Buyer's Guide

2021 Honda Civic
Select a Different Model (22 Available): EX Hatchback
Fuel Economy $ 31 / 40 mpg
Horsepower 174@6,000
Torque 162@1,700
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2021 Honda Civic MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Generous standard equipment
  • Great driving experience
  • Rockstar Civic Type R

Cons

  • Slow infotainment system
  • Over-styled hatchback exterior design

Even considering it hasn't been redesigned since the 10th-gen model debuted for 2016, Honda's venerable compact remains near the top of its segment. Updates for this year include a Type R Limited Edition but the rest of the lineup goes unchanged, save the permanent discontinuation of the two-door and a leave of absence for the Civic Si. We're expecting an all-new 11th-generation Civic for the 2022 model year.

What's New

  • Civic Coupe permanently discontinued
  • Civic Si discontinued until the next-generation Civic arrives
  • Civic Type R Limited Edition

What We Think

This Civic is really good. Despite its 2016 introduction, the Civic came out on top of last year's compact comparison that pitted the established Civic against newly redesigned efforts from Toyota and Mazda. That test's conclusion called it "simply the best compact sedan you can buy." No matter what changes its peers make, the Civic continues to impress with segment-best driving dynamics, technology, packaging, and value. And it's safe and efficient.

Although we're mourning the momentary death of the Si and the journey of the Civic coupe to the great parking lot in the sky, the Type R is more than a consolation prize for those in search of a sporty Civic. It's wickedly quick, smooth, and controlled thanks to adaptive suspension, and it just might be the best sport compact currently on sale.

Performance and Fuel Economy

No matter what Civic variant you consider, it'll have a four-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive, and (in some cases) a choice between a CVT automatic or a six-speed manual transmission. The base sedan utilizes a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine that generates 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque and returns 26-30/36-38 mpg city/highway. Civics with the 2.0-liter hit 60 in 7.8-8.6 seconds.

Higher-spec Civic sedans and all Civic Hatchbacks rely on a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine. A 174 hp/162 lb-ft version powers the sedans and some hatches with help from a CVT, which helps it achieve 30-32/38-42 mpg city/highway. Sport and Sport Touring versions of the hatch use a version of the same engine making 180 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque with a manual or the same power and 162 lb-ft with the CVT. Efficiency figures for the more powerful turbo-four read 29/35-37 mpg. We've recorded 1.5T 0-60 times as low as 6.8 seconds.

If you're after the highest performing Civic, the only answer is Type R. Available exclusively in the hatchback body style and exclusively offered with a manual transmission, the Civic Type R is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-four cranking out 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Yes, please.

Safety

In IIHS safety testing, the Civic earns perfect scores on all six crashworthiness tests and Superior front crash prevention ratings. The Civic Touring's LED headlights receive a Good rating, while the halogens standard on all other models are rated as Poor. With the better headlights, the Civic is a 2020 Top Safety Pick. In NHTSA evaluation, it earns a five-star overall safety rating and flawless five-star scores in every test.

The Civic includes its automaker's Honda Sensing collection of active safety tech as standard on all trims. That includes lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

Regardless of body style, the Civic seats five. Legroom in the front and rear seats remains relatively unchanged across the Civic lineup at 42.3 inches front and 36.0-37.4 inches rear, but the hatchback offers significantly more cargo volume. Although sedans have 14.7-15.1 cubic feet of trunk space, the hatchback boasts 22.6-25.7 cubic feet behind the rear seat and 46.2 cubes with the seats folded down.

Technology

The short story here is to avoid the Civic LX's four-speaker audio and basic 5.0-inch infotainment setup if you can. All other models include a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. If you shell out for a Civic Touring or Sport Touring, you'll get integrated navigation and a 10-speaker audio system.

Key Competitors:

  • Toyota Corolla
  • Hyundai Elantra
  • Kia Forte
  • Mazda 3

 

 

2021 HONDA CIVIC SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 1.5 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, Continuously Variable Automatic Mode Select
Trim
EX Hatchback
Class
Compact Passenger Car
Horsepower
174@6,000
Standard MPG
31/40
Body Style
Hatchback
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
Show Full Specs
Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60,000
Full Warranty Miles
36,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
36,000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
36
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 1.9% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48 Months - Honda announces APR rates on select models. 01-04-2021
$0 2.9% Financing available for varying term lengths : 60, 66, 72 Months - Honda announces APR rates on select models. 01-04-2021
$500 Honda announces a Bonus Cash offer for HFC leases. 01-04-2021