait a few years, or maybe a few generations, as the pendulum has just touched the boring side. It'll be a while before it swings back.

2022 Honda Civic Sedan Comparisons

Toyota Corolla Sedan CarBuzz
Honda Accord Honda
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Honda Civic Sedan158 hp30/37 mpg$21,900
Toyota Corolla Sedan 139 hp30/38 mpg$20,075
Honda Accord 192 hp30/38 mpg$24,970

2022 Honda Civic Sedan vs Toyota Corolla Sedan

While Honda has gone boring for this new Civic, the Toyota Corolla has swung the opposite way and gone majorly exciting with its exterior design. The Toyota boasts a more aggressive exterior, but its engines don't deliver the kind of performance you expect given the way it looks. There's no turbocharged offering, and Corolla buyers have to be satisfied with either a 139-hp 1.8-liter, or a 169-hp 2.0-liter. Either way, both Honda engines are superior, not just in power, but gas mileage as well. The Civic is slightly more expensive, but the new interior more than makes up for it. Not only is the Honda more advanced, but its interior also makes Toyota's brand-new offering look a generation behind.

Toyota already has a Top Safety Pick award behind its name, while Honda still has to wait and see if its new Civic can match the old model's rating. Safety-wise, both cars get similar active and passive safety features. The Honda wins in our books, though, not just because it has a more engaging drive. It's ahead in terms of interior space, refinement, design, and fuel economy. Factor in similar pricing, and it's a no-brainer.

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2022 Honda Civic Sedan vs Honda Accord

The price gap between the Honda Civic and Honda Accord isn't that big, which means some customers might be lured into showrooms by the new car, only to drive away with a larger, older one. Honda's Accord is obviously larger, most notably in the rear. Rear passengers get more space, and it has 16.7 cubes of cargo capacity.

The Accord is available with three powertrain options, including a 192-hp version of the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, a 212-hp hybrid, and a 252-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. The latter engine makes the most of the Accord's sweet chassis. On the inside, the base Accord has a larger touchscreen interface and a better standard sound system, but compared to a similarly-priced Civic Touring, the Accord's system isn't as current or capable. The interior isn't nearly as cool, either. If you need the extra space, the Accord is worth going for. If not, the Civic has more than enough positive attributes to keep you happy.

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