2018 Honda Civic Hatchback

#13
in Compact hatchbacks
2018 MODEL

$19,900 - $28,500

8.2

Overall Rating

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Overview

Honda Civic hatchback is one such car that has clawed its way to sit among the legends. The Civic hatchback has been around for generations. In its latest 2018 generation, the Honda Civic Hatchback sees a slight design update and is available in the usual long trim lineup.

The engine on offer is the 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder unit that is available in two tunes. The base LX and the mid-table EX and EX-L trims feature the 174 hp tune while the performance-oriented Sport and range-topping Sport Touring features the 180 hp tune. The gearbox on duty on the base LX and Sport trims is a 6-speed manual while a CVT is also offered as an optional extra. The auto box comes standard on the EX, EX-L and Sport Touring variants.

The 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback shouts value for money with a starting price of just above of $20,000. This civic promises to be a practical, efficient, feature loaded and sporty hatchback. With a long list of variants, there is something for everyone to look out for.

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Pros

Fuel efficient yet powerful engine options

Sharp and aggressive styling

Comfortable and supported seats

Cons

MMI is confusing and laggy

Manual available in only lower trims

Styling can be too boy racer-ish for some.

What's New?

No Major changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$19900

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

top speed

131 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

91 cu. in.

horsepower

174 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

162 lb.-ft. @ 1700 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

10.2 in. ventilated front disc/11.1 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

177.9 in.

width

70.8 in.

height

56.5 in.

curb weight

2822 lbs.

ground clearance

5.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

97.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

25.7 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.1 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

160 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

29/33/38 mpg

highway range

471.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback in White Orchid Pearl color  2018 Honda Civic Hatchback in sonic grey pearl color  2018 Honda Civic Hatchback in Rallye Red color  2018 Honda Civic Hatchback in polished metal metallic color  2018 Honda Civic Hatchback in Lunar Silver Metallic color  2018 Honda Civic Hatchback in Crystal Black Pearl color  2018 Honda Civic Hatchback in Agean Blue color
White Orchid Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.1

Engine

8.4

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

7.3

Exterior

8.4

Safety

8.1

Driving

9.4

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback LX

LX

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$19,900 - $21,700

Configurations
LX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6M
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (31/33/40)
Torque: 162 lbs.-ft. @ 1,700 rpm
LX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: CVT
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (31/34/40)
Torque: 162 lbs.-ft. @ 1,700 rpm
LX w/Honda Sensing 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: CVT
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (31/34/40)
Torque: 162 lbs.-ft. @ 1,700 rpm

 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport

Sport

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$21,500 - $22,300

Configurations
Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6M
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (29/33/38)
Torque: 177 lbs.-ft. @ 1,900 rpm
Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: CVT
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (30/32/36)
Torque: 162 lbs.-ft. @ 1,700 rpm

 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback EX

EX

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$23,000 - $24,000

Configurations
EX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: CVT
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (31/34/40)
Torque: 162 lbs.-ft. @ 1,700 rpm
EX w/Honda Sensing 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: CVT
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (31/34/40)
Torque: 162 lbs.-ft. @ 1,700 rpm

 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback EX-L

EX-L

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$25,500 - $26,500

Configurations
EX-L w/Navigation 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: CVT
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (31/34/40)
Torque: 162 lbs.-ft. @ 1,700 rpm
EX-L w/Navigation and Honda Sensing 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: CVT
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (31/34/40)
Torque: 162 lbs.-ft. @ 1,700 rpm

 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring

Sport Touring

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$28,500

Configurations
Sport Touring 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: CVT
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (30/32/36)
Torque: 162 lbs.-ft. @ 1,700 rpm

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial October 3, 2018

8.2

Overall Rating


7.1/10
Features

 

8.4/10
Engine

 

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.3/10
Interior

 

8.4/10
Exterior

 

8.1/10
Safety

 
 
 

The engine one offer is the 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder unit that is available in two tunes. The base LX and the mid-table EX and EX-L trims feature the 174 hp tune while the performance-oriented Sport and range-topping Sport Touring features the 180 hp tune. The gearbox on duty on the base LX and Sport trims is a 6-speed manual while a CVT is also offered as an optional extra. The auto box comes standard on the EX, EX-L and Sport Touring variants.

The Civic Hatchback shouts value for money with a starting price of just above of $20,150. This civic promises to be a practical, efficient, feature loaded and sporty hatchback. With a long list of variants, there is something for everyone to look out for.

