2023 Honda Civic: The Type R Is the Biggest Change
The Honda Civic was completely redesigned for the 2022 model year. The Japanese automaker turned up the sophistication of its tried-and-true compact car, which has received much praise from owners and critics alike. Let’s take a closer look at what we can expect from the upcoming 2023 Honda Civic.
When will the 2023 Honda Civic come out?
We’re still awaiting the exact date from Honda as to when the 2023 Civic will start to show in dealer showrooms. However, if history is any indication, then we predict that the new models should start appearing by the end of August and maybe into October, depending on any supply chain issues.
As for the trim levels, the 2023 Honda Civic should carry the same five main flavors – LX, Sport, EX, Touring, and Si – but the return of the Civic Type R hatchback is the biggest news. The 2023 Honda Civic Type R carries a new look that’s based on the 11th-generation Honda Civic Hatchback body style.
Honda has been mum on any real details for the forthcoming fire-breathing Civic. But we expect that it will still churn out over 300 hp and continue its reign as a top hot hatchback. Albeit with more sophisticated driving dynamics like the new Civics have.
How much will the 2023 Honda Civic cost?
Considering automakers tend to increase the prices of their model every year, Honda is no exception. As such, we expect that the base Civic LX should start at around $22,700, which is $150 more than the current 2022 model. The other trim levels will likely align accordingly, with the Sport trim carrying a tag of around $24,000 and the EX starting at around $25,700. The top-trim Touring model will inch closer to the $30,000 mark.
Kelley Blue Book predicts that Civic Si and Civic Type R models should start at around $30,000 and $40,000, respectively. However, with the current market conditions and lackluster supply, we wouldn’t be surprised if dealerships slapped markups on these special models.
2023 Honda Civic changes
With the latest Civic Type R set to debut this summer, we don’t expect any other real changes to the 2023 Honda Civic overall. As stated before, the commuter sedan was redesigned for the current model year. So aside from any new possible exterior colors or small additions, the Civic should remain largely the same.
Will there be a 2023 Honda Civic Hybrid?
A new Honda Civic Hybrid model is coming for the European market, which could make its way across the pond in 2023. Honda did kill the Insight after the 2022 model year, so it’s possible that a new Civic Hybrid would arise with the 11th-generation body style and the same 1.5-liter hybrid powertrain.
For now, it’s all speculation, as Honda hasn’t noted any concrete plans for a hybrid Civic. However, with the electrified automotive future on the horizon, we wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if the Japanese automaker dropped one on us next year.