2021 Honda Civic

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2021 Honda Civic
2021 Honda Civic

Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

182.7” x 55.7”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • Turbo engine performance, especially in Type R
  • Handling
  • Lots of useful storage spaces
  • Gas mileage
  • Materials quality

The bad:

  • Base engine drone while accelerating
  • Middle rear-seat comfort
  • Muted exhaust sound (Type R)
  • Type R only seats four
  • Touchscreen multimedia system usability

6 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2021 Honda Civic trim comparison will help you decide.

See also: Find the best Sedans for 2023

Notable features

  • New Limited Edition for Type R
  • Sedan and hatchback body styles
  • Honda Sensing active safety features standard
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto available

2021 Honda Civic review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 Honda Civic?

The Honda Civic is a front-wheel-drive compact car available in sedan and four-door hatchback body styles. It competes with the Hyundai Elantra, Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla

The sedan has a standard 158-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an optional 174-hp, turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder. The hatchback comes only with the 1.5-liter engine. Both cars have a standard continuously variable automatic transmission, but the hatchback also has an available six-speed manual. 

For performance-minded drivers, Honda has the Civic Type R. It comes only as a four-seat hatchback and is powered by a 306-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. A six-speed manual is the only transmission offered in the Type R.

What’s New on the 2021 Honda Civic?

The coupe body style and Si trim level have been dropped from the Civic lineup. A new Limited Edition version of the mighty Type R features lightweight BBS wheels, Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires, updated steering and suspension tuning, and less sound-deadening material for further weight savings. Limited Edition production is limited to 600 units, and it’s only available in Phoenix Yellow paint. 

What Features in the 2021 Honda Civic Are Most Important?

Standard features include:

  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Adaptive cruise control

Available features include:

  • LED headlights
  • Remote start
  • Power moonroof
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity
  • Navigation

2021 Honda Civic Vs. 2021 Toyota Corolla: How Do They Compare?

Both of these compact cars offer room for up to five people, but the Civic and Corolla have different strengths. Each offers a lot of standard safety features and excellent fuel economy, but the Civic is more fun to drive, with better performance and sharper handling — though the gap isn’t as wide as it used to be.

If you’re looking for ultimate efficiency, the Corolla is available in hybrid form, with an impressive EPA-estimated 52 mpg combined. However, nothing in the Corolla range comes close to matching the high-performance Civic Type R. 

Should I Buy the 2021 Honda Civic?

Lower trim levels of the Civic deliver an engaging driving experience, and the high-output Type R ratchets up the fun quotient considerably. It’s worth looking at the turbo 1.5-liter engine over the base 2.0-liter, as it offers better performance and gas mileage. 

A new generation of the Civic is on the horizon, but the current model remains a strong choice in the compact class; it even won a recent comparison test of ours with the Corolla and Sentra.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews


great cars(cvt sucks)

First if all I wouldn’t recommend the cvt transmissions they are driven by belt and many moving components and are more expensive to replace second the Manuel transmissions are amazing and with cruise control shifting doesn’t disable it can get increased fuel millage with a ktuner(tuner) me and my friend flashed a performance tune we took a 230 mile trip and the fuel millage was 45-47 the whole time great cars


Great Commuter car

This is a great car for commuting. Excellent gas mileage of 39+MPG on the highway (without traffic). You can't go wrong with the reliability and affordability of a Honda. Getting a safe car under $30K is becoming increasing difficult in 2023. I only wish it came in AWD! Are listening engineers. not everyone wants to drive a CR-V.


Best car I’ve ever had!

I love this car. Easy to drive and looks fantastic. The back seats are kind of cramped, but I love having a hatchback. I love the features. I don’t like the automatic braking that much because it turns on randomly and slows down in the middle of driving. My battery died once in the cold and I had to get a new one. Honda dealership service sucks a lot. The paint on the car is cheap and chips off randomly.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Honda True
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
More than 12 months or 12,000 miles from their original in-service date, with 80,000 miles or fewer at time of vehicle delivery.
Basic warranty terms
5 years/86,000 miles
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
182-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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