2022 Honda Civic Touring - An Honest Review
It's been almost two weeks since the trade in, here's how the new Civic stacks up...
The Beginning of a new era:
Every so often cars will receive a change in design. In 2022, one of the most popular sedans to hit the road in the United States, the Honda Civic, has been redesigned for the first time since 2016. Powered by a 1.5 L 4-cylinder engine, the Touring trim makes around 180 horsepower stock, which is a slight increase in performance figures compared to the previous generation. Even though it has new technology, more power, and different exterior and interior appearances, is it worth the $28,950 USD price tag for the most luxurious trim for an economy car?
The take on the Touring:
After my father had traded in his previous Civic, a 2019 EX-L sedan, he wanted to buy something that would stand out from the crowd, therefore he purchased a 2020 Honda Civic Type R. It handled amazingly well for a front-wheel-drive hatchback, and managed to rack up an average of 23 miles per gallon. The major downside of the Type R was that it wasn't necessarily suited for daily driving, getting caught in rush hour traffic in a manual, constantly hitting the clutch every fifteen feet was just a pain for my dad. The ride was fairly rough on city streets and backroads, with aftermarket Eibach springs installed, lowering the ride height by about an inch. He put up with these issues for almost a year, before he decided to trade it in this month. The original 2022 Honda Civic Touring he settled on was a Sonic Grey Pearl (which my mom very much disliked) with an HPD appearance package and black emblems. It was set to arrive about a few days before my father went to a new Honda dealership closer to our abode near the countryside. He picked out an Aegan Blue Metallic Touring, which he then traded in the beloved Type R for. The blue body glistened in the sun and the sparkle in the paint made it all worth the while, which was his turning point. I drove it for the first time to go check the mail as I would usually do on a weekday, and boy was I impressed. The infotainment system was more than responsive enough, the air vents blend in perfectly with the silver mesh completing the modern look in the interior, and best of all, it even has heated seats. The Touring for the 2022 model year is equipped with a CVT transmission with three different modes; sport, normal, and economy. Of course I would always set it to sport mode just to get the thrill that I'm back in the Type R again. Ride quality was a big benefit of the new Civic since the road noise was drastically reduced, even though the wheel gap is a major letdown. Overall, I think that the 2022 Honda Civic Touring is a great car for the value and is definitely worth purchasing.