2024 Honda Civic Review: Surprisingly Fun Daily Transport

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceWhat is it?
It may be hard to believe, but the Honda Civic has been on the market in America for more than 50 years, and in that time, almost 30 million Civics have been sold worldwide. Originally introduced as a subcompact economy car, the Civic has come a long way and is now one of the most popular cars in America. After spending time with this fun and efficient model, we completely understand why it is one of Honda’s bestselling cars.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceWhat I Drove
Honda provided me with a 2024 Honda Civic Sport Hatchback, painted in the eye-catching Boost Blue Pearl. Equipped with black cloth seats, 18-inch Gloss Black alloy wheels, and a 6-speed manual gearbox, the MSRP was $27,900, including the $1,095 destination charge. This entertaining little four-door proved that the Civic is much more than just basic transportation. Honda offers the Civic as a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback, with trims ranging from LX, which starts at $23,950, to the extreme performance Civic Type R, which is priced at $44,795.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceStylish Looks
Honda introduced the current Civic hatchback for the 2021 model year, giving it a new, sporty look. Slim LED headlights flare out from the small, concave grille, giving the car a wide-looking stance.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceSporty Silhouette
The Civic’s roofline flows smoothly to the rear spoiler, and the short overhang at the rear adds to the sporty look. My test car looked especially fetching in the Boost Blue Pearl, along with the contrasting black wheels.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceRear View
From the rear, the Civic continues its sporty look with the rear spoiler and stylish LED taillights. No exhaust is visible—instead, placements in the rear fascia emulate a dual exhaust system. I’m not a big fan of the imitation dual exhaust, but it works on the Civic.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceInner Space
The Civic Sport has a simple but well-thought-out cabin with straightforward controls and reasonable storage space. My Civic came standard with a 7-inch touchscreen display—it’s a bit smaller than some of the competition’s, but it works well with a clear design and intuitive controls. Adding to the clean design is the single, stylish vent cover that splits the lower and upper dashboard.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceControls
A few years back, Honda eliminated the volume control knob in its vehicles, so I was happy to see that not only does the Civic have a physical knob for volume, but there’s also a tuning knob. Buttons below the screen provide quick shortcuts to phone and audio screens, as well as a home button. Climate functions are accessed via separate controls in the lower center dashboard.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceApple CarPlay / Android Auto
Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard on all Civic trim levels; however, only the higher levels with the upgraded 9-inch display get these phone integration features with a wireless connection.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceFront Seats
The cloth-trimmed front seats are stylish and comfortable, with soft fabric and nice padding. The bolsters provide good support without being too tight for larger drivers. Seats are manually adjusted, but I had no problem setting the seat to the correct position.

Rear Seat
I was pleasantly surprised to find good legroom and headroom for rear-seat passengers. With 37.4 inches of legroom, that’s not quite as much as a Hyundai Elantra but considerably more than a Toyota Corolla. The center seat is a bit less comfortable, with a hump in the floor interfering with legroom and a stiff seat pad.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceGood Utility
With its hatchback style, the Civic Sport offers excellent cargo space, easily accessed through the wide hatch opening. There’s almost 25 cubic feet of space, plenty of room for multiple pieces of luggage or a week’s worth of groceries. An integrated cover keeps valuables away from prying eyes, and the cover quickly retracts to the side if the cargo requires additional space. The rear seats fold in a 60/40 configuration for added utility.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceUnder the Hood
Powering the Honda Civic Sport is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine putting out 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a slick 6-speed manual gearbox – a rarity in today’s market. Honda also offers a continuously variable transmission for no additional charge. According to the EPA, the Honda Civic Sport Hatchback with the manual gearbox is rated at 26 mpg city / 36 mpg hwy / 29 mpg combined – the CVT gets about four mpg better. During my time in the Civic, which was spent driving in the city and on the highway, the trip computer showed an average of 30 mpg.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceOn the Road
On paper, the Civic Sport is very much an economy car, getting great fuel economy without a lot of power under the hood. However, on the road, I found the Civic quite enjoyable to drive. The small Honda is easy to maneuver in town with quick steering and a responsive throttle. Heading out on my favorite back roads that go to Hell (Michigan) and back, the Civic Sport was easy to toss around with good grip and nice steering feedback. There’s not a lot of power on tap, but the manual gearbox helps to harness every horse, and rowing through the gears adds to the overall fun driving experience.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceNice Commuter
Taking the Civic Sport out towards Ann Arbor, Michigan, on I-94, I found the car to be a nice cruiser, delivering a quiet, solid right while moving along at 70 mph. Adaptive cruise control comes standard, as does lane keep assist and lane departure warning, all adding to the peace of mind on the freeway. Honda also offers traffic jam assist, but only with the CVT.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceRating: 9.0
It’s easy to dismiss the Honda Civic as inexpensive basic transportation, but after spending several days with the Civic Sport, it’s clear that there’s much more to this stylish little hatchback. Boasting a comfortable, roomy interior with useful technology and plenty of utility, the Civic Sport works well as a daily driver. With its relatively low starting price, enjoyable manual gearbox, and fuel-efficient powertrain, I could easily be convinced to drive this car every day.

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