2021 Honda Civic

2021 MODEL
$19,750 - $27,700
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2021 Honda Civic Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 21, 2020
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Honda Civic is one of the best affordable, all-around cars in the market. The upcoming model which brings an end to Honda’s 10th generation as the vehicle is updated every five years. The 2021 Honda Civic Sedan is expected to see a complete redesign inside out but will continue to maintain its trendy appeal and sporty character.

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Pros

Comfortable yet sporty ride

Excellent fuel economy

A practical and spacious cabin

Gives reliable performance

Cons

Unintuitive infotainment system (2020)

Complicated Advanced- driver settings (2020)

Lack of long term warranty

What's New?

Minor exterior and interior updates


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2021 Honda Civic Review video
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Styles

2021 Honda Civic in Crystal Black Pearl color 2021 Honda Civic in Lunar Silver Metallic color 2021 Honda Civic in Modern Steel Metallic color 2021 Honda Civic in Platinum White Pearl color
Crystal Black Pearl

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Ratings

Features

9.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

8.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Honda Civic LX

LX

power
158 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$19,750 - $20,650


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $19,750 MSRP (25/29/36) 158 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed manual front wheel drive 5
LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $20,650 MSRP (25/29/36) 158 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5

2021 Honda Civic Sport

Sport

power
158 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$21,450 - $21,550


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $21,450 MSRP (25/29/36) 158 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed manual front wheel drive 5
Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $21,550 MSRP (25/29/36) 158 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
2-speed CVT front wheel drive 5

2021 Honda Civic EX

EX

power
174 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$23,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $23,800 MSRP (25/29/36) 174 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5

2021 Honda Civic EX-L

EX-L

power
174 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$25,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $25,000 MSRP (25/29/36) 174 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5

2021 Honda Civic Touring

Touring

power
174 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$27,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $27,700 MSRP (25/29/36) 174 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.7

Overall Rating


The base powertrain is a 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine that gives a power of 158 hp and a torque of 138 lb-ft and mated to a CVT transmission. There are not any expected changes in the powertrain lineup of the 2021 Civic. You will still get a turbocharged 1.5-litre unit and an optional 6-speed manual transmission. Seems like it will be difficult to leave stick shifts and some people still want them. It faces fierce competition in the form of Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, and Mazda 3.

A major change that can be expected is in the form of the infotainment system which was not well-loved in the previous generation because of its lack of practicality. The use of bigger screens is trending and the 11’th Civic will mark upgraded standard tech.


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2021 Honda Civic Features

9.0/10

The 2021 Honda Civic comes in five trims namely- LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring. LX starts the variant with power accessories and manually adjustable front seats. The Sport adds comfort with features like Adaptive climate control, alloy sport pedals, and leather steering wheel. EX comes standard with adjustable driver seats, heated front seats, and a single touch moonroof. EX-L provides added luxury with leather upholstery and auto-dimming rearview mirrors. The Touring apart from other premium features include an immersive ten speaker surround sound system.

Trim

LX

Sport

EX

EX-L

Touring

MSRP

$19,850

$21,550

$23,800

$25,000

$27,700

Key Features

2.0 Litre Inline-4 Gas

2.0 Litre Inline-4 Gas

1.5-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas

1.5-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas

1.5-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas

 

6-Speed Manual

Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)

6-Speed Manual

Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)

Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)

Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)

Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)

   

Addition to previous features

Addition to previous features

Addition to previous features

Addition to previous features

 

16-inch steel wheel covers

18-inch alloy wheel

17- inch alloy wheels

17-inch alloy wheels

18-inch alloy wheels

 

Five-Inch LCD Screen

Seven-inch touchscreen display with eight speakers

Heated front seats

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Heated front and rear seats

 

Continuously variable automatic gearbox

Six-Speed Manual Gearbox Standard

Continuously variable automatic gearbox

HomeLink remote system

LED headlights

 

Honda Sensing Safety Suite

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

SiriusXM and HD radio connectivity

Leather-trimmed seats

Ten speaker sound system

The various variants(trims) of Honda Civic come with a plethora of features that make sure that the Civic is an all-round amazing car.

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The turbocharged 1.5-litre engine has a better fuel economy than the base engine, so moving up to a trim which houses this engine is highly recommended. The EX-T trim is the cheapest trim that ticks this box. It also adds a touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, an upgraded sound system, dual-zone climate control, proximity entry with push-button start and Honda's LaneWatch camera.

The price is expected to range around $22,000 to $35,000, depending on the trim one goes for.There is no official date for the launch of the 2021 model by the company but looking at previous releases by Honda one can expect the model to launch around the fall of 2020.

2021 Honda Civic Engine and Performance

There have been no reports by Honda for updating the engine or transmission for the 2021 Civic. Hence, the new model is supposed to have similar performance figures as its previous models.

