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June 18, 2021

The 2022 Honda Civic Is Loaded With Tech, Connectivity

When Honda unveiled the all-new 2022 Civic, they detailed a waft of new available features which look great on the PR, but would normally be exclusive or available only on the top-of-the-line trim. However, now that Honda’s 11th generation compact sedan goes on sale in its first global market, the U.S., they’ve finally broken down what’s standard and what’s trim-specific.

Take note that while this is a handy guide, these features may not be reflective of what will eventually end up on Philippine shores. Regardless, it does show that Honda’s taking tech and value seriously for their compact sedan.

Honda is only offering four trims for the Civic in the U.S.—the LX, Sport, EX, and Touring. The first two are powered by a normally-aspirated 2.0-liter with 158 horsepower at 6,500 rpm, while the last two get a turbocharged 1.5-liter with 180 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. Honda says the 2.0-liter gets a 0.85 km/L fuel economy bump compared to the previous model, while the 1.5-liter gets a torque increase of 20 Nm (now at 240 Nm). Both engines are mated to CVTs.

Standard across the Civic range is Honda Sensing. This adds features such as Lane Keeping Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control along with forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.

The base Civic LX already has LED headlights as well as a 7-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also has a push-button start and “partial digital instrumentation.”

Moving up to the Civic Sport, it adds 18-inch wheels, black exterior accents, and a chrome exhaust pipe finisher. Inside, it gets an upgraded 8-speaker audio system, specific seating design, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, sport pedals, and an additional Sport driving mode. If this reads like the specs for the Civic RS locally, well, that’s a safe assumption right there.

Meanwhile, the entry-level turbo, the Civic EX adds blind spot indicators, a power moon roof, heated seats and door mirrors, and dual zone climate control.

Finally, the Civic Touring features power front seats, leather upholstery, GPS navigation, a larger infotainment system (9-inch), wireless CarPlay and Android Auto, a Bose sound system (a first for a Civic), full digital instrumentation, front and rear parking sensors, wireless phone charging, and LED front fog lights.

So far, Honda Cars Philippines has been very coy on the status of the all-new Civic, but when it does come here, expect it to retain its two-variant line-up. It will likely stay close to the specs of the current model, but will probably add more tech features such as parking sensors, wireless phone charging, and perhaps Lane Watch. It was also a missed opportunity for Honda to launch Honda Sensing during the Civic’s refresh last time around, so here’s hoping that at least the upcoming Civic RS will finally receive the advanced driver assist system.

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