There is tremendous interest in the launch of the new 11th generation Honda Civic, due next spring for model year 2022. Have you seen the models disclosed on the web and their interpretations by design specialists?
Obviously, the Civic will adopt a more mature and less racy look, which may appeal to some but not others. Is it worth the wait? It depends on your tastes and needs.
In the meantime, here are five things you need to know about the 2021 Honda Civic, which is on sale now at dealerships.
Bye-bye, Civic Coupé and Si
As announced this summer, Honda has decided to eliminate the Civic Coupé, whose sales simply don’t live up to expectations. Only 3% of Civic buyers preferred this model to the sedan, which remains on the program like the Civic hatchback.
However, that’s far from the only cut for 2021. The sporty 205-horsepower Civic Si isn’t back either. Only offered with a manual transmission, it has lost a lot of followers over the years. It is not excluded that it will be seen again one day, but with an automatic transmission instead.
Base price inflated
Speaking of the manual gearbox, don’t be surprised to learn that it’s discontinued in the sedan – and with it the base DX version. The result: The 2021 Civic kicks off with the LX CVT version, priced at $ 23,400 before the inevitable freight and delivery charges. That’s a massive $ 5,000 increase over the cheapest 2020 Civic, which sold for $ 18,390.
For fans of manual transmission, know that it remains offered with the hatchback variant of the Civic 2021.
Type R exclusive
Of course, Honda isn’t just slipping the chopper into its 2021 compact lineup. The most notable and exciting addition is the Civic Type R Limited Edition. Lighter and faster, it stands out with its exclusive new Phoenix Yellow bodywork, forged aluminum BBS rims and contrasting gloss black finish on the roof, mirror housings and hood air intake.
Nothing changes on the side of the turbocharged 306 horsepower or six-speed manual transmission, but buyers will appreciate the specially tuned shocks that optimize handling as well as the revised steering that ensures better control. Bad news: the 100 copies available in Canada all sold out in just four minutes last May.
Turbo or no turbo?
Those who opt for the Civic sedan still have the choice between a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine that puts out 158 horsepower – a safe bet – and a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that ranges in power from 174 to 180 horsepower.
The second is the only representative under the hood of the Civic hatchback (except the Type R). It is the subject of many complaints relating to the heating of the passenger compartment and a mixture of gasoline in oil. Honda says it has solved the problem, but opinions remain divided.
Obviously, for this sixth and final model year of the Civic, Honda designers have not made any changes to the interior. However, it remains a benchmark in terms of layout and ergonomics with numerous storage spaces, comfortable seats and instrumentation as complete as it is easy to consult. In addition, the materials age nicely, which is not always the case with the competition.
On the other hand, we would like a better, more intuitive infotainment system. Patience, it should come with the next generation of the Civic.