The Honda Civic is the longest continuously produced model by this Japanese manufacturer, introduced in 1973 just as America faced its first oil crisis. Originally a subcompact hatchback, the Civic is now a compact car that’s available in coupe and sedan body styles.
2016 to Present: Honda Civic
The 10th-generation Honda Civic sedan was introduced as a 2016 model that’s offered in LX, EX, EX-T, EX-L and Touring trims.
With a coupelike roofline and aerodynamic styling, the current Civic is longer, lower and wider than the 2015 model it replaced. Short front and rear overhangs, as well as a chrome grille, LED daytime running lights and LED taillights mark the exterior of the 10th-generation Civic.
The Civic sedan launched with two distinct engine choices. The base Civic comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 158 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional on the Civic LX and standard elsewhere in the model lineup. Civic EX-T and higher trims come with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 174 horsepower, marking the first time that a turbocharged engine has been offered in Honda’s U.S. model lineup.
Inside, the current Honda Civic offers impressive head- and legroom in both rows of seats, with plenty of back-seat room for adult passengers to remain comfortable. There’s 15.1 cubic feet of cargo space, and standard features that include a USB port, Bluetooth, hands-free text messaging and integration for Pandora Internet Radio. Higher trims bring in upgraded audio systems, a 7-inch touch-screen display, navigation, satellite radio and smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
All Civic models come standard with a rearview camera, while a Honda Sensing driver assistance package is available across the lineup. Honda Sensing includes collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist and road departure mitigation.
Earlier Honda Civic Models
The Civic’s superior longevity means there are numerous older models available to shoppers. More recent models include the seventh-generation Civic built from 2001 to 2005, the eighth-generation model manufactured from 2006 to 2011, and the ninth generation, which was produced from 2012 to 2015.
The seventh-generation Civic included the model line’s first hybrid, a vehicle powered by a 1.3-liter gasoline engine. Standard models were powered by a 1.7-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission.
The eighth-generation Civic offered a standard 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and paired that with a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine was also available and came with a six-speed manual transmission.
The ninth-generation Honda Civic was introduced as a 2012 model and produced through the 2015 model year. Depending on the year and body style, Honda offers the ninth-generation Civic in DX, LX, SE, EX, EX-L and Si trim levels. A Civic HF sedan with higher fuel economy estimates is also available.
Both the sedan and the coupe offer sporty lines with wraparound headlights, distinctive lower grille embellishments and a sloping hood. Upper and lower profile character lines mark its profile. At its rear, the Civic has a short deck and wraparound taillights.
Besides the standard gasoline models, the sedan is available as a hybrid or with a compressed natural gas option. The Honda Civic is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a five-speed manual transmission. A five-speed automatic transmission is optional on earlier models, while a continuously variable transmission (CVT) became available for the 2014 model year. Choose the Civic Si and these models are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission.
The coupe and the sedan both seat five, but the rear seat offers ideal room for two, especially in the coupe. The coupe has 11.7 cubic feet of standard storage capacity, the sedan’s trunk measures 12.5 cubic feet.
All models come with standard equipment that includes a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, power windows and locks, air conditioning, cruise control and a USB port.
Later models bring in standard Bluetooth connectivity and SMS messaging, as well as options like navigation and HondaLink smartphone app integration. Depending on the model year, available options include push-button start, leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats and a blind spot display known as Honda LaneWatch.
All ninth-generation Civics include electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes and a suite of air bags. A rearview camera became standard starting with the 2013 model year.