Honda's overachieving Civic continues to impress with its gutsy performance, high efficiency, and class-leading interior room. The 2018 Honda Civic is also one of the most customizable cars in its class, offering buyers a choice of three body styles and four engines.
What's New for 2018
Aside from minor equipment revisions, the 2018 Civic is unchanged.
Choosing Your Honda Civic
Available as a sedan, coupe, or four-door hatchback, the Civic starts out with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine good for 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard, and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is optional. With the CVT, the sedan and coupe are EPA-rated at 34 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving. The hatchback receives a rating of 33 mpg combined. Estimates are two mpg lower with the manual transmission.
Next up is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that supplies 174 hp and 167 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed manual remains standard, but the CVT again offers slightly higher EPA numbers: 36 mpg combined for the sedan, 35 mpg for the coupe, and 32 mpg for the hatchback.
A high-output version of the 1.5-liter generates 205 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque. The hotter engine is exclusive to the Si trim (sedan and coupe), and comes with the six-speed manual only. Despite the increase in power, efficiency is commendable at 32 mpg combined.
At the top of the Civic roster, the manual-only Type R packs a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 306 hp and 285 lb-ft of torque. The Type R comes in hatchback form only, and earns an EPA rating of 25 mpg combined.
All versions of the Civic are roomy for this class, although rear headroom isn't a strong point in the coupe and hatchback. At 15.1 cubic feet, the sedan's trunk surpasses some family cars. The hatchback offers 46.2 cubic feet of cargo space with rear seat folded, about the same as the smallest crossovers.
The Civic lineup is spread across no less than nine trim levels:
Honda Sensing offers sophisticated safety technology at an economical price. It's available on all body styles, but not at every trim level. Unless you're going for the specialty Si or Type R, we wouldn't select a trim that didn't offer it.