Still the best daily budget driver

2022 Honda Civic Touring Sedan Front

The Honda Civic’s journey was quite a success. Despite remaining best in class as the ultimate everyday budget driver, the Civic has had multiple personalities over the years. With a variety of models to suit all tastes, the Civic has always brought personality, reliability and a design hip enough to beat its old rival in the Toyota Corolla.

The 2022 Honda Civic marks the beginning of the 11th generation for this model. This year, Honda have taken a different approach for their Civic. We reviewed the 2022 Honda Civic Touring Sedan to see if all the changes were the best and if the Honda Civic can continue to be one of the best-selling, best daily drivers in the United States.

Most important features:

  • Turbocharged engine
  • Variable ratio electric power assisted rack and pinion steering
  • Stabilizer bars front and rear

  • Engine/Engine: 1.5 liter in-line 4-cylinder turbocharger
  • horsepower: 180 @6,000 rpm
  • Couple: 177 lb-ft @ 1700-4500 RPM
  • Drive: front-wheel drive
  • Transfer: Continuously variable transmission (M-CVT)

  • Great turbocharged engine option
  • Sleek and Sophisticated Cab
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Great and confident handling
  • Great fuel economy
  • Mature and smooth exterior design

  • CVT feels lazy sometimes
  • No manual transmission option on sedan
  • The best features are only in Touring Trim

2022 Civic: The First Year of the 11th Generation

The 2022 Honda Civic sedan is the first year in the 11th generation, which has a completely new design. The concept behind the 11th generation Civic sedan is to maximize cabin space to provide an inviting cabin for driver and passengers, while minimizing space for mechanical components. With this new concept, visibility improves, space increases and the overall design is much sleeker.

The Civic will continue to come in two engine options: a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated and a 1.5-liter turbo. In addition to design and space, the 2022 Honda Civic sedan comes with a list of advanced features that really won’t leave you wanting much more. For our review, we decided to test the 1.5-litre turbo engine.

2022 Honda Civic Touring Engine Specifications

While the Civic LX and Civic Sport come with the 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine, the EX and Touring trim levels have the more cheerful 1.5-liter turbo engine. Our loner came with the Touring decal, which meant we could have a more enjoyable ride with the turbocharged engine.

This car has an in-line 4-cylinder turbo engine of 1.5 liters. The direct-injection engine comes with 16-valve DOHC VTEC, but with a 6,600-rpm redline, which makes it a little less screamy than the old-generation Civics revving above 7K rpm. The Civic’s 1.5-litre turbo engine works in tandem with a continuously variable transmission with paddle shifters.

Unfortunately, the sedan does not come with the six-speed manual transmission. If you want the manual, check out our 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback review. Like the hatch, the Civic sedan delivers 180 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 177 lb-ft of torque between 1,700-4,500 rpm.

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Design Honda Civic Touring Sedan 2022

At first glance, an influence of the Accord may be quite obvious. This really gives the sedan a completely new, mature, mature design. While the Hatchback has similar features, the design differs. Honda realized that simple is better by cutting out all the nonsense and sticking to a stylish, smooth design. You won’t find too many fake vents, unrealistic curves, or unnecessary fluff. Instead, a smooth exterior with long body lines, sleek headlights and bold, Accord-esque taillights.

We love the new direction Honda is taking with the Civic. Not only is it one of the best-selling cars in America, not only is it one of the most reliable cars in America, it now looks and feels like a much more expensive vehicle, but with a price tag of less than $30,000. If you decide to lower your expectations and opt for a lower trim level and engine option, you can even pick up a 2022 Honda Civic sedan for $22,350 (starting from the suggested retail price for the Civic LX). If this isn’t the best deal, we don’t know what is. Overall, the exterior is just clean and visually appealing, but the interior makes the real impressive impression.

2022 Honda Civic Touring Sedan Cab Updates

The interior of the 2022 Honda Civic sedan is, as they say, where the magic happens. A beautiful honeycomb grille runs over the entire dashboard. Not only is it stylish, but it also covers the air conditioning vents, making the interior look really clean. On the Touring trim level only, the touchscreen is 9-inch instead of the 7-inch on all other trim levels. The Touring trim also adds wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (instead of wired), as well as the wireless phone charger.

The wireless charger is frustrating and keeps stopping, but it’s there. The infotainment system is simple. It works great and flawlessly, but it’s not unique in any way. The meter cluster gets a massive upgrade in the Touring trim level, with a 10.2-inch screen instead of 7-inch.

The leather seats are extremely comfortable, with heated seats for the front seats. Aside from some highway noise and the annoying wireless phone charger, the interior of the 2022 Honda Civic Touring sedan is truly something special for the price.

2022 Honda Civic Touring Sedan First Ride

Having just driven the manual 2022 Honda Civic hatchback, I knew the sedan with the automatic transmission would be a lot less fun. It was true. The manual transmission gives the Civic real character and a certain rawness, but the sedan offers this mature, restrained feeling. The car is extremely smooth and certainly feels more expensive than its price tag.

We’re not sure why Honda decided to drop the blind spot camera when you turn on the right turn signal, but the blind spot monitors work flawlessly. On the road, the Civic is confident to say the least. The suspension remains relatively flat in the corners and the steering feels very precise.

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If we had to judge the suspension and handling of the 2022 Honda Civic sedan, it would be a great balance of sportiness and comfort. It can handle its own curves without a big body, but it’s never at the expense of comfort. Acceleration is impressive for such a small engine, and while the CVT transmission can feel dull at times, it is extremely smooth and well-mannered. Every now and then it will gig and scrape around, but it’s great for everyday riding. Paddle shifters are strange on this car. It feels like they don’t really improve the ride feel, but if you use them to downshift, you’d be surprised how useful they can be at times.

The driving experience is comfortable, confident and fun. Bose’s premium audio system with 12 speakers is quite good. It’s hard to believe you’re driving a Civic, and this all-new platform will make you forget the days of the past and look to a future where the Civic is now refined and balanced, yet remains affordable. We weren’t sure how Honda could make the 11th generation surpass an already great 10th generation, but they did and the 2022 Honda Civic is just a hit for the price.

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It comes down to

We were thrilled with the Civic hatch, and we’ll be thrilled with the sedan. The 2022 Honda Civic sedan is probably the best everyday budget you can buy for under $30,000. While we really want to get the deal of the century under $25,000, it looks like the right choice will be closer to $30k for the Touring trim. Unfortunately, the Touring trim offers way too many specs and features that other trim levels don’t. We were disappointed to learn that all other trim levels don’t have wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We just believe that all cars should now have this feature wirelessly.

The Touring trim will be the right choice. You get a much more useful and efficient interior, with a better sound system, a larger touchscreen and a larger meter box, as well as leather-trimmed seats. I hardly ever recommend the highest trim, but I wouldn’t buy any other trim if I was in the market for a Honda Civic.

We don’t have to tour Honda’s horns, they’ve been producing some of the best everyday drivers for decades. However, after driving the 11th generation, we can truly say that Honda continues to improve, offering some intensive testing to ensure reliability and longevity, and evolving their budget day by day into a contender for much more expensive vehicles without breaking the bank. having to break. Honda has now also set the bar extremely high for the Toyota Corolla.

While we wish the Civic sedan came with a manual, we’re glad the hatchback does. At a time when manual transmission is a small part of sales, Honda is making a statement by continuing to offer it in their hatchback, regardless of the lack of profit. For those who want an automatic transmission, the Civic sedan will do just fine.

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