Since its US debut in 1972, the Honda Civic has held the affection of the driving public. Year after year, generation after generation, drivers looking for a reliable, easy-to-drive, technologically sound, and above all, fun vehicle have turned to the Honda Civic as a lifelong road companion. The 2021 Honda Civic ensures this tradition lives on. Offered as both a sedan and a hatchback, and available in several exciting trims, this is not your 1970s style compact car.
The 2021 Civic is fully decked out in the latest technology, with plenty of pep and style. At the same time, it continues the long-standing Honda tradition of engineering excellence, superior fuel economy, and, most of all, reliability. But the 2021 Civic is also filled with modern technology from infotainment to advanced driver assistance features. Since each iteration of the Honda Civic builds upon the excitement and fun of the previous model, let's examine the power, features, and safety suite built into the 2021 Honda Civic.
The Honda Civic has always been fun to drive. With engines that provide just the right level of pep and a small-yet-balanced body, driving a Civic is definitely not boring. The tradition continues in 2021, with two engines that give the new Civic exactly the boost it needs, hitting the sweet spot in acceleration without lagging or leaving the driver wishing for more.
Engine options depend on the trim and model chosen.
The LX and Sport trims of the sedan version of the 2021 Civic Sedan include a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that provides 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque and is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). While previous iterations of this transmission have been snubbed by discerning drivers, the 2021 version has received great praise for its imperceptible difference from an "old-fashioned" automatic. Like most vehicles in its class, it's offered as front-wheel drive only.
Drivers who choose the EX, EX-L, and Touring trims of the 2021 Civic Sedan will enjoy a turbocharged 1.5L 4-cylinder engine. Though smaller, this engine produces 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. All trims of the 2021 Civic Hatchback come with the 1.5L engine, but the Sport and Sport Touring hatchbacks are tuned for even more power. If you choose one of these two performance trims, you will enjoy 180 hp as well as the option of a six-speed manual transmission. The manual versions also gain an extra 15 lb-ft of torque.
No matter which of the 2021 Honda Civic's engine options you choose, you will benefit from the excellent fuel economy we've come to expect from Honda engineering. With the base 2.0L engine, the 2021 Civic Sedan is rated for up to 30 MPG in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.1 Not only will this save you money at the pump, but with the Civic's 12.4-gallon gas tank, you can expect to travel well over 400 miles before you need to stop and refuel.
Upgrading to the 1.5L engine in the 2021 Civic Sedan actually improves the fuel economy on top of increasing the available power. With the EX and EX-L trims, you can expect an incredible 32 MPG in the city and 42 MPG on the highway, making it one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its segment.1 Choosing the top Touring trim reduces fuel economy slightly to 30 MPG in the city and 38 MPG on the highway, but that is still equal to the base trim with the 2.0L engine.1
The 2021 Civic Hatchback is slightly less efficient than the Sedan, with the LX and EX trims getting 31 MPG in the city and 40 MPG on the highway.1 Selecting the more powerful Sport or Sport Touring trims will reduce that further to 29 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway, and those two trims recommend using premium fuel for optimum performance.1 However, that is still remarkably good fuel economy for a 180 hp turbocharged car. Opting for the manual transmission will also improve your fuel economy slightly, as it gets 37 MPG on the highway.1
The 2021 Honda Civic Sedan is offered in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring trims, while the Hatchback comes in LX, Sport, EX, and Sport Touring versions. There are quite a few similarities between each model's trim levels, but there are some differences worth noting as well.
Starting with the Sedan, the LX trim kicks things off with a well-rounded group of standard features. This includes Bluetooth phone compatibility and streaming audio with a handy USB port, along with a five-inch color information screen. It's also equipped with LED daytime running lights, automatic high beams, and automatic climate control.
The Sport trim adds several features to the sedan models, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, along with an upgraded seven-inch touchscreen display. Smart Entry with Walk Away automatic locking allows drivers extra security, while push-button start means the keys will rarely have to leave your pocket. There are also a few sportier features, including a leather-wrapped steering wheel, center exhaust, and sport pedals.
Stepping up to the EX trim adds a power moonroof, SiriusXM satellite radio, remote engine start, power-adjustable driver's seat, and heated front seats and side mirrors for a slightly more luxurious level of comfort. Finally, the EX-L takes that luxury to a whole new level with leather-trimmed seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and the HomeLink garage door remote system.
The largest difference in the Touring trim is its built-in satellite navigation with voice recognition and high definition digital traffic updates. However, it is also filled with luxury features, including a premium ten-speaker audio system, heated rear seats, power front seats, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. This robust feature set gives the 2021 Honda Civic a level of comfort previously unheard of in compact cars.
The 2021 Hatchback offers four trims and a slightly different feature set than the Sedan. The base LX trim offers the same features as Sedan, with the obvious exception of the hatchback design and a 60/40 folding rear seat. If you want an efficient and versatile vehicle, the Hatchback is difficult to beat, and its incredible 46.2 cu.ft. of cargo space is more than you will find in many compact SUVs.
The Sport trim on the Hatchback is significantly different than the Sport trim on the Sedan, as it is a true sporty option with a power upgrade and an optional manual transmission. However, the features on the EX Hatchback lines up almost exactly with those on the EX Sedan. The Hatchback's Sport Touring trim effectively combines the Sedan's EX-L and Touring trims with the performance upgrades from the Hatchback's Sport trim. The result is an exceptionally fun and comfortable vehicle, with leather-trimmed heated seats, a twelve-speaker premium audio system, built-in navigation with traffic alerts, and an optional manual transmission.
Honda's engineering savvy doesn't stop at engines and cool technology features. The Honda Sensing safety suite is standard in all trims and variants of the 2021 Honda Civic. This package includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane keep assist. These advanced driver-assist technologies can help cover for momentary periods of distraction and allow the car to automatically mitigate or even avoid dangerous situations from frontal collisions to drifting out of your lane.
A multi-angle rearview camera is also standard on all 2021 Civics, allowing you to choose from three different angles when reversing to get a full view of what's behind you. Finally, the car comes standard with automatic high beams, which will dim themselves when they sense approaching traffic and then return to full power when the road ahead of you is clear. This makes driving at night safer and less stressful than ever before.
Higher trims of the 2021 Civic include an additional innovative safety feature. On the EX, EX-L, Touring, and Sport Touring trims of the Sedan and Hatchback, you will find Honda LaneWatch. This employs a small passenger-side mirror camera to display real-time video of your passenger-side blind spot on the infotainment screen. When you are driving a Civic, you can rest assured that you are in one of the safest cars on the road.
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