2018 Honda Civic Hatchback

Rating8.4

Ranked #2 in Hatchback

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$20,150 - $23,250

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Key Spec of 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback
fuel economy

29/33/38

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

174 hp @ 5500 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Well-designed interiors

Interior material quality can be improved

No significant changes

Excellent cargo and interior space

Infotainment system needs to be better

Peppy and fun to drive

Looks are a bit polarizing

2018 Honda Civic Hatchback Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 25, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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After being relaunched just last year in an all-new avatar, the 2018 Honda Civic hatchback remains unchanged this year. It not only offers more practicality than the Civic sedan with its abundant cargo space, but the Honda Civic hatchback also gets the more powerful 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine as standard with an option for both a manual and CVT automatic transmission. 

2018 Honda Civic Hatchback for Sale

The 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback is available for sale starting at an MSRP of $21,045 this year. Finance options start at a monthly payment of $541 with a $3,600 down payment at 3.34% APR for a 60-month period. The lease deals begin as low as $209/month for 12,000 miles of annual mileage limit for a tenure of 36 months, with $2,199 due at the time of signing.

2018 Honda Civic Hatchback Buying Advice

Honda brought in the current 10th generation Civic back in 2016 with the sedan and coupe body styles, while the Civic hatchback was launched a year later. Since the 2018 Civic hatchback is a carry-forward model which comes with a price hike of $455, it would make more sense to opt for the 2017 Honda Civic hatchback and save some bucks. 

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With this new redesign, the Honda Civic 2018 Hatchback receives plenty of upgrades in terms of specs and features which has put it at the top of the pack in the competitive hatchback segment. While the Mazda 3 hatchback is more agile in the corners, the Hyundai Elantra GT hatchback offers a larger trunk. The Ford Focus hatchback on the other hand is one of the most affordable in the segment, but none can match up with the fuel efficiency and reliability of the Civic hatchback. 


Over All Rating

8.4

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Trims

LX$20,150 onwards

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane departure warning & intervention

Sport$21,750 onwards

  • 18-Inch alloy wheels
  • Center-Outlet dual exhaust
  • Foglights
  • Leather-Wrapped steering wheel
  • Rear center armrest w/ cupholders

EX$23,250 onwards

  • 7-Inch touchscreen interface
  • Dual USB ports
  • Eight-Speaker audio system
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Honda'S LaneWatch blind-spot camera
  • Hondalink system
  • Sunroof

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2019 Honda Civic
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2019 Honda Civic LX

LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

$17,899
Est. $243/mo
Excellent Deal
$6,001 Below market
RMV: $23,900
South Richmond Hill, NY
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2017 Honda Civic
11
Price Drop, $751
Previous Price: $1575004 Jun 2022

2017 Honda Civic LX

LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

$14,999
Est. $203/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,951 Below market
RMV: $19,950
Fredericksburg, VA
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2019 Honda Civic
13
Price Rise, $1066
Previous Price: $1555920 Jul 2022

2019 Honda Civic LX

LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

$16,625
Est. $225/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,365 Below market
RMV: $21,990
Bronx, NY
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2019 Honda Civic Sport Hatchback

Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

$20,995
Est. $285/mo
Excellent Deal
$6,625 Below market
RMV: $27,620
Great Neck, NY
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2018 Honda Civic
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2018 Honda Civic EX

EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

$10,800
Est. $146/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,373 Below market
RMV: $14,173
Seattle, WA
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Price Drop, $700
Previous Price: $1590011 May 2022

2018 Honda Civic LX Hatchback

LX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

$15,200
Est. $206/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,729 Below market
RMV: $19,929
Elizabeth, NJ
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2019 Honda Civic LX Coupe

LX 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

$17,300
Est. $234/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,356 Below market
RMV: $22,656
Elizabeth, NJ
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2017 Honda Civic
11
Price Drop, $500
Previous Price: $1699909 Apr 2022

2017 Honda Civic EX

EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

$16,499
Est. $224/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,073 Below market
RMV: $21,572
Houston, TX
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2018 Honda Civic Sedan

LX

$16,995
Est. $230/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,962 Below market
RMV: $21,957
Oklahoma City, OK
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Colors and Styles

2018 Honda Civic Hatchback in Agean Blue color
Agean Blue

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

Apart from the excellent fuel efficiency figures, cargo capacity, and a wide range of powertrains the 2018 Honda Civic hatchback gets a premium interior loaded with plenty of features. Higher trims although cost a little more, they do get the Honda Sensing suite of driver safety aids as standard. 

The 2018 Civic hatchback with its standard turbo-4 engine demands higher maintenance and one can expect a 5-year ownership cost of around $35,650 which is a bit higher as per the segment standards. The J.D. Power reliability ratings have also improved over the years and now stand at 80/100, but some of its rivals do better in this regard.  

