2022 Honda Civic Hatchback Debuts

F ollowing the release of the 11th-generation 2022 Honda Civic Sedan that just recently landed in dealerships, you knew the five-door reveal wasn’t going to be too far behind.

Billed as the “most fun-to-drive Civic Hatchback ever,” the availability of a six-speed manual transmission (CVT is standard) is already a great start to the claim. This gearbox can be paired to either of two four-cylinder engines — a naturally aspirated 2.0 litre making 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft torque (base LX grade), or turbocharged and VTEC-equipped 1.5 litre pumping out 180 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque (Sport and Sport Touring).

2022 Honda Civic Hatchback

Key to an enjoyable motoring experience is the steering and handling feel, which Honda says were both developed in Europe and fine-tuned for North America. Like its trunk-endowed sibling the front McPherson struts utilize low-friction ball joints and front damper mount bearings, and a wider rear track and longer wheel base compared to the outgoing model provide increased stability and ride smoothness. Other highlights include low-drag front brake calipers and a lightweight and rigid aluminum subframe.

2022 Honda Civic Hatchback

Matching the sporty driving characteristics is the low-slung athletic exterior featuring an elongated hood, mesh grill, wide and thin headlamps and short rear overhang. On the inside, a new 10.2-inch instrument display (Sport Touring) shows an all digital speedometer and tachometer along with customizable information such as trip data.

On the entertainment side of things, there’s either a central seven or nine-inch colour touchscreen depending on trim level that is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible. An available Bose stereo belts out the tunes in crystal clear fashion thanks to a 12-speaker setup.

Release date and pricing TBA.

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