Thecontinues to set the bar for compact sedans. Extremely well-rounded and simply easy to appreciate, the Civic offers a lot of cars for not a lot of money. And in the case of this Civic Sport, I’m talking about under $ 25,000.
- Beautiful style inside and out
- Expert road manners
- Lots of standard driver assistance technology
- With a price tag of less than $ 25,000
I do not like
- The 2.0 liter engine is slow.
- Civic less efficient than the range
- Rudimentary infotainment technology
Slotting just above the base Civic LX, the Sport starts at $ 24,095 including $ 995 per destination. This specific test car has a few exterior accessories from the Honda Performance Development catalog, including some underbody trims, a hood spoiler and black badges, which add $ 1,562 to the Civic’s bottom line. Myself? I’d leave them on the table, especially that huge, gaudy HPD badge to the right of the license plate.
Even without the HPD add-ons, the Civic Sport is an attractive little four-door. While the base Civic gets 16-inch wheels and the EX midrange has 17s, the Sport has 18-inch glossy black alloys with 235/40 all-season tires. LED headlights and taillights are standard and the Sport has glossy black mirror caps and a chrome exhaust tip, which makes it look pretty refined, despite being the second cheapest finish in the Civic range. I know a lot of people call the design of the new Civic boring, but I think it will age really well.
Inside, the Sport is beautiful; I love the new Civic’s minimalist approach to interior design. The ventilation controls have a good weight for their action and snap into a central position (great for my OCD), and the mesh insert that runs along the dash neatly hides the vents. The steering wheel controls are easy to use while driving and the buttons on the center console are arranged in an orderly and logical manner. This isn’t an interior that will dazzle you with flashy touches, but it’s clearly designed to be durable over the long haul, placing a greater emphasis on comfort and practicality over glitz and glamor.
Head and leg room is ample for front seat passengers, and the Civic’s low waistline, long windshield, and slim pillars (a welcome feature on older Hondas) give it excellent outward visibility. There’s plenty of room for people in the back, with door openings large enough to make getting in and out of the curb a breeze, and everyone’s luggage will fit neatly into the 14.8-inch trunk cubic feet, even if you’re worried about cargo space, it can beit’s more your jam.
The only downside to the Civic Sport is that you can’t get all the best technology from the Touring. Like the base LX and the mid-range EX, the Civic Sport has a 7-inch color touchscreen multimedia system, with a rudimentary infotainment package that’s … well, okay. Wired connections foris they’re standard, thankfully, although they look pretty pretty on that 7-inch display. The Civic Touring’s larger 9-inch screen isn’t available, nor is its wireless pairing with the smartphone. You can’t even get Honda’s awesome new 10.2-inch digital gauge cluster, though the LX, Sport and EX trims have a 7-inch left-side screen in the dash, which by default is a speedometer but can show all. the types of relevant information instead.
The good news is that the Sport doesn’t skimp on driver assistance technologies, with lane keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control at full speed and Honda’s Traffic Jam Assist that combines the aforementioned functions fitted as standard on every Civic. Auto high beams, a rear seat reminder, and traffic sign recognition are also included, though oddly enough blind spot monitoring doesn’t become available until you upgrade to the Civic EX, and the Touring adds cross-traffic monitoring to that functionality, too.
Probably the biggest difference between the Civic Sport and other models is what’s under the hood. Like the base LX, the Sport uses Honda’s 2.0-liter naturally aspirated I4, with 158 horsepower and 138 foot-pounds of torque. This engine is a bit small, although the continuously variable transmission is refined and performs well, fading into the background most of the time.
In fact, the only sporty thing about this Civic is its name. The Sport is mechanically identical to other Civic models, so don’t get your hopes up if you’re looking for a sharp-driving sedan. That’s not to say the Civic Sport is in any way unpleasant, however: it has well-thought-out and responsive steering, a compound chassis, and confident braking. It won’t outperform Mazda3, but the Civic is more fun than a Nissan Sentra or Subaru Impreza, and more comfortable and solid than a Hyundai Elantra or Toyota Corolla.
Interestingly, the Sport is the least efficient Civic sedan, rated to return a 30 mpg city, 37 mpg highway, and 33 mpg combined. In mixed use during a week of driving in Los Angeles, I saw 32 mpg. It’s not awful, but it’s not great either when you consider that the Civic’s optional turbocharged engine, available in the EX and Touring sedans, is not only more powerful, but more efficient as well. The Civic EX boosts those EPA ratings to 33 mpg city, 42 mpg highway, and 36 mpg combined.
The true sporty Civic is on the way, which not only has the 1.5-liter turbo engine, but can be had with a six-speed manual gearbox for maximum fun on the road. Of course, Honda is also working on the correct of the 11th generation Civic, so stay tuned.
As for the 2022 Civic Sport, it earns high marks for its competent on-road manners, spacious and well-appointed interior, high level of standard technology and beautiful styling – all for under $ 25,000. Not many other new cars offer that kind of value, making the new Civic ready to hold its benchmark crown for years to come.