2021 Civic New Car Test Drive
It's difficult to put the 2020 Honda Civic into a box, with its three body styles, four powertrains, and dozens of options. It comes as a sedan, coupe or hatchback. The sedan with its more reserved styling and more comfortable rear passenger area is most popular. It might be seen crossing over into the box with its siblings, the midsize Accord sedan and the Insight hybrid. The Civic Si comes as a sedan or coupe with a manual transmission only, while the Civic Type R is a hatchback.
They are each almost totally different animals. In any guise the Civic has an upscale cabin with high-quality materials, while automatic emergency braking, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, and automatic headlights come standard.
The base engine is a 2.0-liter inline-4 making 158 horsepower, mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) or 6-speed manual in some cases. The optional 1.5-liter turbo-4 engine with 174 hp gets better gas mileage.
The Civic Si takes that engine and increases the turbocharger boost to get more than 200 hp. The wild Type R makes more than 300 hp, and it's a serious track performer.
The Civic sedan with 2.0-liter inline-4 and automatic transmission is EPA rated at 30 mpg city, 38 highway, 33 combined. When equipped with a 1.5-liter turbo-4 the Civic reaches about 35 mpg combined in coupe, hatchback, and sedan body, with more than 40 mpg on the highway.
The manual transmission reduces fuel economy by just 1 mpg. The Civic Si gets 26/36/30 mpg with its manual transmission.
The NHTSA gives the Civic five stars overall for safety. The IIHS gives it the top 'Good'? scores on its tests, including the challenging driver- and passenger-side small impact crashes. The Civic's standard automatic emergency braking system was also rated 'Superior'? at avoiding forward crashes at 12 and 25 mph. However the headlights rate 'Poor.'? .
The Civic is available in LX, Sport, EX, and Touring trim levels spread among sedan, coupe, and hatchback. (The hatchback offers a combined Sport Touring trim.) The Civic Si is available as a coupe or sedan, the Civic Type R is hatchback only.
The 2020 Honda Civic LX starts at $20,680. It's an excellent value, with standard equipment including power features, cloth upholstery, a 5.0-inch display for audio, Bluetooth connectivity, USB port, 16-inch wheels, and the active safety equipment.
The Civic EX is $24,630 as a sedan, $24,430 as a coupe, or $25,080 as a hatchback with the 1.5-liter turbo-4 engine. The EX includes a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a higher-speed USB port, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, 17-inch wheels, and a passenger-side camera system that displays the passenger-side blind spot on the infotainment screen.
The Civic Touring costs more than $28,000 and adds leather seats, 18-inch wheels, navigation, premium audio, and heated rear seats. .