DARCARS Models in the Washington DC Area

City mpg:
29
Highway mpg:
38

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2018 Honda Civic Hatchback Overview

The standard features of the Honda Civic LX include 1.5L I-4 174hp intercooled turbo engine, 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), SmartVent side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 16" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, VSA electronic stability.

2018 Honda
Civic Hatchback

Starting at: $20,150

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • AM/FM radio
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 4
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth HandsFreeLink
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 5.0"
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Engine displacement - 1.5 L
  • Engine horsepower - 174hp @ 5,500RPM
  • Engine torque - 167 lb.-ft. @ 1,800RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 73.0mm x 89.5mm (2.87" x 3.52")
  • Compression ratio - 10.60 to 1
  • Exterior length - 4,519mm (177.9")
  • Exterior body width - 1,798mm (70.8")
  • Exterior height - 1,435mm (56.5")
  • Wheelbase - 2,700mm (106.3")
  • Turning radius - 5.4m (17.9')
  • Front legroom - 1,074mm (42.3")
  • Rear legroom - 914mm (36.0")
  • Front headroom - 998mm (39.3")
  • Rear headroom - 950mm (37.4")
  • Front hiproom - 1,448mm (57.0")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,240mm (48.8")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,448mm (57.0")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,397mm (55.0")
  • Passenger volume - 2,752L (97.2 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 728 L (26 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 1,308 L (46 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 1.5
  • Compressor - intercooled turbo
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 174hp @ 5,500RPM
  • Torque - 167 lb.-ft. @ 1,800RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed manual
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 33mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 12.4gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 29mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 38mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 215/55HR16.0
  • Rear tires - 215/55HR16.0
  • Wheel size - 16"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - digital/analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
LX 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback LX Search New $20,150   174-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  6-spd man.  29 / 38  
LX 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback LX Search New $20,950   174-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  31 / 40  
Sport 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Search New $21,750   180-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  6-spd man.  29 / 38  
LX w/Honda Sensing 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback LX w/Honda Sensing Search New $21,950   174-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  31 / 40  
Sport 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Search New $22,550   180-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  30 / 36  
EX 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback EX Search New $23,250   174-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  31 / 40  
EX w/Honda Sensing 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback EX w/Honda Sensing Search New $24,250   174-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  31 / 40  
EX-L w/Navi 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback EX-L w/Navi Search New $25,750   174-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  31 / 40  
EX-L w/Navi & Honda Sensing 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback EX-L w/Navi & Honda Sensing Search New $26,750   174-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  31 / 40  
Sport Touring 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring Search New $28,750   180-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  30 / 36  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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Compared to the three turbocharged engines, the standard 2.0-liter engine with its 158 horsepower is flat-out lame. It’s for buyers who only care that their car goes forward when they press the start button and step on the gas. With the Civic, there are a lot of them. But the car can be more.

The 1.5-liter turbo is much quicker, as the weight of the slim Civic is less than 3000 pounds, so the engine’s 174 horsepower can handle it. It’s a small turbo with an electrically driven wastegate. It sounds sweet at full throttle, though there is some turbo lag. The turbo engine has a Sport mode that helps things, as well as an Econ mode that gains fuel mileage but robs power. The turbo comes with a continuously variable transmission that’s smooth and quiet but not quick or exciting.

Ride and handling is where the Civic excels. It’s precise, composed, and beautifully compliant. It doesn’t dance over bumps, it manages them. The suspension uses struts in the front with hydraulic bushings, and multi-links in the rear with a rigid subframe, with hydraulic bushings on EX-T models and above, as well as 17-inch wheels and tires. Same with the turbocharged Civics.

The Civic LX and EX ride on pedestrian 215/55HR16 tires that run out of grip and ability to cushion the ride on bad pavement, but still the ride’s not bad. Handling is predictable even when grip is not, as we observed on wet roads covered with leaves.

