2021 Honda Civic Hatchback

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$21,750 - $28,950
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2021 Honda Civic Hatchback Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 30, 2020
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Karan Rawat

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The Honda Civic Hatch, primarily with the stick shift, is a highly competent and pleasant car to live with, and one the whole family can drive too. It's not the only enthusiastic all-rounder though, with the Mazda 3, VW Golf, and Toyota Corolla Hatchback all calling to the budget-conscious driving enthusiasts. For 2021, the Honda Civic hatchback offered in five discrete trims, and the range begins from $21,750 for the LX and goes all the way to $28,950 for the top-spec Sport Touring version. You get a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine producing 174 hp and comes mated to a CVT as standard.

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Pros

Strong surge from turbocharged engine

Lively handling

Handsome cabin materials

High levels of safety tech on all trims

Cons

Base infotainment isn’t great

Poorly performing headlights

Basic standard warranty

Overly vigilant forward-collision warning system

What's New?

Updated interior tech and amenities

Redesigned tail-lights


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2021 Honda Civic Hatchback Review video

Styles

2021 Honda Civic Hatchback in Platinum White Pearl color
Platinum White Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Honda Civic Hatchback LX

LX

power
174 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$21,750


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $21,750 MSRP (25/29/36) 174 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5

2021 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport

Sport

power
180 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$22,850 - $23,650


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $22,850 MSRP (25/29/36) 180 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed manual front wheel drive 5
Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $23,650 MSRP (25/29/36) 180 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5

2021 Honda Civic Hatchback EX

EX

power
174 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$24,250


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $24,250 MSRP (25/29/36) 174 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5

2021 Honda Civic Hatchback EX-L

EX-L

power
174 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$25,450


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX-L 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $25,450 MSRP (25/29/36) 174 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5

2021 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring

Sport Touring

power
180 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$28,150 - $28,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport Touring 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $28,950 MSRP (25/29/36) 180 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5
Sport Touring 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $28,150 MSRP (25/29/36) 180 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed manual front wheel drive 5

Expert Review


The 10th generation Civic has evolved the notion of a compact car to the point where essentially every element is well thought. There are sedans, hatchbacks, and coupes, offered in numerous variants varying from practical to incredible. Appearances are solely subjective, but the Civic is rather eye-catching, especially when you see one on the road. The ergonomics are spot on with an intuitively laid out cockpit using quality components.

2021 Honda Civic Hatchback Features

The Honda Civic hatchback comes in five trim levels: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Sport Touring. The typical Honda way of providing more stuff is to make it available in higher trims rather than give it as extras. 

The base LX is priced at $21,750 and the top-end Touring trim at $28,950. All Civic hatchback trims come standard with a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine mated to CVT as standard while a six-speed manual is optional in Sport and Touring trim.

Trim

LX

EX

EX-L

Sport

Sport Touring

MSRP (CVT)

$21,750

$24,250

$25,450

$23,650

$28,950

MSRP (6-speed Manual)

-

-

-

$22,850

$28,150

Key Features

16-inch wheels

17-inch wheels

17-inch wheels

18-inch wheels

18-inch wheels

 

174 hp

174 hp

174 hp

180 hp

180 hp

 

A 5-inch color LCD screen

7-inch electrostatic touch screen

Honda-satellite linked navigation

Dual-Mode Paddle Shifters

Rain-sensing auto wipers

 

one-touch turn indicators

Remote Engine Start

Leather Finished interiors

Sport Pedals

LED headlights

 

LED DRLs

Power Moonroof

Auto-dimming RVM

Underbody Spoiler Kit

540W Premium Audio System

For a base model, the LX still packs a healthy list of features which includes automatic climate control, a 5-inch infotainment display, cloth seats, a multi-angle rearview camera and Honda Sensing suite of safety features such as adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams and automatic emergency braking. Few rivals offer comparable safety features on their base models. A remote start is available in the hatchback for about $400.

Stepping up to the EX adds tech features such as LaneWatch assist and conveniences including a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver's seat and satellite radio. It also adds satellite radio, HD Radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats and a Moonroof.

