The 2022 Honda Civic is all-new for 2022, with a redesigned body and an updated interior. Like the last generation model, the 2022 Civic will be offered in both sedan and hatchback body styles.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Even though it has redesigned everything else about the new 2022 Honda Civic, Honda has decided to carry over the powertrain options from the previous-generation car. Base models come standard with a 158-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder while the upgrade engine continues to be a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that now makes 180 horsepower.
The new Civic is offered solely with the front-wheel-drive car. Sadly, the manual transmission offered on the previous generation Civic sedan has been cut for 2022, leaving a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) as the sole offering; a six-speed manual is still available on the hatchback model. At our test track, our turbocharged Touring sedan needed 7.5 seconds to reach 60 mph, which is slightly slower than the last generation Civic’s result.
Luckily, the spry handling, communicative steering, and well-balanced ride that we appreciated so much in the last generation model are present and accounted for here. Sporty Si and high-performance Type-R variants are also in the works and both will offer a manual transmission; we review those models separately.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
According to the EPA, the most fuel-efficient version of the new 2022 Honda Civic is the mid-range EX, which earns ratings of 33 mpg city, 42 mpg highway, and 36 mpg combined.
When we get a chance, we’ll take the 2022 Civic on our 75-mph highway fuel economy route and report its results here. For more information about the Civic’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
A more streamlined interior design debuts in the 2022 Civic, with cleaner lines and a dashboard featuring a full-width honeycomb-patterned mesh design element that cleverly hides the air vents.
A wider center console appears less cluttered than the outgoing model’s and features what looks like a large, deep bin ahead of the shift lever for stashing smartphones, keys, and road-trip snacks.
Honda says passenger space is roughly the same as the 2021 model, and the same goes for cargo room in the sedan; a hatchback body style will also be offered, but we don’t yet have information on that model.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
A host of driver-assistance features will be offered as standard, including automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control with lane-keeping assist.
For more information about the Civic’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Towing and Payload Capacity
- Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
- Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
- Warranty and Maintenance Coverage