The 2021 Honda Civic Hatchback is a fun vehicle with modern stylings, a good amount of interior space, and advanced technology. This car might be ideal for someone who wants to drive something that's a bit edgy but also practical. Sporty and athletic, the Honda Civic Hatchback should appeal to many consumers.
What’s New for 2021?
Honda hasn't done anything to make the 2021 model year any different from the 2020 model year. All that has been changed is the starting price, which has increased by a very minor amount.
There are four available trims. The LX is the most affordable, and it comes with a five-inch LCD screen and Bluetooth. In addition, it has some quality driver-assist technologies.
Moving to the Sport comes along with much more technology. This is the level at which a seven-inch touchscreen and smartphone compatibility become standard. The Sport is further enhanced with fog lights and a center-mounted dual exhaust. Its smart entry system is very convenient, and once someone gets accustomed to this type of keyless entry, it might be hard to ever go back to the old way of unlocking a door.
At the EX level, the cabin is enhanced with a power moonroof. The side mirrors are heated, and so are the front seats. A dual-zone climate system and power-adjustable driver's seat are some of the more high-tech components. Drivers in the EX get to benefit from having SiriusXM Satellite Radio and blind-zone monitoring.
The Sport Touring is the most premium trim available. It stands out from the rest of the lineup with leather seats, and the front and rear outboard seats in the Sport Touring are heated. Perhaps the biggest news about the Sport Touring is that it has navigation. Plus, the infotainment system is enhanced with a premium audio system that comes with 12 speakers and a subwoofer.
One thing that makes the Honda Civic Hatchback easy to drive is its compact size. That begin said, it still has a comfortable cabin. Leg room in the front can be up to 42.3 inches. In the second row, there's 36 inches of leg room. If necessary, three people can fit in the back together.
Versatility and a relatively generous cargo capacity are what attracts some buyers to the Civic Hatchback. Behind the rear seats, there is a little more than 25 cubic feet of space. This is much larger than what one might find in a sedan, and it may come close to what some smaller crossovers and SUVs have to offer. The rear seats in the Civic Hatchback can be folded down to expand cargo capacity to 46.2 cubic feet. The car is able to have so much interior space because of the added height that the hatchback design gives it.
Engine, Performance, and MPG
All four trims of the Honda Civic Hatchback use turbocharged engines. These engines are 1.5-liter, four-cylinder versions. The LX and EX come with 174 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. These are pretty respectable numbers for a car of this type. These two trims use continuously variable transmissions.
The Sport and Sport Touring have a slightly different design that enables them to generate 180 horsepower and up to 177 pound-feet of torque. These trims can be set up with either six-speed manual transmissions or continuously variable transmissions. If the latter is selected, there could be paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel.
With a continuously variable transmission, the Civic Hatchback could earn up to 31 miles per gallon in the city and 40 miles per gallon on the highway. With a manual transmission, the numbers are a bit lower, but they're still fairly solid.
One of the most striking elements about the 2021 Civic Hatchback is its appearance. It sits low to the ground and has some angles cut into its doors and hood that enhance its edgy aesthetic. The roofline spoiler is another component that makes the car look sportier. A fin-type antenna is mounted into the roof of very Civic Hatchback trim, and LED brake lights are standard. Depending on the trim, the car can ride on 16-, 17-, or 18-inch alloy wheels.
The Honda Sensing safety suite has been integrated into every Civic Hatchback trim. This package includes adaptive cruise control, which is a system that allows the car to adjust its own speed in order to maintain proper distancing with other vehicles. The package also has a few monitors and sensors that give the Honda the ability to keep it centered in a lane. It can "see" when its departing from a lane, and it can correct steering in a gentle way so that it can stay in position.
Honda Sensing includes automatic emergency braking as well. If it seems like the car is about to hit a vehicle in front of it, the driver will be warned and the Civic Hatchback could apply pressure to its brakes.All trims have automatic high beams, and these can be very useful in more rural areas at night. Every trim has a multi-angle rearview camera as well as traction control. The top two trims have Honda LaneWatch. Honda LaneWatch is a type of blind spot monitoring system that gives people a way to see vehicles that they might not otherwise be able to spot.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here)
Note: All Honda Civic Hatchback MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.