The EX-L elaborates on what EX presents with a few extras, such as auto-dimming rearview mirror but most notably, leather upholstery.

The Sport trim gets more useful features unavailable on the LX, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, larger wheels and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Sport trims also come with a 7-inch touchscreen and an upgraded audio system.

The top-trim Sport Touring adds finishing touches such as LED headlights, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, navigation, and a premium 12-speaker audio system. The Sport Touring comes standard with a manual transmission, but the CVT can be added for $800.

2021 Honda Civic Hatchback Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

As for whether or not you can judge the reliability of Civic, it is very simple to ascertain. The track record with this compact vehicle has been rather good, despite the little criticisms that came up with various model years.

In the end, this Honda has ever been known for its durability and reliability, and it’s not likely to vary in the future. For sure, obstacles will arise, but Honda has shown it will handle those issues well.

Reliability and Ownership Costs

The 2021 Honda Civic is not yet rated for its predicted reliability. Since Honda has not made any substantial changes to the 2020 model, we refer to the 2019 Civic which has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 82 out of 100.

JD Power rates the Toyota Corolla and Chevrolet Cruze as the most reliable sedans in the US, with an overall reliability score of 85. The 2021 version is likely to score higher owing to the minor upgrades in the quality compared to the 2020 version.

The Honda Civic also became “KBB Compact Car Best Buy Award winner”, five times in a row. No worries on the resale-values front. Like every other Honda, the Civic does a great job at retaining its worth.

The Honda Civic Hatchback LX starts at $21,750. The Civic’s starting prices aren’t the lowest in the class, but they’re close to the Toyota Corolla and Mazda3. One thing to keep in mind there are states which don’t have sales tax like Montana; hence people living in these states will enjoy the cheapest cars.

States

Honda Civic Hatchback

Arizona

$22,075

California

$22,213

Florida

$21,680

Michigan

$22,466

New Jersey

$22,035

No recalls have been charged for the Honda Civic Hatchback since 2018. The first instance was for random characters on the certification label, the second for a power steering system magnet that would dislodge and subsequently retard steering ability, and the third instance pertained to incorrect information found in the owner's manual. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2020 Civic a perfect five-star overall rating

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave all 2020 Civic body types, the highest score of "Good" in all six crash tests.

According to repairpal.com, the average annual repair cost for a Honda is $428, which is more expensive than rivals. The other factors that add to Honda reliability include an average of 0.3 visits to a repair shop per year and a 10% probability of a repair being critical. In terms of the ownership costs, on an average, you will have to shell out nearly $22,180 in 5 years when you buy a brand new Honda Civic hatchback.

Warranty

The latest Civic comes with a three-year warranty, and you can elongate this for one, two or three years at a particular cost of $460, $850 or $940. We'd say it's about time Honda launched an extra year or two as standard though,  Kia, Fiat, Toyota and Hyundai all give more extended time period.

  •  The limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
  •  Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles

Those asking the best warranty coverage may be better off looking at an opponent such as the Hyundai Elantra. Honda does not offer free scheduled maintenance, a feature that's included on competitors such as the Toyota Corolla.

Miles Per Dollar

For every mile you’ll make in the Civic, you’ll be shelling out $4. The cost of insuring a Honda Civic will depend on a variety of factors. 

2021 Honda Civic Hatchback Buying Advice

We promote the Sport trim for the additional five horsepower from the turbocharged powertrain as well as the choice to furnish it with a manual transmission. The Sport also packs appealing features such as Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and an eight-speaker stereo. You drop out on leather seats and a few other conveniences, but it incorporates the basics and doesn't cost a fortune. 

The Civic closed out 2019 as the best-selling compact car following a hard-fought conflict with the Toyota Corolla; it has succeeded to maintain its leading position to date this year.

Is buying a used car Honda Civic a good idea?

The 2020 Honda Civic was launched for the 2016 model year. In 2017 the hatchback body style came out with Si and Type R variants. For 2019, Honda added several standard features, refreshed the exterior styling for the sedan and coupe models, and introduced a new Sport trim. The 2020 Civic hatchback also received updated exterior styling.

