Going strong in its 10th-generation, the new 2020 Honda Civic sedan is a breath of fresh air. In a sea of cars that seem to look the same, the Civic has managed to take the spotlight with its body styling and performance features. Offering drivers outstanding performance and exceptional fuel efficiency, this petite ride is everything you are looking for in a small car.
Balanced to near perfection, you’ll be hard-pressed to find another sedan that rides like the Civic. Its athletically sleek style enables the vehicle to slice through the air like a hot knife through butter, and its well-appoint cabin is surprisingly roomy. Gliding around corners and bends with ease, you will enjoy every moment inside this smooth-riding car.
With a turbocharged engine resting under the hood, the Civic offers quick acceleration and crisp handling. Able to carry five passengers, it’s an ideal choice for singles, couples, and even small families. Everyone can find something they love about this spry model. Available in six trims and two powertrains, you can find the perfect version to suit your lifestyle.
If you want to learn more about the 2020 Honda Civic, keep reading! We’re about to dive deeper into the performance specs, interior features, and exterior design elements to help you decide if this is the right vehicle for you.
Traditionally, sedans are not known for their performance. Most people expect a decent fuel economy and not much else. This is what sets the 2020 Honda Civic apart from all the other sedans out there. You have the choice of two different engines that offer surprising performance numbers as well as great gas mileage.
Coming standard on the LX and Sport trims is a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine mated with a six-speed manual transmission. You can also opt for a continuously variable transmission (CVT) for smoother gear shifting. This engine can get up to 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque, and it has an excellent estimated fuel economy of about 30 mpg combined (25 city/36 highway).**
On the EX, EX-L, and Touring trims, you will get the turbocharged 1.5L 4-cylinder engine that can get up to 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with the CVT transmission, it has an exceptional estimated fuel economy of up to 34 mpg combined (30 city/38 highway).**
As for the Civic Si, this athletic model features the same turbocharged 1.5L 4-cylinder motor, but this time it has a twist! Tweaked to perfection by Honda engineers, it offers up to 205 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque. If you think that this significant increase in power destroys the high gas mileage, think again. Although the fuel efficiency does drop a bit, it’s not much of a difference. The Si model still manages to get an estimated 31 mpg combined (26 city/36 highway).**
Slipping behind the wheel of a new Civic sedan will have you grinning from ear-to-ear. Even the base LX model is well-equipped with automatic climate control and a slew of advanced safety features.
Each model comes standard with Honda Sensing. Adding adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking, you can rest assured that you are as safe as can be. The LX also features a 5-inch LCD monitor that operates with Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling. This system shows the video feed from the rearview camera as well.
Known as the Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, you can get a better view of what’s behind you by adjusting the angle three different ways. You can choose from normal, top-down, and wide views and backup carefully using the provided guidelines. You won’t have to worry about running over a bike or causing a fender bender while trying to parallel park. You can even listen to music through the 4-speaker stereo and fold the rear seat down for more space.
Stepping up to the Sport trim level will get you a lot of add-on features. The first notable things are keyless ignition/entry and handy 60/40 split-folding rear seats. Next, you will notice the numerous tech upgrades, including a 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen that functions with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This entertainment update allows you to stream your favorite playlist and mess around with apps seamlessly. Essentially, it syncs your smartphone to your vehicle for ease of use. You can even use Siri to ask for directions. Additionally, a leather-wrapped steering wheel has been added for a sophisticated look, and the stereo has also been upgraded with eight speakers.
The mid-level EX starts to add luxurious features like heated seats with power adjustability and a sunroof. Dual-zone climate control allows the driver and front-seat passenger to maintain different temperatures for the ultimate experience in comfort. Honda's LaneWatch blind-spot camera has also been added to this model for enhanced safety while driving. Get a glimpse of the night sky or enjoy a cool breeze with the one-touch power moonroof as well.
Once you move up to the EX-L, you will notice even more luxury features. Heated leather seating brings elegance and comfort to the cabin, and a remote start engine allows you to get the vehicle warm before ever stepping foot outside. SiriusXM Radio has been added for more music options, and the Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock system will automatically lock the vehicle when you leave and unlock it when you come back. An auto-dimming rearview mirror has also been included. If a vehicle behind you has its bright lights shining into your eyes, this advanced mirror will automatically soften the hard reflection. This optimizes visibility for you at night and keeps the other vehicle’s lights from temporarily blinding you. Another handy tech feature on the EX-L is the HomeLink Remote System. Compatible with universal garage door openers and gates, you can activate devices such as these with the click of a button.
The Touring trim level includes heated rear seats and a voice-activated navigation system with HD traffic updates. This will ensure that you are always on the fastest route to your destination. You won’t have to wait in rush hour traffic anymore. It also provides you with a 3D mapping of the terrain and building, predictive local search, and a lane guidance split-screen to help you read road and exit signs. The stereo has also be updated with 10 speakers and a subwoofer.
The Civic Si model features branded Si seats, larger brakes, a limited slip-differential, and a sport-tuned suspension with adaptive dampers for smoother handling. The cabin boasts leather upholstery, textured aluminum sport pedals, an aluminum shift knob with leather accents, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. A center console with sliding armrest serves a dual function for comfort and storage. It also comes with the 10-speaker stereo from the Touring trim.
Just like with the interior, exterior features change depending on the trim level. Rolling on 16-inch steel wheels, the base LX model features automatic high beams, and LED daytime running lights for optimized visibility. It also has a capless fuel filler. On the other hand, the Sport version is much more athletic with 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, and a rear spoiler.
Moving to the EX and EX-L models gives you heated side mirrors that come in handy during the winter months. Smaller 17-inch wheels are equipped on these two trims as well. For the Touring, the wheels are upgraded again to 18-inch alloys. An LED lighting system is also incorporated into the vehicle. Finally, the unique Honda Civic Si model gets a body-colored spoiler, LED headlights and fog lamps, and a one-touch power moonroof.
The 2020 Honda Civic is offered in eight paint colors. These include Platinum White Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Cosmic Blue Metallic, Aegean Blue Metallic, Molten Lava Pearl, and Rallye Red. Keep in mind that not all of these shades are available on every trim or the Si Model.