For the 2022 vehicle year, Honda’s iconic Civic compact car receives a makeover, with a more mature exterior, new amenities, and a refined inside design. A variety of four-cylinder engines are available, including a turbocharged 1.5-liter; front-wheel drive will remain standard, as Honda has stated that all-wheel drive is not in the plans. Updated tech features including a larger touchscreen display, cordless smartphone connection, and improved driver-assistance functions are all significant upgrades that will help the Civic beat the Hyundai Elantra, Mazda 3, and Toyota Corolla to the top spot.
What’s New for the Year 2022?
For 2022, the Civic is completely revamped, with a new interior and exterior. The new Civic will be available in sedans and hatchback body variants, just like the previous generation car.
Pricing and Choosing Which One to Purchase
The very well EX version on the sedan type, which includes a lot of extra equipment that readily justify the price premium, is our pick. Blind-spot detection, a retractable sunroof, dual-zone automatic temperature control, heated external mirror, and heated front seats are among the amenities. It also has a more potent 180-hp turbo four-cylinder engine as standard. If you’re looking for a hatchback, we recommend the EX-L, which comes with identical features plus leather upholstery.
Performance, Engine, and Transmission
Despite the fact that the new Honda Civic 2022 has been completely revamped, Honda has opted to continue the powertrain choices from the previous generation. The base engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 158 horsepower, while the upgrade engine is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder with 180 horsepower. The new Civic is only available as a front-wheel-drive vehicle. Unfortunately, the previous generation Civic sedan’s manual transmission has been discontinued for 2022, leaving only a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) as an option; a six-speed manual is still available on the hatchback variant.
Real-World MPG and Fuel Economy
According to the EPA, the most fuel-efficient Civic is the mid-level EX, which gets 33 mpg in the city, 42 mpg on the highway, and 36 mpg combined. When we have a chance, we’ll put the 2022 Civic through its paces on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route and report back. Visit the EPA’s website for more information on the Civic’s fuel economy.
Cargo, Interior, and Comfort
The 2022 Civic features a more streamlined interior design, with smoother lines and a dashboard with a full-width hexagonally mesh design element that neatly hides the air vents. A broader center console than the outgoing model appears to be less congested, with what appears to be a large, deep bin ahead of the shift lever for storing smartphones, keys, and road-trip food. According to Honda, passenger space is nearly the same, while the cargo bay is larger.
Connectivity and Infotainment
A 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display will be standard on the 2022 Civic, but a larger 9.0-inch device, as well as a 10.2-inch digital gauge display, will be available as options. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard, and when paired with the larger of the two screens, they also provide wifi connectivity. In-dash navigation, a Bose music system, and a wireless smartphone charging pad are among the other possibilities.
Features for Driver Assistance and Safety
Driver-assistance systems such as automated emergency braking with pedestrian recognition and adaptive cruise control with lane-keeping assist will be standard. Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites for further information on the Civic’s crash-test results. The following are important safety features:
- Automatic emergency braking is standard.
- Lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist is standard.
- Adaptive cruise control is a standard feature.