Honda has unveiled the 2022 Civic hatchback, which follows the sedan, which just went on sale. Just like the last generation, the new Civic hatchback is positioned as the sportier choice than the sedan. In addition to the slightly sportier styling, the hatchback is also available with a 6-speed manual transmission, which isn’t offered in the sedan.
Just like the sedan, the new hatchback features a cleaner, more grown up looking exterior than its predecessor. The hatchback is nearly identical to the sedan, until you get to the rear where it features a sleeker rear end and Honda says that it features a “coupe-like profile.” If you find the sedan a bit too sedate, the good news is that the new hatchback does look a bit sportier.
Under the hood the hatchback gets the same engine lineup as the sedan. That means that the LX and Sport models are powered by a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. The EX-L and Sport Touring models are powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder with 180 hp and 177 lb-ft. The Sport and Sport Touring models are available with a six-speed manual, while a CVT is standard across the board. Lastly the Sport and Sport Touring models with the CVT also get a new Sport mode, which alters the drive ratios and mapping to make it even sportier to drive.
Inside the LX, Sport and EX-L trim levels get a new 7-inch digital display, which features an all-digital speedometer and tachometer on the left side, and a physical speedometer dial on the right. The Sport Touring model gets a 10.2-inch digital gauge cluster. The LX, Sport and EX-L trim levels also get a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the Sport Touring gets a 9-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Sport Touring also get a wireless charger for your phone and Bose audio system.
On the safety front, the 2022 Civic hatchback gets new driver and front airbags that will better reduce injuries from severe brain trauma. It also comes standard with the Honda Sensing suite, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist. The Sport Touring model comes with Low-Speed Braking Control, and front and rear false-start prevention with the addition of eight sonar sensors.