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2022 Honda Civic Touring: All New, All Umph!, All Bear!

The 2022 Honda Civic is all-new for 2022, and to be clear, this review will focus on the Honda Civic Touring trim. What’s the difference?

Well, for starters, the price: if you are looking for value, the base Honda Civic LX sedan starts at $21,900 US, and it’s a decent sedan with plenty of room for most decent-sized bears. Mileage is 33 city / 42 highway and you get a simple 2.0-liter 4-cyliner engine offering 158 horses. Standard equipment is, well, ‘standard’ but gets better as you go up the food chain.

Now, once you get into the Touring models of the Honda Civic…

Power and speed and flash is what it’s all about. Sorta.

The Touring comes with a Direct-Injection Turbo, still four-cylinder but now you get 180 horses. And paddle shifters. MacPherson Struts. Electronic Power Steering. Leather trimmed-seats. Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Bose Premium Audio with 12 speakers. 

Don’t you feel more butch already?

18-inch alloy wheels. Wireless charging. Integrated navigation. 9-inch infotainment touchscreen. 

Standard safety includes forward collision mitigation, lane-keep assist, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, driver-attention monitoring (this really can detect if you are fatigued or drowsy) and traffic sign reader.

The 2022 Honda Civic Touring starts at $28,500 US. 

I tested the 1.5T 4D trim last month.  I gotta tell ya, it was a joy to drive.  One of the complaints around the World Wide Web is that the new exterior design is, how shall we say: rather boring.  Rather understated. Yeah, well, sure.  I will admit, I would need to put a carefully selected team of PR writers on this assignment to jazz up the copy. The cure? Get the right exterior color.

Still, it was fun to drive, and I think even if you went with the base Honda Civic for 2022, you would do just fine. 

There is one downside that I found to be rather annoying, however, and so did many other reviewers: the new 2022 Civic does seem to be a little too sensitive when it comes to things getting in its way and feeling the need to brake the car. Quickly. 

Nothing major, but I did find myself coasting a few times and then suddenly, unexpectedly, the brakes were engaged and the car came to a screeching halt. Because everything is electronic, it takes a few seconds before you can safely proceed, and that is frustrating. Other than that

As we begin the holiday season, there still seems to be no let up when it comes to inflation, supply shortages, car problems – and whole lotta other consumer problems.

I do wish I had better news for you.

Otherwise –- Happy Holidays!