The Honda Civic enters the latest model year as a ground-up redesign that includes an all-new chassis and the choice of a turbocharged engine for the first time in the nameplate's 10-generation history. The new model year also ushers in a number of significant technical improvements.
Though still recognizable as a Civic, Honda designers pushed the enveloped a little farther with the latest redesign, adding a bolder front fascia that includes a chrome grille bar, optional LED headlight and lower air inlets. The Civic sedan is more coupe-like that before, with a sloping roofline giving the car a fastback appearance. The Civic's rear lights feature a new boomerang design.
The new Civic is longer, lower and wider than the model it replaces, netting 97.8-cubic-feet of passenger volume, besting the 9th-generation Civic by 3.2-cubic-feet. A lower hip point for the front seat passengers gives the Civic's interior a more cockpit-like feel.
In addition to more room, passengers will also enjoy a redesigned cabin that includes a conventional gauge cluster and an available 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that can run both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Soft-touch materials have been employed through the Civic's interior, giving the compact a more premium feel.
Despite its sloping roofline, the new Honda Civic offers more rear-seat headroom than before. In fact, head, shoulder, hip and leg room is up across the board for front- and rear-seat passengers. Cargo room has increased 2.6-cubic-feet to 15.1-cubic-feet. Even with that added room, the new Civic is nearly 75 pounds lighter than its predecessor.
Civic LX and EX models are powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that develops 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque. The Civic LX ships standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but a Continuously Variable Transmission is available as an optional upgrade. The up-level Civic EX gets the CVT as standard.
Civic EX-T and above models get a 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 174 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. The Civic's turbocharged engine is available exclusively with a CVT.
Fuel economy is a Civic strong suit regardless of powertrain, with the 2.0L returning EPA ratings of 31/41/35mpg city/highway/combined (w/CVT) and the 1.5L netting 31/42/45mpg.
All Civic models are front-wheel drive and feature a drive-by-wire throttle system, an Eco Assist system and Hill Start Assist.
Trim Level Breakdown
The Civic LX's standard equipment list includes automatic climate control, electronic parking brake, LED daytime running lights, 5-inch LCD screen with integrated rear-view camera, Bluetooth connectivity, Pandora compatibility, steering wheel-mounted controls, capless refueling and 16-inch steel wheels with full covers.
The Civic EX adds push-button start, smart entry, 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Honda LaneWatch, power moonroof and heated side mirrors.
The Civic EX-T is equipped similarly to the Civic EX, but includes upgrades like SiriusXM satellite radio, heated front seats, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, fog lights and a body-colored deckled spoiler. The Civic EX-T also gets the 1.5L turbocharged engine with remote start and 17-inch wheels.
Stepping up the XE-L model nets leather seats with an 8-way power adjustment for the driver, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic dimming rear-view mirror and an available satellite navigation system.
The top-spec Civic Touring includes a 450-watt premium sound system with sub-woofer, standard navigation, power adjustable front passenger's seat, heated outboard rear seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, chrome door handles and the Honda Sensing suite of safety features. The Civic Touring also receives slightly thicker anti-rolls bars for a sportier driving experience.
All Civic models ship standard with advanced front, side, and side curtain airbags. The Civic's front and side airbags are equipped with a new venting technology that helps reduce the risk of injury for passengers "out of position" during the time of a collision.
In order to help avoid a crash altogether, every Civic model can be equipped with Honda Sensing. That safety suite includes advanced technologies like collision mitigation, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, road departure mitigation and adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow. True to Honda's streamlined ordering process, Honda Sensing is the Civic's only standalone option.
All but the entry-level Civic LX gets Honda's LaneWatch system, which provides a video feed of the passenger's side of the car via a mirror-mounted camera. The system is intended to reduce the Civic's inherent blind spots during lane change maneuvers.
The Honda Civic goes toe-to-toe with the Toyota Corolla, Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, Mazda Mazda3 and Subaru Impreza in the highly-competitive compact sedan market.