Honda Civic Sedan comes with the option for two types of engines and gearbox depending on the trim. You can decide between a six-speed manual or a continuously variable automatic transmission. 

2021 Honda Civic Sedan Engine Bay

The LX and Sport variations are powered by a 2.0 L four-cylinder engine, which gives a 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque. EX, EX-L, and Touring downsize the engine to 1.5L turbo-four, increasing the power to 174 hp and 162 lb-ft torque but losing the option for a manual gearbox as provided to the Sport trim. 

Models

2021 Honda Civic (Expected)

2020 Mazda 3 

2020Toyota Corolla

2020 Hyundai Elantra 

MSRP

$21,000

$21,000

$21,950

$21,835

Engine

2.0 NA Inline-4

2.5 NA Inline- 4

2.0 NA Inline-4

2.0 NA Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

6 Speed Manual

CVT

6 Speed Manual

Power (hp @ rpm)

158@6500

186@6000

162@6000

147@6200

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

138@4200

180@6000

142@4400

132@4500

Civic Si owns a 1.5-litre turbo-four engine that puts out 205 hp and 192 pound-feet of torque and comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The Type R is certainly a deviation from the basic ideals of Civic. It gets a 2.0-litre turbo-4 dishing out 306 hp on its front tires through a 6-speed manual.

All Civics are gifted with a particularly rigid approach and precise steering that make the little car a pleasure to handle around town and twisty paths. The turbo-4 variants get fluid-filled rear bushings that sharpen handling further. 

We can see that the 2020 Mazda 3 is the most powerful car in the chart with 186 hp and 180 lb-ft torque. The Toyota Corolla closely follows it. The 2021 Honda Civic is expected to have decent power for a comfortable sedan with a 158 hp and 138 lb-ft torque.

How quick is it?

The Civic is a compelling car with extraordinary ride quality. It sprints from 0 to 60 in around 8.2 seconds when powered with its 2-litre engines with its manual transmission. 

2021 Honda Civic Sedan 0-60 MPH in Just 8.2 sec

The turbocharged 1.5-litre powertrain takes 6.7 seconds to reach 60 mph. This is remarkable for a non-performance car in this class. The Civic Type R is a performance champ and just takes 5 seconds to reach 60 mph, which is commendable.

Models

2021 Honda Civic (Expected)

2020Toyota Corolla

2020Mazda 3 

2020 Hyundai Elantra

0-60 MPH

8.2

8.2

8.0

8.3

Quarter mile

16.3

16.2

16.2

16.4

Top Speed

119

112

131

116

Engine

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

The 2021 Civic Sedan will have an electronically limited top speed of 119 mph, which is enough for city-dwellers and quick go urban commutes.

The Honda Civic is a non-performance-oriented car, gives a decent display with regards to all-out acceleration. The outright best performer in the charts is the award-winning Mazda 3 with a top speed of 131 mph and 0-60 mph acceleration in 8 seconds.

Toyota’s Corolla Sedan knocks out the Civic in power but gets a hit when it comes to outright fun.

How well does the 2021 Honda Civic Sedan brake?

The Honda Civic has some pretty firm brakes that are well-modulated and give robust feedback. The sedan is equipped with 10.2-inch rotors in the front and 9.8-inch rotors at the back. The arrangement is considerate and of the right size and calibre with traditional discs on all four wheels.

2021 Honda Civic Sedan Wheel

The Civic holds the ground well, and even under panic, the break remains sure-footed, but the stopping prowess is not as sturdy as it needs to be. The average stopping distance is still safer than its rivals and encourages a stable and secure drive.

Model

2021 Honda Civic Sedan (Expected)

2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan 

2020 Mazda 3 

2020 Hyundai Elantra 

Brake Front (in)

10.2

10.8

10.7

10.3

Brake Rear (in)

9.8

9.11

9.5

9.7

Curb Weight (lbs)

2742

2840

2899

2767

60-0 MPH (ft.)

180

183

179

182

The least stopping distance is provided by Mazda as 179 ft with a braked front of 10.7 inches which is less than 10.8in of Toyota Corolla that takes a distance of 183ft to stop even though it's lighter. The Civic Sedan performs decently with an average stopping distance of 180ft largely due to its lightweight.

How well does the 2021 Honda Civic Sedan Handle?

The Honda Civic Sedan has a very sophisticated yet very athletic feel to its driving experience. The compact has very apt handling dynamics with a well-tuned chassis which gives it a perfect balance for a smooth ride. It is not too cushy or harsh and bumps are dampened adequately, thanks to the independent front suspension.

2021 Honda Civic Sedan Side View

The steering is very precise and gives prompt feedback, which makes the driver an assured feel as the vehicle sprints across. The Civic stays firm to the ground, even around tough corners because of sure-footed brakes and dynamic design and suspension. It is not the fastest or the most thrilling car in the world, it’s not built for that but it still carries itself with confidence and attitude that brings a sense of joy driving it.

