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$22,245
Starting MSRP
$21,774
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Pros

Excellent fuel economy. Good powertrain choices. Fun to drive.

Cons

Coupe body style has disappeared. No hybrid option. Mediocre infotainment.

Verdict

The 2021 Honda Civic is a classic compact sedan that offers great fuel economy, strong safety features, and a comfortable cabin at an affordable price. And unlike most of its competitors, the Civic is fun to drive.

Pros

Excellent fuel economy. Good powertrain choices. Fun to drive.

Cons

Coupe body style has disappeared. No hybrid option. Mediocre infotainment.

Verdict

The 2021 Honda Civic is a classic compact sedan that offers great fuel economy, strong safety features, and a comfortable cabin at an affordable price. And unlike most of its competitors, the Civic is fun to drive.

Overview

The Honda Civic has been a benchmark vehicle in the compact class for decades. One of the best-selling cars in America, it is inexpensive to buy and affordable to own. And its virtues aren't just on paper. In all its forms, it is enjoyable to drive. The 2021 Civic is available as a four-door sedan or four-door hatchback. With the recent elimination of the Honda Fit, the Civic is again the smallest car in the Honda portfolio, slotting below the midsize Honda Accord. The Honda Civic competes in the compact class. But since it has so much interior space, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies it as a midsize vehicle. It is the same length as the Nissan Sentra and marginally longer than its archrival, the Toyota Corolla. The Volkswagen Jetta is the only major competitor that offers more space.

What's New for 2021

The 2021 Honda Civic carries over virtually unchanged from the 2020 model. The reason? An all-new 2022 Civic arrives later this year.

2021 Honda Civic Trim Comparison

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Starting MSRP

Starting Market Average

MPG

Engine

Blind Spot System

Lane Keep Assist

Moonroof

Front Heated Seats

Cruise Control

Climate Control

Proximity Keyless Entry

Bluetooth

Bluetooth Streaming Audio

Apple CarPlay

Android Auto

Wheel Size

Starting MSRP

$22,245*

Starting MSRP

$24,045*

Starting MSRP

$25,395*

Starting MSRP

$26,595

Starting MSRP

$29,295

Starting MSRP

$29,595*

Starting MSRP

$38,890*

Starting Market Average

$21,762

Starting Market Average

$23,673

Starting Market Average

$24,936

Starting Market Average

$26,097

Starting Market Average

$29,207

Starting Market Average

$28,903

Starting Market Average

$42,082

MPG

30 city/38 hwy*

MPG

29 city/37 hwy*

MPG

32 city/42 hwy*

MPG

32 city/42 hwy

MPG

30 city/38 hwy

MPG

29 city/37 hwy*

MPG

22 city/28 hwy

Engine

2.0L I4*

Engine

2.0L I4*

Engine

1.5L I4 Turbo

Engine

1.5L I4 Turbo

Engine

1.5L I4 Turbo

Engine

1.5L I4 Turbo

Engine

2.0L I4 Turbo

Blind Spot System

Blind Spot System

Blind Spot System

Blind Spot System

Blind Spot System

Blind Spot System

Blind Spot System

Lane Keep Assist

Lane Keep Assist

Lane Keep Assist

Lane Keep Assist

Lane Keep Assist

Lane Keep Assist

Lane Keep Assist

Moonroof

Moonroof

Moonroof

Moonroof

Moonroof

Moonroof

Moonroof

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Climate Control

Climate Control

Climate Control

Climate Control

Climate Control

Climate Control

Climate Control

Proximity Keyless Entry

Proximity Keyless Entry

Proximity Keyless Entry

Proximity Keyless Entry

Proximity Keyless Entry

Proximity Keyless Entry

Proximity Keyless Entry

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Bluetooth Streaming Audio

Bluetooth Streaming Audio

Bluetooth Streaming Audio

Bluetooth Streaming Audio

Bluetooth Streaming Audio

Bluetooth Streaming Audio

Bluetooth Streaming Audio

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Android Auto

Android Auto

Android Auto

Android Auto

Android Auto

Android Auto

Android Auto

Wheel Size

16"

Wheel Size

18"

Wheel Size

17"

Wheel Size

17"

Wheel Size

18"

Wheel Size

18"

Wheel Size

20"

Trims and Pricing

The 2021 Civic is available in five trim levels: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Sport Touring. In addition, there is a Civic Type R performance version that is essentially a separate model. All Civics are front-wheel drive.

