Sedan CVT-only but other models could return with manuals
Type R rumoured to get hybrid AWD
Disappointed by the lack of manual transmission offerings when Honda revealed the new Civic this week? Don’t worry, the stick will be coming. It’s just that it will be saved for the more sporting versions, the Si, the Type-R, and, per a new report from Motor Trend, the hatchback.
The Honda Civic built its reputation and become the best selling car in Canada based on more than a few factors, but reliability was just the one they shared with Toyota. What set Honda apart was being fun to drive. Especially considering they were still driver-focused even if you didn’t get the quick ones. It’s why we were slightly saddened to see only CVTs in the 2022 Honda Civic sedan and to find that the turbo was reserved for top-spec trims.
The report from MT, though, said that the next Civic Hatchback will probably offer a stick-shift, at least on the Sport trim, and it will come with the 1.5L 180 hp turbo engine. The current-model hatchback, unlike the sedan, offers the turbo-four and a stick on all grades.
And, of course, we still expect a manual in the Si and Type R models, because a CVT in a hot hatch or sedan is a non-starter. Plus the Si and Type R have been manual-only for generations now.
What else is coming with the Type R? MT also says that while Honda is keeping quiet, an upgraded type R that included an electrified AWD driveline like that of the NSX or Acura MDX could come and give the car more traction and much more power. Of course, that one would probably get an automatic.