2022 Honda Civic front view

Honda's redesigned, 11th-generation Civic promises more advanced technology and safety features, and a new chassis hints at its potential on-road performance.

Claimed by the automaker to be "America's most popular car" from 2016-2020, the new Civic is targeted at a wider range of shoppers—including Millennials, Gen Z, and first-time car buyers from a variety of cultural backgrounds.

While the model in the images in this article is called the 2022 Honda Civic Prototype, Honda has historically not made any major styling changes between the "prototype" and the production version. Therefore, this is pretty much what the final car will look like. Honda hasn't announced any powertrain specifics yet, but has said that in addition to sedan and hatchback versions, there will be a sporty Si trim as well as a high-performance Civic Type R.

The redesigned 2022 Civic goes on sale in late spring 2021. Here is what we know so far.

What it competes with: Hyundai ElantraKia ForteMazda3, Nissan SentraSubaru ImprezaToyota Corolla
What it looks like: A baby Acura TLX.
Price: $21,000 to $38,000 (estimated)
On Sale: The regular Civic will go on sale in late spring 2021, with the performance-oriented Si and Type R versions arriving at a later date.

CR's Take

The current Civic line spans from basic sedan to track-minded pocket rocket. There is much to like across the board, with a spacious interior for a small car, impressive fuel economy, healthy roster of standard safety equipment, and lively turbo engines. From what we have learned so far about the next-generation Civic, Honda is focused on evolutionary improvements. 

There are a few areas we’d like to see improved with this new version:

The driver’s seat lacked adjustments, making it hard for some to find comfort. 

The outgoing Civic is so low to the ground as to create access challenges for some passengers. However, Honda says in its press materials that the "low overall height and low hip point" of the current 10th-generation model carry over.

Despite Honda’s reputation, reliability for the Civic has been just average—even after years of production. But if Honda is able to make key updates and doesn't change what isn't broken, there's a good chance reliability will improve with the next-generation Civic.

Outside

2022 Honda Civic side view

In profile the 2022 Honda Civic looks as if it could almost be the baby brother of the Acura TLX luxury sports sedan that went on sale earlier this year. The new Civic has a long hood, a cabin pushed toward the rear, and a sloping roofline that ends in a small, ducktail spoiler. Overall the styling is more reserved than the current generation Civic. It isn't hard to envision the car in its future hatchback form.

Refreshingly, the beltline of the car is horizontal and doesn't end up pinching the rear window much at all. This, combined with the thin-looking roof pillars, expansive windshield, and large front-side windows, indicates the visibility to the front and sides should be pretty good.

The front of the 2022 Honda Civic is strong, with a big honeycomb grille, aggressive cutouts on either side, and wide LED headlights. At the rear are LED taillights that extend into the trunk lid, which has a wide opening.

Inside

2022 Honda Civic interior

Although they are renderings and not actual photos of the finished product, the first images of the new 2022 Honda Civic's interior look promising. Following current styling trends, the 9-inch infotainment screen sits prominently above the center of the dash, no longer embedded in a housing. While it looks as if a knob is used for power and volume control, there's no evidence of a separate knob for making a radio station selection.

The long mesh strip running the width of the dash houses the air vents while also making a styling statement. This is also an on-trend look with recent redesigns from many manufacturers. Sitting directly below the infotainment screen, but separated by the mesh, are what appear to be conventional climate control knobs and buttons.

The driver sits behind an all-digital instrument cluster and a three-spoke steering wheel. 

Of note, the illustration shows a conventional gear selector, not the confusing push-button design seen in most of Honda's vehicle lineup. Using the buttons forces the driver to look down to make sure they chose the intended selection, but the traditional PRNDL (park, reverse, neutral, drive, low) can be operated while the driver keeps their eyes on the road.

What Drives It

There isn't any information on the powertrains that will be offered in the 2022 Civic. We expect the base model, likely called LX following Honda tradition, will get a small four-cylinder engine tuned for fuel economy. We got 31 mpg overall in our test of the current Civic with the 174-hp, 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder.

A turbocharged four-cylinder will most likely be employed in the Si and Type R versions that will arrive at a later date. The Civic Si we tested used a 205-hp, 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and six-speed manual transmission that made the car quick and returned better fuel economy than the base engine—a winning combination.

Safety and Driver Assist Systems

Honda says that the 2022 Civic will "introduce multiple new active and passive safety systems." That includes an upgrade to the automaker's suite of safety and driver assistance features, which is called Honda Sensing. This suite is standard on the current Civic, so we expect it to be standard on the 2022 model. It includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assistance, and adaptive cruise control. But the current Civic's LaneWatch system uses a camera to show an image of the right-hand side of the car when the turn signal is activated—and isn't a true blind spot warning system. 

We hope that Honda ditches the LaneWatch system and gives the 2022 Civic a true BSW system that covers both sides of the car as standard equipment for all trim levels. This will allow the Civic to receive full points for advanced safety equipment in our Overall Score.