The brand's smallest family sedan has become just a bit less accessible.
Pricing for the 2023 Honda Civic Sedan range has now been revealed, and it appears that a slight shift in strategy has been implemented to mimic other models from the Honda lineup. As spotted by Car and Driver, for the new model year, Honda has decided to drop the base LX trim and only offer the Sport, EX, and Touring with prices starting at $24,650 MSRP.
As a result, the entry-level price for the Civic sedan is now $2,100 more than it was just one year ago. Furthermore, there aren't any changes made to any of the trims for the 2023 model year, so this is just routine price inflation. The EX and Touring are priced at MSRPs of $26,050 and $29,650, respectively. The Si slots in just beneath the Touring at $28,100. All prices exclude the $1,095 destination charge. As a more direct comparison, the Sport is now $700 more while the EX and Touring see an increase of $500. The Si is now $600 more.
The Sport comes fitted with the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder gas engine good for 158 horsepower. It features 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, cloth seats, an eight-speaker audio system, and a multitude of safety features.
The EX includes all of that but sources power from the turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-four engine, which produces 180 hp. The specification is somewhat in line with the Sport, except it gets 17-inch alloy wheels. It also does away with some of the premium touches you would find in the Sport. The Touring is all-inclusive as it adds leather seats, the Bose premium sound system with 12 speakers, electrically adjustable seats, and dual-zone climate control, among other features.
The Si specification is more in the region of the EX, but it comes with a 200 hp output and six-speed manual transmission. CVT automatics are mated to the rest.
Honda says that pricing for the Civic Hatchback, including the highly anticipated Type R, will be announced in due course, but we can expect that this model may too drop the LX trim. The removal of the base model is a strategy we've seen from Honda concerning the 2022 Pilot range, as its LX trim was exchanged for a more generous Sport together with a $5,530 price increase.
Although recently refreshed, the CR-V is another model that takes a similar approach to the more premium trim strategy by only offering the EX as its new base model with a significant increase in the base price of the lineup.
A more focused model range that preferences premium trims appear to be a strategy that Honda is taking seriously. Unfortunately, this means that the popular brand may slowly transition to a less accessible one if this is carried out to every single model in the future.
Contrary to this, however, is the fairly new HR-V which maintains its LX trim with a reasonable price increase over the previous model year.