In 2020, the Honda Civic Hatchback and Si received a mild refresh, however, based on Honda's typical model cycles, the 2021 Civic could see a redesign. Honda has already announced information on the Type R which saw minimal changes for 2020 and will gain a new special-edition model for 2021.
In 2020, the Honda Civic Hatchback and Si went through a small refresh that added small body-color crossbars to the air-inlet cutouts in the front and rear bumpers. The Type R model took things a step further with a larger grille and updated front spoiler. The Type R gets another set of updates in 2021 with the new Limited Edition model that'll include new forged-aluminum BBS wheels that drop 18 pounds of unsprung weight. The Limited Edition will also feature a Phoenix Yellow paint job, gloss-black exterior trim, and a dark-chrome rear "Civic" badge.
A possible redesign will likely mean an updated cabin as the interior on the Honda Civic has remained mostly unchanged since the 10th-generation model debuted in 2016. It offers plenty of storage space, a sharp design, roomy rear seats, and available features that satisfy virtually every buyer. Other than its special numbered plaque, the 2021 Civic Type R's cabin will look the same, but it may be a bit louder inside the new Limited Edition model, as Honda will remove sound deadening material to cut weight. Other weight-reducing cuts will include deleting the rear tonneau cover and rear heater ducts. We expect everything to remain the same inside the base 2021 Civic sedan and coupe lineup.
Honda has not announced any powertrain updates for its popular sedan. Currently, the lineup’s base powertrain is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that pushes 158 horsepower through a continuously variable transmission or a six-speed manual transmission. The next engine up is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 174-180 hp paired to a CVT or six-speed manual. The Si model includes a boosted 1.5-liter but cranks out 205 hp and pair exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission. The Type R model tops the range with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’ll pump 300 hp through a six-speed manual transmission and out to the front wheels.
While the Type R will carry the same powertrain, its new Limited Edition model will boast improved handling thanks to updated dampers and recalibrated steering.
No matter what body style you pick – coupe, sedan, or hatchback (Type R included) – the current Civic is an IIHS Top Safety Pick. The Civic owes this rating to its “Good” crash-test scores, “Good”-rated optional LED headlights, and “Superior”-rated standard automatic emergency braking. Other standard safety features include active lane control, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams. We expect the 2021 Civic to continue with the same range of standard safety gear and safety ratings.