Because the steering column is thicker (for crash worthiness, which the Civic aces), the Civic uses a sophisticated steering system, a dual-pinion, variable-ratio setup like on the Buick Verano. There’s a motor in the steering rack that provides gradual and consistent steering boost.

The brakes are firm and fast to respond, with a short pedal stroke.

The Civic Si turns up the turbo boost to get 205 horsepower out of the busy engine. The suspension uses solid bushings to tighten it up, and the six-speed manual has a short throw and smooth clutch.

The new Type R hatch gets a 2.0-liter turbo that makes an eye-popping 306 horsepower. We haven’t had a chance to drive it yet, but we definitely look forward to it.

Walk Around

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The sedan looks big, not like an economy car at all, with a sleek and sweeping profile like the Honda Crosstour. The sheetmetal might be exciting to a fault, with its creases, slits and intakes. It flaunts its size and edginess by being low and wide, with flared wheels and a wedged tail with Acura-like taillamps.

The Hatchback is the same as the sedan, from the B pillars between the doors to the front of the hood. But it’s four inches shorter overall, so everything behind the pillars is distinctive, and downright swoopy for a so-called hatchback. The only thing hatchbacky about it is that the back is a convenient hatch.

Interior Overview

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The cabin is tame and organized, a horizontal dash with a single screen, almost a Teutonic flow. The dash is low and the front seat raises, so forward visibility is excellent. The gauges are clean and crisp, except on the deluxe Touring model, which gets a digital display on an LCD screen with a 270-degree tachometer.

There’s a lot of room inside, enough for a six-footer in back with an inch of kneeroom to spare. There are many clever storage spots, and a big 15-cubic-foot trunk.

The Hatchback’s passengers won’t know it’s not a sedan, although the trim is a bit different. The cargo space is a very generous 25.7 cubic feet behind the second row, so that’s already way ahead of the sedan; and then when you drop the seat you get an awesome 46.2 cubic feet. Considering it’s four inches shorter than the sedan, that’s dazzling.

Honda is working its cargo features to young buyers, maybe those stepping up from a Fit who are spoiled by the cargo space created by the nearly flat-folding Magic Seats, including the front seats. The Hatchback also features an innovative sideways sliding cargo cover that can be stowed on either side. The Hatchback is nearly as quiet as the sedan and coupe with the cargo cover up, as it blocks noise from the open space in the back.

Summary

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With four engines and three body styles, the Civic has many personalities. It can be a sedate car, a sedan with the 2.0-liter engine, and in fact the entry-level LX, which is reasonably well equipped, offers a whole lot of reliable and smooth car for the money. But for our own satisfaction, we need the 1.5-liter turbo; it’s much quicker and has a sharper CVT. Move up to the sleek hatchback as the 205-hp Si, or 306-hp Type R, and you’ll have a mean or meaner machine.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

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With three body styles, two powertrains, and four main models, the combinations are bewildering.

Sedans come in LX, EX, EX-T, EX-L, and Touring models. Civic LX ($18,840) comes standard with 2.0-liter engine, manual transmission, rearview camera, electronic parking brake, Bluetooth, five-inch touchscreen, and 160-watt audio. Heated leather seats are available along with a more powerful sound system with HD satellite radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.

Civic EX-L ($23,900) is available with the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine and CVT. Civic Touring ($26,700) gets the HondaSensing safety suite, navigation, LED headlamps and 450-watt audio. (All prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

Coupes come in LX manual ($19,250), LX-P ($21,050), EX-T ($22,500), EX-L ($23,625), and Touring ($26,325). Civic Si Coupe ($23,900) uses the 1.5-liter engine with more turbocharger boost to make 205 horsepower, with a six-speed manual gearbox.

Hatchbacks come in LX ($19,700), Sport ($21,300), EX ($22,800), EX-L Navi ($25,300), and Sport Touring ($28,300).

Civic Type R hatchback ($33,900) features a 2.0-liter VTEC turbocharged engine.

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