Except you love the updated look of the new Civic hatchback, there's little logic to choose it over the 2019 model, which is otherwise nearly alike and less expensive. For the first year, the Civic tends to lose between 12% to 15% of its value in the first year which comes out to be about $4,000. 

For used-car buyers the older Civics may not be nice and modern as the current generation, they offer great value for money. Age shouldn’t be a factor either, as Honda’s distinction revolves to a large degree around their durability and reliability.

2021 Honda Civic Hatchback Engine and Performance

There’s an extensive range of powertrains possible with civic, you get five power outputs spread among them, mated to automatic or manual transmissions. Few pickup trucks offer the same diversity in available performance. However, the Civic hatchback comes standard with a 1.5-liter turbocharged powertrain; it makes 180 horsepower in Sport and Sport Touring trim and 174 hp in LX, EX, and EX-L.

Some trims offer a 6-speed manual paired to the turbo-4, and it can improve some of the lag in the driveline when drivers squeeze on the throttle. The CVT is again the most practical pick, but can also intensify some of that lag.

Models

Honda Civic Hatchback

Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Volkswagen Golf

Subaru Impreza

MSRP

$22,000(estd.)

$20,140

$23,195

$21,595

Engine

1.5L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

1.4L Turbo Inline-4

2.0 Subaru Boxer-4

Transmission

Continuously Variable-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

Continuously Variable-Speed Automatic

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

AWD

Power

174hp@6,000rpm

168hp@6,600rpm

147hp@5,000rpm

152hp@6,000rpm

Torque 

177lb-ft@1,900rpm

151lb-ft@4,800rpm

184lb-ft@1,400rpm

145lb-ft@4,000rpm

The Civic Si is powered by a 205-hp 1.5-liter turbo-4 paired exclusively with a 6-speed manual and whirls up to 60 mph in less than seven seconds. The Civic Type R is the drama queen with a 2.0-liter turbo-4 dishing out 306 hp to brighten up your day with a less than 6 second 0-60 time.

The Civic hatchback is definitely the horsepower champ which is closely followed by Toyota Corolla. The Volkswagen Golf produces the highest amount of torque which is better for passing power on the highway. The Subaru Impreza is the only one that comes with AWD as standard and proves to be better in snowy weather.

2021 Honda Civic Hatchback Acceleration And Braking Performance

Tugging away from a standstill is evermore swift and smooth as the turbo kicks in, and the Civic scouts to 60 mph in just 6.8 seconds, which is fast for this class. Both available transmissions work well, but the manual feels more likable. 

The braking execution is also mighty, easily modulated 4-wheel-disc brakes ensure quick, smooth stops every time. There's a solid feel, and the pedal is appreciably firm. Agile, well-weighted steering makes the Civic much more enjoyable to pilot. 

Model

Honda Civic Hatchback

Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Volkswagen Golf

Subaru Impreza

0-60 MPH 

6.8 sec

7.5 sec

7.6 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile 

15.2 sec

16.0 sec

15.9 sec

14.0 sec

Top Speed 

125 MPH

112 MPH

139 MPH

N/A

Engine

1.5L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

1.4L Turbo Inline-4

2.0 Subaru Boxer -4

Curb Weight 

2937 lbs

3060 lbs

2873 lbs

3073 lbs

60-0 MPH 

113 ft

125 ft

129 ft

120 ft

The Subaru Impreza takes the pole position because of the standard AWD setup which in turn improves traction. Honda Civic takes the second spot followed by Toyota Corolla and Volkswagen Golf. Taking the least distance to depreciate from 60-0mph, it offers the best-in-class braking performance.

2021 Honda Civic Hatchback Fuel Economy

Civic's front-wheel-drivetrain, a low displacement turbocharged engine, and a CVT automatic gearbox are made for a single purpose - beating out rivals when it comes to gas fuel-economy ratings.

The Honda Civic Hatch returns a gas mileage total of 31/40/34 mpg city/highway/combined, although the Sport and Sport Touring models are a little less fuel-efficient with figures of 29/35/32 mpg. 

