Some name this design bland, however I name it clear.
The 2022 Honda Civic continues to set the bar for compact sedans. Extremely well-rounded and simply plain simple to love, the Civic gives a complete lot of automotive for not some huge cash. And within the case of this Civic Sport, I’m speaking lower than $25,000.
LikeHandsomely styled inside and outCompetent on-road mannersPlenty of normal driver-assistance techPriced below $25,000
Don’t Like2.0-liter engine is sluggish.Least-efficient Civic within the lineupRudimentary infotainment tech
Slotting simply above the bottom Civic LX, the Sport begins at $24,095 together with $995 for vacation spot. This particular take a look at automotive has a couple of exterior equipment from the Honda Performance Development catalog, together with some underbody trim, a decklid spoiler and black badges, all of which add $1,562 to the Civic’s backside line. Me? I’d depart ’em on the desk — particularly that massive, cheesy HPD badge to the precise of the license plate.Even with out the HPD add-ons, the Civic Sport is a lovely little four-door. While base Civics get 16-inch wheels and the midrange EX has 17s, the Sport has gloss black 18-inch alloys with 235/40-series all-season tires. LED headlights and taillights are customary, and the Sport has gloss-black mirror caps and a chrome exhaust tip, making it look fairly upscale, regardless of being the second-cheapest trim within the Civic vary. I do know lots of people name the brand new Civic’s design boring, however I feel it will age rather well.
Inside, the Sport is tremendous good-looking; I really like the brand new Civic’s minimalist strategy to inside design. The vent controls have good weight to their motion and click on right into a central place (nice for my OCD), and the mesh insert that runs the size of the sprint neatly hides the air vents. The steering wheel controls are simple to function whereas driving and the buttons on the middle console are neatly and logically organized. This is not an inside that’ll wow you with snazzy touches, however it’s clearly designed to be sturdy over the lengthy haul, placing a larger emphasis on consolation and comfort than outright glitz and glamour.Head- and legroom are ample for front-seat passengers, and the Civic’s low beltline, lengthy windshield and skinny pillars (a welcome trait from older Hondas) lend to wonderful outward visibility. There’s loads of house for people within the rear, with massive sufficient door openings to make getting out and in curbside a cinch, and everybody’s baggage will match simply effective within the 14.8-cubic-foot trunk, although should you’re involved about cargo house, perhaps the brand new Civic Hatchback is extra your jam.
The Sport’s fabric seats are tremendous cozy and the remainder of the inside is top-notch.
The one draw back to the Civic Sport is that you may’t get the entire Touring’s greatest tech. Like the bottom LX and midrange EX, the Civic Sport has a 7-inch coloration touchscreen multimedia system, with a rudimentary infotainment bundle that is… effectively, it is effective. Wired connections for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are customary, fortunately, even when it seems decidedly dinky on that 7-inch show. The Civic Touring’s bigger 9-inch display screen is not obtainable, neither is its wi-fi smartphone pairing. You cannot get Honda’s cool new 10.2-inch digital gauge cluster, both, although LX, Sport and EX trims do have a 7-inch, left-side display screen within the instrument panel, which defaults to a tachometer however can present all kinds of pertinent information as a substitute.
The excellent news is that the Sport would not skimp on driver-assistance applied sciences, with lane-keeping help, full-speed adaptive cruise management and Honda’s Traffic Jam Assist that mixes the aforementioned features fitted to each Civic as customary. Automatic high-beams, a rear seat reminder and site visitors signal recognition are additionally included, although weirdly, blind-spot monitoring would not turn into obtainable till you step as much as the Civic EX, and the Touring provides cross-traffic monitoring to that performance, as effectively.The base 2.0-liter engine is a little bit boring, however it’ll be effective for many drivers.
Arguably the largest distinction between the Civic Sport and different fashions is what’s below the hood. Like the bottom LX, the Sport makes use of Honda’s naturally aspirated 2.0-liter I4, with 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. This engine is sort of pokey, although the repeatedly variable transmission is refined and effectively behaved, fading into the background more often than not.Really, the one factor sporty about this Civic is its title. The Sport is mechanically similar to different Civic fashions, so do not get your hopes up should you’re searching for a sharp-driving sedan. That’s to not say the Civic Sport is in any means disagreeable, nonetheless — it has properly weighted and responsive steering, a composed chassis and assured braking. It will not out-handle a Mazda3, however the Civic is extra entertaining than a Nissan Sentra or Subaru Impreza and extra comfy and solid-feeling than a Hyundai Elantra or Toyota Corolla.Interestingly, the Sport is the least-efficient Civic sedan, estimated to return 30 mpg metropolis, 37 mpg freeway and 33 mpg mixed. In combined use throughout every week of driving in Los Angeles, I noticed 32 mpg. That’s not horrible, however it additionally is not nice when you think about the Civic’s elective turbocharged engine — obtainable within the EX and Touring sedans — shouldn’t be solely extra highly effective, however extra environment friendly, too. The Civic EX ups these EPA rankings to 33 mpg metropolis, 42 mpg freeway and 36 mpg mixed.Sport or not, the Civic is a superb automotive.
The actual sporty Civic is the upcoming Sport Touring hatchback, which not solely has the 1.5-liter turbo engine, however may be had with a six-speed guide transmission for max on-road enjoyable. Of course, Honda’s additionally engaged on correct Si and Type R variants of the 11th-generation Civic, so keep tuned.As for the 2022 Civic Sport, it earns excessive marks for its competent on-road manners, spacious and properly appointed inside, excessive stage of normal tech and good-looking type — all for below $25,000. Not many different new automobiles provide that sort of worth, making the brand new Civic properly poised to carry onto its benchmark crown for years to return.