2022 Honda Civic Gets Upgraded Tech, Better Fuel Economy

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, Automotive Editor - April 30, 2021

Honda has taken the wraps off of the 11th-gen 2022 Civic sedan and the compact car enters the model year with a more grown-up design. While the new design of the Civic is a welcome change, the compact vehicle’s upgraded technology and improved fuel economy are equally as impressive.

The current Civic wears an edgy, angular design that’s been ditched for 2022. Instead, the Civic now wears a cleaner, more upscale style that we suspect will be more popular. In addition to the classier design, the sedan's wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer and the rear track has been widened by roughly half an inch.

While the exterior design can be described as an evolution, the interior is a major upgrade. Honda’s not known for making stylish cabins, as the automaker goes for ease of use above all else. Usually, that results in a cold design. That isn’t the case with the 2022 Civic. The interior design now reads as being elegant, as the elongated horizontal dashboard highlights the Civic’s width. The HVAC controls have moved to sit low down on the center console, while the infotainment system sits on top of the dashboard instead of being nestled into it. The air vents look like they’re controlled via joystick-like knobs that are not unique and an interesting talking point.

It’s difficult to talk about material quality from pictures, but it looks like Honda has moved toward using more high-quality materials in the Civic. The outgoing generation sat in the middle of the class for interior quality, falling well behind upscale rivals like the Mazda Mazda3. But the new 2022 Civic, at least from the pictures, looks like it’s finally ready to give the Mazda run for its money. We also expect the slightly larger wheelbase to increase interior space.

Honda Civic

On the tech front, the 2022 Civic will come with a 7-inch touchscreen as standard equipment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. This is a huge upgrade over the outgoing Civic’s 5-inch display and lack of standard smartphone compatibility. A new 9-inch touchscreen is optional, bringing wireless smartphone integration. The compact vehicle will also be available with a wireless charger, a Bose audio system, and a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster. For a non-luxury compact vehicle, these are some impressive features.

Honda has updated the new Civic’s Honda Sensing suite of driver-assist features, which now uses a single-camera system to provide a wider field of view than before. Thanks to other software updates and a more powerful processor, the system is better at identifying pedestrians, other vehicles, road signs, and road markings. Honda Sensing has been expanded to include Traffic Jam Assist that can handle a lot of the driving on the highway.

Under the hood, the 2022 Civic comes with the same engines as the current model. The base engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes the same 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. Honda has fitted the engine with a new start-stop system and a new catalytic converter for improvements in fuel economy. In the base LX trim, the 2022 Civic is rated to get up to 31 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highway, and 35 mpg combined, which is an improvement of 2 mpg for the combined rating from last year. The available turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder makes 180 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, which are improvements of 6 hp and 15 lb-ft of torque, thanks to more efficient plumbing for the turbo and adding VTEC to the exhaust valves. The turbocharged engine in the Civic EX gets up to 36 mpg combined, which is the same rating as before, though the city rating has gone up by 1 mpg to 32 mpg.

The weakest point of Honda’s redesign for the 2022 Civic is with its powertrains, but we expect to see some serious oomph with the upcoming Si and Type R trims. So, that shouldn’t be a problem for the majority of consumers. As a whole, we think the redesign will push the Civic back up to the top of the heap as the benchmark. Recently, that position has been occupied by either the Mazda3 and Hyundai Elantra, which have drastically upped their game with high-quality cabins and tons of tech.

With the changes, we expect pricing for the 2022 Honda Civic to rise above its starting price of roughly $22,000. The new Civic will go on sale later this summer.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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