Models

Honda Civic Hatchback

Toyota Corolla 

Volkswagen Golf

Subaru Impreza

MPG (City)

30

28

29

28

MPG (Highway)

36

37

37

38

MPG (Combined)

32

31

34

32

Fuel Capacity 

12.4 gallons

13.2 gallons

13.2 gallons

13.2 gallons

Emissions (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

5.2

5.7

N/A

N/A

Honda shows that power and fuel efficiency need not be mutually exclusive and gets a terrific fuel-economy. The Corolla hatchback is a little better when it comes to freeways. However, the other two rivals stay behind from the latter in terms of mpg estimates. 

2021 Honda Civic Hatchback Interior

Elegant and roomy, the Civic's cabin combines functional layout with excellent elements that make its interior one of the most exciting in the class. It's simple to turn in a relaxed and confident driving position for short and tall drivers alike. The front and rear headroom is generous, and the rear legroom is adequate. Ergonomics are spot on too, with an intuitively laid out cockpit with all controls in close proximity to the driver.

Ingress and egress are easy through the large front doors, and outward visibility is also majestic. You should not seat three broad-shouldered adults in the back for long, but it works well with three kids. The Civic outclasses most other compact cars with its quality cabin and modern design.

Model

Honda Civic Hatchback

Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Volkswagen Golf

Subaru Impreza

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.3/57.0/42.3

38.4/53.9/42.0

38.4/55.9/41.2

39.8/56.7/43.1

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.4/55.0/36.0

37.6/54.5/29.9

38.1/53.9/35.6

37.2/55.6/36.5

With 25.7 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, the Civic hatchback is liberal with trunk space, which can be expanded to 46.2 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down, which is average for the class. The Sport and Sport Touring trim trade-off on trunk room a little in support of sportier mechanics, the changes ending in a decline of 3.1 cubes. 

Infotainment System

The LX trim seems to be Honda's least variant among the five available as it only comes with a 5 -inch LCD screen, some smartphones are bigger than this. You get a bigger 7.0-inch infotainment display in the pricier trims. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard on all but the base LX trim. Some of the standard features include a 160-watt four-speaker sound system, AM/FM radio, Bluetooth hands-free operation.

The available touch screen is simple to read but can be difficult to operate. Luckily, there are redundant physical controls, such as a volume knob. The navigation system is natural to use, and audio quality is delightful.

2021 Honda Civic Hatchback Exterior

Honda Civic owners admire how their car looks and mention it as their favorite aspect of this model. A bold front fascia, sculptured lines along the sides, and a saucy hatchback rear may confuse people that you are driving a Type R.

The Sport and Sport Touring are solely provided with an under-body spoiler kit and center-mounted dual exhaust outlets. The sedan and hatchback are almost related in silhouette—the sedan drops right at the end to offer a small trunk, and the hatch just keeps advancing. For 2021 Honda is applying some extensive styling updates to the hatch while the coupe body design is no more available for the upcoming year.

Model

2021 Honda Civic Hatchback

2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

2020 Mazda 3

2020 Subaru Impreza

Curb Weight 

2704 lbs

2840 lbs

2899 lbs

2767 lbs

Length 

182.3"

183.1"

180.3"

179.9"

Width 

70.8"

69.9"

70.7"

70.9"

Height 

55.7"

57.3"

57.3"

56.5"

Ground Clearance 

6.3"

6.7"

6.1"

5.3"

Wheelbase 

106.3"

107.3"

107.3"

106.3"

An overall length of 177.9 inches makes it eight inches longer than the Corolla Hatch, its wheelbase of 106.3 inches is 2.4 inches longer. While it's clear that the Civic is a little larger than the Corolla, the Corolla is still the heavier vehicle. 

2021 Honda Civic Hatchback Safety

Every trim of Civic gets a Honda Sensing package of safety features is standard. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2020 Civic a perfect five-star overall rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the highest score of "Good" in all six crash tests. It misses getting a "Top Safety Pick" label because of the "Poor" headlight performance, which may improve this year.

2021 Honda Civic Hatchback Competition

2021 Honda Civic Hatchback Vs Toyota Corolla

The Civic and Toyota Corolla have fought it out for decades, and the Corolla's full redesign for 2020 has only rekindled the romance. Toyota also has a more intuitive touch screen, improved cabin material, and more standard features. However, Honda Civic takes the edge with a fuel-efficient engine and sportier handling and rapid acceleration. Neither is a bad pick, but the Honda is the more suitable choice among the two.

