2021 Honda Civic Hatchback

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The Honda Civic has long been popular with drivers who appreciate a well-made and dependable car that’s economical to own and operate. The 2021 Civic Hatchback also has undeniable style, with its sharp and modern looks – especially with its two sport-oriented trim levels. People love hatchback body style not just for its more contemporary look, but also for its versatility in carrying goods: it offers a bit more space and flexibility than a sedan with somewhat limited trunk space. Let’s take a look at some of the most notable features of the 2021 Honda Civic Hatchback.


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Trims and Powertrain

Buyers of the front-wheel-drive 2021 Civic Hatchback can choose from four trim levels: the LX, Sport, EX, and Sport Touring. They have a fuel-efficient powertrain made up of 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 174 horsepower in the LX and EX; it ekes out 6 more horsepower in the Sport and Sport Touring. The transmissions differ for those sets of trims as well, with the LX and EX getting a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and the Sport and Sport Touring getting a six-speed manual or the CVT (for an additional cost). The Honda Civic has always been appreciated for its fuel efficiency, and the latest model is no different: the LX and EX get an EPA-estimated 31 miles per gallon around town and 40 mpg on the highway. With the manual transmission, the Sport and Sport Touring are rated for 29 city/37 highway, but the CVT will cause highway mpg to dip a bit to 35 mpg.

Standard Features by Trim Level

The list of standard features in the base-level LX is highlighted by automatic climate control, automatic headlights, a front console USB port, a 12-volt power outlet, a 60/40-split/fold-down second-row seat, and a multi-angle backup camera with guidelines. The Sport trim ramps up its attitude with dual exhaust, fog lights, and an underbody spoiler kit. It also gets Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock (which allows you to unlock the doors without the key fob and will lock the doors automatically in case you forget), push-button ignition, sport pedals, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a rear-seat armrest and cup holders.

The EX drops the sporty features but adds automatic climate control (two zones), a power driver’s seat, heated front seats, a moonroof, heated exterior mirrors, variable intermittent windshield wipers, illuminated visor mirrors, a multi-angle backup camera with dynamic guidelines, and a USB port in the center console. The sport-oriented features return to the top-of-the-line Sport Touring trim, which also receives LED headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, HomeLink, a power front passenger seat, and heated rear outboard seats.

Safety and Technology

Occupants of the 2021 Civic Hatchback can stay connected and entertained with plenty of infotainment features. The base system (found in the LX) gets a 5-inch screen, a sound system with four speakers, and Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming. The Sport moves up to a 7-inch touchscreen and adds Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, HondaLink, and an 8-speaker sound system. High-def radio and SiriusXM satellite radio are added to the EX along with SMS text messaging. The Sport Touring gets it all: navigation and a premium 12-speaker sound system.

All ’21 Civic Hatchbacks are set up with automatic high beams and Honda Sensing, a bundle of important active safety features. The base version includes adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow (low-speed follow on CVT versions only), collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and forward collision warning. The EX and Sport Touring also receive the Honda LaneWatch blind-spot monitor.

*(NHSTA) Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).