The LX sedan has a starting price of $22,245 (including a $995 destination fee) and is modestly equipped. A capless fuel door, automatic climate control, and electronic trunk release are among its features, but the LX lacks Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

The Sport brings some additional equipment, including a better infotainment system with a larger screen plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In sedan form, it starts at $24,045.

The EX, EX-L, and Touring trims offer increased comfort and convenience, plus the higher-horsepower turbocharged engine. Priced at $25,395, the EX is our pick for best buy, thanks to its combination of standard features and overall performance.

The high-luxe Touring models (Civic Touring and Civic Sport Touring) have leather seats, navigation, and 450-watt premium audio. Touring models start at $29,295. The high-performance Civic Type R is a different animal. Performance-oriented, it costs $38,890. Toyota does not offer comparable performance, but it does offer a compact hybrid. The standard Toyota Corolla starts at $20,025, with the Corolla Hybrid at $23,600. The Hyundai Elantra ($20,112), all-new for 2021, is also worthy of consideration.

This is what others paid nationwide for a 2021 Honda Civic LX
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MSRP
$22,245
Market Average
$21,774
Avg Savings off MSRP
2.1% off
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Engine and Performance

The Honda Civic's standard drivetrain is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 158 horsepower and excellent fuel economy thanks in part to its continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). A six-speed manual is available in selected Civic Hatchbacks. Even in base form, the Civic is smooth, reasonably powerful, and fun to drive. Things get better with the 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine found in the EX, EX-L, and Touring models. It delivers 174 hp, and it is coupled to a CVT as well. The Civic Sport Hatchback might be the best performance value of all with a 180-hp version of the 1.5-liter turbo motor and six-speed manual transmission. It goes from zero to 60 mph in about 7.2 seconds, according to independent tests. The Civic Type R draws an enjoyable 306 hp from its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Overall, the Civic's compact footprint makes it easy to maneuver and park in town while maintaining a smooth ride on the freeway.

Fuel Economy

According to the EPA, the 2.0-liter base Civic engine delivers an estimated 30 mpg during city driving and 38 mpg out on the highway. The Civic EX-L sedan with the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine has an estimated 32 mpg in urban driving and 42 mpg on the highway. In mixed driving, expect around 35 mpg. The numbers line up favorably with others in the class. There's the more expensive Toyota Corolla Hybrid, which earns 53 mpg in the city and 52 mpg on the highway for top mileage.

2021 Honda Civic Exterior Photos

Interior

The Honda Civic has one of the top cabins among its competitors. Its most direct rival, the Toyota Corolla, is slightly shorter and narrower. The Nissan Sentra is the same length and just half an inch wider. In terms of overall interior space, the Civic and Sentra are nearly identical. The Corolla is 6 cubic feet smaller inside than the Civic. The Hyundai Elantra is longer than the Civic and offers slightly more interior volume.

The Civic easily carries a family of four with plenty of rear head- and legroom for growing teenagers, plus there's plenty of cargo space to boot. The sedan's trunk measures 15.1 cubic feet of volume. The hatchback provides 25.7 cubic feet of cargo area behind the rear seats, expanding to 46.2 cubic feet with the back seat folded down.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Honda's infotainment systems took knocks a few years ago for hiding simple functions, such as volume control beneath fussy interfaces. Honda has updated the infotainment features based on this feedback. Still, the Civic's infotainment system isn't quite up to the standard of newer models, such as the Nissan Sentra and Hyundai Elantra. The LX has just a 5-inch touchscreen, and it lacks Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. A slightly larger screen is standard for trims above the LX. However, it measures only 7 inches. Two USB ports and a 12-volt outlet are available by front passengers. A premium 450-watt 10-speaker audio system is only available in the Touring trims. Also included is a satellite-linked navigation system. The Honda Civic does not offer onboard Wi-Fi. In total, the infotainment system is the least impressive part of the Civic. We expect the all-new 2022 Civic will remedy these shortcomings.