2018 Honda Civic Hatchback Front View
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Buying Advice

Since the civic is available in a lot of trim levels, buyers are definitely in a lot of confusion. We would recommend the manual transmission car for enthusiastic buyers and the automatic transmission for more everyday mundane users. Out of the trims offered, we feel it is the EX that makes the most sense. It is offered at a price of just $23,250 and hence will fit the budget for most people looking for the base trim. And at this extra price, it offers 17-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, remote engine start, and several other useful features. There are a wide number of optional packages offered as well. 

 

Features
8.0/10

The 2018 Honda Civic hatchback is offered in a total of five trim levels. These are similar to the sedan variants but that body style is reviewed separately. Customers get a lot of choices in terms of the powertrain options as well. But since you’re basing the comparison on the base of it, there is only a 1.5 L gasoline engine on offer. 

Nonetheless, every single trim level is properly equipped with everything that you expect from this price range. The base starts with features such as a 5-inch color touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, and so on. Some features include:

Trims

LX

Sport

EX

EX-L Navi

Sport Touring

MSRP (Manual) $21,045 $22,645 - -  

MSRP (CVT)

$21,845

$23,445

$24,145

$26,645

$29,645

Key Features

 

 

 

 

 

LED daytime running lights

Adds/Replaces to LX;

Adds/Replaces to LX; Adds/Replaces to EX; Adds/Replaces to Sport;

Rear-view camera

1.5L 180 hp & 177 lb-ft turbo-4 engine

Honda LaneWatch blindspot camera & Lane departure warning

Automatic-dimming rearview mirror

LED headlights & Rain-sensing windshield wipers

Automatic climate control

Textured aluminum pedals & rear seat center armrest

Dual-zone climate control

Heated front seats

Honda Sensing safety suite

5-inch infotainment system w/4-speaker audio system

Center outlet dual exhaust system & Underbody spoiler kit

7-inch infotainment system w/8-speaker audio system

Integrated navigation system

12-speaker audio system

Bluetooth handsfree link & USB Fog lights HondaLink smartphone integration & Satellite radio 8-way power driver seat Side mirrors with integrated LED turn indicators

60/40 split-folding rear seat w/cloth interior upholstery

Leather-wrapped steering wheel & shift knob

Keyless entry/ignition & Remote engine start

Leather-trimmed seats

Power front seats & heated front & rear seats

16-inch steel wheels

18-inch alloy wheels

17-inch alloy wheels

 

Unique 18-inch alloy wheels

Engine and Performance
8.5/10

The 2018 Honda Civic hatchback is powered by a 1.5 L four-cylinder engine that produces 173 hp and 154-pound feet of torque. Powertrain options available are only front-wheel-drive and transmissions on offer are a six-speed manual and a CVT automatic. This engine is peppy and gives the car an excellent reputation for being fun to drive. 

On the Sport models, you will find the same engine in a different state of fuel, with the horsepower, bumped up to 180 hp which makes things much more fun. The CVT is not as boring as it sounds and can give you decent thrills. The other advantage of all cars like the Civic is that it is engaging in terms of the driving dynamics. First of all, it is pretty like to begin with and does not have a lot of ways to manage it. 

On top of this, the suspension is well equipped to handle everything the car comes across. It has managed to strike a very good balance of ride and handling. Users will be treated to a supple ride over bad roads but the thrill of a good handling car on good roads. The steering is decently communicative and the gear shifter is slick.

Model

2018 Honda Civic Hatchback

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

2018 Ford Focus Hatchback

2018 Mazda 3 Hatchback

MSRP

$21,045

$20,235

$21,415

$20,240

Engine

1.5L, Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.0L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.0L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

Drivetrain FWD FWD FWD FWD

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

Horsepower

174 hp @ 5,500 RPM

161 hp @ 6,200 RPM

160 hp @ 6,500 RPM

155 hp @ 6,000 RPM

Torque

167 lb-ft @ 1,800 RPM

150 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM

146 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM

150 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

0-60 MPH

7.5 sec

7.4 sec

7.7 sec

8.0 sec

Quarter mile

15.5 sec

15.9 sec

16.0 sec

16.2 sec

Top Speed

125 MPH

114 MPH

122 MPH

112 MPH

One look at the Civic and we understand that it is the most powerful auto bilayers class. Its 174 hp is the class-leading figure and this reflects in its 0 to 60 mph times as well. The Hyundai is a close second but is a little slower in terms of acceleration. The next closest rival is the Ford Focus hatchback which produces 160 hp and remains competitive in the 0 to 60 mph run as well. The Mazda 3 might be a little slow in terms of the engine but is also a good handling car. This segment also is very competitive in terms of the pricing with all cars differing by very slight amounts.

