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2022 Honda Civic Preview- Release Date, Interior, Trims, Features, Redesign, Changes, Colors, Specs

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K. Rawat

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May 15, 2021 at 04:40 PM

The redesigned 11th generation 2022 Honda Civic was released on April 28, 2021, with a new and bigger exterior build, new colors, and a spacious yet minimalist interior. All set to reach dealerships for sale in Summer 2021, the EX-L trim has been discontinued leaving only 4 trims on offer with the MSRP ranging between $21,700 and $28,300. Under the hood, the 2.0L and 1.5L turbo engines have been retained and been reworked to increase the power specs and improve fuel economy. For the lovers of the manual transmission, the 2022 Civic Type R and the 2022 Civic Si are the choices and are pegged to launch in Fall 2021.

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Released on April 28, 2021, the 2022 Honda Civic gets a full redesign and starts the 11th generation of the top seller sedan. Packed with an interior based on the "Simplicity and Something" design language, it changes the specs slightly overall. All set to arrive for sale in Summer 2021, the 2022 Civic will be offered in 4 trims with prices starting from $21,700 onwards. Under the hood, there are 2 engines on offer while which come hooked up to an automatic transmission. With new colors and better MPG figures, this year also marks the return of the manual transmission equipped 2022 Honda Civic Si which was missing in 2021.


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Along with the changes in the standard Civic, the 2022 Honda Civic Type R will also be getting remodel with a more powerful engine as it arrives later this year. For now, the sedan brings a thorough refresh to the interior, exterior, and MPG figures. Looking at the early images, the 2022 Civic is very similar to the concept and the prototype images that arrived earlier. The dimensions have also been increased for better driving dynamics, improved performance, and better interior space.

2022 Honda Civic

Model Specs

Price Range

$21,700 - $28,300

Release Date

Spring 2021

Engine

2.0L NA Inline-4 / 1.5L Turbocharged Inline-4

Transmission

CVT

Drivetrain

FWD

Trims

LX, Sport, EX, Touring

Colors

8 colors- Morning Mist, Aegean Blue, Lunar Silver, Meteorite Gray, Platinum White, Rallye Red, Crystal Black, and Sonic Gray

Changes

  • Fully redesigned for the all-new 11th Generation
  • Bigger dimensions
  • 1.5L Turbo Engine has become more efficient
  • Honda Sensing Safety Suite as standard in all trims
  • More spacious and modern interior

Besides the standard specs and features, the 2022 Honda Civic also gets the Honda Sensing Safety Suite as standard fitment across all 4 trim levels. With all of these changes and a brand new redesign, the 2022 Civic competes against its well-known adversaries like the Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, and the Mazda 3. Honorable mentions can also go out to the Nissan Sentra and the Kia Forte as well.


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What are the Prices, Trims, and Features of the 2022 Honda Civic?

With all the refresh in the design and specs, the trims of the 2022 Honda Civic have also been shaken up. Compared to 2021 MY, the EX-L trim has been discontinued and only 4 trims continue this year- LX, Sport, EX, and Touring. The LX trim gets the ball rolling with bare-bones features at a starting MSRP of $21,700. The Sport trim upgrades to bigger 18-inch alloy wheels, an 8-speaker sound system, and Smart entry with remote start for $23,100.

The EX trim pegged at $24,700 starts making things interesting with the 180 hp 1.5L turbocharged engine, moonroof, heated seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The flagship Touring trim demands $28,300 and throws in all of the best features like the 10-inch digital driver display, 9-inch touchscreen infotainment with 12-speaker Bose Premium Sound System, and upgraded safety features.

Model

LX

Sport

EX

Touring

MSRP(CVT) 

$21,700

$23,100

$24,700

$28,300

Key Features

Honda Sensing

Adds/Upgrades to LX features

Adds/Upgrades to Sport Features

Adds/Upgrades to EX features

  Push Button Start 18-inch alloy wheels 180 hp 1.5L turbocharged engine Power adjustable front seats with leather upholstery
  7-inch digital cluster display Smart Entry and Remote start Moonroof 10-inch digital driver display
  7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with 4-speakers Fabric and PU upholstery on seats Heated seats and side mirrors 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system with 12-speaker Bose Premium Sound System
  Apple CarPlay and Android Auto  Steering wheel with paddle shifters and leather upholstery Dual-zone automatic climate control LED Foglights and Rain Sensing Wipers
    8-speaker sound system Rear Center Armrest Navigation, Homelink, Sirius XM, HD Radio, and Wireless Charging integration
    Chrome Exhaust   Sunglass holder

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What Engine does the 2022 Honda Civic have and how does it perform?

