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2021 Honda Civic

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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

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Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2021 Honda Civic trim comparison will help you decide.

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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 4.7
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value 4.6
  • Exterior 4.7
  • Reliability 4.5
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Most recent consumer reviews


The Ever-Expanding Civic

This car is the whole package: fun to drive, excellent handling, braking & steering, and a great throttle response (with the 1.5 turbo). Plus it comes with a slew of Honda safety features. It is a remarkable upgrade from my 2013 Civic. I hope that over the years, it will have the same reliability.


No más y no voy a recomendar a nadie

Este dealer no sirve son incompetente. Me arrepiento de a ver comprado en ese lugar. Yo he comprado muchos carros en este país. Pero nunca me avia y majinado del peor negocio de mi vida. Estoy muy decepcionado.


Found what I was looking for

Low mileage, excellent condition, very reliable, excellent financing and warranty. Purchased within 24 hours of contacting dealer and delivered next day. Very pleased with process and with car.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Honda True Certified+
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
Less than 12 months or 12,000 miles from their original in-service date.
Basic warranty terms
4 years/48,000 if vehicle purchased within warranty period 1 year 12,000 miles if vehicle purchased after warranty period expired
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
182-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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