2021 Honda Civic Vs Mazda Mazda3 Hatchback

If you're watching for a bit of driving joy to go along with your cultured compact car, the Mazda 3 is a great car to start. It has a smooth and engaging ride with exciting driving dynamics. It's available with an all-wheel-drive too. While matching the Civic in terms of driving fun, it can't stand against Honda's has more rear-seat room and cargo space.

2021 Honda Civic Hatchback Final Verdict

The Civic hatchback is thoughtfully outlined and provided with high-quality interior materials for an entry-level car. Buyers looking for a dough-worthy compact car should put the 2021 Honda Civic on the table. It might be an apparent decision, and Civics might be omnipresent, but that’s because the car is so darn great.

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2021 Honda Civic Overall Reviews


Jon J. Norris

Jon J. Norris 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback LX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: June 11, 2020

Honda Civic is good on mileage and also acceleration

Overall Review -

8

Overview Rating

Even when I drive on the sport mode it’s great in mileage and of course acceleration. It easily crosses the two-lane and the best part, despite the readings on the speedo, it never loses that calm composure and happens to be stable all the time

8/10

Features

7/10

Interior

10/10

Design

10/10

Safety

8/10

Reliability

10/10

Deal Value

9/10

Dealer Review


Eddie N. Chapman

Eddie N. Chapman 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback EX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

5

User Overall Rating

Posted On: June 8, 2020

Decent- not bad but not great either.

Overall Review -

5

Overview Rating

Slow or should I say painfully slow. Every time you put your foot down you’ll be disappointed. Not the best accelerating car, but it does have something to make it up. Once you go past 3,000 rpm it starts to show its true nature and you will love it.

5/10

Features

4/10

Interior

5/10

Design

5/10

Safety

7/10

Reliability

7/10

Deal Value

9/10

Dealer Review


Matthew V. Perkins

Matthew V. Perkins 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback EX-L 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: June 8, 2020

Slightly flawed otherwise a good car.

Overall Review -

9

Overview Rating

One thing that I will say is, this is one of the best handling cars. It tackles corners with ease. The ride quality is also decent and power is just about enough nothing special

8/10

Features

6/10

Interior

9/10

Design

10/10

Safety

10/10

Reliability

8/10

Deal Value

10/10

Dealer Review

Top User Reviews


8

User Overall Rating

"Honda Civic is good on mileage and also acceleration"

Even when I drive on the sport mode it’s great in mileage and of course acceleration. It easily crosses the two-lane and the best part, despite the readings on the speedo, it never loses that calm composure and happens to be stable all the time
by Jon J. Norris

5

User Overall Rating

"Decent- not bad but not great either."

Slow or should I say painfully slow. Every time you put your foot down you’ll be disappointed. Not the best accelerating car, but it does have something to make it up. Once you go past 3,000 rpm it starts to show its true nature and you will love it.
by Eddie N. Chapman

9

User Overall Rating

"Slightly flawed otherwise a good car."

One thing that I will say is, this is one of the best handling cars. It tackles corners with ease. The ride quality is also decent and power is just about enough nothing special
by Matthew V. Perkins

9

User Overall Rating

"Turbo in Honda Civic"

It drives nice and pulls off good gas average as well. An Average of 36 on highway was the best I was able to pull off till now which is not bad. The turbo works pretty good which makes me forget that I'm not in a performance car. Although I only feel that extra punch to a certain rpm only and it dies out soon. I guess its too much to ask for $20 k. Is it?
by Jeff A. Worthy

8

User Overall Rating

"Honda Civic with manual transmission is fun to drive"

Nowadays, a lot of people are opting for automatic or either CVT transmission and I think that is taking the entire feel of controllin your car away. I've always been fond of manual transmission and wanted a car which has this to offer along with decent power. Looks like I found my perfect car from Honda. I love to drive my Honda Civic with manual transmission and at the same time decide when I ne...
by Everett M. McKelvy