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Buying Guide 2023 Honda Civic Review: The Only Car You’ll Ever Need? The sedan and hatchback are also nice and well-executed.
Honda Civic Sport Sedan 2023
Everything we’ve come to expect from the latest Civic—excellent acceleration and fuel economy, well-balanced driving behavior, spacious interior, and average build quality—has been improved with a cleaner, sleeker look, updated technology, and overall refinement. cleaning. Class leader as sedan or hatchback.
History: cool and well-designed interior; very loose; powerful and efficient turbo engine; well-balanced driving dynamics Pros: Expensive entry point; no hybrids (yet); If the interior is a bit complicated
Even if you’re spending a lot more than the 2023 Honda Civic costs, there’s a good chance it’s worth considering. This subcompact sedan and hatchback is great. Thinking of buying a midsize sedan or small car? Also consider the Civic, it’s amazing. The ultimate luxury car? The Civic is amazing. A weekend sports car? The Civic Si (and even the Sport Tourer with manual transmission) is great. Introduced last year, the next-generation Civic is so complete and so well-executed that it truly transcends the simple compact car segment and opens up to all buyers.
Now, those on a tighter budget may not be among them this year, as Honda has dropped the old LX trim level and raised prices. However, when you consider how much car you get for your money, the Civic still offers great value considering the combination of space, equipment, handling, performance, fuel economy, safety and we could go on. Well rounded once again.
It’s also worth noting that it looks great, especially the ultra-cool interior with full-width honeycomb. Honestly, if you think the Civic Hatchback looks better inside and out than the mechanically related Acura Integra, we wouldn’t argue. For a variety of traditional competitors such as Hyundai Elantra, Mazda 3, Nissan Sentra, Kia Forte or Toyota Corolla. Aesthetics aside, none of them can match the mix of positive attributes and/or trim variety that the 2023 Honda Civic offers. Seriously, so good.
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The LX trim level has been discontinued for 2023, meaning the new Sport trim level has a higher base price than last year’s 2023 Civic. After a complete facelift last year, the Civic remains unchanged, but a new C-type joins the lineup. We also know that the Civic Hybrid is coming to replace the Insight, but at the time of writing, its exact date is unknown.
In a segment filled with surprisingly impressive interiors, the 2023 Civic’s interior even offers a Sport trim level with cloth seats and a basic infotainment system (pictured in the larger image above). It’s still a budget car, so there’s a lot of hard plastics around (center console, door panels), but what you see and touch comes together in a tasteful, modern design that feels (feels) like it belongs. in a much more expensive car. car Until the Audi’s buttons and knobs click satisfactorily. We should also note the air vents across the dash with honeycomb, metallic finish and nifty button controllers (which are featured in red on the Civic Si). They’re so awesome that Audi probably wants them to come up with them.
Perhaps most importantly, however, the Civic isn’t held back by the infotainment system. There’s a basic 7-inch touchscreen (below left) and the Touring gets a more functional 9-inch unit (below right), but both show better performance on the latest generation system with faster responses, more responsiveness and less glitzy menus. while he was with her. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard (wireless on Tour), and at least with CarPlay, we don’t have touchscreen controls for the Honda Music app (a common annoyance).
The LX, Sport and EX have a combination of an analog speedometer and a 7-inch multi-function display, but everything seems to be integrated into one unit. It is traditional in design but modern in functionality. The Touring and Si have a 10.2-inch digital instrument panel that looks similar to the base, but provides greater functionality and bolder graphics.
Finally, a small note about Si. Like many of its predecessors, the interior features a number of small red accents, including the crosshairs, air vent trim, and most importantly, the front seat centers. However, the rear seat is not only black but has other trims. Seems cheap. While the exterior is orange or electric blue paint, making the red interior mandatory is a questionable aesthetic choice.
The 2023 Civic is available in sedan and hatchback body styles, with the latter more like the Audi A7 “Sportback” in body styles than the old-school Civic hatchback. The sedan is 4.9 inches longer, all of which is behind the rear wheels, making the trunk area longer and larger than the hatchback. True, we found that the sedan can carry more luggage than the hatchback despite having less cargo space on paper: 24.5 to 14.8. What about that? Basically, all the extra volume of a hatchback is high, where you’re less likely to use it for real things. However, it does provide versatility as the downsizing allows for significantly more space, similar to what you’d find in a subcompact car. In short, both styles offer an impressive amount of cargo space for a compact car. You may even find that you don’t need to upgrade a midsize sedan like the Accord or a small car like the HR-V.
That decision carries over to the back seat as well. Its 37.4 inches of rear legroom is second only to the Hyundai Elantra in the segment, and it’s 2 inches more than most competitors. For a compact car, it’s certainly not compact there. A 6-foot-3 driver still found plenty of room to comfortably sit “behind him” in the two-body style’s rear seat. Headroom was also ample. After installing a child seat in the back, there is plenty of room in the front passenger seat.
The Civic is available with four engine choices, but those are the Civic Si and Civic Type R.
The Civic Sport is powered by a 2.0-liter inline-four that produces 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque, typical amounts for the segment. Front-wheel drive and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) are standard on all Civic sedans, but the Hatchback Sport has the option of a six-speed manual transmission. Fuel economy is 30 mpg city, 37 mpg highway, and 33 mpg combined for the sedan. With the CVT, the Hatchback Sport returns 29/37/32 mpg, with the manual dropping to 26/36/29.
The EX and Touring sedans, as well as the EX-L and Sport Touring hatchbacks, get a 1.5-liter turbocharged four that produces 180 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. A CVT is standard with this engine on all trims, but the Sport Touring hatchback can be had with a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. In addition to better performance, this engine is also more efficient: 32/42/36 mpg for the EX and 31/38/34 for the Tour, with the EX-L and Sport Touring hatchbacks likely getting 1 mpg less (2023 figures from this article not available at the time of writing). A Sport Touring hatchback with a six-speed manual transmission should return 28/37/31.
The Honda Civic Si also has a 1.5-liter turbocharged four engine, but it makes 200 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual are mandatory. It returns 27/37/31 fuel economy, but unlike other Civics, it claims premium fuel. Also, it is only available in sedan form.
The 2023 Honda Civic Type R has a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces 315 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, up 9 horsepower and 15 pound-feet from its predecessor. It’s also front-wheel drive and paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Performance figures and fuel economy estimates were not available at the time of writing. It is only available as a hatchback.
For 11 generations, the Honda Civic has always been better and more competitive, while being responsible and even fun to drive. The 2023 Civic picks up the torch and builds on the significant progress made by the last generation. In fact, the car is fun to drive, with a light, agile feel that encourages you to explore twisty roads. The steering is precise and always measured, which gives a feeling of connection with the driver. Even if you select Sport, throttle response is as expected from a car aimed at drivers