Examined: 2022 Honda Civic Sport Retains It Easy

The 2022 Honda Civic sedan you see right here is primed to disappoint when put next with its spectacular siblings. The Civic hatchback has a extra spacious cargo space and provides a guide transmission, whereas greater trim ranges such because the comparison-test-winning Civic Touring include heaps extra options and a extra highly effective turbocharged 1.5-liter engine. (And that is to not point out the sporty Civic Si and Kind R.) The Civic Sport sedan has a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter inline-four and a constantly variable computerized transmission—hardly a mix that makes us consider sport within the conventional sense.

And but we discovered heaps to love within the simplicity of this lesser Civic, which reminds us of older Hondas in the way in which it lacks frills however provides an inherent, satisfying goodness. Oh, and did we point out that this mannequin begins at simply $24,765? For that worth, you may be hard-pressed to discover a car that is this enjoyable to drive, this fuel-efficient, or this trendy. Whereas our check automobile’s seems had been helped by a $1418 HPD look package deal that provides a physique package and a rear spoiler, all Civic Sports activities look a bit cooler than their LX and EX brethren because of 18-inch wheels, chrome exhaust, and black trim for the window surrounds and mirrors.

HIGHS: Nice journey and dealing with steadiness, pleasing inside, good worth.

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Whereas the Eleventh-generation Civic has a much more streamlined physique than its gawky predecessor, Honda saved the underpinnings largely the identical—and that is an excellent factor. We love the Civic’s fast steering, agency journey, and responsive brake pedal, and the Sport mannequin outperformed the loaded Touring each round our skidpad and in our 70-mph braking check. It gripped to the tune of 0.87 g and got here to a cease in 170 toes, enhancements of 0.04 g and 4 toes. As a consequence of its lighter load of non-compulsory tools, the Civic Sport weighed in at simply 2906 kilos, 148 fewer kilos than the Touring.

Even so, the two.0-liter engine’s 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque are lower than the duty of motoring across the Civic with a lot gusto. It took a protracted 8.8 seconds to succeed in 60 mph, a second and a half slower than we measured in a Civic hatchback with the non-compulsory 180-hp turbo engine and a six-speed guide transmission. The Sport’s naturally aspirated inline-four can be annoyingly buzzy at excessive rpm. Curiously, the extra highly effective turbo is extra gasoline environment friendly by the EPA’s measurements, with the EX and Touring each beating the Civic Sport’s mixed ranking. We measured 36 mpg in our 75-mph freeway fuel-economy check, falling 1 mpg wanting the EPA’s freeway ranking.

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LOWS: Sluggish acceleration, buzzy engine, much less fuel-efficient than the turbo.

The cheaper Civic’s extra plebian nature is instantly apparent when you open the door and see its black fabric upholstery and smaller screens. The infotainment show measures 7.0 inches to the Touring’s 9.0-inch display screen, whereas the gauge cluster combines an analog speedometer with a 7.0-inch display screen that shows a tachometer amongst different data (the Touring has a completely digital gauge cluster with a ten.2-inch display screen). Luckily, the screens’ performance just isn’t compromised, because the smaller infotainment display screen incorporates arduous buttons and each quantity and tuning knobs that make its interface simple to make use of.

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The inside supplies are nothing to jot down dwelling about, however the Civic’s cabin feels effectively assembled and provides some visible curiosity because of the honeycomb sample that stretches throughout the dashboard and incorporates the air vents. The three climate-control knobs click on with precision, and the steering wheel is engaging and good to know. Rear-seat passengers are lacking facilities resembling cupholders, air vents, and USB ports, however there’s loads of area for 2 adults again there.

The compact-sedan panorama is much less populated than it was once, however the Civic nonetheless faces sturdy competitors from the likes of the Mazda 3, Volkswagen Jetta, and Hyundai Elantra. It already proved its mettle in top-trim kind, and whereas we do not assume we’ll be conducting a base-model econobox comparability check anytime quickly, we will say with confidence that the Civic is at or close to the highest of its class regardless of which model you select.


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