Doing Its (Civic) Duty: Honda Releases 2022 Civic
The 2022 model marks the 11th generation of Honda's best-selling compact car.
It seems like it was only yesterday when Honda unveiled the tenth-generation Civic compact sedan, coupe, and hatchback, but it was actually five years ago, in 2015. Honda has continuously been selling the Civic for almost four decades, having first debuted as an eco-minded two-door subcompact hatchback for the 1973 model year. Over the years, Honda's best-selling Civic has gotten larger and more stylish, and for 2022, Honda is releasing a brand new, eleventh-generation Civic, which was revealed in prototype form during a November 17th livestream on Amazon's Twitch online gaming platform, which was the perfect platform to debut the all-new compact, as Honda continues to market the Civic to its younger buyers. While the 2022 Civic Sedan that Honda showed during the Twitch livestream was only a prototype, the Brand has announced that the all-new model will go on sale at Honda dealerships nationwide in early Spring of 2021. Read on to find out more about the all-new, eleventh-generation Honda Civic. NOTE: Any and all pricing discussed in this article includes a mandatory destination fee, but does NOT include any applicable taxes, or other fees.
Shown in prototype form, the all-new, eleventh-generation 2022 Honda Civic Sedan still retains its "Coupe-Like" exterior design, but benefits from updated styling. Following its larger sibling, the Accord, the all-new 2022 Civic features a flat front end design, with front headlamps and LED daytime running lamps (DRL's) that integrate nicely into the car's upper front grille. However, unlike the Accord, the Civic features a wide, sporty honeycomb lower front grille, which integrates into a front bumper that includes integrated air curtains. In addition, the upper front grille is flanked by a body-colored accent bar. Both front grilles, as well as the front bumper's integrated air curtains, are painted in a Gloss Black finish to enhance the Civic's sporty appeal. Moving to the side, the all-new Civic features Gloss Black-painted exterior side mirror caps and side window moldings, as well as Gloss Black-finished aluminum-alloy wheels. The new Civic also features more pronounced front and rear wheel arches than its predecessor, as well as noticeable rakes in the front and rear doors to provide a more aerodynamic exterior design. The side skirts are more noticeable, and integrate into the rest of the car nicely. In the rear, the all-new Civic, like its predecessor, features a sloping roofline for a "Coupe-Like" profile, although the rear tail lamps reminds of one of the Civic's main competitors, the Volkswagen (VW) Jetta. An integrated lip spoiler in the rear deck further enhances the all-new Civic's sporty exterior design, and the rear bumper features a dual-tipped exhaust system with Gloss Black-painted finishers. There is no indication of trim level on the rear deck (trunk) lid, but we suspect that the Civic Concept that Honda showed off is a higher trim level.
Honda didn't show much of the interior of the all-new 2022 Civic, however, the Brand did show a brief design rendering of the all-new Civic's interior design. Taking styling cues from the interior of the larger Accord, Honda says that the all-new Civic will feature a "floating" nine-inch (9.0") central LCD display screen for its infotainment system, which is also likely to make its way up to the Accord as well. The tenth-generation Honda Civic was a huge step up in quality and luxury over its predecessor, and it appears that the eleventh-generation model that replaces it takes it a step further with more premium interior materials. The Honda Sensing suite of active driver assistance technologies will come as standard equipment on all Civic models.
Honda isn't ready to discuss any more details about the all-new Civic, but we do know that both four-door Sedan and five-door Hatchback models will remain available, with Si Sedan and Type-R Hatchback variants to come later. The two-door Coupe is officially dead, and will not be returning to the Civic lineup for 2022, having been permanently discontinued following the 2020 model year. Honda is likely to equip all Civics with a Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT) transmission, aside from the performance-oriented Si Sedan and Type-R Hatchback models, which are likely to retain their six-speed manual transmissions. Front Wheel Drive (FWD) is also likely to remain the only drivetrain option for the Civic, although standard Civic models could gain an All Wheel Drive (AWD) drivetrain in order to compete with the likes of a growing All Wheel Drive (AWD) compact market, which includes entries such as the Mazda 3 and Subaru Impreza. Engine options are likely to remain a 1.5L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) gasoline engine for most trims, with the Si Sedan receiving a higher-output version of the same engine, and the Type-R Coupe getting a 2.0L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) gasoline engine. Honda hasn't announced pricing or trim level availability for the all-new 2022 Civic, but the 2021 Honda Civic Sedan starts at $21,050 for a base LX Sedan model with the 2.0L naturally-aspirated Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) gasoline engine and a Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT) transmission (we don't know if that engine will continue into the eleventh-generation 2022 Civic), and climbs to $28,100 for a fully-loaded 2022 Honda Civic Touring Sedan with the 1.5L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) gasoline engine and a Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT) transmission. The 2021 Honda Civic Hatchback starts at $22,995 for a base LX model (with the transmission as its Sedan sibling, but with the 1.5L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) gasoline engine in place of the naturally-aspirated 2.0L unit in the LX Sedan), and climbs to $28,400 for a fully-loaded Sport Touring model (again with the same engine and transmission as the Touring Sedan model). Pricing is expected to increase slightly for the all-new 2022 Honda Civic. What do you think of the all-new 2022 Honda Civic? Let us know in the comments down below, and stay tuned for more information as it becomes available!