Fuel Economy
9.0/10

Honda has done a great job of making the engine that will probably be the most powerful in this class but also the most fuel-efficient. One of the biggest advantages of a small hatchback is that no matter how powerful it is, at the end of the day it remains fuel-efficient and hence easy to drive fast. 

The 1.5 L turbocharged engine in the Civic returns you an EPA-rated fuel efficiency rating of 29 MPG in the city, 38 MPG on the highway, and 33 MPG combined. The fuel tank is quite small at 12.4 gallons and this results in the car achieving a total range of 359 miles inside the city and 471 6 miles on the highway.

Model

2018 Honda Civic Hatchback

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

2018 Ford Focus Hatchback

2018 Mazda 3 Hatchback

MPG (City)

29

23

26

28

MPG (Highway)

38

31

38

38

MPG (Combined)

33

26

31

31

Fuel Tank Capacity (gal)

12.4

14.0

12.4

13.2

Range(City/Highway/Combined) (miles)

360/471/409

322/434/364

322/471/384

370/502/409

We see that the Civic has the class-leading engine because it is not only the most powerful but also the most fuel-efficient. Even with its small fuel tank, it returns the second-best range figures in this class. The Hyundai is not well suited for the stereotype of hatchbacks still being fuel-efficient at the end of the day. Given that the manufacturer has tried to squeeze out as much horsepower as possible from the 2 L engine, they can understand why this happens but the Honda still has the better compromise at the end of the day. But undoubtedly, it is the most of that has the best range figures in this class due to a combination of excellent fuel efficiency and a large fuel tank.

Interior
8.0/10

Although it is quite a small car, the interiors of the Civic did not exactly convey that same message. They feel very well laid out and well-designed. The cabin feels airy and that is good visibility outside. The seat also offers you very good support and is comfortable for long journeys. The materials used are slightly below par according to the category standards but the controls are intuitive and easy to use. 

There are soft-touch plastics here and there but the cabin is bogged down by the use of some low-quality materials. There are enough storage spaces and cubbyholes inside and the cargo carrying capacity is excellent. Honda has produced the Civic long enough for the ergonomics to be sorted well enough inside. Five people can sit in excellent comfort and carry a lot of luggage as well in the small car. There are lots of convenience features inside as well.

Model

2018 Honda Civic Hatchback

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

2018 Ford Focus Hatchback

2018 Mazda 3 Hatchback

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

39.3/57.0/42.3

39.1/56.2/42.2

38.3/55.6/41.9

38.6/57.2/42.2

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

37.4/55.0/36.0

38.5/55.4/34.8

37.9/53.7/33.2

37.6/54.4/35.8

Cargo Volume (cu-ft)

25.7

24.9

23.8

20.2

Maximum Cargo Volume (cu-ft)

46.2

55.1

44.8

47.1

We see that all the cars in this category are pretty evenly matched when it comes to the interior space offered. However, the Civic feels the most spacious and definitely has the largest boot. All four cars offer seating for five adults, roughly the same amount of space in their interiors. The Ford Focus never feels cramped but it is the one with the least amount of space inside. All hatchbacks offer folding rear seats and hence you can hold large amounts of cargo. When seats are folded down, the Civic offers 46.2 cu-ft of storage space which can fit nearly everything you need. Some of its interior features include:

  • 6-way manual passenger seat adjustment
  • 6 -way manual driver seat adjustments
  • Electric power steering
  • Front and rear cupholders
  • Audio and cruise controls on the steering wheel
  • Interior air filtration

2018 Honda Civic hatchback Infotainment unit

The 2018 Honda Civic hatchback has a basic infotainment system that seems to perform most functions that wide of it with ease. However, some of its competitors offer much better features in terms of infotainment. The Civic has got an FM radio, Bluetooth, and USB amongst other things. It also has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which makes smart phone connectivity easier. However, the system can definitely be faster and the graphics can be a lot better. The controls are also rather intuitive and the touchscreen is not a fussy unit either. 

The main infotainment features of the infotainment system include:

  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • USB connection
  • AM/FM stereo
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Integration
  • Navigation
  • Voice Recognition
Exterior
8.5/10

The 2018 Honda Civic has an exterior design that is a bit polarizing. It is definitely futuristic and looks thoroughly modern but the looks have split the crowd into two camps. There are many people who are big fans of the design but it is definitely not on the conservative side. 

It has a decent road presence with its low-slung body. And another thing is that Honda has managed to keep it pretty light at just 2822 pounds. The dimensions are some of the best in class as well.

Model

2018 Honda Civic Hatchback

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

2018 Ford Focus Hatchback

2018 Mazda 3 Hatchback

Curb weight(lbs)

2,822

2,901

2,948

2,875

Length (in.)