2021 Honda Civic Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The 2020 Civic managed to obtain the best EPA ratings for compact cars as Honda has announced no updated powertrain, the 2021 Civic to provide the same impressive efficiency ratings of 36MPG combined. The combination of a 1.5L Turbocharged Inline-4 motor with CVT is the most fuel-efficient combo, and Civic manages to cash-in this aspect to its fullest.

The Honda Civic gets 26-29 mpg in the city and 36-37 mpg on the highway when outfitted with the manual transmission. You get 31 mpg in the city and 40 mpg with the CVT transmission.

Models

2021 Honda Civic Sedan (Expected)

2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan

2020 Mazda 3

2020 Toyota Elantra

MPG (City)

33

31

27

28

MPG (Highway)

43

38

36

37

MPG (Combined)

37

34

30

32

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

12.4

13.2

12.7

14.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

409/533/458

410/501/448

342/457/381

392/518/448

Honda Civic sells itself as a family hauler combining efficiency, practicality, and comfort. It is highly fuel-efficient and gives some of the best numbers in the segment. The only corner that has been cut is in the form of a small gas tank but in the long run, should not be an obstacle due to stellar fuel economy.

The real-world gas mileage of the Honda Civic Sedan matches the EPA estimates.

The Elantra has one of the largest fuel capacities and this gives it a good range. The Mazda being the most powerful car is the least efficient with Toyota and Hyundai closely. The Civic has the smallest fuel capacity and is the most efficient in terms of both fuel and range.

2021 Honda Civic Interior

The 2021 Civic has a classy, sophisticated interior with minimal use of plastic. Civic’s interior quality runs beyond its budget-car motives. Most of the coverings are high-quality, with low-sheen synthetics and soft interior materials—far raised of the stiff and dull Civic’s interior from its distant past.

2021 Honda Civic Sedan Dashboard

It provides ample legroom, headroom, and comfortable space for about four to five people, even for a long journey. The car has a very uptown vibe with user-friendly accessories, supportive seating, and high-grade quality elements for seats and the upholstery. 

2021 Honda Civic Sedan Front and Rear Seats

The attention to detail and practicality of the Civic is best seen in the way how essential features and controls are easy to reach from the driver’s position. The model has an excellent front view with comfortable seating for the driver, with the rear seats also being equally pleasant and supportive.

Models

2021 Honda Civic Sedan (Expected)

2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan 

2020 Mazda3

2020 Hyundai Elantra

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.3/57.0/37.1

38.3/54.8/42.3

38.3/54.8/42.3

38.8/56.2/42.3

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.1/55.0/37.4

37.1/55.0/37.4

37.6/54.4/35.8

37.3/55.0/35.7

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

15.2

13.0

12.4

14.4

The Honda Civic Sedan provides ample front and rear passenger space along with the largest cargo area in a compact sedan. The vehicles in the list can accommodate up to 5 people but none of them has enough space for three people in the rear to be comfortable if it’ s a long journey.

The 2021 Honda Civic is expected to follow through with similar spacious interior, aesthetics, and a large cargo area which Honda will be smart enough not to tamper with. It can be said that the interior of the Civic is the best in the compact sedan segment. Some notable features are: -

  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Cruise control with a Steering wheel control
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Telescopic tilt steering wheel
  • Adjustable Bucket Front seat

What about the infotainment system of the 2021 Honda Civic Sedan?

The Honda's touchscreen interface is enhanced thanks to the addition of anticipated volume knob for the audio system and hard buttons for specific functions. It will still be present on 2021 iteration but one may see a larger screen as optional.

The biggest change may come in the form of the dashboard which can look more futuristic with a larger display, multipurpose controls, and a digital speedometer.

2021 Honda Civic Sedan Infotainment Screen

One can expect the standard 5-inch touchscreen to be replaced by a larger 7-inch touchscreen display. There’s a standard four-speaker sound system which can change to 8 speakers or 10 speaker surround system depending on the trim, with Touring providing the best experience. Honda may equip the Touring trim to an 8-inch display exclusively to differentiate it more than its other variants.

Honda Civic has various infotainment features like: -

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Voice Recognition
  • Sirius XM and HD radio
  • USB and Auxilary Input
  • Build-IN navigation
  • Hands-free Bluetooth function

How much cargo can the 2021 Honda Civic Sedan carry?

Honda has given a lot of attention to practicality while making the Civic, and this is prized by its enormous boot space that is enough for luggage while going on a quick family getaway. There is about 15.1cu-ft cargo space in most of the trims except Touring which has a cargo volume of 14.7cu-ft due to space taken by the upgraded audio system.

2021 Honda Civic Sedan Cargo Space

This space is still enough for two significant travel cases and two small carry-ons. The rear seats are split foldable to provide extra space for additional cargo.

