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.
The Honda Civic is an all-around excellent small car, arguably the gold standard in its segment. This machine has a thoughtfully designed, high-quality interior, it offers plenty of standard equipment, including the Honda Sensing suite of advanced driver aids, and its real-world fuel economy is exceptional. Further broadening its appeal, this little Honda is offered in a range of body styles, from a traditional sedan to a sporty coupe to a five-door hatchback. If you're in the market for a small car just get a Civic and chances are you won't be disappointed.
This hatchback is offered in five different trims, from the entry-level LX model up to the Sport Touring variant, which is what I'm testing here. The most basic version Honda offers starts at just about $23,000, including $995 in destination fees. Naturally, my review unit is pricier than that, checking out for around $29,905, which is still a totally reasonable sum considering all the equipment it comes with.
When it's time to haul a load of goods from your local big-box store, this Civic is happy to oblige. With the rear seats up, it provides 25.7 cubic feet of space. Fold those backrests down and that figure grows to a Costco-worthy 46.2 cubes, a figure that, while plenty useful, is slightly less than what you get in either aor , both of which offer more than 50 cubic feet of maximum volume.
The Good ~ Excellent driver-assistance tech ~ Efficient powertrain ~ Affordable pricing ~ Spacious interior
The Bad ~ The infotainment system isn't great ~ Elevated interior noise levels ~ Overstyled exterior
The Bottom Line The Honda Civic is one of the most well-rounded small cars available today and an easy recommendation.
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