It’s here! Honda’s hotly anticipated new 2022 Civic Hatchback arrived in style on June 23, 2021, with a global YouTube debut powered by chart-topping recording artist H.E.R. and up-and-coming pop duo Majid Jordan.
Based on the 11th-generation 2022 Civic Sedan introduced earlier this year, the all-new Civic Hatchback is aimed at youthful buyers looking for a spirited, sporty, and versatile hatch to suit their connected and on-the-go lifestyles. Sounds like Honda Civic Hatchback’s target demo is all of South Florida, doesn’t it?
So, what’s the buzz about Honda’s hot new hatchback? Let’s find out.
Sleek Euro Styling
Honda’s taken a fresh approach to the new Civic hatchback, giving it a cleaner and more sophisticated look compared to last year’s model which featured lots of angles and creases. Instead, the new Civic Hatchback, like its four-door Civic Sedan sibling, is more Accord-like and perhaps a bit less extreme-looking than its predecessor.
Spoiler Alert: There is no spoiler! One of the most notable changes is on the car’s rear end which loses its signature spoiler and oversized “C-shaped” taillights in favor of a sleeker and more aerodynamic look. While the taillights still retain a semblance of a “C” shape, they’re now smaller and more elongated, extending horizontally into the hatch’s sloping rear deck, sitting underneath a large rear window that affords excellent rearward visibility.
One of the many sporty design cues that differentiate the new Civic Hatchback from the Civic Sedan is a slick blacked-out honeycomb grille that’s flanked by LED headlights surrounded by an L-shaped band of thin LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs). At the rear, a new center high-mounted stop lamp (CHMSL) spans the width of the rear hatch, emphasizing the vehicle’s low-slung appearance. The Civic’s sporty appearance is finished off by twin, chrome-plated trapezoidal exhausts.
The Civic Hatchback also comes in two new colors: Boost Blue Pearl and Smoky Mauve Pearl.
Fun Fact: The new Civic’s rear hatchback is made from a proprietary composite resin material formulated by Honda to be lighter in weight. This allows Honda to reduce the size of the hinges, widening the rear cargo opening by 1.6 inches, allowing easier access to the rear cargo area.
“Human-Centered” Interior Features Uncluttered and Airy Design
Honda uses the words “human-centered” to describe their new interior design philosophy shared by the 2022 Civic Hatchback and 2022 Civic Sedan. It’s a design based on simplifying structural and mechanical elements to maximize interior space, reduce visual clutter, and improve ergonomics. The result is a cabin that’s airy, spacious, and easy to live with.
Outward visibility is improved from the previous model by pulled-back “A” pillars, a lower hood, larger side windows, a full-piece rear window, and new door-mounted side mirrors. Rear legroom has increased by 1.4 inches and the hatch’s split 60/40 seatback offers a variety of cargo and passenger configurations to maximize versatility. A unique side-pull cargo cover quickly conceals items stored in the rear cargo area.
The new Civic Hatchback’s interior shows off its sporty personality with standard Body Stabilizing Seats that are supportive and comfortable. The driver-centric cockpit features a three-spoke sports steering wheel with steering wheel-mounted controls, Euro-inspired center console, and new mesh honeycomb dash fascia that artfully hides the air vents for an ultra-modern vibe.
Tech and Infotainment Upgrades
Both the Civic Hatchback and Civic Sedan get some serious tech upgrades for 2022, including a standard 7-inch color Display Audio Touchscreen plus standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration*. Upgrade to the Civic Hatchback Sport Touring model and you get a 10.2-inch fully digital gauge cluster, larger, 9-inch Display Audio Touchscreen, Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging, and a premium 12-speaker Bose Centerpoint®* sound system.
There’s also a standard front USB* port, as well as three additional USB ports that let passengers charge their phones, access their playlists, and more.
Exhilarating Performance Personified
The new 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback further enhances its fun-to-drive “tiny but mighty” status with a choice of two lively powerplants and (drumroll please) a smooth-shifting, short-throw six-speed manual transmission available on Sport and Sport Touring models.
Civic Hatchback LX and Sport models get a frisky, naturally aspirated 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine delivering 158 horsepower at 6,500 rpm (SAE net) and 138-lb.-ft. of torque at 4,200 rpm (SAE net). It’s mated to an updated Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with Step-Shift programming providing snappier upshifts and downshifts that accurately simulate physical gear changes.
For the ultimate in exhilarating turbocharged performance, choose either the Civic Hatchback EX-L or Sport Touring models. They’re powered by a more potent 1.5-liter turbocharged VTEC® four-cylinder engine that amps up the fun with 180 horsepower at 6,000 rpm (SAE net) and 177 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,700 to 4,500 rpm (SAE net). If you prefer an automatic to a manual, you can equip your Civic Hatchback with the previously mentioned CVT that now features user-selectable Normal, Eco, and Sport modes. The electronic steering was also tweaked to be more responsive.
European-Tuned Suspension. American-Made Quality.
Honda touts the new Civic Hatchback as its most fun-to-drive hatch ever. And with good reason. Tested and refined on European tracks, the Civic Hatchback features an upgraded sport suspension with low-friction McPherson strut ball joints, optimized springs, and dampers, and new rear lower control arm bushings. Plus, the Civic Hatch’s new body structure is 19-percent more rigid, is a half-inch wider, and it has a 1.4-inch longer wheelbase than previous models.
These chassis upgrades result in a new dimension of confidence-inspiring driving that’s precise, smooth, and predictable.
We’re also proud to say that, for the first time, the new Honda Civic Hatchback will be “Made in the U.S.A.” at Honda’s sprawling Indiana manufacturing facility.
Taking Innovative Safety Further
Every Honda comes well-equipped with the automaker’s industry-leading Honda Sensing® suite of advanced active safety features. For 2022, Honda takes passenger safety further than ever by equipping the new Honda Civic Hatchback (and Sedan) with an updated Honda Sensing safety system that features a new standard Traffic Jam Assist function. The Sport Touring model also gets Low-Speed Braking Control as standard equipment.
Also new for 2022, both hatchback and sedan get Honda’s groundbreaking new front airbags that are designed to reduce the risk of traumatic brain and neck injuries.
A Fit Replacement
With the discontinuation of the thrifty Honda Fit, the new 2022 Civic Hatchback takes its place as Honda’s “entry-level” hatchback. Of course, while the popular Fit offered exceptional value and practicality, there’s nothing “entry-level” about the new Civic Hatchback’s outstanding quality, fit, and finish.
The subcompact Fit was motivated by a 128-hp four-cylinder motor, compared to the Civic Hatchback’s standard 158-hp engine. While the Fit received kudos for its remarkably spacious and practical interior, the new Civic Hatchback takes spaciousness and practicality to the next level with a larger, more refined, and more versatile cargo area and cabin.
Civic’s Competitive Advantage
The all-new 2022 Civic Hatchback has an advantage over its competitors. For example, the Civic Hatchback’s base 158-hp engine is more powerful than the 2021 Hyundai Veloster’s 147-hp powerplant. The VW Golf Hatchback (discontinued after the 2021 model year) also features an anemic 147-hp engine that, even with turbocharging, doesn’t match the Civic’s more potent horsepower.
A Civics Lesson In Savings
If you’re in the market for the best new hatchbacks near Miami, we look forward to introducing you to the exciting, all-new 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback, coming soon to one of our conveniently located South Florida Honda Dealers.
We’re currently offering a Civics lesson in savings this summer with a special 2021 Honda Civic lease and financing offers near Ft. Lauderdale. Click here to locate a South Florida Honda Dealer near you.
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