2021 Honda Civic Type R Sees $440 Price Increase

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Heading into 2021, the Honda Civic Type R will have a higher starting price tag as a dealer pricing guide reveals that the sporty hatchback will get a $400 price increase. The Type R isn’t the only 2021 Honda vehicle receiving a price increase as a majority of the lineup sees prices go up between $200 and $300. Additionally, destination prices have also increased $40 for cars and $55 for crossovers, trucks, and minivans.

Previously starting at $38,450 (including a $955 destination fee), pricing for the Civic Type R Touring will now start at $38,890 (including the increased destination fee of $995). Although MSRP has increased by $400, including the $40 destination fee hike leads to a total increase of $440. The Limited trim isn’t affected by the MSRP change and will continue to start at $44,990, including the $995 destination fee.

Mid-year price adjustments aren’t unusual for Honda. For the past few years, Honda has consistently increased its MSRPs by a couple of hundred dollars at the beginning of the new year, as well as modest changes to destination fees. However, a $400 increase is a bit more aggressive than what we’ve seen in recent years.

Honda Civic Type R

Unfortunately, the price increase doesn’t bring any new equipment or performance for the Type R. It will continue to come with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine good for 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque paired to a 6-speed manual transmission. An automatic option is not available. It will also continue on with a comprehensive list of safety features with the Honda Sensing suite.

With the price increase, the Type R remains one of the most expensive options in its class. Options like the 2021 Volkswagen GTI ($29,690) and the 2021 Hyundai Veloster N ($33,245) are significantly cheaper but also have much lower performance numbers. Both are available in automatic configurations for an extra cost of $800 and $1,500, respectively. Even the 2021 Subaru WRX STI ($38,170) is cheaper despite having slightly more power and coming with standard all-wheel drive. The STI comes solely with a manual transmission.

Other vehicles included in the price adjustment are the 2021 Civic sedan and hatchback, Insight, Accord and Accord Hybrid, HR-V, and Passport which see a $200 increase, and the Pilot which gets a $300 increase. Shoppers should note that the Civic is going through a complete redesign for the 2022 model year and is set to arrive in late spring.

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, Automotive Analyst

Kelly Campbell is a SoCal native with a background in marketing, communications, and technical writing. Having spent her entire career in the automotive industry, Kelly brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for cars to her role as an Automotive Analyst at CarsDirect.

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