Features

7.1/10

The Honda Civic Hatchback is available in a total of 5 trims. The LX features the standard 174 hp 1.5 L turbo engine with both 6-speed manual and CVT automatic transmission on offer. The mid-spec EX and EX-L Navi variants are available with the same engine but in only CVT guises.

Trims LX Sport EX EX-L Navi Sport Touring
MSRP $20,150 $21,750 $23,250 $25,750 $28,750
Features
  • Front passenger’s windows
  • Tilt and telescopic steering column
  • Capless fuel filler
  • 5-inch color LCD screen
  • Bluetooth
  • HandsFreeLink and streaming audio
  • USB Audio Interface (front)
  • Sport adds to or replaces LX features
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Underbody spoiler kit
  • Center outlet dual exhaust system
  • Fog lights
  • Textured aluminum pedals
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • EX adds to or replaces LX features
  • Remote engine start
  • Standard (CVT)
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Honda LaneWatch
  • Heated front seats and side mirrors
  • Fog lights
  • One-touch power moonroof with tilt feature
  • Smart Entry with push-button start
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control system
  • EX-L Navi adds to or replaces EX features
  • Automatic-dimming rearview mirror
  • Driver’s seat with 8-way power adjustment
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with
  • voice recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic
  • Adds to or replaces EX-L Navi features
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Side mirrors with integrated LED turn indicators
  • Underbody spoiler kit
  • Center outlet dual exhaust system
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • LED headlights (low & high beam) with auto-on/off
  • Textured aluminum pedals
  • Heated outboard rear seats
  • Front passenger’s seat with 4-way power adjustment
  • 540-watt premium audio system with 12 speakers, including subwoofer

The performance-oriented sport trim features the 1.5 turbo engine in a 180 hp tune. Both manual and automatic gearboxes are on offer. The range-topping Sport Touring trim features the same engine and tune but comes only with a CVT.

Engine

8.4/10

"The Civic offers two four-cylinder engines, one turbocharged and one not. Both are excellent; the turbo, in particular, is swift and parsimonious with fuel. Nor can you go wrong with either of the two available transmissions: a slick-shifting six-speed manual or one of the best CVTs in the business"- Caranddriver.com

Engine and Transmission

The engine that does duty on the Civic hatchback is a 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder motor that is available in a 174 hp and 180 hp tune. Both 6-speed manual and CVT gearboxes can be availed depending on the chosen trim.  The engine produces respectable power on a tap of the pedal. Both the gearboxes set benchmarks in their respective segments by providing accurate shifts.

Models Honda Civic Hatchback (LX) Volkswagen Golf (S) Kia Forte5 (LX) Mazda 3 (Sport)
MSRP $20,150 $20,910 $18,300 $18,095
Engine 1.5L I-4 DOHC 16-Valve Turbocharged 1.8L TSI DOHC 16V Turbocharged 4-cyl 2.0L, DOHC, 16-valve I-4 2.0L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder
Transmission 6-speed manual 5-Speed manual 6-Speed Automatic 6-speed manual
Power 174 hp 170 hp 164 hp 155 hp
Torque 167 lb-ft 184 lb-ft 151 lb-ft 150 lb-ft

The Civic Hatchback is actually one of the better-powered hatchbacks in the segment. It overpowers all its competitors both engine wise and transmission wise.

Acceleration

Owing to its lightweight built and a powerful engine, Civic's acceleration is bound to make you smile from ear to ear. The car builds up power linearly and darts forward as soon as the turbo is spooled up.

Models Honda Civic Hatchback (LX) Volkswagen Golf (S) Kia Forte5 (LX) Mazda 3 (Sport)
0-60 MPH 7.5 sec 6.7 sec 6.9 sec 7.6 sec
Quarter mile 15.5 sec 15.3 sec 15.2 sec 16.0 sec
Engine 1.5L i-4 1.8L i-4 2.0L i-4 2.0L i-4
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 5.3 6.1 6.3 5.6

In comparison with its rivals, the Mazda 3 is actually the slowest to 60 mph at 7.5 seconds. Mazda is followed by the Honda Civic at 7.6 seconds. The VW Golf takes the chequered flag with the segment-leading time of 6.7 seconds while the Kia Forte follows closely at 6.9 seconds.

Ride and Handling

Honda Civic Hatchback has always been a breeze to drive due to its easy-going nature and beautifully balanced chassis. The car has the ability to munch miles on the freeway without stressing the driver. But, floor the pedal and the car comes out of its disguise. The steering response is sharp and allows the driver to enjoy the drive.

