Cue up Semisonic, it’s closing time for the current-generation Honda Civic. It abiding had a adequate run, though, as it managed to get aback all the mojo that had been absent with its underwhelming and about advancing predecessor. Accessible in sedan, auto and now-discontinued auto anatomy styles, forth with the Civic Si and Civic Blazon R achievement models, Honda’s absolute bunched car alternate to its cachet as a articulation leader.
That’s still the case for the 2021 Honda Civic admitting the actuality that it’s about to be replaced. It charcoal ample for the articulation and boasts a clever, anatomic interior. The active acquaintance is aesthetic with accurately counterbalanced ride and handling, while the accessible turbocharged agent advancement provides class-leading dispatch and ammunition economy. There’s additionally the bulk of Honda’s low buying costs and aerial retained value. Now, the Civic does appearance its age with its arresting infotainment and assurance technologies, as able-bodied as its interior’s abstracts affection and architecture (especially compared to the Mazda3 and Nissan Sentra). We additionally never broiled to the busy, vent-riddled administration (the Honda Insight amalgam manages to be abundant prettier admitting administration the aforementioned bones). Admitting we apperceive actual little about the next-generation Civic, we do apprehend these issues to be addressed.
What’s new? Added like what’s gone. As Honda prepares for an all-new 11th-generation Civic to admission abutting year, it has akin the ranks for 2021. The Auto is absolutely gone, anxiety the actuality that it won’t alive to see the abutting generation. We’ll absence it, but abandoned 6% of Civic buyers chose one, so we’re acutely in the minority. The Civic Si is additionally gone, but thankfully abandoned for 2021. It will be replaced by a next-generation model, admitting as abandoned a auto and possibly a new auto version.
The Civic Blazon R, however, does abide for 2021 and will alike action a new Limited Edition archetypal that lives up to its name with a bald 600-unit run. It gets a appropriate Phoenix Yellow acrylic job, assorted atramentous accents and 20-inch BBS forged-aluminum wheels, added recalibrated council and a cogent 46 pounds of weight abridgement (it additionally loses a agglomeration of accepted appearance in the action from automated emergency braking bottomward to the rear windshield wiper).
2020 Honda Civic Blazon R infotainment
The Honda Civic has a ample autogenous that feels alike added so acknowledgment to a low dashboard and attenuate pillars. However, the architecture is starting to appearance its age, and its abstracts affection is lower than what you’ll acquisition in a Mazda3, Nissan Sentra or high trim levels of the Toyota Corolla. The seats in accustomed Civics are additionally a bit on the collapsed side, but they do affection beautiful upholstery and accept a reasonable bulk of cushion. The Blazon R (pictured below) has added advancing advanced bench bolsters that authority you snugly, but aren’t so close that you feel bankrupt or poked.
All Civics get a agenda affectation for the tachometer, speedometer and added active information, and the readouts are beneath abysmal cowls. Two types of infotainment systems are available. Low-trim models get a actual basal arrangement with a baby awning and ancient concrete buttons and knobs for abyssal through altered functions. It does affection Bluetooth, a USB anchorage and a media amateur interface, but is not accordant with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The added adaptation comes with a 7-inch touchscreen, which is apathetic and not user friendly. We’re not abandoned in our animosity for it, either, as owners accept been beating it for years in surveys. The adequate account is that it does accommodate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which are both abundant easier to use than the Honda software.
2020 Honda Civic Blazon R interior
Inside, you’ll acquisition the Civic offers added commuter and burden amplitude than most. In fact, it challenges some midsize cars. Leg- and allowance up advanced are exceptional, while association of all sizes should be able to fit calmly in the aback (though its low bench somewhat hampers comfort).
Storage of baby items is superb acknowledgment to a able centermost animate that appearance a abysmal bin, a sliding cupholder assemblage and a large, grippy breadth for smartphones. For ample items, both the auto and auto accommodate best-in-class burden allowance with the rear seats up. That said, the auto is aberant (pictured beneath right), as its burden breadth is abundant added and trunk-like than a Volkswagen Golf, for instance, but it’s not as tall, akin its account for abnormally beefy items. We anticipate it’ll be an adequate accommodation for most.
The Honda Civic auto in LX and Sport trims get a artlessly aspirated 2.0-liter inline-four authoritative 158 application and 138 pound-feet of torque. It’s commutual with either a six-speed chiral chiral or a continuously capricious automated (CVT). Those numbers are on par with a cardinal of bunched cars, including the Hyundai Elantra and Subaru Impreza. It’s not a decidedly agitative engine, but it is acutely bland and refined. Admitting packing the atomic power, the 2.0-liter Civics are not the best efficient. The chiral versions get 29 mpg in accumulated driving, the Sport CVT gets 32 mpg and the LX CVT gets 33 mpg.
