2022 Honda Civic

Release Date: Summer 2021
Estimated Price: Starting around $22,500 (estimated)
  • Redesigned for 2022
  • More restrained styling
  • Available wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Same adult-friendly interior
  • Kicks off the 11th Civic generation
2022 Honda Civic Review
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What is the Civic?

The Honda Civic's 10th-generation model launched in 2016. It upended the conventions set by its rather unremarkable predecessor with distinctive exterior styling, high-class interior materials, and a renewed emphasis on driving excitement. It quickly launched to the top of our rankings of small sedans, where it has sat virtually unopposed for more than half a decade.

But the Civic is not without faults, and certain aspects — we're looking at you, frustrating infotainment system — have blemished the otherwise sterling experience. Our outlook is positive after our first glimpse at the fully redesigned 2022 Honda Civic. For one, its new touchscreen interface appears similar to the one in the Honda Passport and Accord, which we prefer to the current Civic's. And the specs suggest there's as much segment-topping legroom as the old model, with a little more headroom to boot.

And, yes, there's also the matter of the car's styling. Honda has taken a more conservative and anonymous approach this time around. What do you think? Our staff is split, either finding the new Civic's look refreshingly normal or a first-class ticket to Dullsville.

What's under the Civic's hood?

The entry-level LX and midtier Sport models will continue to use the familiar 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which makes the same 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque as in last year's Civic. The 2.0-liter now features an automatic engine stop-start feature, which is good for a 1-2 mpg bump in most categories compared to last year's car.

The EX and Touring utilize a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine with 180 hp and 177 lb-ft — an increase of 6 hp and 15 lb-ft over last year. The current Civic with this engine accelerates from zero to 60 mph in a quick 6.7 seconds and is more fuel-efficient than the base motor, making it the gem of the lineup. We recommend upgrading to the EX or Touring if your budget allows.

There's no word yet on a future Civic Si or Type R, but they both appeared the year after the current Civic debuted. We also don't have an indication whether the hatchback body style will return. Hopefully we won't have to wait too long before Honda releases five-door and high-output versions of the new Civic.

How's the Civic's interior?

The Civic's cabin should be the roomiest in its class. Honda's published specifications suggest the new version will be more spacious than the previous model, which was already massive inside. Four adults should have no problem fitting comfortably, even on long road trips.

We argue that the new Civic's interior has lost some of the spark that made the last one so unexpectedly charming. Gone are the sliding armrest, fighter-jet instrument panel and clever storage area below the center stack. Instead, the cabin looks quite conventional, with a typical front center stack design, a touchscreen perched atop a low dashboard, and, on the pictured Touring trim, a fully digital instrument panel. The climate control cluster is more easily distinguishable at a glance, and the knurled knobs are an upscale touch.

The single daring element is the honeycomb-pattern trim piece that stretches from the center stack to passenger door. As suggested by the joysticks that punctuate it, air vents are hidden behind the applique so as not to disturb the design. Like the knurled climate knobs, the lattice trim is an interesting visual designed to provoke a tactile response from the passenger.

How's the Civic's tech?

Honda is often slower than other automakers to incorporate exotic features into its more budget-friendly cars. With that in mind, you won't find ventilated front seats or a surround-view camera on the options list. However, the new Civic does have a few new items. The top-trim Touring model receives the most notable upgrades, with a wireless charging pad, digital instrument panel and 12-speaker Bose audio system among its new add-ons. All Civics will now come with a 7-inch touchscreen and wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (you previously had to upgrade to the Sport), while the Touring gets a 9-inch screen with additional wireless functionality for CarPlay and Android Auto.

On the safety front, the Civic will continue to count the Honda Sensing suite of active safety features as standard. It includes driving aids such as forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. Honda has switched from a radar- and-camera-based detection system to a purely camera system, which Honda says provides a wider field of view. More advanced hardware is said to make the system quicker to identify and respond to pedestrians, bicyclists and other vehicles. The blind-spot monitor is now an active detection system, rather than the current-gen blind-spot camera. Unique to the Touring model are parking sensors that automatically engage the brakes if the Civic is about to bump into an object.

