The all-new 11th-generation Honda Civic is already out, and as you’ve seen on its launch article, it assumes a sleek and clean minimalistic shape. Inside, it also has a lot of new onboard features, and suffice to say, it's probably the most high-tech the Civic has ever been.
So how does it compare to the outgoing 10th-generation model? Let’s go over that in detail.
2022 Honda Civic Old vs New: Exterior
The new 11th-gen Civic appears subtler than its predecessor. For starters, Honda removed the model’s chrome details on the front. Then again, the new Civic’s hood looks far longer than the previous version’s hood. It also gets a set of larger LED headlamps, which assume a more parallel orientation than the old one’s swept-up pair.
Compare the old (left) and new (right) Honda Civic using the slider
Towards the sides, the new Civic also has a lower beltline, and its window sills are now horizontal. Honda says that this provides better visibility. The rear end has also changed in that it now has a wider rear track. This provides the 11th-gen Civic a more planted look compared to the old model.
Size-wise, the 2022 Civic is 4,673mm long, 1,801mm wide, and 1,415mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,735mm. At most, the top-of-the-line US-spec Touring variant has a curb weight of 1,396 kg.
The old Civic meanwhile, has a length of 4,659mm, a width of 1,799mm, and a height of 1,416mm. Its wheelbase is 2,698mm long, and it has a curb weight of 1,305 kg.
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Overall, the new Civic is both longer and wider than the older model. It also has a significantly longer wheelbase. Paired with the “human-centered” interior, this growth in size might prove that the new Civic is more spacious than the old model. Do note though that the new Honda-made sedan is 91 kg heavier than the old model. Then again, the new Civic uses a more powerful engine and a more robust transmission, which we’ll talk about later.
2022 Honda Civic Old vs New: Interior
As mentioned, the new Civic now comes with a “human-centered” interior. Mind you, the current Civic in the Philippine market does have a well-arranged interior, but the one on the new model appears to have more visibility. Even the dashboard is less cluttered, and the buttons, particularly for the climate control, are spaced out more.
The 10th-gen Honda Civic RS Turbo's interior
Speaking of space, the buttons on the steering wheel now make better use of space. This is in contrast to the old Civic’s steering wheel buttons, which appear to have a larger blank space on its right steering wheel spoke. Moreover, the steering wheel itself is sleeker-looking, and the gear-shift lever, as well as several crucial car controls are now positioned nearer to the driver. The center console now also comes with two cup holders, which are positioned for better access by the front cabin’s occupants. This is in contrast to the old version’s one large cup holder that’s found just after the elbow rest.
Inside the all-new 11th-generation Honda Civic
For the top-spec Touring variant for the US market, the Civic also comes with a lot of leather-clad, soft-touch surfaces. Honda also made sure to use materials that don’t attract smudges and fingerprints. To be specific, these are controls and surfaces found on high-use areas like the center console, dashboard, interior door cards, as well as the buttons on the steering wheel.
2022 Honda Civic Old vs New: Tech and Safety
For on-board entertainment, the all-new Civic (Touring) now has a fully digital 10-inch LCD gauge cluster. This is the first time that the model is fitted in with a digital gauge cluster, and it might prove to be more legible and more versatile than the old version’s analog gauge cluster. It can display all sorts of information like music selection, the usual trip computer, the status of driver-assist features, among others.
The seven-inch infotainment system on the 10th-gen Civic
To keep its occupants entertained, the top-spec 11th-gen Civic comes with a nine-inch touchscreen head unit, which comes with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The said screen is also positioned higher up on the new Civic’s dashboard. This is in contrast to the current Philippine-spec model’s seven-inch screen, which is embedded in the center of the dash just below the center AC vents. Do note that the current Civic also has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but it lacks the wireless capability of the new model.
Apart from the said head unit, the new Civic Touring trim for the US market now features a 12-piece Bose audio system and Qi-compatible wireless charging.
Honda also upped the ante for the 11th-gen Civic’s safety. It now has more airbags with the addition of the new rear seat side airbags. The front airbags were also redesigned to protect the car's occupants better from brain and neck injuries. In total it has 10-airbags.
The new Civic's 10-inch touchscreen positioned on top of the dashboard
In comparison, the 10th-gen Civic RS has four airbags at the most. Then again, just like the new model, the older version also has speed-sensing door locks, hill-start assist, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, ISOFIX child tethers, stability control, etc.
Lastly, Honda also made sure to provide the new Civic with the latest version of the Honda Sensing safety suite. It now has eight sonar sensors, the new low-speed braking control, and more cameras. There’s also the rear false-starts prevention system which can detect accidental use of the accelerator especially from a standstill in stop and go traffic. The new Civic for the US market will also come with adaptive cruise control, whereas the old Civic only has regular cruise control.
2022 Honda Civic Old vs New: Engine
As mentioned, the all-new 11th-gen Honda Civic’s 1.5-liter turbo engine makes more power. At most, it can produce up to 180 horsepower and 240 Nm of torque. Compare that to the old Civic’s 1.5-liter turbo, which makes 171 horsepower and 220 Nm of torque.
The Civic RS Turbo's rear end
For transmissions, the new Civic still uses a continuously variable transmission (CVT). According to Honda, this part was given a more robust hydraulic pump and revised programming for a better driving experience.
Suspension-wise, both the old and new Civic still use a MacPherson strut for the front and a multi-link type for the rear. The new Civic’s suspension system however, now has a pair of new lower arms with a new busing design. These can provide less road noise, less vibrations, and more stability during spirited driving.
For now, Honda Philippines, Inc. is yet to confirm when it’ll bring in the new Civic. There have been rumors of its arrival this year, but those stand as hearsays at this point. Regardless, the said model is a mainstay product for the Japanese marque in the local market. So, yes, we can expect Honda’s local arm to confirm the new model’s arrival soon.
The rear of the 11th-gen 2022 Honda Civic (Sport Sedan variant pictured)
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Know more about Honda Civic 2021
The Civic compact sedan by multinational automaker Honda is now in its 10th generation. It was first introduced back in April 2016, and currently it has three variants. Under the hood, the 10th-gen Civic for the Philippine market has two engine options. The Civic RS uses a 1.5-liter turbocharge inline-4 that can make up to 171 horsepower and 220 Nm of torque. The second engine option is a naturally-aspirated 1.8-liter inline-4 that can produce a maximum of 139 horsepower and 174 Nm of torque. All variants use a continuously variable transmission, which sends all power to the front wheels.
Cesar G.B. Miguel