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2022 Honda Civic Sedan Test Drive Review: All Grown Up

by Jake Lingeman

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
$22,550
Sport Sedan
2.0L Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$23,950
EX Sedan
1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$25,550
Touring Sedan
1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$29,150
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Handling and Driving Impressions

Honda says the 11th-gen is the most rigid in Civic history, with an 8% improvement in torsional rigidity and 13 percent improvement in bending rigidity versus the previous generation. All of that improves ride, handling, and NVH. And it's noticeable. Maybe not when you first get in, but after we tested the 10th-gen back-to-back with this one, the improvements were easy to feel.

Body movements are more controlled, especially over the little, rhythmic bumps that make your car bounce all over the place. Jiggles were muted over the broken edges of the road as well. It has an extra 1.4 inches in its wheelbase, along with new lower ball joints on the MacPherson strut front suspension, which provide smooth (but maybe a little slower than we'd like) turn in and easy following of sweeping curves. Honda also says that the reduced suspension friction and improved bushings help reduce harsh road shock by 20 percent, and that too was felt in the smoothness of the ride.

We will say the new Civic is fun to hustle around back roads, but we're even more excited for the hatch, and eventually a six-speed manual transmission.

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.

2022 Honda Civic Sedan Comparisons

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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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