Despite major changes all around, Honda has chosen to retain the same engines from the 2021 Civic for the redesigned 2022 Civic. Under the hood, with the LX and Sport trims, you get a 2.0L naturally aspirated inline-4 cylinder engine which is primed to produce 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque. The EX and Touring trims get the 1.5L turbocharged inline-4 cylinder engine that has been worked upon to increase the power output to 180 hp and the torque to 177 lb-ft. The CVT transmission remains a constant in both engines. Also, both the powertrains put the power to the wheels via the FWD and like its predecessors, AWD is absent.

Despite retaining the powertrains, an additional Sport driving mode has been added to the capabilities of the 2022 Honda Civic. This makes it even more hands-on by increasing the throttle response and optimizing the output for peak performance. Thankfully, this CVT is one of the good ones and does not dull down the driving experience. However, for purists, the manual transmission has not bitten the dust just yet. Honda is bringing back the Civic Si in 2022 and the 2022 Civic Type R is also arriving later this year. Both of these will get the manual stick shift to juice out those RPMs.

Though the standard Civic was never made for performance, enthusiasts can't help pushing it down an empty strip of tarmac. To that avail, with the 2.0L pot, the 2022 Civic sprints from 0-60 mph in a relaxed 8.2 seconds while the quarter-mile takes almost double the time at 16.3 seconds. With the turbocharged powertrain, the 0-60 mph time drops to just under 7 seconds. The brakes have also been beefed up this year since you get 11.3-inch rotors in the front and 10.3-inch rotors in the rear. These allow the ride to stop from 60-0 mph in 113 feet.

Model

2022 Honda Civic

2021 Toyota Corolla 

2021 Mazda 3

2021 Hyundai Elantra

MSRP

$21,700

$20,995

$21,000

$21,835

Engine

2.0L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.0L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.5L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.0L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

CVT

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

Power 

158 hp @ 6,500 RPM

162 hp @ 6,000 RPM

186 hp @ 6,000 RPM

147 hp @ 6,200 RPM

Torque 

138 lb-ft @ 4,200 RPM

142 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

180 lb-ft @ 6,000 RPM

132 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM

0-60 MPH 

8.2 sec

8.2 sec

8.0 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter Mile 

16.3 sec

16.2 sec

16.4 sec

16.4 sec

Top Speed 

119 MPH

112 MPH

116 MPH

116 MPH

With its renewed avatar, the Honda Civic is actually underpowered in its base outfit. The only one that is less powerful is the Hyundai Elantra with 147 hp. This also reflects in its acceleration times which are the slowest amongst the rest. The Mazda 3 is the most powerful of the lot, the most athletic to drive, and also the fastest off starting the line for a very comparable price. The Toyota Corolla has always been a bitter rival for the Civic and that continues this year as well. At a lower price, the Corolla also offers more power, comparable acceleration prowess, and world-renowned reliability.


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What MPG figures does the 2022 Honda Civic offer?

Despite being a sportier approach to a daily driver, the 2022 Honda Civic is actually quite fuel-efficient. However, the quirk is that the MPG figures vary depending on the trim. With the base LX trim, you get 31 MPG in the city, 40 MPG on the highway, and 35 MPG combined. Upgrade to the Sport trim, and these figures drop to 30 MPG in the city, 37 MPG on the highway, and 33 MPG combined. Surprisingly, the turbo powertrain is the most fuel-efficient, and that too only with the EX trim. 

The EX trim offers 33 MPG in the city, 42 MPG on the highway, and 36 MPG combined. The top-of-the-line Touring trim again sees the MPG figures drop to 31 MPG in the city, 38 MPG on the highway, and 34 MPG combined. All of the trims come equipped with a 12.4-gallon fuel tank which results in the overall driving range wandering between 446 miles at its best, and 409 miles at its worst. Both of these numbers are acceptable enough for a ride of the 2022 Civic's stature.

