Honda has been teasing us with the 11th generation of the Honda civic for a while now- but the storied vehicle has finally been revealed in all of its glory! We are big fans of the civic here at Gas Guzzlers, so let's take a look at what makes the new generation special.
With more than 12 million Civics sold since 1973, it was important Honda got this redesign right- and they did. They took inspiration from the recently redesigned Accord and have adapted its clean styling to the smaller Civic body. Full LED lighting combined with crisp exterior lines shows off the new Honda corporate look- and it works well for the Civic.
The interior is clean with a focus on premium materials. The updated infotainment screen has been placed on top of the dash with very simple HVAC controls underneath. I am a fam of the honey comb design stretching the width of the vehicle, it all makes for a very premium look. It has a more professional angle compared to its more fun and quirky competitor- the Toyota Corolla.
So what is new? The beyond the styling, the vehicle has a large emphasis on technology. The new Civic features a 7 inch infotainment screen which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. If that is not enough for you, you can upgrade to a 9 inch screen which will support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in their wireless forms. In addition, the Touring model gets an LCD gauge cluster, a Bose 12 speaker sound system, and Qi wireless charging.
The Civic also gets an updated Honda Sensing system, which will feature traffic jam assist on the top of the line Touring model. Honda has also re-worked the airbags in the Civic in order to increase performance in a front-end collision. They have brought some of their airbag technology from their Acura luxury brand and placed it into the Civic. These new airbags do a better job of cradling the head of a person in a crash, this helps better control head motion and reduce the risk of serious brain injury.
In terms of powertrain, the new Civic has two available power plants: both four cylinder engines. One is a naturally aspirated 2.0L engine, while the other is a turbo 1.5L. The 2.0-liter engine produces 158 horsepower and 138 lb. ft. of torque. The EX and Touring trims get the turbo engine, which produces 180 horsepower and 177 lb. ft. of torque. Both engines hover in the mid 30's for combined fuel economy, but vary slightly depending on the trim. Power from either engine is routed through a CVT.
The new Civic has been lengthened by 1.4 inches and has improved rigidity. The rear track is widened by 0.5 inches which should improve stability and a new lighter aluminum subframe reduces weight and increases strength.
The new Civic will be rolling onto dealer lots for the 2022 model year. Be sure to keep an eye out on our channel and here for updates on the new Civic.