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2022 Honda Civic video

[MUSIC PLAYING] PRESENTER: Say hello to the 11th-generation Honda Civic. One thing I do need to point out is that this particular vehicle is a prototype. Now, it does look basically like what you'll see when the car goes into production, but this one doesn't really have an interior, and it doesn't have a powertrain. Even if it never got the love it deserved from the Fast and the Furious movies, the Honda Civic is an iconic small car. And it's not just the fast and loud Si or Type R that make it worth talking about. The Honda Civic has been a benchmark small car year after year-- except, like, 2001's. I'd avoid those. And sort of 2006 through, like, 2010 weren't great, I guess. But otherwise, it's a benchmark small car. And I'm not just saying that. Honda has sold more than 18 million Civics worldwide since the model was introduced, making it one of the bestselling cars of all time. And I guess Lada sold, like, 19 million Riva variants worldwide. So maybe sometimes, there's something else going on. The current 10th-generation Honda Civic is our top-rated small car, but it's got a few weaknesses now. The infotainment is old and just kind of blah. Competitors have economy-focused hybrid models where the Civic doesn't. So we're looking forward to getting more details on this car. We don't have them all right now, but we'll tell you what we can. So let's take a closer look. And I guess, I mean, they had a Civic in the hijack scene with the truck, but that's not really showing it love. Commenters won't care. Man, I'm going to have Fast and Furious fanboys crawling up my [BLEEP]. The 11th-generation Honda Civic gives up some of the playfulness of the design of the 10th generation for a more sophisticated, clean look. Also, look. Plastic honeycomb-- it's gone. The dimensions haven't really changed overall. It's basically the same width and the same height, and it's only about an inch longer overall. But the new design definitely accentuates the width and the length. Just all paint. It looks just lower and longer and a little more sporty in some ways. You can see up front the grill has actually been lowered and brought down to make the front end look lower. And these headlights have been traded from the up-swept version on the 10th generation to, again, a sort of flatter look here. The character lines are just meant to really draw the eye across the front end and accentuate the width that's there. The A pillars have actually been moved back a bit, and the top of the hood has been lowered. They've also moved the mirrors from the window mounts onto the door. All of this taken together should help improve visibility. And again, it just accentuates that flat, long look that they're going for with the car. The competing, swooping character lines that you had in the 10th generation have been replaced by this very strong crease. It's a little reminiscent of the Accord, but where the Accord is a bit of an arc, this is a very flat line. And they've leveled out the door handles, which my OCD loves. Back here, the rear window actually starts a little lower so there's more glass for the rear passengers. Overall, they're trying to keep the greenhouse feeling relatively airy and open even though they're aiming for that sporty look. This little hitch here-- again, very reminiscent of the Accord, meant to accentuate the hips of the car, go for that sporty look. Let's check out the back. Around the back, you can see there have been really big changes. Those crab-claw tail lights are gone, and in their place are these much more standard units. It maybe has a little less personality, but also, those old headlights added a lot of visual height to the vehicle. And that's something they're looking to avoid here. Gone also is that separate spoiler. Instead, they have an integrated spoiler. It looks a little bit like a duck tail feel. I think overall, this tail reminds me a little bit of some of the design language we see from Mercedes, just like the profile view reminds me a little bit of what we see from Audi. It really is a cleaner, more sophisticated look all around. Some people may be sad to have lost a little bit of that playfulness and personality, but we haven't seen what the hatchback and Type R look like yet. So there's probably room for some of that playfulness to come back. Overall, though, I think most people are really going to like this design when they see it on the road. But it's not exterior design that makes the current 10th-generation Honda Civic our top-rated small car. The interior is a huge selling point for the vehicle. It's not necessarily the nicest interior in the class in terms of materials. That probably is the Mazda 3. And the infotainment isn't necessarily the best in the 10th gen. It's sort of annoying to use. But hopefully, this addresses many of those concerns in the 11th generation. Now, what made the 10th generation great was just how easy it was to live with. It was roomy without having things be too far out of reach. There was a lot of storage space for all of your small items. It was just generally practical and easy to use. So let's see what they're doing with the interior for this 11th-generation model. They won't let me in it, actually. What you can see here is we found some more plastic honeycomb. This long horizontal line, again, carrying across the flat design language from the exterior-- this is actually a plastic grill that's meant to cover and disguise the air vents. It looks pretty neat. I actually think this is a better implementation for that material than on the bumper. The rest of this interior-- again, they've cleaned it up a lot. This HVAC kind of looks like what we see in the Accord right now. So we know it's probably a pretty easy-to-use system. It looks like there's still going to be some nice storage accessible. Hopefully that carries through into the final design as well because interior storage, like I said, is a strong point for the Civic. This infotainment unit is interesting. They're telling us that this is going to be a 9-inch screen. That's something new for Honda. The unit that we have in vehicles like our Passport or like in the Accord are 8-inch units, and we've had some technical glitches with them in the past. They're not that bad to use, especially if you get into the light customization. But having the screen totally cut out on us every once in a while was something that wasn't our favorite. So if they could take the strengths of that operating system, put it into a bigger screen and address some of the glitches that we had in the past, it could be a really strong infotainment experience. They're also introducing a digital gauge cluster, which is going to be a first for Honda, an entirely digital gauge cluster. So far, we've only seen partial digital clusters. Overall, it looks like a pretty clean space, and it sounds like it will address some of our biggest concerns with the outgoing model, in particular that infotainment. We don't know much else about the upcoming 2022 Honda Civic. We'll get those details closer to the spring 2021 on-sale date. So we can't exactly tell you what's under the hood, but we can make a few guesses. We think it's likely that the current 1.5-liter turbo and CBT combination will make it into this generation in at least some form. That's a good thing. That CBT is actually the transmission that changed my mind about CBTs when I first drove it in the 10th-gen Honda Civic. And the 1.5 turbo is punchy and pretty satisfying to drive. All around, the outgoing Honda Civic is already one of the best small cars to drive. So there's not necessarily a ton of work to do on that front. We do know that the sedan will not get a manual transmission in the next generation. However, the hatchback, Si, and Type R variants will. Speaking of the Si and Type R, again, we don't know the details, but we do know that they're coming. The current Si is a lot of fun. I don't think that there's a ton Honda needs to do to make this new Si into a fun-to-drive car. All they really need is maybe clear up the transmission. It's a little vague, the stick right now, guys. If you could address that, that would be all I need. Otherwise, don't mess it up, please. There's been all sorts of speculation about what we'll see in the next Civic Type R, and we haven't gotten any more details yet. It does seem likely that they're going to need to implement some sort of all-wheel drive system. I can't imagine they're going to be easily able to get more power down through the front wheels of this car. There's also the question of electrification. We've seen more hybrid variants coming from competitors. The new Toyota Corolla has a great hybrid powertrain that is super, super efficient. And we know that Honda has a good hybrid powertrain as well. The Insight is one of our favorite hybrids, again, because it is so nice to drive. And it seems like that powertrain would be a natural fit for the Honda Civic. What else can we tell you? Well, not much right now. Honda has said they're going to be adding some new safety features, but they haven't said what they are. And other than that, we really don't have any more details. We know that this car is going to go on sale sometime around spring, 2021. And after that, they will be introducing a hatchback model and then following up with the Si and Type R. Otherwise, if you want to know more, I guess you could get a job for Honda, get clearance, and find out stuff that way. But if you don't feel like polishing your resume, you should just subscribe to our YouTube channel. Stay tuned right here and check out our Twitter and Facebook feeds for all of the latest news as it becomes available.

