The benchmark for reasonably priced motoring has arrived.
Back in June, Honda revealed the all-new 2022 Civic Hatchback, and although some have bemoaned its relatively boring styling, most others will love that it looks a lot more elegant than the last model. Whatever your opinion on the styling, the Honda Civic Hatchback is a car we've been looking forward to. And despite worldwide supply issues, production for the little runaround has stayed on track. If you've been waiting to see how the new Civic is priced before pulling the trigger on a new car, we can happily report that it goes on sale today with a starting MSRP of $22,900 excluding destination.
The base LX trim comes with a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine (158 horsepower/138 lb-ft of torque) and a CVT, and costs $22,900. Next up is the Sport with a six-speed manual or a CVT, both at a price of $24,100. The EX-L is the first in the range with the 1.5-liter turbo engine (180 hp/177 lb-ft). It sports a CVT and a price tag of $26,600. Spend a little more and you can get the Sport Touring trim with a choice of either a manual or a CVT for $29,400. All prices listed here exclude a $1,015 destination charge.
None of these cars will cost much to run either, with the most economical version (the EX-L) promising EPA ratings of 31/39/35 mpg city/highway/combined. The thirstiest model is the Sport with a manual transmission, returning figures of 26/36/29 mpg on the same cycles.
The cheapest LX version boasts a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as push-button start, LED headlights, and a cargo area measuring 24.5 cubic feet with the rear seats in place.
Next is the Sport with "additional styling flair". With CVT models, you get a Sport driving mode, but either version comes with gloss Berlina Black 18-inch wheels, low-profile tires, black exterior accents, and a chrome exhaust. Inside, an eight-speaker audio system and unique seat upholstery are fitted. Sport pedals and a leather steering wheel and gear-lever combo are included too.
Moving up to the EX-L, the CVT is retuned for "improved response and drivability" while leather upholstery, an eight-way power driver's seat, heated front seats and wing mirrors, a power sunroof, and dual-zone automatic climate control further add to its appeal.
The range-topping Sport Touring gets LED fog lights, machine-finished 18-inch alloys, front and rear parking sensors, a Bose premium sound system, a nine-inch infotainment display with wireless smartphone integration, a four-way power passenger seat, and a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster.
We expect it to sell like hotcakes once again, pleasing old and new buyers alike. "This is the most fun-to-drive Civic Hatchback we've ever made," says American Honda's Dave Garner. "Our 11th-generation Civic Sedan is already a runaway success and now this all-new Civic Hatchback further amplifies the performance of the Civic lineup."
The Civic Hatchback is the second of the new 11th-generation Civic variants that will eventually include the sporty Civic Si in sedan-only and the spicy Civic Type R as a hatchback. The Civic Hatchback is built in the USA at Honda's Greensburg, Indiana plant, which marks the first time the nameplate has been manufactured stateside.