2021 Honda Civic Interior Photos

Safety

Both the hatchback and sedan versions of the 2021 Honda Civic earned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) highest five-star rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) honored both as Top Safety Picks.

The Civic's Honda Sensing suite boasts one of the industry's most extended lists of driver aids and safety systems, including standard forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, and collision mitigation braking system. Adaptive cruise control is also a standard safety feature.

Honda Civic vs. the Competition

With its fun-driving personality, excellent fuel economy, and reputation for longevity, the 2021 Honda Civic is a great entry-level sedan or hatchback. It is easy to park, and it offers generous cargo space. When it comes to spirited driving, the Mazda 3 is the Civic's closest competitor. The Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte, however, both offer newer tech features and a compelling overall value. The Toyota Corolla Hybrid stands alone for top fuel economy.

Honda Civic Owner Reviews

Based on 671 Reviews
Overall Satisfaction
4.3
Performance
4.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Efficiency
4.0
Safety Technology
4.0
Features
4.0
All Reviews
5.0
Performance
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Efficiency
5.0
Safety Technology
4.0
Features
5.0
pros
good on gas sporty looking
cons
no lane camera on driver's side no wireless charging
Submitted by Tammy C on May 13, 2021|2021 Honda Civic Sport Touring Hatchback CVT|Purchased on Apr 2021
5.0
Performance
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Efficiency
5.0
Safety Technology
5.0
Features
5.0
pros
Great handling. Good looking. Fun to drive. AC good.
cons
Haven’t found anything yet.
Submitted by Gail P on May 12, 2021|2021 Honda Civic Sport Touring Hatchback CVT|Purchased on Apr 2021
5.0
Performance
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Efficiency
5.0
Safety Technology
5.0
Features
5.0
pros
I have a 21 Civic LX hatchback. The 10th generation Civic (2016-2021) is a great car! They really nailed the body design and systems. The 11th gen is scheduled for 2022 and is going to be more streamlined and "plain," and emulate the Accord. So, just not as "sporty" looking. I am SHOCKED about how roomy this hatchback is and how much cargo space it offers.
cons
The base model LX only comes in polished metal (dark gray) and black. White is available but is listed as a "premium" color and costs $400 more. You need to step up models to get more colors available. I don't mind the polished metal (dk grey) but I wanted silver. Silver is the most boring color but it hides the dirt and dings best.
Submitted by Jimmer D on May 12, 2021|2021 Honda Civic LX Hatchback CVT|Purchased on Apr 2021

2021 Honda Civic FAQs

The 2021 Honda Civic is offered in seven trims: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, Touring, Sport Touring, and Type R. All new Civics come standard with advanced driver safety aids. The base LX includes automatic headlights, cloth seats, keyless entry, and auto climate control. The Sport trim adds push-button start, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The EX has a sunroof and heated front seats, while the EX-L adds leather upholstery. The Touring and Sport Touring come with LED headlights, navigation, and heated rear seats. Finally, the Type R is the driving enthusiast’s choice, with a 306-hp turbocharged engine and numerous performance upgrades.

The Honda Civic’s compact size and reputation for reliability have made it one of the best-selling cars on the market. The 2021 Civic comes with many modern features to help it maintain this widespread popularity. The Civic is at home as a daily commuter or family car, thanks to its superb fuel economy and standard driver safety features. It is also one of the sportiest compact cars in its segment, offering agile handling and an optional manual transmission.

The 2021 Honda Civic has a starting weight of 2,771 lbs in its base LX Sedan trim. The heaviest new Civic, the Type R Hatchback, tips the scales at 3,121 lbs, though it is still a light vehicle compared to many larger cars and SUVs.

The 2021 Honda Civic MSRP ranges from $21,250 for the base LX model to $37,895 for the Type R. Many buyers will find the upscale Touring trim to be a great blend of standard amenities, performance, and value ($28,300 MSRP).

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