2023 Honda Civic Hatchback, Redesign, Models – In the 1980s, Easter colors were replaced with grungy black and flannel. The design philosophy behind Honda’s automobiles seems to be the same. With a new generation set to debut in 2023, 2023 Honda Civic Hatchback will return to more restrained styling to better compete against the likes of the Mazda 3, Toyota Corolla, and Subaru Impreza. The previous generation’s Civic Hatchback looked like an origami artwork, with angles, creases, sharp edges, and an aggressive stance. Restrained? Yes. Boring? Possibly. Will it, however, lead to more sales? Almost definitely, to say the very least.
When it comes to engine options for the 2020 model year, the standard 2.0L four-cylinder will be available, while the more powerful 1.5L turbocharged four-bangers will be available for those who want a little more power. However, you may still choose a CVT with this model, but the hatchback is your best bet if you like to shift gears manually. We hopped behind the wheel to compare the Sport Touring versions of both models.
2023 Honda Civic Exterior
Despite the decline in popularity of the hatchback in the United States, the 2023 Honda Civic Hatchback style has stood up well in the past, and with the 2018 model year’s enhanced Euro-inspired fastback design, the Japanese hatchback is sure to draw even more consumers who love the sporty look. There are LED headlights and taillights standard on all models, with top-of-the-line versions getting LED fog lights.
One-touch power moonroofs and twin exhaust finishers are standard on EX-L trims, whereas Sport Touring grades offer them as an option. The EX-L features 17-inch wheels, while the Sport and Sport Touring have 18-inchers. All of the black accents on the Sport’s window surrounds and other exterior features complete the look.
For the first time ever, Honda claims that the Civic Hatchback’s rear seat is the most spacious ever. A total of 37.4 inches of legroom back there, and a little less generous 37.1 inches of headroom, are reserved for front-seat occupants. A simplified interior arrangement creates an illusion of space, yet the overall design is functional.
Despite the fact that only the top-of-the-line trims come with eight-way power front seats, the driver’s position is comfortable, and the view ahead is unobstructed. The top-of-the-line versions come standard with heated front seats and leather upholstery, and the safety suite now includes more standard technology than ever before. The Civic Hatch is a terrific place to spend your time.
The basic engine is the same 2.0-liter I4 used in base Civic Sedans, with a choice of two transmissions. There are two versions of the LX and Sport, both with a CVT automatic gearbox, although the Sport may be had with a six-speed manual transmission instead. All three model levels have the same 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that made 180 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque last year, but the Sport Touring may be ordered with a manual transmission as well.
The CVT-equipped Civic Hatch, like the sedan, now has a Sport mode. In this setting, the CVT revs up to 6,000 rpm, putting it closer to the Civic’s maximum power. In general, we oppose CVTs, although aggressively programmed ones may be entertaining. Even so, if you’re looking for some real thrills in terms of performance, stick with the manual.
2023 Honda Civic Release Date and Price
No matter which transmission you choose, the 2023 Honda Civic Hatchback begins at $22,900 MSRP for the basic LX and rises to $24,100 for the Sport. The Sport Touring is $29,400 and the EX-L is $26,600, with a choice of two transmissions. Honda’s $1,015 delivery and handling fee is not included in this pricing.