The Honda Civic has been the best-selling car in Canada for almost a quarter century. And now the 2022 Civic returns as a five-passenger, five-door hatchback 10th generation model. And its already a multiple award winner earning the Canadian Car of the Year by the Automobile Journalist Association of Canada (AJAC). 2022 AJAC Best Small Car in Canada category, North American Car of the Year, U.S. IIHS Top Safety Pick + Rating, and was named Best Overall Car in Canada by Auto Trader Canada. So, you know you are getting the best of the best!
The new hatchback has a more mature understated design that won’t polarize buyers with its neat inoffensive shape. The lines are cleaner with a larger greenhouse for a more spacious feeling.
Two engines are offered in the hatchback: a 2.0-litre four-cylinder (158 hp / 138 lb-ft.) and a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder (180 hp / 177 lb-ft). Both engines drive the front wheels and are paired with either a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Honda Canada is offering just three trim levels for the Civic hatchback for now, (LX, Sport and Sport Touring), all with a choice of either six-speed manual transmissions or a CVT. Two engines are on offer: the larger 2.0-litre is available on the LX only, while the Sport and Sport Touring get the 1.5-litre turbo. Performance fans waiting for the Type R will have to wait a little longer.
Pricing starts at $35,000 before taxes, it seems high, but standard equipment for the money is amazing. There is: a fully digital gauge cluster on Touring models, and there’s a new 7-inch and optional 9-inch center touchscreen that integrates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Top trims are also equipped with a 12-speaker premium Bose sound system, wireless phone charging, GPS navigation, and leather-trimmed seating surfaces. The Sport Touring’s standard equipment list includes LED headlights, taillights, and fog lights, 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, 9-inch infotainment touchscreen with embedded navigation, heated front, and rear seats, plus a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel and a lot more.
Safety is also high with newly designed front airbags, rear side airbags, and an updated suite of driver assistance features including a wide-angle front view camera and an all -around blind-spot monitoring system. .
The new cabin design for the 2022 Civic is wonderful, ergonomically perfect with comfortable, supportive seats and plenty of occupant room both front and rear. There is an easy-to-use infotainment system, bright clear digital displays, and the 10.25-inch instrument cluster unit. The cabin design is clean and ergonomically sound, with a new hexagonal-centered steering wheel, ( that’s heated all the way around the rim!). Switchgear, dials, and control knobs are all impeccably designed for form and function. A standout feature is the exquisite metal honeycomb vent covers that stretch across the dashboard, and the elegant controls that operate them. All the materials and design would make a German premium auto maker proud!
Moving to the rear, you gain roomy comfortable seats and there is adequate legroom for at least three passengers at a push. The rear hatch door is now also lower and wider for easier access and maximum cargo volume is rated at 693 litres. We tested the six-speed manual equipped Sport Touring model with the road, the 1.5-litre turbo engine is a refined, smooth unit offering plenty of acceleration and a linear power delivery. There are three driving modes to choose: Eco, Normal, and Sport mode. and they all make good use of the gearboxes well -sorted shift program. There is also manual mode on the automatic Civic, courtesy of steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. Shifts are quick and precise in the manual equipped Civic, with a nicely modulated clutch action.
The new Civic Hatchback is stiffer than before with a lower centre of gravity and a wider track for more stable on-road composure. It’s certainly an improvement over the old Civic, being quieter and smoother. The suspension irons out rough surfaces, while handling is nicely balanced. Overall, the Civic is good fun to drive. Acceleration is good for everyday driving with delivered reassuring reflexes and solid stopping power on all road conditions. The new engineering upgrades also make for a responsive and agile car , with good steering feedback. Fuel economy is rated at : (Regular 87) 7.7 / 6.3 / 7.1 L / 100 km city / highway / combined.
Overall, the 2022 Civic Hatchback impresses. The core values of this perennial Canadian best-seller remain intact: value, versatility, comfort, a classy interior, and solid build quality. Highly recommended as top in its sector. Basically , you know you are getting the best compact car in the continent and probably the
2022 Honda Civic Sport Touring: Priced from $35,650 plus taxes and delivery.