The new 2022 Honda Civic Type R will arrive in 2022.
Minor changes for many models, Insight is dead in Canada.
Pilot and Refreshed Passport get new TrailSport Edition.
The 2022 calendar year will be a quiet one for Honda with no newly introduced or redesigned products, with the exception of its only high-performance model.
Back in April 2021, Honda announced its intention to exclusively sell fully electric vehicles in North America by 2040, and the next new such model will be the Honda Prologue, which will use General Motors’ Ultium motor and battery technology and hit the market in early 2024. In the meantime, here’s what to expect from the Honda brand in 2022.
The 2022 Honda Civic sedan arrived last year, followed by the Civic Hatchback and the sporty Civic Si variant. The latter is equipped with a turbocharged 1.5L four that delivers 200 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque, managed by a mandatory six-speed manual transmission. The Civic enters its second model year with little changes, but as these lines are being written, teaser images of the Civic Type R have been released by the manufacturer, and promised the super hot hatch would make its world debut at the Tokyo Auto Salon in January 2022.
The 2022 Honda Insight drops the base LX trim level in the United States, which means only the EX and the Touring are left with no announced changes. However, the Insight will no longer be offered on the Canadian market.
A new Sport trim level equipped with the hybrid powertrain has been added the Honda Accord lineup for 2022, replacing the EX Hybrid. It features 19-inch alloy wheels, a black rear spoiler, LED headlights and taillights, sport pedals and more. Otherwise, changes are minor for the midsize sedan.
The Honda HR-V soldiers on with no changes for the 2022 model year. It’s still offered in LX, Sport, EX and EX-L trims in the U.S., and LX, Sport and Touring in Canada. AWD is optional. We were expecting a redesign by now, as the HR-V is one of the brand’s oldest products, but we’ll have to wait another year.
The Honda CR-V is now the brand’s best-selling vehicle in both Canada and the United States, overtaking the Civic. To celebrate this, Honda deleted made AWD mandatory on the Touring in the U.S., and that’s the only change. The CR-V Hybrid carries on as is in the U.S. as well, and is still not available in Canada.
The Honda Passport gets rugged new styling that resembles that of the refreshed-for-2021 Ridgeline. Also new is the TrailSport edition for more adventurous buyers, offering them a 10-mm larger track, unique 18-inch wheels, distinct grille and bumper detailing as well as orange interior stitching, heated windshield wiper zones and power-folding mirrors. The base Sport and uplevel Touring trim levels have been canned in the U.S., as the TrailSport is flanked by the EX-L and the Elite. Ironically, the Passport gets Sport, TrailSport and Touring variants in Canada, while the EX-L is dropped.
For the 2022 model year, the Honda Pilot is now offered in new Sport and TrailSport trim levels in the U.S. in addition to the existing EX-L, SE, Touring, Elite and Black Edition variants. Like the Passport TrailSport, the Pilot receives a rugged, adventurous counterpart for heading deeper off the beaten path. No changes have been announced yet for the Canadian market, but we expect the TrailSport to be introduced north of the border as well.
Refreshed last year, the Honda Ridgeline returns with very few changes. Actually, the only change is the addition of Sonic Gray paint. The midsize pickup is available in Sport, RTL, RTL-E and Black Edition variants in the U.S., and in Sport, EX-L, Touring and Black Edition in Canada.
Lastly, the Honda Odyssey’s 2022 model year arrived in January of last year with no changes over the 2021 edition, expect for the deletion on the on-board vacuum cleaner and the addition of Radiant Red Metallic paint.