177.9

170.9

171.6

175.6

Width (in.)

70.8

70.7

71.8

70.7

Height (in.)

56.5

57.7

57.7

57.3

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.1

5.5

6.2

6.1

Wheelbase (in.)

106.3

104.3

104.3

106.3

All the cars are quite close when it comes to dimensions but the Honda Civic is longer which gives it better interior space as well as cargo space. All weigh around 2900 pounds, measure about 70 inches in width, 58 inches in height, and 104 inches in wheelbase. The Mazda and the Honda Civic have a slightly larger wheelbase of around 106 inches. The Honda Civic has the lowest ground clearance which can be attributed to its low-slung design as we have already talked about. But this gives the car some much-needed stability. Some of its standout exterior features include:

  • Rear defogger
  • Rear window wiper
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Rear spoiler
  • All season tires
  • Cargo tie downs
Safety
9.0/10

The Honda Civic has been around for a long while and hence it is tested by all agencies. The NHTSA crash test has awarded this car five out of five stars which is the highest rating possible, and on the IIHS crash test, it earned an overall rating of 'Good' which is the highest rating possible.

Apart from good structural engineering, you get a lot of features such as airbags, seatbelt pre-tensioners, adaptive cruise control, and so forth. The ACE body structure has proven its mettle over the years and continues to offer standout safety in the likelihood of a crash. Some standout safety features include:

  •  Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Tire Pressure Warning
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Pre-Collision Safety System
  •  Blind-Spot Monitoring
Competition
9.0/10

2018 Honda Civic Hatchback vs 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

The Hyundai Elantra GT is a rather recent entrant to the compact hatchback segment. It tries to offer the same performance as the Honda Civic but fails to do so. But in this attempt, it ends up sacrificing a lot of fuel efficiency and takes one of the biggest strengths of this category out. It gives you excellent cargo capacity if you fold the seats down but has a lower capacity as such. However, one advantage it has is that it offers better infotainment features and also some extra convenience features you will not find in the Honda Civic. It also has nicer quality interiors but if we were to pick a car, it would be the Civic. 

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

2018 Honda Civic Hatchback vs 2018 Ford Focus Hatchback

It is tough picking between the Ford Focus hatchback and the Honda Civic hatchback. This is because they are built on the same philosophy and have very stark similarities despite coming from two very different manufacturers. Both cars are very capable and have rewritten the books about how fun small hatchbacks can be. They are priced at about the same but the fuel efficiency is slightly better in the Honda Civic. The Ford has slightly more cleverly designed interiors but the platform is a bit dated as of now. On the other hand, the civic is thoroughly modern and fresh. 

2018 Ford Focus Hatchback

2018 Honda Civic Hatchback vs 2018 Mazda 3 Hatchback

The Honda Civic is slightly polarizing in terms of design but is a good car when you look at it on paper. The Mazda 3 Touring is much less powerful when you compare it with the Civic but has the same kind of handling potential as the more powerful car. They are priced nearly at the same amount but the Mazda has a better overall range due to being equipped with a larger fuel tank and returns almost the same fuel efficiency. However, this is not very impressive since the Civic manages to do so while being much faster. 

2018 Mazda 3 Hatchback

 

Final Verdict

The 2018 Honda Civic hatchback is a car that produces a healthy amount of power, is fun to drive, and feels easy to live with. It can definitely use some improvement in terms of the infotainment system and the quality of the interiors but the small things aside, it is very nearly the perfect car. And like we said, although the design is a bit polarizing, it is a very practical and modern hatchback that can run most errands for you and be fun while doing so. It is a car worth buying even against the strong rivals that it is pitched against. 

 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$20950

body style

4dr Hatchback

engine type
displacement

91 cu in

horse power

174 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

162 lb.-ft. @ 1700 rpm

transmission

Continuously Variable Transmission

dimensions
length

178 in

wheelbase

106 in

width

71 in

curb weight

2888 lbs

Height

57 in

Ground Clearance

6 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

97.2 cu ft

cargo volume

46.2 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

31/34/40 mpg

highway range

496.0 mi

warranty
basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


Honda Civic 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$21,790
5 Year Cost To Own
$35,825
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $35,825
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$3,039$1,447$1,368$1,606$1,521$8,981
Insurance$1,313$1,359$1,407$1,456$1,507$7,042
Fuel$1,720$1,771$1,825$1,879$1,936$9,131
Maintenance$171$718$516$1,234$1,348$3,987
RepairsNANA$111$269$393$773
Financing Interest$1,172$942$698$436$158$3,406
Taxes and Fees$1,846$179$169$161$150$2,505
Total Cost-To-Own$9,261$6,416$6,094$7,041$7,013$35,825
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