What it is: The 2022 Civic is all-new with an upgraded interior and a refined exterior that says “I’m all grown up.” I parked my silver Touring trim test Civic next to a silver Accord from the 2010s, and I was struck with how similar they were in size and how the Civic has leaned into the more traditional aesthetics of the Accord.

Two engines are offered: a 158 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 180 horsepower 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Only a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is offered in the sedan, but a manual is available in the hatchback.

While the exterior looked good, the interior really impressed me. Not only does it feel roomy, it has a nice honeycomb pattern set into the dashboard that the air vents are integrated into. It makes it feel very sleek. A large center-mounted infotainment screen pops up out of the dash like a tablet, and all of the interior plastic and other touchpoints feel much nicer than you would expect at this price point. The infotainment screen is available as a 7-inch or 9-inch version, and if you spring for the larger one then you get wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

All 2022 Civics will have automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection as well as adaptive cruise control, which are great to have at this price point. Many manufacturers are pushing to make these electronic safety systems standard, and Honda should be applauded for doing so in a segment that has shoppers hunting for a bargain.

The Civic also drives well, but it is not fast. The turbocharged 1.5-liter does give you more low-end torque, but if you are looking for speed, Honda has plans to release much more powerful Si and Type-R trims soon. For 95% of drivers, this is plenty though. Rear seat leg room isn’t overly spacious, but you can fit four full-sized adults in the car and be comfortable. As I mentioned before, the new Civic is basically the size of a previous generation Accord. The ride comfort is not luxuriously smooth, but a good balance between mitigating potholes and providing some feedback with more spirited driving.

Speaking of spirited driving, like all cars with turbochargers, if you drive with a heavy foot then don’t expect to get MPG in the 30s. It is certainly possible, but unless you drive all of the time like you’ve got a bunch of groceries in your trunk, then you can likely expect mid to upper 20s.

MPG: 34 Combined/31 City/38 Highway

Price: $23,365 for base LX sedan. $29,965 for Touring sedan.

Upsides: Immense value.

Downsides: Low power and questions about MPG and turbocharged engine.

Wrap-up: Honda really has a hit with the new Civic. It offers four different trims and two body styles, so you really have some options on what type of Civic you can buy. While the lower-end versions offer the lowest price, the best value comes with the higher trims. My top trim Touring is a $6,000 premium over a base car, and you get the turbocharged engine, larger infotainment screen, heated leather seats, a Bose stereo, 18-inch alloy wheels, a larger 10.2-inch gauge cluster screen, parking sensors, LED fog lights, and on and on. If you are considering an affordable sedan, the Civic is a must-drive.

Wilson Calvert
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I am a long-time Houstonian and am obsessed with cars, soccer, traveling, bourbon and airplanes. I write a regular car review column for The Tribune and travel articles a few times per year.

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