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Review of the 2022 Honda Civic: Improved and Impressive

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The 2022 Honda Civic is still a popular choice for those seeking an affordable car with modest performance and excellent fuel efficiency. This compact car is widely recognized and highly regarded worldwide. It is available in sedan and hatchback configurations, with models including Civic LX, Sport, EX, or Touring. For the hatchback, there’s the EX-L instead of EX, and the Sport Touring replaces the Touring trim. While there won’t be a coupe option, the Civic competes with other compact sedans and hatchbacks like the Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3, and Subaru Impreza. With its updated design, stylish interior, and refined ride quality, the 2022 Civic continues to lead in its class.

2022 Honda Civic Review

The sedan features a sleeker front end and a more squared-off rear design. The windshield and A-pillars are pushed back slightly, creating a longer hood that gives the impression of a larger vehicle. Despite only a marginal increase in length (1.4 inches), the Civic looks almost like a mid-size car. The hatchback, on the other hand, is shorter by 4.9 inches compared to the sedan, with most of that reduction coming from the rear end.

The overall styling has been toned down, with a lower hood and more streamlined roof pillars that enhance the vehicle’s shape. There are fewer dramatic body lines, especially at the back, and the side rear windows have a more mature design. While Sport models can be accessorized with spoilers, black trim, and body kits, the Civic shines in simpler configurations without the high-performance features.

The Si variant distinguishes itself with unique bumpers emphasizing the dual tailpipes, along with subtle rear spoiler and black trims for added character. The hatchback sports a distinct honeycomb grille at the front and trims off 4.9 inches from the rear overhang, altering the car’s proportions but still maintaining a balanced look, with the rear glass tapering nicely into a discreet rear spoiler.

The engine choices carry over from the previous year, offering a 158-hp 2.0-liter inline-4 for the LX and Sport trims and a 180-hp 1.5-liter turbo-4 for the EX/EX-L and Touring/Sport Touring trims. Most models use a CVT for power delivery to the front wheels, although the hatchback offers a 6-speed manual transmission as a standard option for the Sport and Sport Touring trims. While the turbos provide good acceleration, the CVT can dull the driving experience.

However, the manual transmission, available only on the Si model with a satisfying 200-hp turbo-4, brings back the excitement. The Civic delivers a refined ride and handling, even with Sport and Touring/Sport Touring models equipped with 18-inch wheels, providing a comfortable driving experience. Fuel efficiency is another strong point, reaching up to 36 mpg combined.2022 Honda Civic Review

On the inside, a 7.0-inch touchscreen comes standard, with Touring and Sport Touring models offering a larger 9.0-inch touchscreen and a 10.2-inch digital gauge display. The materials in the lower trim levels are impressive, featuring metal accents on many switches and a fingerprint-resistant material on the center console. A sleek mesh panel separates the upper and lower dash sections, adding to the modern and distinctive interior design.

The interior space comfortably accommodates four adults, with a fifth passenger possible in the back seat. While the front seats could use more lumbar support, they feel plush and offer a commanding view of the surroundings. The Civic also excels in trunk space and rear-seat room, enhancing its practicality.

Every 2022 Civic comes equipped with safety features such as automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and active lane control. Higher trims include blind-spot monitors and parking sensors for added safety.

The sedan lineup starts with the Civic LX at $22,695, offering basic features like power amenities, 16-inch wheels, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, and compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Moving up, the $25,695 Civic EX adds 17-inch wheels, heated front seats, and blind-spot monitors, while the $29,295 Civic Touring impresses with a 9.0-inch touchscreen, Bose 12-speaker audio system, leather upholstery, and wireless smartphone charging.

For the hatchback models, the LX starts at $23,915, followed by the Sport at $25,115. The EX-L, priced at $27,615, is a premium choice, $1,920 more than the EX, and the top-tier $30,415 Sport Touring includes added features. The performance-oriented Civic Si is a great deal at $28,315, with the option to add a set of summer tires for just $200 more.

The all-new 2022 Honda Civic is the most impressive iteration of the model yet and our top recommendation among small cars; it excels in every aspect. Whether it’s the efficient powertrains, engaging driving dynamics, top-notch safety features, or advanced technology, the Civic stands out. Our choice would be the Touring Hatchback, but the EX is also a fantastic option for those looking for a balance of features and affordability. Regardless of the trim level or body style, the Civic is a compelling choice for anyone in the market for a small car!

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