For the past several months, we’ve been salivating over the upcoming 2022 Civic prototype. Now, with April’s official unveiling of the 11th-gen Civic, we’re not ashamed to say that we’re drooling. (Drool along with us by checking out the all-new 2022 Honda Civic introductory video below.)
Civic is an important gateway vehicle for the Honda brand, and for the past five decades, it has been one of the best cars in Jacksonville and one of the most popular in all of America. Now, Honda’s all-new 11th-generation Civic will raise the bar yet again in human-centric design, fun-to-drive spirit, improved fuel efficiency, modern safety, and a whole lot more. In short, it’s probably the best Civic ever. Here’s why:
The incredible development team behind the Civic came up with some clever exterior elements and stylistic cues that push the sedan into unchartered territory.
The wheelbase and rear track get stretched for a cleaner, more sophisticated and muscular look, which is ever emphasized by new LED headlamps, horizontal elements, and a lower stance. A-pillars have been pushed back an extra two inches, and its hood gets the elongation treatment, giving the Civic a more premium, hatchback-like silhouette.
For added aesthetic charm, a sharp center character line stretches from grille to tail, while an upswept, angular character line swings from the front wheel to the rear, giving the sense of motion even when the new Civic is at a red light.
Once inside, you can see Honda’s human-centered design philosophy meld with its penchant for being “retro”—that is, there’s a certain classic Honda allure to the 2022 Civic sedan’s cabin.
The interior has been totally transformed, offering a clean and uncluttered panoramic view of the road ahead. The wide-open feel is augmented by an equally wide-open instrument panel and unique honeycomb mesh-like vents across the dashboard. Special emphasis has been placed on key touchpoints, like control knobs and the switchgear, to retain a look of refinement while also reducing smudges.
Another classic Honda value that’s emphasized in the new Civic: Intuitiveness. The interior design team created Civic’s cabin with an intense focus on simplification. Everything falls into place right where you expect it to be. Audio volume can be adjusted on the steering wheel or via a no-look volume knob on the center stack. Even the shifter is slightly tilted toward the driver to improve UX.
For tech-lovers (you know who you are), you’ll be enamored by Civic Touring’s all-new 9-inch touchscreen display. Not only is it visibly superior to past Civic touchscreens, but it’s also been improved with a newer chipset for quicker haptic recognition, navigation, and fewer touch-and-swipe layers.
Civic’s also adopted a 100% digital driver instrumentation. It’s fully customizable and comes with a cool new function that displays the status of Civic’s headlights, taillights, blinkers and brake lights.
As a first for the Civic, Wireless Apple CarPlay and Wireless Android Auto are also available. That should pair well with Civic Touring’s standard 12-speaker Bose premium sound system.
Because this is a Civic, Honda was determined to make it the most fun-to-drive Civic ever made. And they succeeded.
Under the sheet metal, suspension, steering and brakes have all been optimized to improve Civic’s legendary best-in-class handling and ride comfort. You’ll notice from the very first moment you take a tight curve.
A boost of power has been injected into Civic’s 1.5-liter turbo-four engine; now it gets 180 horsepower and makes 177 lb-ft of torque. (The base 2.0L 4-cylinder keeps a modest pace behind the 1.5L, making 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque.)
The CVT also gets an upgrade to make the Civic even more responsive. In addition, Civic’s very first Sport driving mode has been added to select trims.
Best of all, these massive upgrades to the new Honda Civic for 2022 have resulted in significantly improved mpg. EPA-estimated fuel-economy numbers have yet to be released, but expect mpg to swell above the 30 city/38 highway ratings from the 2021 Civic.
Expect more info about the 2022 Honda Civic Si, 2022 Civic Type-R, and 2022 Civic Hatchback later this year.
Civic has always been a leader in advancing sedan safety performance, and the all-new 2022 Civic continues that legacy by setting a new standard for both active and passive safety.
The Honda Civic 11th-generation sedan sees an updated body structure that’s stronger than before, with collision safety that’s amplified by new automotive technologies. This includes new airbags that are designed to reduce head and neck rotations and brain injuries.
Upgrades have been made to the Honda Sensing suite, as well, with the Civic gaining a single-camera system to expand its roadview. New features have been added, like Traffic Sign Recognition, Traffic Jam Assist, and Low Speed Braking Control.
“Great. When’s the 2022 Honda Civic release date?”
Created with an extensive focus on Honda’s timeless values and design philosophy, along with intuitive 21st-century technology and enhanced drivability, the 2022 Honda Civic sedan is bound to become the best car of the year.
While there isn’t a concrete release date as of April 2021, you can expect the new 2022 Honda Civic on sale starting this summer. Check with a Honda dealer near you for more details and to get notified when the new 11th-generation Civic is ready for lease or purchase.
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