By on June 16, 2021

Honda

If you’ve been missing the Honda Civic, the wait is over.

Starting at $22,695, including $995 for destination, the new Civic is now officially on sale, at least in sedan form.

That price gets you into a base LX, which includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 158 horsepower and pairs with a continuously-variable automatic transmission (CVT).

Pop for a Sport and you’ll be out $24,095 while adding 18-inch wheels, a sport mode, nicer audio, and other features. As of now, there’s no manual, just a CVT, in the Sport sedan.

The EX adds the 1.5-liter turbo-four (180 hp/177 lb-ft), heated seats, dual-zone climate control, blind-spot monitoring, and a power sunroof, and costs $25,695. If you want leather, nav, premium audio, wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless cell-phone charging, and premium audio, the top-trim Touring model will cost $29,295. Both the EX and Touring have CVTs.

We haven’t yet decided to add the Civic to our The Right Spec series, and if we do, I will let Matt do his thing. That said, I can see the EX being the volume seller — it seems to have a nice balance of features and cost.

In other Civic news, you can see a small bit of the hatchback in a leaked photo that involves former TTACer Alex Dykes, aka Alex on Autos. Click here to check it out.

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39 Comments on “2022 Honda Civic Hits Stores Today...”


  • avatar
    kcflyer

    Like the interior of my 2017 better simply because the large central display is integrated into the dash. The new one is the glue an ipad motif that for some reason is all the rage. Hate it. Exterior looks are better IMO. But disappointed you cannot get the 6 speed in the sedan. I drove our 17 EX-T with the 1.5 turbo from buffalo to pittsburgh and back last Saturday. Driving 80 in the 70 mph zones and 70 in the 65s I averaged 45 mpg. Truly amazing.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Definitely an improvement style-wise over the current model.

    C/D has a test and apparently it’s slower than the outgoing Civic, though.

  • avatar
    tallguy130

    The right spc is going to be the EX. It always is with Honda. Touring isn’t really worth the extra money and the LX has so much content deleted it’s like Honda is mad at you.

  • avatar
    swester

    It feels like I’m the odd exception here, but I find the exterior design utterly bland and a mid-90s throwback to the Accord in all the wrong ways. The interior isn’t bad, though.

    I’m going to miss the outgoing model’s lines. In sportier trims, it looked pretty sharp. Sure it looked a bit too “youthful” for some, but this is the entry level after-all.

  • avatar
    ajla

    The Sport trim but with the turbo engine seems nice but doesn’t exist.
    Forcing a sunroof onto anyone buying the higher output engine is a very Honda move.

    I do much prefer the styling on this generation though

  • avatar

    It’s a little bit spendy isn’t it? Why not Mazda 3 and have a 6AT?

    • 0 avatar
      theflyersfan

      Before buying the VW last December, I was taking a hard look at the Mazda3, both hatch and sedan, and turbo vs. N.A. A Mazda3 with the same level of equipment found in other high end small cars can easily hit $32,000 (turbo model). I think this is the real reason why Mazda3 isn’t selling well while I still see new Civics with dealer paper plates on a daily basis. The Civic probably comes in a few grand lower than that, even after Honda dealers get done with charging the Honda Tax.

      That being said, that extra money gets you a VERY refined car with probably the nicest small sedan and hatch interior. They set the bar very high and I want to see and feel the interior of the new Civic because the old one didn’t age well. But in the Type-R, gobs of power can overrule common sense any day of the week!

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        @flyersfan:

        I think you’re on target – shopped a Mazda3 turbo myself earlier in the spring. On paper, it’s expensive, but then again, it’s loaded, and AWD is a pretty unique feature in this class and a definite value add. I think they’re positioning it more as a cheaper A3/A-class alternative, versus a Civic Si/GLI competitor. In any case, they’re not dealing on that car – or the 6 – which probably explains why it’s not selling all that well. But without a manual, or a quicker-shifting automatic, I’d have passed on the 3 anyway.

        • 0 avatar

          There’s the rub, no deals to be had. And you need one since the 3 is a bit pricy.

          Only gonna make sense if you really care about interior quality, which many in this segment do not. It’s about economy and getting a deal.

          • 0 avatar
            theflyersfan

            @Corey – I tell myself that every time I brush up against some of the plastics in the VW. When you sit, everything above seat level still has a solid, quality feel. Nothing feels loose or too hollow. But below seat/waist level, different story. There are Happy Meal toys made with better plastics. The entire back seat is awash in hollow, hard plastics that are bound to scratch badly. Buttons above me in the headliner sometimes cave in.

            (After you shared your VW headliner story, I don’t want to take mine in to have it fixed!!! Those buttons are never pushed so I’ll live with it.)

            But as I just wrote, sometimes power can cover up a lot of sins, and maybe it’s just the rush of turbo torque, but I swear 228hp is being reported too low.

            Same feeling sitting in the 2020 Civic Type-R. There wasn’t the quality feel in something that was $40,000. For that money, I want A3 levels of quality materials.

        • 0 avatar
          theflyersfan

          @FreedMike – Yup, you can only get the stick up to mid-level trims, and not on the turbo. Huge, huge mistake because those who want the turbo AWD model are those who are likely going to want to have some extra fun and want the stick.

          I’m not sure if it’s true of all Mazdas, but at the end of 2020, they were barely taking $500-1000 off of sticker, especially on the Mazda3.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            @flyersfan:

            Manual would have been nice on the 3 turbo, but even a first-rate automatic might have really transformed the way the car drives. It’s not like there aren’t other cars like this out there with great automatics – VW, Hyundai and Honda all make first class slushboxes.

