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).
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.
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.