The Sport, EX-L, and Sport Touring trim levels are on offer with the front-wheel drive Honda Civic Hatchback. While the Sport gets a 158-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, the EX-L and Sport Touring are fortified with a 180-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder. A standard six-speed manual transmission comes in the Sport and Sport Touring, but a continuously variable transmission (CVT) – which is standard in the EX-L – is an option.
With the stick shift, the Sport returns an EPA-estimated 26 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway; with the CVT, it achieves 29 city/37 highway. The EX-L is slightly more economical, with an official rating of 31 city/39 highway. The manual Sport Touring will give you 28 city/37 highway, but with the CVT its around-town fuel economy increases by 2 mpg.
The entry-level Sport trim features LED headlights, Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock (Honda’s fob-less entry and auto-locking system), push-button start, automatic climate control, sport pedals, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a 60/40-split fold-down rear seatback. The EX-L doesn’t have the sport pedals, but it adds a moonroof, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a power driver’s seat, heated exterior mirrors, a front passenger seatback pocket, illuminated vanity mirrors, and a rear-seat center armrest with cupholders. The Sport Touring comes with the sport pedals that were absent in the EX-L, along with LED fog lights, side mirrors with integrated turn-signal indicators, rain-sensing windshield wipers, dual exhaust finishers, a power-adjustable front passenger’s seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, and a bin for sunglasses in the overhead console.
As we said above, the 2023 Civic Hatchback comes with numerous standard driving aids via the Honda Sensing suite. All trims get automatic high beams, forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, and traffic jam assist. The EX-L and Sport Touring both add blind-spot monitoring, but the Sport Touring alone is upgraded with front and rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, and low-speed braking control.
The base infotainment system in the Sport and EX-L consists of a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, and an eight-speaker sound system. The Sport Touring’s upgrades are a 9-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, built-in navigation, voice recognition, HD radio, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a premier 12-speaker Bose sound system with a subwoofer. The Sport and EX-L also get a 12-volt power outlet and a USB smartphone/audio interface, while the Sport Touring has three USB charging ports (one in the front console and two in the second row) and a wireless phone charger.
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