Thursday, May 13, 2021
Should-you-buy Should You Buy a 2021 Honda Civic Hatchback?

Should You Buy a 2021 Honda Civic Hatchback?

Always a blast to drive

  • It starts at $30,400 in Canada and $22,200 in the United States.

  • 2021 is the last model year of the current generation.

  • Only two trims are available, Sport and Sport Touring.


With the next-generation Civic right around the corner, Honda made a few changes to the compact car’s lineup for the 2021 model year. The Honda Civic Coupe has disappeared while the Civic Si was put on pause. Don’t worry though, Honda’s top seller is still offered in six variants, in both sedan and hatchback form. Eight if you include the Type-Rs. No matter what, the Civic is still very much popular. And rightly so.

Since nothing has changed for 2021, the Honda Civic is still powered by the same two engines, a 2.0L inline-4 pushing 158 hp and a 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder. The latter has two different outputs depending on its body style. In the sedan, it develops 174 horsepower, while the hatchback gets a 6 hp bump for a total of 180 horses.

Honda is pretty tight-lipped about its new, 11th generation coming later this Spring, as we don’t know much. Revealed via Twitch on November 17th, the 2022 Honda Civic Prototype’s design is supposed to be close to the real thing. As we wait for more details, the 2021 Civic endures as a catch in the still-popular compact car segment in the country.

So, let’s dive right into it, should you buy a 2021 Honda Civic?

2021 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Why you should buy a 2021 Honda Civic:

  • It’s a Civic. The nameplate remains one of the best-selling cars in Canada. It inspires reliability, dependability, good resale value and, of course, an above-average driving pleasure.
  • Speaking of driving pleasure, the 2021 Civic has still got it – it is good fun to drive. The handling and the performance are both extremely dynamic despite the CVT.
  • The Civic comes packed with standard features and driver-assist technologies, thanks to the Honda Sensing suite. It includes Collision Mitigation Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Keeping Assist, to only name a few.
  • A roomy cabin. Honda’s compact car offers a spacious interior proposing much more legroom and shoulder room than its archenemy, the Corolla. Combined with a bigger trunk, the Civic is a better family-friendly vehicle.

2021 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Why you should not buy a 2021 Honda Civic:

  • I know that it might be subjective, but I find the Civic Hatchback busy looking. Something to do with those black plastic holes in the rear bumper that break the car’s lines.
  • There’s also the display screen. They fixed most of the issues a couple of years ago but it still not quite right. Barely updated since the car hit the market in 2016, you can see it’s outdated. I also found the interface to lack user-friendliness, in addition to being laggy.
  • The competition is pretty fierce in the compact segment. Because of that, the Civic might not be the best option out there as some challengers offer more for less.
  • Honda’s traditional reliability aside, one variable that raised concerns is certainly the 1.5L turbo engine. Only a few years ago, Honda agreed to extend the warranty on this engine over the possibility of gas trickling down to the oil. The 2.0L, although less powerful, is a much safer option.

2021 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Conclusion:

Although this generation of the Civic may not be at its best, it always makes us smile when we take it for a spin. We’ll see what Honda has in store for the next generation of its most popular model, but I’d like to see it go back to what it once was.

With competitors getting more and more aggressive, the Civic needs a boost to rebuild its reputation. As an example, my tester, a Civic Hatchback Sport Touring coupled with a CVT has an MSRP of $33,900. A Mazda3 Sport GT AWD starts at $33,200 while the Subaru WRX Sport is priced at $33,795. Yes, exactly…

Does Honda have any surprises in store for 2022?  We’ll find out soon. Will we see an AWD version? For now, the 2021 Honda Civic does a good job, nothing more. Always fun to drive, it’s full of life, unfortunately, it also comes with a high noise level in the cabin.

2021 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring | Photo: Olivier Delorme

2021 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring | Photo: Olivier Delorme

2021 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring | Photo: Olivier Delorme

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