The 2022 Honda Civic Interior: The Wheel Doesn’t Need to Be Reinvented

Recently, a lot of manufacturers have tried to reinvent the wheel when it comes to interiors; notably Ferrari and Tesla. Honda, thankfully, isn’t one of them. The 2022 Honda Civic interior is a perfect example of why the interior wheel doesn’t need to be reinvented.

ThrottleHouse said the Civic takes what’s good and makes it better | ThrottleHouse

I can understand that layouts can get stale, but the fundamentals of a car’s insides just don’t need to change all that much. Frankly, the only thing that should is the tech and the feel of things. And that’s exactly what Honda did.

Minimalism is the name of the game in the 2022 Honda Civic interior

The steering wheel of the 2022 Honda Civic concept
The 2022 Honda Civic gets a brand new interior | Philip Fong via Getty Images

Recently, I’ve seen a lot of criticism on the internet regarding the aggressive styling of newer cars. Part of me thinks it’s the generations that grew up with the soft lines of the ’90s and 2000s being more vocal online. However, another part of me thinks they’re right. That’s why I’m so glad the 2022 Honda Civic interior has been done the way it has.

Minimalism is clearly the name of the game here. Honda wanted an interior for the 2022 Honda Civic that just works. And let me tell you, it does. Pretty much everything is right where you’d expect it to be. A/C? Take a wild guess. It’s right in the middle where it belongs, with big legible dials you can actually touch. There’s no finicky swiping and touching here a-la Ford Maverick.

Honda are kings of steady change

The 2022 Honda Civic interior shot from the driver's seat at night
Physical controls dominate the 2022 Honda Civic interior | Honda

That lack of fuss really sets the tone for the rest of the interior. For a while there, Honda looked like they were going to abandon the volume knob. Clearly, someone at Honda decided they’d had enough of all the pitchforks and villagers outside. So, they put one back in. Happily, the 2022 Honda Civic interior keeps that change consistent.

Even better, the interior of the 2022 Civic is a consistent improvement over the old one. The new infotainment is easy to use and read, even in direct sun. Sure, some parts will feel a little economy car, but hey, this is an economy car isn’t it? Honestly, my biggest gripe is the neat-looking trim over the vents. It looks great, but it feels like I just pulled it off a Lego set. This was also a complaint of Thomas and James’ at ThrottleHouse, who said the interior was definitely missing a few touches.

How much will the 2022 Honda Civic cost?

The climate control knobs inside the new Civic
You’d think the 2022 Honda Civic interior belongs in a much pricier car | Honda

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With those minor foibles aside, the interior on the new Civic absolutely hits above its $24,000 base price, even if some of those options get left off at that price. Once again, Honda has shown the world how to make a cheap car feel like an expensive one, and they’ve managed to do it without fancy yokes that don’t work and haptic buttons that you’ll hit accidentally.