The 10th-generation Honda Civic is entering its sunset years. It’s been around since 2016 and we expect a fully redesigned version to debut in the next year or two. But don’t take that to mean the Civic is old or tired. Thanks to its impressive mix of performance, comfort, safety and value, the 2021 Civic is still a top-rated small car.
Although Honda has discontinued the two-door coupe body style and performance-oriented Civic Si trim level for the 2021 model year, you can still get the Honda Civic hatchback and sedan. They have the same features, so picking one or the other largely comes down to styling preference and how much you value the extra practicality of the hatchback. And if you’re looking for something that’s a blast to drive but doesn’t compromise when it comes to utility, check out the amped-up, 306-horsepower Honda Civic Type R.
The base LX Honda Civic hatchback has a decent number of features, including the turbocharged engine that commands a premium in the sedan. But we suggest stepping up to the Sport trim. You get a bit more horsepower, an available manual transmission, and an upgraded infotainment and audio system that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The 2021 Honda Civic hatchback is available in four trim levels: LX, Sport, EX and Sport Touring. All four are powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine. It makes 174 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque in the LX and EX. The Sport and Sport Touring are a little more powerful and make 180 hp and 162 lb-ft (177 lb-ft with the manual).
The LX and EX come standard with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). A six-speed manual is standard on the Sport and Sport Touring, with the CVT optional. All Civics are front-wheel-drive.
The base LX comes reasonably well equipped, with standard features such as:
In addition to a little extra power and your choice of CVT or six-speed manual, the Sport trim includes:
The EX trim forgoes some of the sporty touches and instead gains:
The Sport Touring trim combines features from the Sport and EX models, including the former’s 18-inch wheels, center exhaust and optional manual transmission. Other features include: