2022 Honda Civic Hatchback Preview

FAST FACTS
  • Now built in the United States instead of the United Kingdom
  • Like the sedan, the Civic hatchback has a stiffer structure for improved ride quality, handling, and crash safety
  • Honda will offer both 2.0-liter and turbocharged 1.5-liter engines
  • You can still get a 6-speed manual transmission as an alternative to the CVT
  • The 2022 Honda Civic hatchback has sportier suspension tuning than the Civic sedan

A week after the redesigned 2022 Honda Civic sedan began arriving at dealerships, Honda has released key details on the sedan's four-door hatchback companion. Compared to its predecessor, the 2022 Honda Civic hatchback is longer, lower, and more adult in appearance.

2022 Honda Civic Hatchback Blue Front Quarter View

As before, Honda will offer the new Civic hatchback in LX, Sport, EX-L, and Sport Touring trim levels. For 2022, Honda will offer its naturally aspirated 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine on the LX and Sport, which should keep base prices more in line with the Civic sedan. The automaker will reserve the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine for the EX-L and Sport Touring. Both the Sport and Sport Touring will have an available manual transmission. Otherwise, you can have an improved version of Honda's continuously variable transmission (CVT).

There's still no announcement on the next installment of the high-performance Civic Type R hatch, but Honda has previously confirmed its return. All 2022 Honda Civic hatchback versions will roll down the same assembly line in Greenburg, Indiana.

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2022 Honda Civic Hatchback Blue Rear Quarter View

There's nothing awkward or fussy about the 2022 Honda Civic hatchback's styling. It resembles European sportbacks such as the Audi A5 and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. Compared to the outgoing hatch, the new Civic has a more upright grille, and its A-pillars have been pulled rearward nearly 2 inches. Around back, the hatch has a new, lightweight composite structure that allows the use of smaller hinges. The result is a cleaner silhouette.

Wheel sizes range from 16 inches on the LX to 18 inches on both Sport trims. New paint color choices include Boost Blue Pearl (as seen in the photos) and Smoky Mauve Pearl.

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2022 Honda Civic Hatchback Interior Dashboard

Inside, the 2022 Honda Civic hatchback looks very much like the Civic sedan right down to the fully digital instrument panel and metal honeycomb dash trim that conceals the air vents.

Honda says its seat designers targeted improved comfort on long road trips. The EX-L and Sport Touring have standard perforated leather upholstery. If you want full cloth seats, the LX has you covered, while the Sport will offer a combination of cloth and presumably leatherette.

According to Honda, rear legroom has increased by more than an inch, thanks to the 2022 Civic hatchback's longer wheelbase. The automaker reports that rear headroom is unchanged, even though the new car stands nearly an inch shorter than before. This, too, is thanks to the smaller hinges on the composite hatch.

Honda has not released cargo capacity numbers for the 2022 model, but they're unlikely to change much from the previous Civic hatchback. A 1.6-inch wider hatch opening should make it easier to load up at your favorite big-box retailer, though. The cargo cover will have an unconventional, side-pull design.

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Honda has changed things up slightly in this category, as the Civic hatchback's LX and Sport trims now come with the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine found in the Civic sedan. Rated at 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet torque, this engine promises merely adequate performance.

If you can make the stretch to the EX-L or Sport Touring, the turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine on these trims should be far more satisfying. For 2022, the turbo 1.5-liter generates 180 hp and 177 pound-feet of torque.

A CVT is standard across the board; it drives the car's front wheels. As on the 2022 Civic sedan, Honda has revised the CVT's programming to simulate both physical gearchanges during hard acceleration and early downshifts under hard braking. On the Sport and Sport Touring, there are manual paddle shifters for the CVT. These trims also provide a Sport shift mode in addition to the Normal and Eco modes found on all 2022 Honda Civic hatchbacks.

If you want more control, there's an optional 6-speed manual transmission on the Sport and Sport Touring. Honda says it has shortened the throws and improved shift rigidity for the 2022 model.

The EPA has yet to publish fuel economy ratings for the new Civic hatchback. Still, Honda is promising improvement here as well, thanks to a new automatic engine stop/start system (CVT versions only), various upgrades to the CVT (including a new electric hydraulic pump), a new catalytic converter, and various friction reduction measures.

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Honda has upgraded the car's Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure to improve crash compatibility with larger vehicles. Like the Civic sedan, the 2022 Civic hatchback has new front airbags designed to limit head rotation to reduce brain trauma in certain collisions. Newly standard rear side-impact airbags (previous Civics had only rear side-curtain airbags) are also part of the new safety package.

In addition, all 2022 Honda Civic hatchbacks get the latest version of Honda Sensing as standard. You can expect all the same advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) technology found in the new Civic sedan, including:

  • Adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow
  • Forward-collision warning with increased accuracy at identifying pedestrians, cyclists, and other vehicles
  • Automatic emergency braking (Collision Mitigation Braking System)
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keeping assistance (Road Departure Mitigation System)
  • Lane-centering assistance (Lane Keeping Assist)
  • New: Traffic Jam Assist
  • New: Traffic sign recognition system

On the EX-L and Sport Touring, you'll also get a standard blind-spot warning system, though only the latter combines that with rear cross-traffic warnings. The Sport Touring also has a low-speed braking assistance feature to help you avoid bumping obstacles in parking lots.

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Infotainment is a big deal for many Civic buyers, and Honda has wisely made significant improvements here. Most versions of the 2022 Honda Civic hatchback come with a 7-inch touchscreen display. Included is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. You also get stand-alone volume and tuning knobs and hard buttons beneath the screen to make it easier to navigate the menus.

If you spring for the Sport Touring trim, you'll upgrade to a 9-inch touchscreen interface and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Appropriately, you also get a wireless charging pad for your phone.

The 2022 Civic Hatchback Sport Touring is also your ticket to a 12-speaker Bose audio system with Centerpoint 2 and SurroundStage digital signal processing. According to the automaker, this system is more than an afterthought, as Bose and Honda engineers worked together early in the Civic's development to ensure proper speaker placement.

2022 Honda Civic Hatchback Competitors - Find the best Honda deals!

Among compact, 4-door hatchbacks, the 2022 Honda Civic's main competition comes from the Mazda3Subaru Impreza, and Toyota Corolla. Within this group, the Mazda3 is the 2022 Civic hatchback's closest rival. Both offer eye-catching design, and both are likely to entertain you on a back road. The Mazda provides a more potent base engine, but its upgrade engine is more expensive (and more powerful) than the Civic's 1.5-liter turbo, and its infotainment interface doesn't allow touch inputs.

If you're considering a 2022 Civic hatchback in LX or Sport trim, you might prefer the Impreza for its standard all-wheel drive, while the Corolla provides more comprehensive access to certain features, including a blind-spot warning system.

Honda says the previous Civic hatchback accounted for 20 percent of 10th-generation Civic sales. With all the improvements on the 2022 Honda Civic hatchback and the Type R still to come, it's no wonder the company expects the new-generation hatch to take an even larger share.

Honda and the author's speculation are the sources of information in this article. It was accurate as of June 24, 2021, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker's website or your local dealership.