On the heels of the new 2022 Civic sedan, the hatchback goes on sale later this year.
We’ve seen and driven the all-new 11th-generation Honda Civic sedan. Now, just as night follows day and controversy follows Elon Musk, the hatchback version of the new-gen 2022 Honda Civic follows the more conventional body style.
First, and most important: Yes, there will be a stick-shift Civic Hatchback, and not just in the entry-level models. Three-pedal enthusiasts will be able to get a six-speed manual with either the base 2.0-liter engine or the hot-rod 1.5-liter turbo, the latter in top-of-the-line Sport Touring trim.
With that elephant out of the way, we can talk more about the changes to the new car compared to the suddenly old 10th-generation Honda Civic Hatchback. What struck us first about the 2022 Civic hatch is how smooth and simple the back end looks. The twin spoilers that adorned the old model are gone, and the change makes all the visual difference, emphasizing the new car’s sleek, coupe-like profile.
Upfront, the 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback’s cabin is pretty much identical to the sedan’s cockpit, and that’s a good thing. We like the nifty honeycomb pattern that hides the air vents, and we’re impressed by the switchgear’s quality. The metal trim on the climate-control knobs and window switches is the kind of upscale touch that lets you forget the Civic is an entry-level car.
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