The Honda Civic sedan, like the Mazda3 sedan and Subaru Impreza, is a car that, from the outside, seems like a basic, simple, and relatively boring sedan. But much like its competitors, it’s remarkably popular. It’s actually a lot of fun to drive, despite its standard continuously variable transmission and there are two engines are on offer: a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-banger developing a modest but respectable 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque, and a turbocharged offering. This is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder and produces 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. But does the Civic sedan still have what it takes to stay at the front of the pack?
New small sedans come out every year, but none has been able to unseat the Honda Civic as our favorite model car since it was introduced back for the 2016 model year. Things aren’t much different for this year’s model — not surprising since Honda vehicles change very little year over year. The 2021 Honda Civic continues to offer a compelling mix of performance, comfort and practicality at a price point that is in line with the rest of the class.
The mix outside the core Civic lineup, however, does see a shakeup. The coupe body style and sporty Si have been axed for 2021, while the high-performance Civic Type R hatch adds a new Limited Edition model. The Type R Limited Edition enjoys revised steering and suspension tuning, BBS wheels with more aggressive performance tires, and reduced sound deadening to save weight.