Models

2021 Honda Civic Sedan (Expected)

2020 Toyota Corolla 

2020 Mazda 3

2020 Hyundai Elantra

Cargo Capacity (ft³)

15.2

13.0

12.4

14.4

The 2021 Civic Sedan is also expected to come with similar cargo space as the enormous boot capacity is its prized feature.

It can be said that all the cars in the chart have enough space for a long ride but the Civic has the most capacity at 15.2. This is closely followed by the Hyundai Elantra with the least capacity being provided by the most powerful Mazda 3.

What are the other storage spaces inside?

The Honda Civic apart from its enormous cargo space also has extra storage spaces inside the cabin. These additional storage spaces are in the form of ergonomically designed solutions. There is a sizable glove box at the passenger sides to carry one’s items easily and door pockets one every four doors to carry medium-sized bottles. A hidden storage compartment under the front console and storage space between the front seats with two cup holders.

These storage spaces add to the already world-class utility of the Honda Civic Sedan.

2021 Honda Civic Exterior

The 2021 Honda Civic is expected to go through a major exterior aesthetic tweak as in 2020 only Civic Hatchback and Si went through these developments. These changes are believed to be seen in the form of added options for body colours, air inlets on the rear and front bumpers with the chance of sedan adorning a larger grille.

2021 Honda Civic Sedan Three Quarter View

Honda Civic has a slim styling and coupe-type roofline which gives it a very sporty and athletic look. It gives the impression that it’s faster and powerful than it is. It is believed that the sedan will continue to have a similar dynamic and thoughtful outlook.

Models

2021 Honda Civic Sedan (Expected)

2020 Toyota Corolla 

2020 Mazda 3

2020 Toyota Elantra

Curb Weight (lbs)

2724

2840

2899

2767

Length (inches)

182.3

183.1

180.3

179.9

Width (inches)

70.8

69.9

70.7

70.9

Height (inches)

55.7

57.3

57.3

56.5

Ground Clearance (inches)

6.3

6.7

6.1

5.3

Wheelbase (inches)

106.3

107.3

107.3

106.3

The Honda Civic is the lightest car in the charts and gives decent ground clearance. The heaviest being Mazda with its cool looks. The Hyundai Elantra is very similar to the Civic but is wider.

Some notable exterior features of the Honda Civic which give its eye-catching looks are:-

  • Body Side Molding
  • Capless Fuel filler
  • Rear Lip Spoiler
  • LED headlights
  • Efficient aerodynamics

2021 Honda Civic Safety

The 2021 Honda Civic is equipped with Honda Sensing Safety Suite as standard on every trim. A more traditional blind-spot sensing system might be added to the car as it enhances usability and response time.

The 2020 Civic Sedan was an IIHS Top Pick with the highest safety crashing ratings. The NHTSA gave the sedan the highest rating of five which is proof of its impeccable safety and assuring driving experience. The only fault regarding safety can be said in the form of ‘Poor’ headlight ratings for lower trims.

The Civic comes with a plethora of safety features that can be talked about at length as it’s a top priority being a family-friendly car. Some of these features include: 

  • Six standard airbags
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Collision Mitigation Braking system
  • Multi-Angle Rear-view camera
  • Lane Keeping Assistance
  • Rollover Sensors
  • Forward Collision Warning

2021 Honda Civic Competition

Honda Civic vs. Toyota Corolla

The Civic beats it’s Japanese counterpart Corolla in every way whether it be fuel efficiency, practicality, or power. Toyota is a decent car with above-average performance, interior space, and a very non-appealing design but with the Civic one gets comfort, practicality, performance, and looks. Just like the Civic, Toyota Corolla is one of the most popular compact cars in the market.

2021 Toyota Corolla

Corolla offers great reliability, along with an excellent fuel economy. But that is just about as far as Corolla’s advantages go.

Honda Civic vs. Mazda 3

The Mazda gives the Civic a very tough competition in the segment with its plush interiors, powerful yet comfortable performance and sharp looks. The Mazda 3 is one of the most perfect cars in the segment and provides more thrill with better top speed and instant acceleration.

2021 Mazda 3

Both these cars are available in sedan and hatchback body styles and provide almost the same driving and comfort experience. So a choice between these comes down to your priorities. If a sporty drive at a low base price excites you, go for Mazda3. But if cabin and trunk space, along with a high fuel economy is what you’re looking for, Civic is a clear choice.

2021 Honda Civic Final Verdict

The new Honda Civic sedan is set to be very similar to its previous generation with dynamic looks, comfortable interiors, and enthusiastic performance. Honda cars are known to be reliable and high on safety features which make them an excellent option for customers looking for a family car.

The car is worth the wait, with its plethora of features, and is sure to be a great affordable deal.