Model

2022 Honda Civic

2021 Toyota Corolla 

2021 Mazda 3

2021 Hyundai Elantra

MPG (City)

31

31

27

28

MPG (Highway)

40

38

36

37

MPG (Combined)

35

34

30

32

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

12.4

13.2 

12.7 

14.0

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (miles) 

384 / 496 / 434

410 / 501 / 448 

342 / 457 / 381 

392 / 518 / 448 

In contrast to the competitors, the Honda Civic is the most fuel-efficient even in its base avatar with the 2.0L pot. The Toyota Corolla does not make it easy for the Civic to go for glory since the Corolla offers similar kinds of MPG figures with a bigger fuel tank. The Hyundai Elantra is also fuel economical but still has ground to cover to reach the levels of its rivals. The Mazda 3 pursues performance over fuel frugality and hence offers the lowest MPG figures.


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What are the changes in the interior of the 2022 Honda Civic?

Enter the interior of the 2022 Honda Civic, and you will experience the Simplicity and Something design language all across the cabin. For the first time, at a 20 grand price tag, the vibe of the 2022 Civic feels minimalist and luxurious like a BMW 3-Series.  Instead of dedicated A/C vents, a honeycomb mesh panel runs across the dashboard with knobs popping out in 5 places. Perched at the top of the dashboard is the 7-inch or 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system which depends on the trim you buy. The dimensions have been made wider and longer for this year, and hence the interior is even more spacious. 

Below the honeycomb panel, the climate control setting knobs have been provided with the shifter and cupholders in the center console. The multifunction steering wheel gets leather upholstery from the Sport trim onwards. The front seats are comfortably spacious and get fabric and PU upholstery in the lower trims which gets upgraded to leather upholstery in the Touring trim. The rear seats are equally comfortable and spacious to accommodate even tall guys comfortably. However, anyone over 6'2" might find it a bit of a struggle to be seated comfortably.

Model

2022 Honda Civic

2021 Toyota Corolla 

2021 Mazda 3

2021 Hyundai Elantra

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

39.3 / 57.0 / 42.3

38.3 / 54.0 / 42.0

38.3 / 54.8 / 42.3

38.8 / 56.2 / 42.3

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

37.1 / 55.0 / 37.4

37.1 / 51.7 / 34.8

37.6 / 54.4 / 35.8

37.3 / 55.0 / 35.7

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft.) 14.7 13.1 13.2 14.2

As compared to the others, the Civic has the most well-distributed cabin with the maximum cargo space. The Mazda 3 and Hyundai Elantra are pretty evenly matched with their respective interior space. However, the Elantra offers a bigger cargo bay. The Toyota Corolla shoves most of the space in the front cabin and leaves lesser space in the back. Furthermore, its compact dimensions result in the smallest cargo space of the lineup. In terms of entertainment, all the trims except the 2022 Honda Civic Touring come equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment as standard. 

The sound system varies between a 4-speaker and an 8-speaker setup with the smaller unit. Upgrade to the 2022 Civic Touring, and you get the 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a 12-speaker Bose Premium Surround Sound system. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and Homelink capabilities also come bundled as standard shipment. The infotainment system is very intuitive and user-friendly to operate and a breeze to get used to. Some of the notable features of the interior and infotainment system of the 2022 Honda Civic are-

  • Power adjustable front seats with fabric or leather upholstery
  • Multifunction steering wheel with tilt and telescopic adjustment and leather upholstery
  • Dual Zone automatic climate control
  • 7-inch/10-inch digital cluster display
  • 7-inch/9-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Homelink
  • Navigation
  • Sirius XM and HD Radio

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How do the exterior and dimensions change with the redesigned 2022 Honda Civic?

Owing to the birth of the new 11th generation, the 2022 Honda Civic has gotten a full redesign and also a new Meteorite Grey color. The dimensions have been altered significantly and so is the design that looks more fluent and commanding like its big brother, the Honda Accord. The wheelbase has been elongated by 1.4-inches and the rear track has been made wider by 0.5-inch both of which aid in better stability, and more cabin space. The A-pillars have also been moved back 2-inches which reduces blind spots and offers better visibility.