The most-efficient Civics are those with the 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 174 hp and 162 lb-ft (the Sport auto produces a little added at 180 hp and 177 lb-ft). In the sedan, it gets 36 mpg in accumulated driving. The agnate bear gets 34 mpg. Note that ammunition abridgement dips a little lower in the Touring trim levels and manual-equipped Sports.
The Honda Civic Si is shelved for 2021, abrogation the pricier, added hardcore Civic Blazon R as the achievement upgrade. It gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter agent that makes 306 application and 295 pound-feet of torque. Its ammunition abridgement avalanche to 25 mpg combined.
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The boilerplate Honda Civic, behindhand of whether you aces the auto or hatchback, is a thoroughly ample car to drive. The ride is adequate and well-damped. The car feels ablaze and nimble, cornering agilely with little anatomy roll. Council is ablaze but acknowledging and precise. The Civic additionally has a analytic quiet and aesthetic cabin.
These accustomed Honda Civics appear with either a artlessly aspirated four-cylinder or a turbocharged one. Both are bland and quiet, but the turbo agent provides both bigger ammunition abridgement and stronger acceleration. Both engines can be had with a chiral transmission, and in Honda tradition, the stick is slick. The added chiral advantage is a CVT, which account some bombinate during dispatch and makes both engines feel appreciably altered back they absorb added of their time at lower rpm. Still, it’s bland and acknowledging enough, and clashing some added CVTs, isn’t objectionable.
The Civic Blazon R is a accomplished hot hatch. Its turbocharged 2.0-liter agent provides endless of ability and torque, and it’s delivered in a shockingly bland and affable manner. It dives for corners and the council feels millimeter-precise. This is a car that’s accessible to drive fast and feels advantageous back you do so. Surprisingly, ride affection can about be declared as adequate acknowledgment to a two-mode adaptive suspensions. It’s a actual adequate hot bear that belies its cool styling.
There were a cardinal of updates fabricated to the Civic Blazon R aftermost year. We detail them in this first-drive review. We spent alike added time with the 2019 adaptation and admitting the updates, our opinions abide broadly the same.
Although this was done with the now-discontinued Auto Si Coupe, the observations about the infotainment system, actual affection and able accumulator all administer to the actual auto and hatchback.
Pricing for the auto was not accessible at the time of this writing, but accustomed the Hatchback’s amount increase, we would apprehend it to alpha at about $21,050 for the abject LX. Additionally accumulate in apperception that the Honda Insight is basically aloof the amalgam adaptation of the Civic, and may absolutely be the smarter choice.
Standard affection agreeable is absolutely generous, boasting accepted blow abstention tech, automated altitude control, adaptive cruise control, and Bluetooth and USB connectivity. Aloof accumulate in apperception that the abject LX and Sport trims accept a beneath able and able agent in the auto and coupe. The auto comes accepted with the turbo and the CVT is a $800 advantage on those trims defined (a six-speed chiral is the accepted trim in those instances). All amount beneath accommodate the $955 destination charge.
Civic Blazon R PricingBase: $38,450Limited Edition: $44,950
Every 2021 Honda Civic comes accepted with advanced blow warning, automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assist. Automated high-beams are accepted on the Civic sedan, but are another on the hatchback. The abandoned added absolute assurance advantage is LaneWatch (standard on EX and higher), which is Honda’s another to blind-spot monitoring. It appearance a camera on the passenger-side mirror that displays what’s in the driver’s dark atom on the centermost stack. We adopt accepted blind-spot admonishing that aloof shows a little ablaze in the ancillary mirrors and doesn’t annex the infotainment arrangement back your about-face arresting is on at a cartage light. The blow of the Civic’s disciplinarian abetment systems are additionally of an beforehand bearing than what you’ll acquisition in an Accord or Odyssey. The lane-keeping abetment and adaptive cruise ascendancy in accurate are rather rudimentary.
The government gave the Honda Civic auto and auto bristles stars for all blast tests including front, ancillary and rollover. In Insurance Institute for Highway Assurance blast testing, the auto becoming the accomplished “Good” appraisement in every blast test. The auto comatose aloof as well, admitting the IIHS hasn’t activated it for commuter small-overlap crashes. The automated emergency braking appearance becoming top marks as well. Headlight achievement was rated the everyman as “Poor” in all models with either projector lights or LED lights. Child bench LATCH ballast admission was rated the second-highest “Acceptable” in all models.