Honda Civic 2021 – Molten Lava Pearl
- FUEL TYPEPetrol
- MILEAGE32 MPG City / 42 MPG Highway
- ENGINE1498 cc
- CAR TYPESUV
Once mere basic transportation, the humble Honda Civic has blossomed into a desirable and fun-to-drive compact car. Available as either a sedan or a practical hatchback, the Civic is powered by your choice of a 158-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder or a turbocharged 1.5-liter that makes up to 180 horsepower. Honda loads up its smallest car with plenty of standard driver-assistance features, including adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. Oddly, modern infotainment features aren't standard; the base LX model comes with a tiny touchscreen that offers radio tuning and not much else. The base model notwithstanding, the Civic is a compact car that should satisfy most buyers and a reason it earned a spot on our Editors' Choice list. If you're seeking something with a spicier flavor, we'd suggest the 205-hp Civic Si or the 306-hp Civic Type R (both reviewed separately).
What's New for 2021?
There's no easy way to say this: The Civic's coupe body style is dead after the 2020 model year. The sedan and hatchback models live on, but Honda is planning an all-new Civic for the 2022 model year. We expect to see that debut in spring 2021.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
- LX sedan - $23,365
- LX hatchback - $24,365
- Sport sedan - $24,765
- Sport hatchback - $25,565
- EX sedan - $26,365
- EX-L hatchback - $28,065
- Touring sedan - $29,965
Sport Touring hatchback - $30,865
Our favorite version of the Honda Civic is the Sport hatchback. Not only does it come standard with a manual transmission, it's also more spacious than the sedan and comes with a slightly more powerful, 180-hp version of the turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is optional on those models. Going with the Sport over the base LX also unlocks a load of equipment, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, an eight-speaker stereo system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, push-button start, fog lamps, and a rear-seat fold-down armrest.
Features & Options
Overall Safety Rating (NHTSA) ★★★★★
Paired with solid crash-test scores, the Civic is a fine option for those who prioritize safety. Every Civic also has a host of driver-assistance features including automatic high-beams and forward-collision warning. Honda gathers these features together under the Honda Sensing umbrella. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking
- Standard adaptive cruise control
- Standard lane-keeping assist
Those seeking the best warranty coverage may be better off looking at a competitor such as the Hyundai Elantra. Honda does not offer complimentary scheduled maintenance, a feature that's included on competitors such as the Toyota Corolla.
- Limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance