The Civic begins at $1,535 more than the Toyota Corolla Hatch.
Honda fans were disappointed with the news that the sporty Civic Coupe would be dropped from the US lineup for the 2021 model year. The coupe simply wasn't selling as strongly as the hatchback, leaving the latter as the more youthful alternative in the Civic lineup that also includes the sedan.
Now, Honda has released 2021 pricing for the Civic Hatchback which carries over without any changes for the new model year in lieu of a new model arriving for 2022. The range begins with the LX with a CVT transmission at an MSRP of $22,000, which represents a price increase of $250 for this model compared to its 2020 equivalent. This same price increase applies to other models in the range, too. By comparison, the Toyota Corolla Hatchback begins at $20,465.
Moving up through the Civic range, the Sport with the manual gearbox goes for $23,100, followed by the Sport CVT at $23,900, the EX CVT at $24,500, the Sport Touring manual at $28,400, and finally, the Sport Touring CVT at $29,200. All prices exclude Honda's destination and handling charge of $955. Last year's EX-L, which slotted in between the EX and the range-topping Sport Touring, has fallen away for 2021.
As per last year, the Civic Hatchback uses a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine across the range. It produces 174 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque in all models besides the Sport and Sport Touring, where power jumps to 180 hp. For the latter two derivatives, torque is rated at 177 lb-ft for the manual gearbox and 162 lb-ft for the CVTs.
Buyers who were interested in the Civic Coupe's good looks would likely be most interested in the Civic Hatchback Sport or Sport Touring, which have a bolder look thanks to extras like an underbody spoiler kit, a central dual-outlet exhaust, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
If that's not enough visual drama for your tastes, there are always aftermarket tuners ready and willing to make this family hatchback look a lot more hardcore than it does rolling off the production line. The 2021 Civic began arriving at dealers earlier this month and is available now.