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April 29, 2021

All-New 2022 Honda Civic Now Packs 180 Horsepower

Honda revealed what they promised to be the most fun-to-drive and most technologically advanced Civic in the model’s nearly 50-year history.

Honda calls the 2022’s Civic’s styling more upscale, and key to that was moving the windshield pillars rearward by 49.7 mm elongating the hood. This also visually connects the pillar to the front wheel hub, a subtle design element that emphasizes its wheels and tires for a stable, planted stance.

A low beltline with horizontal windowsills and door-mounted side mirrors improve visibility while maintaining the clean lines of the exterior. Two sharp character lines dominate the sides, with the lower one giving it a sense of motion.

The additional stability provided by its new wider rear track is emphasized by stronger rear shoulders, wide-set LED taillights. LED lighting is used extensively for the exterior, including the wide-set headlights, daytime running lights, parking lights, fog lights.

Inside, Honda’s interior packaging results in ample head, leg, shoulder and hip room for all passengers. A feeling of spaciousness is immediately felt and shared by all occupants, thanks to the low, flat beltline and uncluttered design throughout its cabin.

The low cowl is the same height as the door sills for an uninterrupted and harmonious flow that extends from the dash all the way to the rear doors. The outside mirrors also have been positioned away from the windshield pillars to improve visibility.

Further improving visibility is the top of the 2022 Civic’s instrument panel, which has been designed with minimum cut lines to reduce windshield reflections and visual distractions.

A striking metal honeycomb mesh accent stretches from door to door across the dash. It serves both form and function, creating a dramatic visual dividing line between the audio, information displays and the climate controls, while the intricate flow-through design conceals the air vents that would otherwise mar the uncluttered and harmonious look of the dash.

High-quality materials are used throughout the interior, especially on touchpoints, with close attention paid to the operation of all switchgear and controls. Materials were also chosen with an eye toward practicality, such as the new premium center console trim specifically designed to hide fingerprints and smudges to help maintain a high-end appearance.

All Civic trims benefit from a new front seat design. Using Honda’s Body Stabilizing Seat approach, the new-generation seat frame firmly holds the body, enhancing comfort on long drives.

The Civic comes equipped with either a 7 or 10.2-inch digital instrument display, while at the center, there’s either a 7 or 9-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also comes equipped with wireless charging, and for the first time in a Civic, an available 12-speaker Bose sound system.

The 11th generation Civic body structure is the most rigid in Civic history, with an 8 percent improvement in torsional rigidity and 13 percent improvement in bending rigidity versus the previous generation. The stiffer structure supports improvements in ride, handling and NVH. It also uses lightweight materials such as aluminum and high-strength steel extensively as well as expanding the application of structural adhesives to minimize additional weight.

The new, stiffer body also reduces the transmission of road and wind noise to create a more relaxed driving environment.

For the US market, the all-new Civic continues with a choice between two engines—a normally-aspirated 2.0-liter or a turbocharged 1.5-liter. Both are paired with an updated continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) uniquely tuned for each engine. Power delivery, engine sound, overall refinement, and fuel economy are improved, with the 1.5L also getting a boost in power output.

The 2.0-liter continues with 158 horsepower (160 PS) at 6,500 rpm and 187 Nm of toque at 4,200 rpm. New for 2022 is an idle start/stop system, a new catalytic converter, and a more robust CVT. Meanwhile, the 1.5-liter turbo ups its output to 180 horsepower (182 PS) at 6,000 rpm and 240 Nm of torque from 1,700 to 4,500 rpm. Changes include a more efficient plumping for the turbo and the addition of VTEC to the exhaust valves.

In addition to the standard Normal and Eco driving modes, Honda has now equipped the Civic with a Sport mode as well. Sport mode alters the drive ratios and mapping for a sportier feel, and changes the meter lighting to red. Eco mode reduces throttle and transmission sensitivity, as well as air conditioning output to help preserve fuel efficiency.

The all-new 2022 Honda Civic debuts in the US market sometime this summer. It is expected to arrive in the Philippines by the end of the year as well.

2022 Honda Civic Specifications (US Market)
  • Engine: 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC / 1.5 DOHC VTEC Turbo
  • Maximum Output: 160 PS @ 6,500 rpm / 182 PS @ 6,000 rpm
  • Maximum Torque: 187 Nm @ 4,200 rpm / 240 Nm @ 1,700 to 4,500 rpm
  • Redline: 6,800 rpm / 6,600 rpm
  • Front Suspension: Independent, MacPherson Strut
  • Rear Suspension: Independent, Multi-Link
  • Tires: 215/55R16, 215/50R17, 235/40R18
  • Wheelbase: 2,735 mm
  • Overall Length: 4,674 mm
  • Overall Width: 1,801 mm
  • Overall Height: 1,415 mm
  • Curb Weight: 1,305 kg to 1,396 kg


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  2. Are those Civic models also going to be in Philippines? Or is going to be different for Asia?

    1. Same except for some minor trim changes (likely more chrome). We'll also get the same 1.5-liter turbo too. The bigger question is the 2.0-liter motor. They may opt to use the 1.8-liter as a complete carryover, or they might decide to plop in the 2.0-liter since it's shared with the CR-V and Accord (for Thai market).


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