2018 Honda Civic Review, specs and Release date

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It’s hard to overstate how much we like the 2018 Honda Civic. Equipped with the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, it’s one of the best cars in its class for delivering both impressive acceleration and high fuel economy. Inside, it has plenty of room for passengers, clever storage solutions and more cargo space than most competitors in any body style. It also offers technology features that put some other compact cars to shame and safety ratings that are among the best. Available as a sedan, coupe or hatchback, the Civic has a version for every niche, and all of them are good. Want more sauce? There’s the sportier Civic Si, as well as the absolutely bananas Civic Type R. Just as impressive, neither one sacrifices the qualities we love about the standard variants. The Civic does have some weaknesses. The infotainment interface is far from the easiest system to use, and the available forward collision alert system is prone to overreaction. Also, though cargo volume is good, the sloping rear glass of the hatchback and deck of the sedan mean that taller or bulkier items can sometimes be hard to fit. There are competitors with specific strengths that make them worth checking out. The Mazda 3 is engaging to drive and, in higher trims, offers a near-luxury cabin. The Subaru Impreza, which comes standard with all-wheel drive, and the value-packed Kia Forte also merit consideration. Overall, though, the Civic wins the day with its multitude of strengths. Notably, we picked the 2018 Honda Civic Si as one of Edmunds’ Best Sport Sedans for this year.

what’s new

For 2018, Honda has tinkered with the availability of certain features. Overall, though, the Civic is unchanged.

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we recommend

For mainstream Civic buyers, we think the extra power and fuel economy of the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine make it one of the Civic’s best options. To that end, we recommend the EX-T sedan or EX hatchback. Both add 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, all of which improve day-to-day satisfaction. There’s nothing wrong with the base LX, but we think the upgrades are worth the money.

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trim levels & features

The 2018 Honda Civic is a compact car offered as a sedan, coupe or hatchback. The sedan is available in six different trim levels: LX, EX, EX-T, EX-L, Touring and Si. There are also three hatchback-specific trims — Sport, Sport Touring and Type R — and one coupe-specific trim, LX-P.

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trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2016 Honda Civic Touring Sedan (turbo 1.5L inline-4 | CVT automatic | FWD).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Honda Civic has received some revisions, including the introduction of performance-oriented trim levels and minor adjustments to features. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year’s Honda Civic.

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