2022 Honda Civic First Look — New Honda Civic Revealed!

In this video, Will Kaufman covers the reveal of the 2022 Honda Civic. What does Honda have in store for its most popular car?

2022 Honda Civic First Impressions

What is the Civic?

The 2022 Honda Civic prototype gives us our first look at the car's 11th-generation redesign. The Civic is an immensely popular, affordable small sedan or hatchback, and the current model is our highest-rated compact car. Practicality, ease of use, and a fun-to-drive spirit have traditionally made the Civic a top pick, and hopefully the more refined, grown-up redesign won't lose any of those important traits.

We know very little about the new Civic beyond its more sophisticated looks inside and out. The 9-inch infotainment screen and fully digital gauge cluster are both new for Honda, and the Civic will also apparently debut some new safety features. Beyond that, all we can say for sure is that a hatchback, Si and Type R will all be joining the lineup again and that all but the sedan will offer the option of a manual transmission.

We expect the 1.5-liter turbo and continuously variable automatic transmission to carry over from the current model, and think it's likely Honda will add a hybrid option at some point in the future.

EdmundsEdmunds says

The all-new 2022 Honda Civic's styling is a little more reserved than the outgoing model, but many of its core strengths remain. Shoppers looking for a sedan packed with goodness and modern tech features might want to wait until the new model debuts. Expect the new Civic to arrive at dealers this summer. Until then, check back often for Edmunds' additional coverage and in-depth testing.