So the 2022 Honda Civic has finally debuted in the local market. All variants get the same 1.5-liter DOHC turbocharged engine producing 176 bhp and 177 lb-ft of torque mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission. And yes, all trims are now fitted with Honda SENSING.
So what’s the point of having three different trim levels if you get the same goodies, you ask? Well, a closer look will reveal that there are a few distinct differences catering to different audiences.
On The Outside
Available in either S, V, or top-spec RS trim levels, the 11th-generation Civic sports an exterior that is an evolution of the previous iteration. This time, however, it’s a lot more refined as compared to last generation’s sportier vibe. Among the 3 variants, it is the V and RS that get the full LED headlamps treatment. The sporty RS adds blacked out door mirrors, door handles, shark’s fin antenna, blacked out alloys, and a rear spoiler complemented by exhaust pipe finishers.
Speaking of wheels, the S comes with 16 inch wheels and tires, the V with 17s, and the RS with large 235/40R18 rubber.
On The Inside
Like the exterior, the interior receives a more refined and premium looking vibe. The main highlight is the honeycomb pattern that runs across the dashboard and also contains the air vents, giving the cabin a classy touch emphasizing attention to detail.
The top variant RS gets leather and suede upholstery for the seats, a 9-inch infotainment system with a BOSE 12-speaker audio setup, wireless Apple CarPlay connectivity and plugged Android Auto, and a 10.2-inch fully digital instrument cluster, as well as Paddle Shifters for the CVT.
Speaking of speakers and instrument cluster displays, the S gets four speakers while the V gets by with 8 speakers. Both variants are fitted with a 7-inch digital display with analog speedometer.
A Sense of safety
As mentioned earlier, the all-new Honda Civic comes standard with Honda SENSING across the entire range. All 3 variants get goodies like Collision Mitigation Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow, Road Departure Mitigation System with Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Lead Car Notification System, and Auto High Beams.
All these in addition to driver and passenger airbags, side airbags, ABS with EBD, Hill Start Assist, Emergency Stop Signal, ISOFIX Child Seat anchors, child locks, speed-sensing door locks, and multi-view reverse camera. Spring for the top[-of-the-line RS and you even get Honda’s LaneWatch Camera, as well as side curtain airbags.
While Honda was known to scrimp on safety features in the past (especially in the late 1990s or early 2000s) to stay competitive in pricing, this is definitely not the case anymore especially with the 2022 11th-gen Civic. It’s amazing that they are able to include all these safety feature in all the trims while staying competitive in pricing.
Which Civic is for You?
After all is said and done, the question arises: Which Civic best suits you?
If you’re simply after the whole Civic experience and couldn’t care less if it’s sporty or luxurious, then go for the Civic S Turbo CVT Honda SENSING at P1,290,000.
If you want the bells and whistles but aren’t too keen on the sporty flavor of the RS, then the mid-spec V Turbo CVT Honda SENSING at PhP 1498,000 is the way to go.
But if you want to go all out and would most like dress up your Civic, then spring for the RS Turbo CVT Honda SENSING that goes for PhP 1,690,000. Personally, I would go for this variant. That’s what it’s all about: all the Civic goodness that’s also grown up.
Either way, you’ll get Honda’s trademark quality and fun to drive nature mixed with luxury, tech, and safety kit, this one with the Civic name. A name that has become an icon with 50 years of motoring history behind it.