2021 Honda Civic
The Honda Civic has been around for so long that a lot of today’s drivers may not even remember a time when it didn’t exist. Introduced in 1972 in the middle of the U.S. fuel crisis and most recently redesigned in 2016, it has a solid history of reliability that has kept its sales consistent over the decades. Today, for the 2021 model year – as always – it draws the attention of drivers with its modern and athletic look, streamlined and comfortable cabin, top-shelf technology features, and of course, longstanding dependability.
Trims and Powertrain
The 2021 Honda Civic is a front-wheel-drive sedan that’s available in five trim levels: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring. Powering the LX and Sport is a 158 hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine working with a continuously variable transmission (CVT); paddle shifters are included with the Sport. The EX, EX-L, and Touring are set up with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 172 hp and is also paired with a CVT.
The LX and Touring both return an EPA-estimated 30 mpg around town and 38 mpg on the highway, while the Sport achieves 29 city/37 highway. The EX and EX-L, meanwhile, pull off 32 city/42 highway.
The LX comes with automatic headlights, automatic climate control, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, keyless entry, and a rearview camera. The Sport augments the standard equipment list with Smart Entry with Walk-Away Auto-Lock (unlocks the doors without requiring you to remove the key fob from your pocket and locks the doors automatically in case you forget), fog lights, a gloss-black decklid spoiler, sport pedals, push-button start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback. The EX removes the sport pedals and swaps out the gloss-black decklid spoiler in favor of one that’s body colored. It also provides heated side mirrors, variable intermittent windshield wipers (rather than fixed), a moonroof, rear beverage holders, illuminated vanity mirrors, a passenger-side seatback pocket, a rear-seat center armrest, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. The EX-L introduces a HomeLink remote system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and leather seats. The Touring reinstalls the sport pedals and tops off with chrome exterior accents, side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, rain-sensing wipers, LED headlights, heated rear outboard seats, and a power-adjustable front passenger’s seat.
Safety and Technology
Every 2021 Honda Civic comes with the Honda Sensing suite of active safety technologies. This comprehensive package contains collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning. Automatic high beams are also provided across the board. The EX adds blind-spot monitoring via Honda LaneWatch.
The LX yields a 5-inch color LCD screen, a four-speaker audio system, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, and a front console USB port. The Sport gets an infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, SMS text message functionality, an eight-speaker audio system, a center console USB port, and a front console USB smartphone/audio interface. The EX gets satellite and HD radio, while the Touring furnishes a premium 10-speaker audio system and integrated navigation with voice recognition.
*(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).