Honda's popular Civic compact car is in for a big glow-up for the 2022 model year as it debuts a more grown-up appearance, new features, and a refined cabin design. A selection of four-cylinder engines—including a turbocharged 1.5-liter—are offered; front-wheel drive will continue to be standard as Honda insists all-wheel drive is not part of the plan. Updated tech features such as a larger infotainment display, wireless smartphone connectivity, and improved driver-assistance features are all meaningful updates that will help the Civic stave off competition from the likes of the Hyundai Elantra, the Mazda 3, and the Toyota Corolla. The all-new Civic sedan is expected to go on sale in summer 2021 with hatchback models following shortly after.
Even though it has redesigned everything else about the new Civic, Honda has decided to carry over the powertrain options from the previous-generation car. Base models come standard with a 158-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder while the upgrade engine continues to be a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that now makes 180 horsepower.
The new Civic will remain solely a front-wheel-drive car with no all-wheel drive option anywhere in the lineup. Sadly, the manual transmission offered on the previous generation Civic has been cut for 2022, leaving a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) as the sole offering. At least it's a good one. Sporty Si and high-performance Type-R variants are also in the works and both will offer a manual transmission; we review those models separately.
According to the EPA, the most fuel efficient version of the new Civic is the mid-range EX, which earns ratings of 33 mpg city, 42 mpg highway, and 36 mpg combined. When we get a chance to test the new small Honda, we'll take it on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route and report its results here. 2022 honda civic interior. A more streamlined interior design debuts in the 2022 Civic, with cleaner lines and a dashboard featuring a full-width honeycomb-patterned mesh design element that cleverly hides the air vents. A wider center console appears less cluttered than the outgoing model's and features what looks like a large, deep bin ahead of the shift lever for stashing smartphones, keys, and road-trip snacks. Honda says passenger space is roughly the same as the 2021 model, and the same goes for cargo room in the sedan; a hatchback body style will also be offered, but we don't yet have information on that model.
2021 Toyota Corolla (overview)
The 2021 Toyota Corolla continues its tradition of being an inexpensive, safety-minded, and well-equipped compact car. Available as either a four-door hatchback or sedan, the little Toyota offers a variety of personalities. Both body styles feature a pair of dutiful four-cylinder engines, and they're also offered with an extremely frugal hybrid powertrain. For folks who appreciate driving engagement, the Corolla can be had with a manual transmission and a sport-tuned suspension.
Except for the sportier SE and XSE models, the Corolla sedan uses a 139-hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder that sends power to the front wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The zestier versions have a 169-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder that pairs with a CVT or optional six-speed manual. While all hatchbacks have the larger engine, only the sedan offers a hybrid powertrain. Along with two fuel-efficient four-cylinders, the 2021 Corolla sedan offers an immensely thrifty hybrid model. The EPA estimates the hybrid will earn 53 mpg city and 52 highway.
2021 Toyota Corolla Interior.
Inside, the Corolla hatchback and sedan share a streamlined dashboard and soft-touch materials. Every model has passive entry and push-button start, but certain Corollas can be upgraded with ambient interior lighting, dual-zone climate control, and heated front seats. Those who regularly have back-seat passengers should consider the sedan over the hatchback since it has considerably more legroom behind the front seats