Competes with: Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, Mazda3, Nissan Sentra, Toyota Corolla
Looks like: We’ve already seen it, actually, in both concept and production form. The sedan, at least, looks a bit like a smaller Accord.
Powertrains: 158-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder (LX, Sport); 180-hp, turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder (EX, Touring); continuously variable automatic transmission (with paddle shifters on Sport, Touring); front-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Summer
Honda’s popular and long-serving Civic sedan is back for its 11th generation, wearing new styling that strongly matches the concept we saw in late 2020 and boasting a wealth of subtle improvements. Given that the 10th-generation Civic won our last comparison of compact sedans, Honda’s “if it ain’t broke” approach appears prudent — for now.
Besides its sleeker and less angular new look, the 2022 Civic sedan will get a more powerful turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine for the EX and Touring trims and upgraded underpinnings Honda says will make the 11th-gen Civic the “most fun-to-drive” Civic yet. All models also get some updated safety tech to help try to keep occupants safe.