Since its 2015 launch, the current 10th-generation Civic has been a runaway success, continuing as the overall best-selling passenger car in Canada for over 20 years. So Honda designers had a tough job when developing a replacement for the new 2022 model.
At first sight, the new, 11th-generation Civic Prototype sedan looks all grown up. While only a couple of centimetres longer, the new Civic appears lower and wider than the previous model. The new proportions give it a sportier, more elegant appearance. Riding on the same architecture as the previous model ensures excellent driving chops. With the subcompact Fit's demise for 2021, the compact Civic becomes Honda's smallest car and should appeal to a broad range of buyers.
The 2022 Civic Prototype sedan previews the arrival of an all-new Civic lineup, beginning late spring 2021. The launch of the new four-door, 5-passenger Civic Sedan will be followed by the four-door Civic Hatchback, performance-focused Civic Si, and the ultimate high-performance Civic: Type R.
Honda has no plans for a new Civic coupe body style, with the 2020 model year being the last for the two-door version.
The exterior of the 2022 Honda Civic takes a dramatic turn from the 2021 model. Some might describe it as a baby Accord. Body lines are simplified and refined for a more sophisticated looking compact sedan. The A-pillars move back, and the hood angle moves to a horizontal position, giving the effect of a longer dash-to-axle ratio as in a rear-wheel-drive car. The headlights and taillights get a minimalist treatment. Overall, the Civic appears broader and lower, more planted like a sports sedan. Some might suggest that it looks more like other offerings available and that the attempt to simplify has made it more generic.
Inside, Honda designers simplified the Civic’s interior for 2022. Clean straight lines dominate the cockpit. A 9-inch touchscreen and digital dash are a first for the diminutive Civic. We love the inclusion of the volume knob, as always. The interior feels less fussy than before, replicating the exterior’s design language. Understated seems to be the word for this 2022 Honda Civic. We expect Honda's Sensing safety suite will come standard across all trims, that includes features such as collision mitigation, lane-departure warnings, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping assistance.
What’s the same?
We have yet to drive a production version of the 2022 Honda Civic. The new model does ride on the same architecture as the 2021 edition. However, based on what we know about that car, we can guess that the new Civic will offer a similar driving experience. Despite rivals like the Subaru Impreza and Mazda3 offering all-wheel-drive, the Civic will remain a front-wheel-drive-only proposition for 2022. As of this writing, Honda has not released details on the new Civic’s engine lineup or the availability of manual or automatic transmissions.
Honda claims there will be additional torsional rigidity to the new Civic’s chassis, ensuring improved driving dynamics. We will reserve judgment until we actually drive one, but we are looking forward to it, especially for the Type R performance variant.
When will it go on sale?
Honda says the new 2022 Civic models will start to go on sale in spring 2021. Based on Honda unveiling the Prototype sedan first, we expect to see versions of the Hatchback and sportier Si and Type-R trims follow throughout the year.
How much will it cost?
In the highly-competitive compact car class, we expect the new 2022 Civic family to see only modest changes in pricing compared to the outgoing 2021 model, where prices start at $23,400 CDN for the base Civic sedan.