When a vehicle has been around for 50 years, as the Honda Civic can boast, it obviously has some good things up its sleeve.
But even a popular model like the Civic needs to change every now and then, and for 2022, the Honda Civic has undergone its latest iteration: the 11th overall generation of the vehicle.
The results have paid off, with this compact drive being selected as the 2022 North American Car of the Year.
The redesigned Civic – which comes in sedan and hatchback versions – includes a luxurious and spacious interior design, a sharper-looking exterior and the addition of additional safety features to bring the vehicle into the modern era of high-tech automobiles.
I recently spent some time in a 2022 Honda Civic and I am back with a full report.
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Vehicle: 2022 Honda Civic
Price as tested: $29,690 (starts around $23K)
Best Feature: Sharp Redesign, Strong Technology, Reliability
Rating: 4 out of five stars
Who wants this vehicle?: Compact car buyers looking for a modern, reliable vehicle with a sharp design
Updates to the Civic’s design improve the look of both the interior and exterior of the car.
On the outside, a sportier look is offered, with a sharp lighting design that emphasizes the elongated headlights and larger grille.
Exterior features include 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights, rain-sensing windshield wipers and heated power door mirrors with turn signals.
Going in, you’re battling both a better designed and a more luxurious look in the 2022 Civic versus its predecessor’s design. Also for 2022, comfort for driver and passengers will be improved.
Like all compact cars, the Civic’s interior will be cramped for families or those carrying a lot of passengers, especially in the back. But it is one of the roomier compacts out there, if this is the class you choose. Some may find it too small and look to upgrade to the Honda Accord or other larger sedans.
Interior materials are high-end for the segment, but not quite at the level of some competitors.
Notable interior features include leather-trimmed seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, 60/40 folding rear seats and more. The one-touch power moonroof was a strong feature of the Civic I tested, and you can also charge a cordless phone in a handy location on the front.
You should not expect a lot of cargo space in any compact car, but the figures of the Civic keep up well in the segment.
HOW’S THE RIDE?
There are two choices for powering your Honda Civic 2022. The first option is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which comes standard and offers 158 horsepower and 138 lb.-ft of torque. If you’re looking for more juice, step up to the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with its 180 horsepower and 177 pound-feet.
All Civics have front-wheel drive only, and all sedans come with a CVT automatic transmission. Buyers of hatchbacks still have the option of a six-speed manual transmission, but it has been removed from the sedan range. Paddle shifters can help drivers replicate the manual experience.
My test vehicle (a Touring trim level) had the upgraded engine and I recommend the upgrade. The driving experience was solid and better than most rivals in the compact car class. What smaller vehicles lack in space, they often make up for in terms of driveability and that is the case here. In my opinion, the Civic’s ride quality in this segment is only beaten by the Mazda3, which is tuned for more power.
There is some road noise that gets into the vehicle on the highway, but it’s not overly bothersome. The Civic gets you moving well for a small vehicle; braking is quite responsive; and handling is another strong point.
The Civic’s impressive infotainment system is centered around a 9-inch color touchscreen with Honda navigation, voice recognition and a multi-view rear view camera.
The system was well designed and contained reliable voice commands that were understood by the vehicle without any difficulty. There are also helpful on-screen hints for commands if you’re not sure what to say.
Touch controls for the infotainment setup are also very easy to learn and well placed, as is the steering wheel controls. Navigation was effective, even when I was diverted by construction I was always offering new routes.
Other tech features included a premium 13-speaker Bose audio system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, a Driver Attention Monitor, Bluetooth connectivity to stream music and phone calls to the vehicle, satellite radio (free for three months) and more.
Moving on to safety, the Civic gets this part done really well too, with plenty of standard features on offer.
In addition to the many airbags throughout the vehicle to protect you, there are safety features such as: Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, Vehicle Stability Assist, Anti-lock Braking System and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, plus a LATCH system for child seats.
Also standard is the Honda Sensing package, with advanced systems such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Keeping Assist System, Road Departure Mitigation, Blind Spot Information System, plus front and rear parking sensors
These are all great features that can save lives, but keep in mind that some of them can be overly sensitive at times.
Official fuel miles on the 2022 Civic are 31 city/38 highway/34 combined. In my testing, on paper, these are among the best grades in the class.
However, in real-world testing, I averaged just 28 mpg during my testing. Still strong numbers, but a little less than I expected.
The 2022 Honda Civic is available in four different trim levels: LX, EX, Sport and Touring. The Touring model I tested was at the higher end of the range and cost just under $30,000. The base price starts around $23K.
This is a good middle ground for the segment. Some competitors undercut the price a bit, and some are more expensive. All in all, it’s about as affordable a vehicle as you’ll find these days and still get a strong product. This is one of the reasons why the Civic is one of the most popular vehicles for younger first-time car buyers (or adults buying cars for young drivers in the family).
Warranty is for 3 years/36,000 miles, and you get Honda Roadside Assistance. But it’s important to remember that Honda has a great reputation for reliability, which helps with the overall cost analysis.
While its compact size may limit the number of interested buyers, those who don’t need a lot of passenger or cargo space have a lot to love about the 2022 Honda Civic, which should remain one of the industry’s best-selling cars for its reliability, responsive driving profile. and strong technical setup. In a competitive compact car segment, it holds up with the 2022 redesign.
Matt Myftiu can be reached by email at [email protected] His past reviews can all be seen online at autotechreviews.com.