Few vehicles embody the solid engineering and build quality of Japanese automakers like the Honda Civic. Honda Introduced the Civic in 1972, and since then it has been going well with many generations and body styles to choose from. It evolved from a small, modest, fuel-efficient car to a real car and became a favorite among tuners. Consumer Reports notes that the Honda Civic is an all-round solid car; the owners love it so much.
The Honda Civic prides itself on great engine options, smooth handling and low fuel consumption. And there is a better performing Civic Type R hot hatch. Honda completely redesigned the 2022 model, ushering in the 11th generation of the model. It rides on the success of its predecessor’s strengths and is arguably the best iteration yet. The Civic continues to be popular in a market dominated by SUVs, and here’s why we love it (and some reasons we wouldn’t buy it).
10/10 We love his: cheerful road manners
The Honda Civic checks all the boxes that make for a desirable compact car. The Type R model is arguably the most exciting of the bunch, but even the humble sedan and hatchback models are so much fun to drive with their merry road manners.
The Civic comes with enthusiastic handling and the suspension does a good job smoothing out bumps in the road. It confidently navigates corners with good road grip, responsive steering and good brakes. But it does sacrifice a bit of comfort for the sporty ride.
9/10 We love it: Excellent fuel economy
The 2022 Honda Civic poses as one of the most economical compact carswith the mid-range EX trim that gives the best return with 36 mpg combined. Even the Turbocharged Sports Touring model does quite well with 33 mpg in combined driving.
At its most efficient, the Civic beats its closest rival, the Toyota Corolla, with about 3 mpg while being sportier. And a Civic hybrid is on its way to taking efficiency above 50 mpg.
8/10 We love it: easy-to-use technical features
The LX, Sport and EX Civic models feature a 7-inch touchscreen, the largest ever offered as standard in a Civic. The top-end Touring equipment gets the larger 9-inch HD display and a reconfigurable 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster.
They placed the infotainment system high on the dashboard to help the driver keep their eyes on the road, and both screen options respond with intuitive on-screen menus. There are also plenty of driving aids like the Honda Sensing, which offers features that some consider luxuries.
7/10 We love its: simpler and more elegant exterior styling
The latest generation Civic comes with an all-new look, dressed to impress. It’s a more mature styling that exudes sporty vibes and exudes cool in the sedan and hatchback body styles. It lights up its path with sparkling LED headlights and upgraded LED taillights.
Also, the Sport trim adds some exterior styling flair with 18-inch alloy wheels and gloss black mirror caps and window surrounds, giving it a racer look.
6/10 We love his: modern and spacious cabin
We love how Honda has made the Civic’s interior simple yet attractive and elegant. The redesign gives the interior a new lease of life, transforming the Civic into a spacious hatchback capable of giving compact SUVs value for money. It’s roomy with plenty of leg and headroom in the rear.
The design features clean lines and a full-width honeycomb carbon mesh that subtly hides the HVAC vents for a clean look. All buttons and controls are within easy reach of the driver, and the narrow front roof pillars clear the view for excellent outside visibility.
5/10 We love it: budget-friendly prices
The Honda Civic in the basic Sport Sedan trim starts at $24,650, making the Civic one of the most affordable new sedans. The well-equipped EX trim has many extra features and won’t cost you an arm and a leg, proving its sweet spot in the range. The most named Sport Touring Hatchback costs $31,145.
But cheaper rivals like the Kia Forte, Mazda 3 and Hyundai Elantra exist. Still, the Civic falls within the more affordable range.
4/10 We love it: high predicted reliability
Honda’s bulletproof reliability is one of the many reasons fans of their cars show unwavering loyalty. The Civic is no exception, consistently scoring high reliability from independent reviewers and top owner satisfaction.
Although it is still early days, the new Honda Civic should prove reliable in the long run. There have been no safety reminders for the Honda 2022 yet, and there is a five-year warranty on the drivetrain for your peace of mind.
3/10 We love it: ten trim levels
Many automakers, mostly from America, have dropped sedan offerings from their lineups, but Honda is maintaining this body style for another new generation. The 2023 Honda Civic comes in ten trim levels, including five sedans in the LX, EX, Touring and Si models. There are also four hatchbacks, including the LX, Sport, EX-L and Sport Touring.
Rounding out the trim levels is the new high-performance Type R which should arrive sometime in the fall of 2022.
2/10 Why We Shouldn’t Buy: No Four-Wheel Drive
While fans had hoped for an AWD Civic, Honda thought otherwise and the new-generation Honda Civic only comes with a front-wheel drive final drive. It would have been the first time the popular car had an AWD variant that could have helped it compete with the Subaru Impreza and the Mazda 3.
Some buyers may prefer to look elsewhere because of this factor. The current Type R is one of the best performing front-wheel drive cars, and they’re unlikely to change that.
1/10 Why we shouldn’t buy: Could use more power on the base engine
Despite its much-discussed efficiency and reliability, we have issues with the Honda Civic’s base powertrain. There are four engines and we believe the 2021 model’s stock engine could use more power.
Also, the sedan trim doesn’t have a manual transmission, which could have increased the fun factor of the car. It comes with a well-tuned CVT transmission that delivers smooth power and quick response. But it feels uninspired off the line, and you may run into disappointment if you try to squeeze any excitement out of it.