Doug DeMuro Says the 2022 Honda Civic Might Be the Best New Compact Car

The 2022 Honda Civic is one heck of a compact car. Honda has been making the Civic for over fifty years, and this latest iteration can easily be regarded as the brand’s best effort. In fact, that’s the beauty of the Civic. The compact is always looking forward and improving. “Heritage” and “provenance” are more Porsche than Honda, and the Japanese brand is always looking to make their small sedan better.

To that point, the new model does exactly that. It takes the things people love about the Civic and does them better. It’s a sales model that’s hard for many to argue with, Doug DeMuro included.

How much will the 2022 Honda Civic cost?

A red 2022 Honda Civic sedan parked on a city street
A red Honda Civic sedan with some interesting wheels | Honda

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So, let’s start with what makes the 2022 Honda Civic most appetising to consumers: its price. Well, that and the interior, but that’s for later. Depending on you choice in trim level, (LX, Sport, EX, and touring) and bodystyle (hatch or sedan), consumers can expect to pay anywhere from $21,700-$28,300, per Honda.

Generally speaking, that’s roughly in line with much of the Civic’s compact car competitors, like the 2021 Toyota Camry. Obviously, the appeal of the 2022 Honda Civic runs much deeper than that. For starters, the new body style is much more toned down, and offers wider appeal as a result. There’s also the added practicality of a hatchback body style.

The Civic offers a manual transmission at a reasonable price point

A blue 2022 Honda Civic hatchback shot from the front 3/4 on a city street
The 2022 Honda Civic hatch | Honda

For enthusiasts, there’s also the inclusion of a hatchback/manual transmission combo that simply can’t be overlooked. Some models, as Doug points out, will have optional remote start. The example in his video came out to around $26,000 for context. Doug also spent a lot of time on the faux grille trim vent on the Civic’s interior. It’s hard to blame him as the vent trim is certainly one of the more noticeable aspects of the interior.

Outside of that, however, it’s all steady improvement. The new infotainment system improves on the old one, and the overall feel of the interior is much better, both in our opinion and Doug’s. The steering wheel and gauges are another point of improvement inside, which is a trend that’s very much carried on to the rest of the car.

Honda just has to keep doing what it’s doing

The Honda logo in white against a red background
The Honda logo | Xavier Bonilla via Getty Images

In summary, Honda really just has to keep on keeping on with the Civic. Short of the Porsche 911, it’s hard to think of another vehicle that has managed to so steadily improve over the decades. It’s no wonder the Civic is one of America’s most popular cars. After all, Honda has had 50 years of practice.

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