Brakes

Honda Civic Hatchback features a stout braking system that provides all the required stopping power in a predictable manner. 60-0 mph is achieved within  115 feet. These stats are shared by the Kia Forte5 which manages to stop within the same distance.  The VW Golf and Mazda 3 lag behind in terms of stopping power.

Model Honda Civic Hatchback (LX) Volkswagen Golf (S) Kia Forte5 (LX) Mazda 3 (Sport)
Brake Front(in) 11.1 11.3 11.0 11.0
Brake Rear(in) 10.2 10.7 10.3 10.4
Curb weight(lbs) 2822 2963 2928 2899
60-0 MPH (ft.) 115 117 115 120

Fuel Economy

9.0/10

"Honda proves that power and fuel efficiency need not be mutually exclusive. Both Civic four-cylinders sip fuel as if it were fifty-bucks-a-snifter brandy, but, interestingly, the more powerful turbocharged engine manages to return slightly better fuel economy than the base 2.0-liter found in lower-level Civic sedans and coupes."- Caranddriver.com

Civic has forever been known to be a frugal hatchback and the latest model follows the legacy. The fuel efficiency of 33 mpg (combined) allows the Civic to enjoy the top position in the segment.

Model Honda Civic Hatchback (LX) Volkswagen Golf (S) Kia Forte5 (LX) Mazda 3 (Sport)
mpg (city) 29 25 25 28
mpg (highway) 38 34 34 38
mpg (combined) 33 29 28 31

The Mazda 3 at 31 mpg (combined) falls second in line. The VW Golf and Kia Forte5 both return 29 and 28 mpg (combine) which puts them at the bottom end of the comparison.

Interior

7.3/10

"The Civic delivers a large, versatile cabin for both people and their things, with good rear legroom and clever storage solutions. The easy-to-use interior control layout is marred by terrible touch-sensitive audio volume and tuning controls and a poorly optimized touchscreen interface."- Edmunds.com

Seats and Comfort

Honda has cleverly managed the seating for the Civic Hatchback. Seats offer adequate bolstering without being too uptight. There is seating for 5 in the cabin but the available space can accommodate 4 adult passengers, comfortably.  

Model Honda Civic Hatchback (LX) Volkswagen Golf (S) Kia Forte5 (LX) Mazda 3 (Sport)
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (ft cube) 97.2 N/A 98.2 96.3
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.3/57.0/42.3 38.4/55.9/41.2 39.4/56.1/42.2 38.6/57.2/42.2
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 37.4/55.0/36.0 38.1/53.9/35.6 38.7/54.9/35.9 37.6/54.4/35.8

In comparison with rivals, the Civic Hatchback offers one of the largest passenger volumes in the segment at 97.2 ft. cube. It is closely followed by the Mazda 3 at 96.3 ft.cube while the Kia Forte5 tops the list at 98.2 ft.cube. 

Infotainment System

A 5.0 inch LCD display is standard on the LX and Sport trims. The EX, EX-L, and Sport Touring trims feature a 7 inch LCD as standard with an optional 10 inch LCD available as well. The overall performance of the interface is frustrating.

The inputs take an eternity while the response times are even slower. The inclusion of modern connectivity like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay somehow manage to save the Civic from complete embarrassment.

Cargo capacity

Even due to the visually bootless body style, the Honda Civic Hatchback has one of the largest rear cargo space in the segment. There is also a panel that can be removed for more storage. The rear seats can be dropped down in a 60:40 split or completely to make extra space for the cargo.

Model Honda Civic Hatchback (LX) Volkswagen Golf (S) Kia Forte5 (LX) Mazda 3 (Sport)
Behind 2nd Row (ft.cube) 25.7 17.4 23.2 20.2
2nd Row Folded (ft.cube) 46.2 53.7 N/A 47.1

Space of 25.7 ft.cube behind the 2nd row on the Civic Hatchback makes it the segment leader. It is followed by the Kia Forte5 at 23.2 ft.cube. The Mazda 3 and VW Golf are some way off the segment leader.

Exterior

8.4/10

" ...the Civic hatchback stands out with its bulbous rear end, high-mounted spoiler and the gaping fake vents on either side of its rear bumper. Sport and Sport Touring hatchbacks can be spied via their center-mounted dual-exhaust outlets, while the new Si boasts its own edgier exterior cosmetics."-KelleyBlueBook

Dimensions and Weight

Honda Civic Hatchback is arguably the lightest hatchback in the segment at 2822 lbs. Its sharp and peculiar body lines also make it one of the lengthiest from end to end. Honda offers a ground clearance of 5.1 inches.

