The 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback Is a Car for Honda’s Youngest Buyers

The Honda Civic is immensely popular. Honestly, you could argue the brand’s entry-level sedan is too big to fail. Regardless, new Civics are always heavily scrutinized. And no one scrutinizes like SavageGeese. However, as the pair of YouTube reviewers discovered, there really isn’t much to complain about in the new 2022 Honda Civic hatchback.

The Civic hatch is an excellent, near-flawless car built by Honda to bring young people into the brand.

Why is the Civic hatchback more expensive?

A blue 2022 Honda Civic hatchback shot in motion from the front 3/4
The new 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback | Honda

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However, there is a hangup for some with the 2022 Honda Civic hatchback. It is more expensive than its sedan counterpart. Thankfully, it’s not by much. The hatch will run you a whopping $1,900 more than the equivalent sedan at any trim level, spec for spec. That’s largely due to the increased materials used to make the car’s rear end larger.

Of course, the added practicality is hard to ignore, but more on that later. There’s a good number of trims available, and even some Civics with a manual transmission for you driving enthusiasts. While the stick may not manage staggering MPG like the 2022 Jetta will, it’s a rare option on a modern car. You even get your choice of engines with a stick hatch, from a 150 hp 2.0 four-cylinder to a 180 hp 1.5 turbocharged four-cylinder.

The 2022 Honda Civic hatchback offers CUV practicality

The rear hatch of a Honda Civic with a 55" TV inside
You can fit anything you want in a Civic hatchback | Honda

Back to practicality for a moment. Obviously, the larger boot is a welcome addition to the Civic line. It’s been a staple of the model for generations, and for good reason. At least Honda has shown us you can fit a 55″ TV in the back with room to spare. “Cavernous” describes the load capabilities of the 2022 Honda Civic hatchback quite well. SavageGeese pointed out the volume of the space rivals some CUVs, like a Toyota RAV4.

That practicality, as well as the Civic’s $22,900 MSRP, are supposed to draw in young, first-time Civic buyers. As SavageGeese points out, it looks like it’s working. According to them, 25% of Civic sales are hatches, with 60% of those buyers aged under 35. Even better for Honda, 40% of those buyers are first-time owners. The Civic has always been a sales success, and it looks like the 2022 Honda Civic hatchback is continuing that trend for the brand.

A Civic hatch is a car for the youths

A blue 2022 Honda Civic hatchback shot in profile while rolling down a city street
The new Civic hatch in a very nice blue | Honda

To be fair, Honda has always been a “youthful” brand. Its marketing is targeted towards people under 35, and the brand’s sporty, youth-driven image is only helped by the resurgence of the Type R name for both Honda and Acura. However, the post-pandemic economy and its effect on younger generations could come back to bite Honda. However, as SavageGeese pointed out, the numbers are a reflection of just how good the 2022 Honda Civic hatchback is.

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