New Year, New Civic: the Most Exciting Updates to the 2022 Honda Civic

October 8th, 2021 by

A grey 2022 Honda Civic Sport is shown from the front driving past a body of water.

As your Atlanta Honda Civic dealer, we are gearing up for a busy new model year. The 2022 Honda Civic is all-new, with plenty of updates, changes, and re-imagined engineering. The result is a Civic that stays true to the Honda brand while providing drivers with an experience like none other.

The very first Honda Civic was created in 1972 as an economical, budget-friendly, all-purpose vehicle that could help drivers get where they needed to go without guzzling a lot of gas or requiring a lot of maintenance. Thanks to its innovative engineering and trendy design, the Honda Civic caught on as something of a cultural phenomenon. From those looking for an economical car for sale to help navigate heavily populated urban areas to first-time car owners searching for a car that meets all of their needs, there are many reasons why the Honda Civic is one of the top-selling sedans in the world. Add on top of that its impressive resale value, and it’s easy to see why Civic sales are regularly in the hundreds of thousands.

So what makes the 2022 model stand out? This is the beginning of a new era for the Civic, with Honda refreshing and revamping the model from bumper to bumper for the new model year. While we wait to hear about updates to the Honda Civic hatchback, let’s take a look at what’s in store for drivers who are ready to try out the new Civic sedan.

Upgraded Performance in the 2022 Honda Civic

The Honda Civic has never been known as a supercar, such as a Bugatti or Ferrari. At the same time, its driving manners, including acceleration, braking, and steering, have never been simply “adequate.” The Civic has always been an affordable car that is truly fun to drive, even offering high-performance versions like the Civic Si and Civic Type R.

The 2022 Civic sedan has been re-engineered with a sport-tuned suspension and impressive powertrain options that take its drivability up another notch, with a response time Honda has touted as “instantaneous.” The wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer than before, thanks to some very slick exterior remodeling. As a result, the ride is smoother, and the backseat offers even greater legroom for passengers.

Two engines are offered in the 2022 Civic lineup. The EX and Touring models receive a 1.5L turbocharged inline-4 engine that provides 180 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. Another improvement Honda has made this year is the fuel economy. While the Civic has never been a “gas guzzler,” this engine now lets EX drivers cruise up to 33 miles per gallon on city streets and 42 miles per gallon on the highway, while Touring drivers get 31 miles per gallon city and 38 miles per gallon on the highway.*

The second engine is offered on the LX and Sport models. This engine is a 2.0L inline-4 that offers 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque. This engine isn’t new to the Honda Civic lineup, but it has the pep and fun factor that many Civic drivers will appreciate. LX drivers can expect 31 miles per gallon in the city and 40 miles per gallon on the highway, while Sport sedans get 30 miles per gallon in the city and 37 miles per gallon on the highway.*

A bigger, more powerful, and more efficient Honda Civic? What’s not to like about that prospect?

The black interior of a 2022 Honda Civic Touring shows the steering wheel and infotainment screen.

A Safety Suite You Can Rely on in the 2022 Honda Civic

Honda has a reputation for developing valuable safety features and technology for drivers and passengers alike. Moreover, Honda has been particularly cognizant about making sure the drivers of all trim levels are safe and secure on the road. That is why the 2022 Civic sedan offers a standard safety package that’s more robust than ever. Honda Sensing Technologies on all trim levels include Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation, Traffic Sign Recognition, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow.

In addition, all trims include driver assistance technology that has developed over the past several years, such as automatic high beams and lane departure warning. Safety features that are now considered normal, such as multi-angle rearview camera views with dynamic guidelines, are also on board, along with an advanced suite of airbags for the driver, passenger, and rear outboard passengers, along with side curtain airbags and rollover detection.

There are a few special touches for the upper trims. For example, Honda’s Blind Spot Sensing Information System is offered as part of the EX and Touring trims, with Cross Traffic Monitoring added to the Touring trim. Low Speed Braking Control is also offered exclusively on the Touring trim.

Selecting the Perfect 2022 Honda Civic Trim

While many lifelong enthusiasts would argue the Civic is the perfect car for every driver, there are certain features that make a vehicle more enjoyable for certain drivers. As a result, Honda offers the Civic in four distinct trims.

The LX is considered the base trim, but the lineup of standard features makes it anything but basic. Bluetooth streaming audio and hands-free smartphone connectivity are standard, allowing drivers to manage calls, choose their favorite tunes, and even receive and respond to text messages without taking their hands off the wheel or their eyes off the road.

Stepping up to the Sport trim adds a few highly-coveted features, such as a more powerful audio system for pumping your cruising soundtrack, alloy sports pedals, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Drivers of this trim also get paddle shifters for a hands-on approach to taking on the roadways.

Things start to heat up with the EX trim – or get even cooler, depending on your preferences. In addition to the turbocharged engine, the EX includes dual-zone automatic climate control, along with extra storage and cupholders in the rear seat. The driver and front passenger get to enjoy heated seats, and the cargo space in the trunk is easily expanded with the 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks.

The Touring model is Honda’s “top-shelf” Civic. This trim includes a surprising number of comfort and convenience features. Both the driver and front passenger are treated to heated, power-adjustable, leather-trimmed seats. The audio system also gets a significant boost, with a 9-inch color touchscreen controlling a 12-speaker premium Bose audio system and featuring SiriusXM and HD radio. Wireless device charging is also part of the Touring suite of features, along with a 10.2-inch driver information screen.

A red 2022 Honda Civic Touring is shown from the front driving through a city after leaving an Atlanta Honda Civic dealer.

Revitalizing the Sedan

There are some who say the sedan is a dying breed, but Civic die-hards beg to differ. The 2022 Civic sedan is not only a sporty, attractive vehicle but it is offered with some very exciting changes for the new model year. Those who have driven a Civic in the past might be shocked to discover how nimble and responsive the new version is, thanks to keen engineering by the experts at Honda.

Inside, drivers will rejoice at the long list of standard equipment, though each trim offers a little extra something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a fuel-efficient vehicle to get you from Point A to Point B on a daily basis, or you’re ready to invest in a vehicle that can be with you for the long haul and beyond, the 2022 Honda Civic stands poised to impress. Early reviews indicate that this generation may be the most enjoyable and economical Civic yet, which bodes well for drivers looking to “level up” to the next big thing.

*31 city/40 highway/35 combined mpg rating for LX. 30 city/37 highway/33 combined mpg rating for Sport. 33 city/42 highway/36 combined mpg rating for EX. 31 city/38 highway/34 combined mpg rating for Touring. Based on 2022 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.