Redesigned 2022 Honda Civic appeals to its base with “one thing” extra
The redesigned 2022 Honda Civic arrives with “one thing,” in Honda’s personal phrases. The Civic’s revamped inside was created with Honda’s newest—and this identify is actual—“simplicity and ‘one thing’” design philosophy. As amorphous as that description is, the truth is far simpler to outline: the Eleventh-generation Civic’s new inside breathes new life into the compact sedan. And that features a massive leap in inside high quality on its two lowest trim ranges, the bottom LX and the Sport.
The up to date Civic has principally resisted the mannequin bloat attribute of many automotive redesigns. Its wheelbase grows by 1.4 inches to 107.7 inches and size is elevated 1.3 inches to 184.0 inches, however the sedan’s width and peak are precisely the identical. Holding the Civic a real compact was a objective on this replace, in line with Honda representatives, although the compact sedan seems a lot bigger in particular person. From 30 ft away, it seems to be to be Accord sized after which does a magical shrinking job upon strategy.
This impression comes from a lowered entrance hood and A-pillars which were pushed rearward by 2.0 inches, which makes the entire automotive look longer. The perimeters of the physique are principally unadorned, in stark distinction to the redesigned 2021 Hyundai Elantra, which went for angles on angles on angles. A pointy horizontal crease runs entrance to again just below the home windows, cementing the notion of flatness from the hood, beltline, and decklid. It’s a boxy look that contrasts from the curves discovered on the previous couple of Civics.
Honda had two Civic sedans available for me to peruse in Los Angeles final week: a Sport (seen in blue) and a top-of-the-line Touring (pink). It’s unusual for these vehicles to be proven in something aside from top-spec guise at their unveiling, however Honda stated it was essential to point out what a extra widespread mannequin will appear like as nicely.
The Sport relies on the LX, however presents a extra aggressive look because of 18-inch black alloy wheels, black trim items, and aluminum pedals. It additionally provides a leather-wrapped steering wheel, material seat upholstery with small leather-based inserts, keyless entry, and paddle shifters. Honda has added a “Sport” driving mode to Sport and Touring fashions solely, which makes the throttle mapping extra aggressive.
All fashions function an Eco driving mode, although if it’s something just like the one within the earlier automotive that will likely be a button to avoid as a result of it makes a automotive that’s already not fast right into a slug. Honda says that the Civic has gotten chassis upgrades to enhance experience high quality and stability, together with re-tuned steering to offer higher suggestions. We’ll get to place these adjustments to the take a look at subsequent month once we get behind the wheel.
The Sport’s inside impresses. Most autos on this class go for low cost interiors on the bottom mannequin, then try to decorate them up for the upper trim ranges. Honda has taken the other strategy; the bottom mannequin (which is basically what a Sport is on the within) has been elevated to the purpose the place the Touring mannequin doesn’t really feel as particular or vital given its worth premium. The switches on each fashions have metallic accents and really feel substantial, and a lovely honeycomb mesh panel covers all of the air vents. The middle console trim hides fingerprints, in stark distinction to the piano black trim items in opponents which can be a CSI’s dream.
Even the distinction in display sizes doesn’t really feel vital. The usual 7-inch touchscreen and the 9-inch touchscreen discovered solely on the Touring are available in the very same housing, simply with a bigger bezel on the smaller show. The bigger display presents wi-fi Apple CarPlay versus a wired setup on the smaller display (Android Auto all the time requires a wire), however neither measures as much as the opponents’ bigger touchscreens. On the smaller display the multimedia system is much less sturdy, however when you use both of the Apple/Android choices you don’t actually discover. Keep in mind that the smaller display presents each quantity and tuning knobs, whereas the bigger display solely has one for quantity.
The Touring trim provides some notable options, together with a customizable 10.2-inch digital cluster, a Bose sound system, and low-speed braking management. Fortunately, Honda Sensing is normal throughout all trim ranges and contains adaptive cruise management, energetic lane management, and automated emergency braking. The entrance airbags have additionally been up to date with a design that cradles the top on influence and are supposed to scale back mind accidents in crashes.
Inside house is virtually unchanged. There have been slight positive factors in shoulder and hip room for the second-row, however leg room and head room for each rows are the identical. Meaning snug seating for 2 adults up entrance and semi-spacious seating for 2 adults within the rear (line up your talls and your smalls for the very best expertise). Outward sightlines have improved noticeably. For a non-SUV, the Civic presents a commanding seating place and will probably be straightforward to scan the street round you.
The 2 powertrains from the final technology carry over, with the LX/Sport fashions that includes a 158-hp, 2.0-liter inline-4 and the EX/Touring getting a 180-hp, 1.4-liter turbo-4. All fashions are front-wheel drive solely and include a constantly variable automated transmission. Honda has launched gas economic system scores and people have gone up about 1 mpg mixed on all fashions.
The bottom LX will get an EPA-estimated 31 mpg metropolis, 40 freeway, 35 mixed. The Sport falls brief at 30/37/33 mpg. Predictably, the smaller turbo-4 within the EX is probably the most environment friendly Civic at 33/42/36 mpg. The Touring mannequin drops to 31/38/34 mpg.
The ultimate piece of the puzzle is pricing, which Honda says will likely be out there nearer to when the 2022 Civic goes on sale this summer season. If the bottom trim can stay shut in worth to the outgoing one at $22,245 (together with vacation spot prices) for the LX and $29,295 for the Touring, the uptick in inside high quality will give the Civic some new life and “one thing” of an edge.