Honda Civic Hatchback

The current generation Honda Civic was offered initially only in sedan form, but a coupe version appeared later in the model year, and now finally a hatchback version has appeared. With plenty of trim levels and a variety of body styles, there's a Civic for nearly every need.

The base LX comes simply equipped but leaves nothing out, and includes anti-lock brakes, power-adjustable mirrors, a 160-watt CD/MP3 stereo with Bluetooth, power windows and locks and remote keyless entry.

Coupe models offer an additional trim level, LX-P that adds a sunroof and keyless ignition to the LX model.

EX models add 16-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, an upgraded 8-speaker stereo as well as LaneWatch blind spot monitoring as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. Leather seats, steering wheel and shift-knob are optional as are an 8-way power-adjustable driver seat.

The Touring Civic has 17-inch machined alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, a 450-watt audio system that also includes a 7-inch touchscreen that also includes all of the modern smartphone connectivity. Leather seats are standard on the Touring and they are heated and power-adjustable. Dynamic cruise control and dual-zone climate control are also included.

On LX and EX Civics, a 158-horsepower, 2.0L i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine is standard. The LX is the only trim that offers a 6-speed manual transmission. All others come with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The EX-T and Touring come with a 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine makes 174 horsepower and 162 lb-feet of torque.

Civic Hatchbacks are also available in the Sport Touring trim. Sport Touring adds LED headlights, heated rear outboard seats, an aero kit and sport pedals.

Safety takes a strong presence in the new Civic. Of course it includes front and side airbags, but low tire pressure warning, backup camera and stability control are also standard on every Civic. Starting with the EX, a blind-spot monitoring system is included.

Honda Sensing system, is optional across the board. It's a suite of safety features that includes Lane Keep Assist, which will monitor and can even nudge the vehicle back into its lane, Blind Spot sensors and Collision Mitigation that will detect an impending accident and can even apply the brakes if needed.

Editors' Review

There are no sure things in life, but the Honda Civic comes pretty close. No matter the body style or year, it's always one of the best small cars you can buy. This decades-long track record of excellence continues with the freshly minted 11th-generation model, which is more mature and refined than ever before, especially in five-door form. Thanks to its fastback styling and roomy trunk, the 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback is definitely the one to get.

Like its sedan sibling, this Civic is wrapped in styling that's far more grown-up than before. The hatchback's tidy front end (complete with a unique mesh grille texture), unembellished flanks, gracefully sloping roofline and elegant rear look so much better than before. There are no tacked-on wings, fake scoops or superfluous ornamentation. This is a tastefully styled car, a design that will age like vintage port.

Fundamentally, engineers didn't have to change much with the 2022 Civic Hatch, as the 10th-generation model was already a segment-leading product; still, they pushed ahead. The wheelbase is extended by 1.4 inches to 107.7, the longest in its class. The track width is also increased by 0.5 inches. The Civic's underlying architecture is stronger than before and features 10 times more structural adhesive, alterations that increase torsional rigidity by 19%, something you feel out on the road.

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The Good ~ Ritzy and spacious interior ~ Buttoned-down dynamics ~ Grown-up looks ~ Intuitive tech

The Bad ~ Challenging rearward visibility ~ Low-res backup camera ~ Elevated interior noise

The Bottom Line The 2022 Civic Hatchback is yet another homerun for Honda.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 8.5
  • Features 9
  • Design 9
  • Media 8

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