From a quirky design in the previous generation, the exterior now gets LED headlamps with LED DRLs, and a sleek grille. At the side, the criss-cross of lines is gone and you get one smooth flowing silhouette that goes from the front to the back. Depending on the trim level, the wheel size also varies as you get 17-inch alloy wheels in the LX trims which gets upgraded to 18-inch alloy wheels in all the others. Pop to the back, and you will get the feeling of the Honda Accord ghost staring back at you in disguise. Overall, the road presence of the 2022 Honda Civic is miles ahead of its predecessors.

Model

2022 Honda Civic

2021 Toyota Corolla 

2021 Mazda 3

2021 Hyundai Elantra

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2,772

2,840 

2,899 

2,767 

Length (in.)

183.3

183.1

180.3

179.9

Width (in.)

71.3

69.9

70.7

70.9

Height (in.)

55.6

57.3

57.3

56.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

6.3

6.7

6.1

5.3

Wheelbase (in.)

107.7

107.3

107.3

106.3

Despite being compact, the redesigned Civic looks bigger than it actually is. In this lineup, the Honda Civic is actually the biggest one and yet the shortest in height. Furthermore, it is also quite light for its dimensions. The Toyota Corolla is among the heavier ones and matches the Civic in almost all its dimensions. The Mazda 3 comes off as the bulkiest one despite being built very compactly to aid its athletic performance. The Hyundai Elantra takes the cake as the lightest car in the lineup, all thanks to its marginally smaller build which helps it to come out as the smallest one. 


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What are the safety ratings and safety features of the 2022 Honda Civic?

The safety standards of Honda have always been revered, and with the 2022 Honda Civic, these only become stronger. The redesigned 2022 Civic is yet to undergo crash testing from the IIHS and NHTSA, however, it is built upon the premise of the award-winning 2021 Civic. The 2021 Honda Civic scored a perfect 5-star rating from the NHTSA, an overall "Good" rating from the IIHS, and was a Top Safety Pick as well. So, expect the same kind of safety standard this year as well. 

To take things further, the 2022 Honda Civic comes with the full force of the Honda Sensing Safety Suite right from the base LX trim. As the trims levels progress, the safety features increase which justifies the climb in price as well. Some of the notable features in the Honda Sensing Safety Suite of the 2022 Civic are:

  • Forward-collision warning 
  • Rear Automated emergency braking
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Road Departure Mitigation System
  • Honda Lane Watch camera
  • Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System

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What is the Release Date of the 2022 Honda Civic and is it worth buying?

The 2022 Honda Civic is all set to enter production in Greensburg, Indiana, and Alliston, Ontario in Canada. Released on April 28, 2021, the 2022 Honda Civic retains the winning cues from its predecessors and brings some of its own. Offered in feature rich trims with pocket-friendly prices further strengthen its case.

Though the competition is stiff, the 2022 Honda Civic holds its own with its classic flair for performance, fuel efficiency, and practicality. With the redesign, it also packs a simplistic yet refined and future-ready interior that makes it stand out above the rest. Hence, we would definitely recommend buying it when it arrives for sale in dealerships in Summer 2021. 


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2022 Honda Civic FAQs

What is the 2022 Honda Civic release date?

The 2022 Honda Civic is all set to be released in the U.S by the summer of 2021.

Will the 2022 Honda Civic be offered with a manual transmission?

Sadly the manual transmission has now been removed from the 2022 Honda Civic sedan, however, the 2022 Civic hatchback is expected to be offered with a stick shift.

Will the 2022 Honda Civic get the performance versions as well?

Yes, once the 2022 Honda Civic has been released, the Hatchback, Si & Type R are expected to be released shortly afterward.

What engine does the 2022 Honda Civic has to offer?

The 2022 Honda Civic will offer a choice between two engines the same as before: a 2.0L Naturally Aspirated engine with 158 hp & 138 lb-ft of torque and the punchier 1.5L Turbo I-4 with 180 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque.

How can I find a new Honda Civic for sale near me?

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