2018 Honda Civic Hatchback Problems and Complaints


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2018 Honda Civic Hatchback Problems, Issues, Complaints, Recalls, and which year to avoid?

Updated on: September 2, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Civic is one of the most sought-after cars, not only in the American market, but all around the world. 2018 Civic hatchback offers a great assortment of features, luxury, performance, reliability, safety and everything else you could ask for from a car at this price point. However, being popular also has its downsides. 

As it is more accessible to people, it also attracts its fair share of complaints. Though the Civic is mostly reliable, it still has around 192 complaints recorded on the NHTSA website and also has 4 recalls till date. The 2018 Civic hatchback comes with a starting price tag of $21,045 and the competition at this price point is the Volkswagen Golf, Mini Cooper Hardtop 4dr, and Fiat 500L.

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User complaints for the 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback

Mechanical Complaints

  • Engine - While there is no one specific issue users are facing, the problems vary. There is a problem with the AC unit as people complain that the evaporator does not work properly and the AC stops working. Other complaints state that the car suddenly lost power in the middle of the highway, or in cases where the car would just refuse to start up.
  • Brakes – Users complain that while driving the car, the warning lights on the dashboard would light up without any reason and the car would come to a stop even when nothing is in front of them.
  • Steering – Users complain that the steering becomes stiff while driving at around 50 MPH or so and hence, they are not able to steer the car properly. Also, sometimes, after becoming stiff, the steering would become loose all of a sudden, causing the drivers to oversteer.
  • Fuel/propulsion system – There have been incidents where the fuel has leaked into the engine oil, or incidents where the smell of gasoline has entered the cabin. 

Safety Complaints

  • Airbags – Some incidents report that the airbags deployed out of nowhere and there were some other incidents in which the airbags did not deploy even after a crash. Also, the passenger’s side airbag seems to have some problems with it. There were also a few incidents which caused injuries due to faulty airbags.
  • Electronic stability control – Few users reported that the ABS, brake system lights, stability control lights would light up while they were driving on the highway and the steering would lock. This would cause the car to swerve out of control.


  • Warning lights - As we mentioned before, quite a few users have experienced issues where all of the warning lights in the dashboard would light up without any apparent reason.

Recalls of 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback

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June 20, 2018


Random Characters on Certification Label

The manufacturing date area of the certification labels may have random characters which can affect the owner's ability to determine if a safety recall includes their vehicle. It can increase the risk of injury or crash.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the certification label, free of charge.


September 27, 2018


Magnet becomes dislodged reducing steering ability

The magnet that controls the torque sensor output signal for the electronic power steering system may not be properly secured, allowing the magnet to become dislodged. During a full lock turn, the dislodged magnet may cause steering assist to be applied in the opposite direction.

The unintended steering input reduces vehicle maneuverability and increases the risk of a crash.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering gearbox assembly, free of charge.


November 16, 2018


Incorrect information in Owner’s Manual/FMVSS 225

The owners guide in these vehicles may not have been included or if included, the owner's guide may not have been properly provided required information. It can increase the risk of injury or a crash.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the owners information kit, free of charge.


May 28, 2020


Fuel Pump May Fail

The low-pressure fuel pump inside the fuel tank may fail. And the engine can stall while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.

Honda will notify owners and dealers will replace the fuel pump assembly, free of charge.

Should you buy the 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback?

2018 Civic hatchback may have a few issues, but that doesn’t make it a bad choice. Honda has mostly fixed the steering issue and the other issues are what you would find in any car, given it is driven a sufficient number of miles. However, the 2018 Civic hatchback is still in a relatively good position as compared to other cars in this segment. So, we definitely recommend you to check it out before narrowing down on your purchase.

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