Honda2022 Honda Civic — Sometimes it seems as if life can be unfair. The rich get richer far more easily than a poor person can create moderate wealth. Elon Musk sends a tweet that can make him and countless others piles of money. That same vibe translates to sports as well. It’s a lot easier for someone like Michael Jorden to add a low-post move to his game than it is for a rookie to develop a good jumper. The same can be said for the automotive world. It seems like the Honda Civic has been at the top of its game for decades, and yet, even when they make minor changes, they translate into resounding successes. The 2022 Honda Civic is redesigned, and somehow better than ever.
Though Honda hasn’t officially deemed this model a new generation, it is easily a huge upgrade in the 10th generation of Civics. The biggest and most obvious changes are those to the exterior. Gone are the over-the-top excessive body cladding bits and pieces that made the previous models looks like a mobile robotic insect. In its place, the new 2022 Honda Civic has matured into a much more streamlined, sleek and aesthetically appealing look that reminds us of when we stopped buying clothes that were seven sizes too big as teenagers, and actually bought pants and shirts that fit correctly.
The A-pillars have been moved rearward by almost a full two inches, while the beltline drops by almost a full inch and a half to give the 2022 Honda Civic a much more natural looking profile. The rear end is a much less dated look than the awkward C-shaped taillight design of yesteryear, and in its place, a much, much more charming and less polarizing set of taillights.
Power comes from one of two engine choices. The lesser of the two is a very competent 2.0-liter naturally aspirated inline four cylinder DOHC engine that produces a respectable 158-horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. The hotter engine choice is definitely the 1.5-liter turbocharged DOHC inline-four cylinder that produces a potent 180-horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque.
That power is then routed though any transmission you want, so long as what you want is a continuously variable automatic transmission. That’s right Civic racers, no more manual. The enthusiasts should opt for either the Sport of Touring packages that offer up at least a paddle shifter setup to simulate the rear ability to shift. As always the Civic is front-drive only, and wears 235/40/18-inch all-season tires.
Tipping the scales at 3,100 pounds, the 2022 Honda Civic isn’t exactly svelte, but can hustle from 0-60 mph in a relatively scant 7.3 seconds when outfitted with the turbo motor. In either engine’s case, you’re sure going to get Civic-level performance at the pump. The N/A motor manages an incredible 33/42/36 city/highway/combined mpg, while the turbo still posts a very respectable 30/37/33 city/highway/combined mpg.
The upgrades done extend into the interior as well. The overtly aggressive style that Honda tried to force us to like in the previous models is thankfully laid to waste in favor of a very clean way and conveys what we can only describe as ‘budgetary-elegance’. Soft-touch plastics are put into place in all the right spots, while traditional buttons and dials are still used to keep things from becoming too complicated.
The interior of the 2022 Honda Civic is centered around a dash mounted touchscreen infotainment screen that comes in at 7.0-inches standard issue, while with the Touring model, you get a full 9.0-inch screen. Sound in the Touring comes from a wonderful sounding 12-speaker Bose system that sounds even better thanks to added insulation and sound deadening materials throughout the cabin.
Safety has never been a problem for the Civic, and this model continues the trend with things like forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, as well as road-departure and collision mitigation. There is also a cross-traffic alert, low-speed brake control, adaptive cruise, and automatic high beams.
The Honda Civic has long been at the top of the compact car market, and as with most things, it seems that the good just keep getting better. You would think that being the champ year after year might entice Honda to substantially raise the entry price for its gold medal winner, but with a base price of just $22,695, the 2022 Honda Civic is all but guaranteed to remain