2022 Honda Civic Sedan vs. Hatchback Differences

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Honda unveiled the all-new, 11th-gen Civic in its sedan body style a few months ago, but waited until now to reveal the hatchback body in its entirety. The 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback is what we were expecting to see — a Civic with more dramatic styling and extra cargo space. There are a few more differences between the two body styles that we’ll cover below in case you’re cross-shopping the two.

From a design standpoint, the hatchback (pictured below) has a sweeping rear end that houses a liftback design. The rear end is hard to miss and while it makes the hatchback look longer than the sedan, the opposite is true. Both body styles share the same 107.7-inch wheelbase, but the sedan is actually 4.9 inches longer. Still, the Civic Hatchback is the model that can hold more cargo with 24.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, which is far better than the sedan’s 14.8-cubic-foot rating. Other minor exterior differences include the rear taillight design and front grille.

Under the hood, both bodies will be offered with a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an optional turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder. Both engines carry the same horsepower ratings of 158 hp and 180 hp, respectively. While the sedan is only offered with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), the hatchback’s Sport and Sport Touring trims are available with a six-speed manual transmission.

Speaking of trim levels, the Civic Sedan (pictured below) will be available in LX, Sport, EX, and Touring trims, with the hatchback body style being offered in LX, Sport, EX-L, and Sport Touring trims. Despite the different trim names, the sedan and hatchback come with the same standard and optional features. The vehicles also share the same interior design. Honda hasn’t confirmed interior measurements for the hatchback, but we’re expecting the rear seats to be a little tighter in the back than the sedan.

Compared to last year’s 2021 Civic hatchback, the latest version offers roughly 1.4 more inches of rear legroom. It also has larger side windows, including a new small corner window in the C-pillar to improve rearward visibility. The hatch opening has been widened by 1.6 inches to make it easier to access the cargo area. The 2022 model year’s torsional rigidity has been improved by 19% that coincides with suspension improvements for a better ride and sharper handling.

Honda hasn’t released pricing for the hatchback body style yet. However, we do know that the sedan starts at $22,695 with destination. Fuel economy ratings for the hatchback are also a mystery. We expect the hatchback body to be more expensive than the sedan, as it brings an extra dose of versatility. The Japanese brand expects the sales split between the Civic Sedan and Hatchback to be 75/25 with the sedan being the more popular option of the two.

For the first time in the hatchback body’s history, the model will be built in the U.S. at the automaker’s Greensburg, Indiana plant, which is also where the sedan will be built. With the 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback set to go on sale later this year, we won’t have to wait long to get all of the vehicle’s specifications to see how it really compares to the sedan.

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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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