It’s not hard to find out why we love the 2018 Honda Civic. Powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, this is one of the best cars in its class for impressive acceleration and high fuel economy. Inside, the cabin has plenty of space for passengers, smart storage and cargo space that goes beyond most competitors with any body style. It also brings a tech feature that puts some rivals apart and safety ratings are among the best.
Available as a hatchback, coupe and sedan, the 2018 Honda Civic offers a variety of versions that are all good. Want faster? There is a sporty Civic Si and also a R Type. Both are equally impressive, and none of them sacrifice the quality we like from the standard variant.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Honda Civic is a compact car offered as a sedan, hatchback and coupe body style. The sedan is available in six trim levels: LX, EX, EX-T, EX-L, Touring and Si. Three hatchback-specific trims: Sport, Sport Touring and Type R. One coupe-specific trim LX-P.
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As the base trim, the Civic LX comes with a lot of equipment. Standard features include a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) available as options. Furthermore, it also gets 16-inch steel wheels, LED running lights, automatic climate control, a rearview camera, a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, Bluetooth, a 5-inch central display screen and a four-speaker sound system with a USB port.
The Civic LX Hatchback comes standard with a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine producing 174 horsepower and 167 lb-ft of torque. The LX-P coupe trim comes standard with the 2.0-liter engine and the CVT transmission along with keyless ignition and entry, a sunroof and remote start.
Optional for almost every Civic is the Honda Sensing safety package. It adds forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and intervention and adaptive cruise control.
The Sport hatchback gets the LX equipment plus a more powerful version of the turbocharged engine which generates 180 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is also standard and CVT available as options. Other equipment includes aerodynamic bodywork, 18-inch alloy wheels, a center-outlet dual exhaust, foglights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and a rear center armrest with cupholders.
The 2018 Honda Civic EX get the base LX features along with the CVT as standard, alloy wheels, keyless ignition and entry, a sunroof, remote start, heated side mirrors, a rear center armrest with cupholders, a 7-inch touchscreen interface with HondaLink, satellite radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, dynamic guidelines for the rearview camera, Honda’s LaneWatch blind-spot camera, and an eight-speaker audio system with dual USB ports.
The 2018 Honda Civic EX-T sedan gets you the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine plus 17-inch wheels, foglights, heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control. The EX hatchback are similar to the EX-T sedan except for heated front seats. The EX-T coupe gets an upgraded 10-speaker stereo system.
The EX-L sedan gets an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power-adjustable driver seat and leather upholstery. A navigation system is available as an option.
The Sport Touring hatchback builds off the Sport trim plus Honda Sensing safety package, 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, automatic wipers, heated rear seats, a four-way power passenger seat and a 12-speaker audio system. The Touring sedan and coupe have the same equipment as the Sport Touring hatchback above, but the stereo has 10 speakers.
The 2018 Honda Civic Si gets a more powerful version of the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 205 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. It’s only available with a six-speed manual transmission. Standard equipment is similar to the EX-T trim, but you also get a limited-slip front differential, bigger front brakes, a sport-tuned suspension with adaptive dampers, a unique rear spoiler, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Si seats, unique instrument panel and a 10-speaker stereo
The Civic Type R hatchback is equipped just like the Sport Touring, but it gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 306 hp and 285 lb-ft of torque. It also only available with a six-speed manual transmission. Other features include high-performance tires, 20-inch wheels, a massive rear wing, bigger front and rear brakes, a specific suspension with adaptive dampers and special exterior and interior styling.
The 2018 Honda Civic offers a versatile cabin for people and their personal belongings, with smart storage solutions and a good rear legroom. Unfortunately, the easy-to-use control layout is damaged by highly sensitive vehicle controls and audio volumes alongside a less than optimal touchscreen interface.
The 2018 Honda Civic is also spacious in front, offering plenty of headroom even if you add a sunroof. At the rear, 6-foot passengers will have enough leg room, though they may want more headroom. Strong construction outside and inside, although there is little plastic around the cabin, everything still feels comfortable. At higher trim a number of surfaces are covered with high quality materials, which enhance interior tones.
For utilities, the sedan has 15.1 cubic feet greater than most competitors, and low lift height makes loading and unloading easy. The hatchback carries 25.7 cubic feet behind the rear seat and a maximum of 46.2 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Honda Civic is on sale now. The hatchback is arriving first, with the coupe and sedan coming not long afterward.