The demise of the sedan has been noted many times recently but the Honda Civic in the last six years has been the best-selling sedan in its class with first-time buyers in the US due to its price, performance, reliability, looks and resale value.
Honda Civic: A Long History of Excellence
For nearly 50 years the Honda Civic has been one of the three top best-selling passenger cars in the U.S. and continues to hold its own against SUVs and trucks.
The all-new 2022 Civic is the 11th Generation, having sold 12 million Civics since its US launch in 1973 and it remains Honda’s longest-running nameplate.
Honda Civic Test Drive
We test-drove the 2022 Civic 1.5T four door Touring with no options but fully loaded with an array of popular driver safety aids, convenience and technical features that Honda expects will keep sales strong.
With an MSRP under $30,000 versus the average price of $45,000 for other new vehicles, the Civics’ renowned stamina and performance maintains the sedan’s attractiveness.
The Civic has four sedan trims, LX and Sport with a 2.0-liter engine and EX and Touring with a more powerful 1.5-liter Turbo engine. The 4.9-inches shorter Hatchback and performance-oriented Si and Type R round out the Civic fleet.
Our test drive had monochromatic Lunar Silver that looked like a scaled-down Honda Accord with a simple design, LED exterior lighting, steady beltline, inverted lower grille and black alloy wheels wearing 18-inch tires.
With a stiffer body, improved suspension and steering, it demonstrated excellent handling with a composed ride in comfortable seats, front and rear, inside an expanded cabin. Drive modes are Sport, Normal and Eco and it is peppy with plenty of oomph for highway passing. Safety aids now include updated Honda Sensing with low-speed braking and a new front camera. Crash ratings are top tier.
The pleasing interior has a striking honeycomb mesh across the dashboard for climate control below an HD 9-inch color touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 10.2-inch customizable instrument panel is all-digital. A 12-speaker BOSE provides clear audio, there is Q-1 wireless charging pad and ample storage.
Upscale upholstery complements quality materials, and the interior embraces an ergonomic touch.
Visors extend; there is a spare tire. Front and side window visibility is improved but rear visibility is narrow due to the sloping rear roof.
At a Glance
LIKES: Price, roomy, handling, ride, acceleration, mileage, safety, clean looks inside and out
DISLIKES: Rear visibility, mild stop/start bump
BOTTOM LINE: This generation should keep Civic top seller in mid-size sedan market
Fact File: Honda Civic 1.5T 4D Touring
1.5-liter, in-line 4-cylinder, turbo, DOHC
180 hp @ 6,000 rpms
177 ft-lbs. @ 1,700 rpm
Continuous variable transmission w/manual paddles
31 MPG city/38 highway
0-60 in 7.4 seconds
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Tom Crosby has written more than 1,000 automotive reviews and is a retired Vice President of Communications for AAA Carolinas. He has seen dramatic changes in the automotive industry over the past 25 years and ponders the advent of self-driving vehicles, electric-only vehicles, sophisticated in-car telematics, and the financial challenges facing automotive manufacturers in an increasingly congested worldwide market.