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2022 Honda Civic: First Look

On the heels of the tenth-generation Civic’s success, Honda designers had a tough job. The 11th-generation 2022 Honda Civic looks all grown up. While only an inch longer, the new Civic appears lower and wider than the previous model. This gives it a sportier, more elegant appearance. Riding on the same excellent architecture as the previous model ensures excellent driving chops. The Civic becomes Honda’s smallest car and will appeal to a broad range of buyers. Hopefully, they haven’t pulled back too much on the unique design elements of the 10-generation to still appeal to young car shoppers.

What’s New

The Honda Civic is all-new for 2022 and goes on sale sometime later in 2021.

What We Like

  • Sophisticated interior and exterior redesign
  • Nine-inch touchscreen and digital dash
  • Manual transmission option on Si, hatchback, and Type R variants

What We Don’t

  • Styling might have gotten too sedate for young buyers
  • The smallest car in the Honda lineup now
  • Coupe model discontinued

How Much?

Pricing is not yet available. Based on current models, we expect pricing for the 2022 Honda Civic to start around $22,000.

Fuel Economy

There is no fuel economy information available at this time.

Standard Features & Options

Information on the 2022 Honda Civic is still limited. We assume that with all their vehicles, Honda Sensing will be standard across all Civic trims. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto should be available in the Sport trim if Honda continues from the 2021 model.

We anticipate that trim levels will be similar to the 2021 Honda Civic model year, with the LX being the lowest trim and the Touring the highest.


Honda Sensing, the suite of safety features from Honda, should be standard across all trim levels. This package includes forward collision warning and mitigation, lane departure warnings, and assist as well as adaptive cruise control.

Behind the Wheel

We have no yet driven the 2022 Honda Civic. We do know that this 11th-generation compact sedan will ride on the same platform as the previous model. That means we already know that the 2022 Civic should have the same excellent driving dynamics. Honda engineers claim increased torsional rigidity in the chassis, which should translate to improved handling and performance.

For enthusiasts, the Si, hatchback, and Type R performance variants will be available in the 2022 Civic lineup. These models will not be available when the sedan first comes out earlier in 2022. They will follow the initial launch later in the year.

Other Cars to Consider

2021 Toyota Corolla– The longtime rivalry with Toyota lives on with the Corolla for 2021. These two butt heads in both reliability and affordability categories.

2021 Hyundai Elantra– The Elantra springs out of obscurity and into the limelight with an all-new model. Improved styling and driving dynamics make this one to watch in the small, affordable car segment.

2021 Nissan Sentra– Nissan is surprising critics with both styling and driving performance. The Sentra gets design language cues from its larger siblings and a surprising boost in the drivability area with the all-new model.

Used Honda Civic– If a less expensive car is required, look no further than Honda, just a year or more earlier. A used Civic with low miles will outperform most new cars in the category.

Used Honda Accord– Spending the same amount of money on a slightly older, but better equipped or larger model is a great option. The Accord wins award after award for reliability and resale values and is always worth a look.

Questions You May Ask

Will there be a manual transmission?

Yes, the 2022 Civic will be available with a manual transmission, but only on the Si, hatchback, and Type R models.

When will the 2022 Honda Civic go on sale?

While no on-sale date is set, it will hit dealerships sometime in 2021.

Autotrader’s Advice

While there are still many unknown details about the 2022 Honda Civic, we can safely assume it will be another home run for Honda. Honda remains notorious for excellent reliability and great resale value up and down their lineup. The 2022 Civic shows off evolved and sophisticated new styling both inside and out. The exterior takes on some of the look of its more expensive cousin, the Acura TLX, with a longer looking front hood and a spoiler on the decklid. Inside Honda takes a less-is-more approach. The design looks minimalist yet functional. When you include standard features, including Honda Sensing, that other brands charge extra for, the Honda Civic remains an excellent bet. Find a Honda Civic for sale

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