            I really wanted to love it, but the best I could do was “well, it looks good, has a lot of torque and a really nice interior.”

            Not enough here to really get car geeks involved, or justify the higher price tag versus something like a Jetta GLI.

    • 0 avatar
      ajla

      If they gave the Mazda back the suspension it had from ’13-’18 then I definitely agree.
      However, with the setup the 3 has now I expect the Civic will drive livelier even with the CVT.

  • avatar
    Fred

    Maybe they should reserve the manual for a new ILX. Let’s see if we are willing to pay the price? If it included a hatch and about 200hp I’d take a serious look.

    • 0 avatar
      theflyersfan

      Fred…I hope so. These free revving engines are made for a manual – the Civic Si was a lot of fun with that short throw stick, and with Mazda and VW still offering one in their small sedans, it shows that people (not many as the numbers show) will still order one. And I am probably in the minority who doesn’t mind Acura’s recent interior design, wants a stick shift, and likes small sports sedans. There’s a support group for all 8 of us.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      I’m with Fred, but I have a feeling the ILX is going to get replaced by a CUV.

      • 0 avatar
        Fred

        Yea I don’t expect a new ILX either. Still sales are up from last year https://carsalesbase.com/us-acura-ilx/ and Acura has been doing some nice things with the TLX so…

  • avatar
    Verbal

    When does the SI arrive?

    • 0 avatar
      theflyersfan

      No release date set yet. The foggy crystal ball thinks that we’ll see some barely camouflaged Sis later this summer or early fall for release in 2023. I think they staggered the previous gen one as well. Same with the Type-R – probably by this time in 2022 that’ll light up the Internet.

      But, and thank the automotive gods, Si and Type-R stay stick only.

  • avatar
    tylanner

    This interior is truly masterfully done for an entry level econobox…

    And erase that body color bar across the front and you have a Corolla with a bad nose-job.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      Thing is, the Civic stopped being an econobox a long, long time ago. Same is true for everything else in this class. They’re all very well equipped and nicely finished. The econobox label fits better on the Accent, Rio, Versa, etc.

  • avatar
    dal20402

    The styling is a major upgrade, but I only have eyes for the Si and Insight, and will wait for those two before jumping to any conclusions.

  • avatar
    rolandoblomblando

    This has to be one of the most boring, vanilla-looking cars I have ever seen. I don’t understand why media outlets like are praising with its looks. The inside is nice, but the outside has about as much design as a jelly bean.

    • 0 avatar
      N8iveVA

      One man’s boring is another man’s clean design that’ll age well. We all have our own opinions. Good thing there are many choices.

      • 0 avatar
        rolandoblomblando

        I agree. Design is completely subjective. At least we agree that there’s nothing particularly interesting or original about it. It doesn’t stand out in any way, it’s just kind of… there. This car could have been designed 15 years ago and wouldn’t have looked out place. It already looks outdated. 15 years from now this will look like a horse and carriage compared to what we’ll be seeing by then.

  • avatar
    rw33

    Looks clean and conservative…huge improvement over the boyracer wannabe look and oversized fake vents. Still can’t understand why the sport comes with the 2.0. Shame about the manual but I guess the take-rate was low. I hear the hatch will offer a stick though.

  • avatar
    Mackie

    They seem to swing from over styled to bland. Never once landing in a cohesive place. Outsized taillights aped from a Jetta…frumpy and nondescript face… critics forgive the styling, because Honda. Cue the “photos don’t do it justice” comments.

  • avatar
    e46 Touring

    I have a 10th gen Si. I like how it looks, fake vents and all. When I walk up to it, I think its looks say “Let’s have some fun”. This one’s looks say “Let’s go to Rite Aid for some Metamucil”. I would never drive this snoozefest. And I’m not a flatbill cap 20-something, I’m 55.

  • avatar
    Art Vandelay

    1. Replace stupid ILX name with Integra
    2. Make manual available
    3. Make Coupe Available

    As there is no more Civic Coupe this would be a way to differentiate the Acura.

    They won’t, but I wish they would. I wish they’d make the type r stuff available on the Acura too…maybe even exclusively.

    • 0 avatar
      theflyersfan

      @Art – just my ideas here, but if the rumor is true that the 2023 (or 24) Civic Type-R is going to be built in Ohio and not England, I would bet that Acura is going to get a form of the new Civic with the hot engine and less aggressive (or boy-racer) styling. Building in Ohio has to be cheaper and have increased capacity than the small factory in England, so (hopefully) they spread the wealth a little.
      If they’re serious about bringing performance back, and the latest news shows they might, I think this is the next logical step. Take it upscale a bit, throw in a mild hybrid system, and you would have a beast at (maybe) around $45,000.
      And as long as there was a Civic coupe, they never should have gotten rid of the RSX/Integra.

  • avatar
    Astigmatism

    I know the TTAC house style is contrarian, but praise for the prior generation Civic’s styling pushes this to the point of ridiculousness. That thing was fug; the only way it made sense was as an 8-inch-long RC car with a giant antenna sticking out the top. One of my neighbors has a Type R sitting next to a Range Rover in his driveway and it just looks embarrassing.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      Agreed, though I was a fan of the old coupe’s styling, and the sedan was acceptable. But the looks of that hatch go from awful (base) to Gawdawful (Type R). Plus, they’re made in Britain, and don’t feel nearly as well made as the ones made in America or Canada.

  • avatar
    SaulTigh

    I like this quite a bit. Am seriously considering pursuing an SI when they come out as my “practical mid-life crisis car.”

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