Model Honda Civic Hatchback (LX) Volkswagen Golf (S) Kia Forte5 (LX) Mazda 3 (Sport)
curb weight(lbs) 2822 2963 2928 2899
Length(in) 177.9 167.5 171.3 180.3
Width(in) 70.8 70.8 70.1 70.7
Height(in) 56.5 57.2 57.1 57.3
Ground clearance(in) 5.1 5.4 5.5 6.1
Wheelbase(in) 106.3 103.8 106.3 106.3
Track width(in) F/R 60.9/61.5 61.0/59.8 61.5/62.0 61.2/61.4

The VW Golf is the shortest while being the heaviest in the segment at 2963 lbs. The Kia Forte5 is second in terms of weight at 2928 lbs. Mazda 3 is the longest vehicle in the segment at 180.3 inches.

Safety

8.1/10

Honda has ensured that there is no compromise on the safety front on the Honda Civic hatchback as the car is a big seller. There are a lot of safety features available as standard and more reasonably priced features are offered as optional equipment. All major crash-testing agencies have approved the Civic Hatchback and have even given it 5 star or good rating in most of the segment barring the headlights segment where it has been rated as poor.

NHTSA Rating

Overall rating

5 star

Overall frontal barrier crash rating

5 star

Frontal barrier crash rating driver

5 star

Overall side crash rating

5 star

Side barrier rating

5 star

Side pole rating driver front seat

5 star

Combined side rating rear seat

5 star

Rollover rating

5 star

Side barrier rating driver

5 star

Frontal barrier crash rating passenger

5 star

Combined side rating front seat

5 star

Side barrier rating passenger rear seat

5 star

IIHS Rating

Small overlap front driver side

Good

Small overlap front passenger side

Not rated

Moderate overlap front

Good

Side

Good

Roof strength

Good

Head restraints & seats

Good

Front crash prevention

Superior

Headlights

Poor

Child seats anchors (LATCH)

Acceptable

Safety Features

2018 Honda Civic is offered with the following safety features.

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
ABS And Driveline Traction Control
Side Impact Beams
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
Rear Parking Sensors
Low Tire Pressure Warning
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
Rear Child Safety Locks
Back-Up Camera

 

 

Competition

Honda Civic Hatchback vs. Volkswagen Golf

Golf has been a legendary car for Volkswagen in the same way as the Civic has been for Honda. They follow similar industry standards like dimensions, engine displacement, and power output.  However, in terms of acceleration, the VW beats the Civic by almost a second and the boot space after folding the 2nd row is better on the VW as well. In reply, the Civic offers better fuel economy and a much better passenger volume. So all in all, both these cars have their own positives and it’s for the buyer to decide what exactly they desire.

Honda Civic Hatchback vs. Kia Forte5

The Kia Forte5 hatchback is another car that competes with the Civic. The Kia offers better passenger volume and more space for the passengers. Bthe ut dashboard features a dull design which prefers form over function. Although optional extras are offered at a cheaper price point than the Civic. Still, active safety features such as automatic braking or adaptive cruise control are not available as standard or even as optional features.

The Civic offers a better dashboard design, fuel economy, more space in the boot and better driving dynamics which translates to a more fun vehicle. The Kia Forte5 is a worthy competitor but it falls short of the Civic which is clearly a better car in the segment.

Honda Civic Hatchback vs. Mazda 3

Mazda 3 is a sporty vehicle to drive but it fails to beat the Honda Civic in terms of utility. Honda Civic offers a better passenger volume, interior design, and better cargo space. 

Final Verdict

The 2018 iteration of the Honda Civic Hatchback is everything one desires from a car in this segment. The fuel economy is unparalleled in the segment. The interior quality and ergonomics are spot on but there is room for improvement in terms of the MMI. There is enough space for the passengers both at the front and rear.

The boot space is a hefty 25.7 cubic feet even after the compromised rear design. All in all, the Civic is a marvelous vehicle that carries an even hefty legacy on its shoulders. Potential buyers will be wowed away by its boy racer charm and ease of driving and owning. Honda has managed to sync the car with the wants of today’s buyers and will most likely, continue to sell the car like hot cakes in the near future as well.

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