This Iconic Honda Model Is U.S. News’ Best Compact Car for the Money

The Honda Civic is a staple in the compact car market. Fans revere Honda’s tenured sedan as a reliable, sensible, and affordable option. Moreover, the post-facelift Honda Civic earned U.S. News’ praise as the best compact car for the money. Check out the 2023 and 2022 Honda Civic and how it deserves its praise. 

What’s new in the 2023 Civic?

Honda didn’t do much to update the new 2023 Civic. Instead, the most significant change to the Civic lineup is the addition of the 2023 Honda Civic Type R, the latest 315-horsepower iteration of the venerable hot hatchback. 

While the Type R is the most substantial Civic news for the 2023 model year, the 2022 Civic represented a much-needed redesign year. Gone are the ridiculous creases and science fiction movie over-styling. Instead, the 2022 and 2023 Civics wear more refined fascias and added subtlety. 

Moreover, the 2023 Honda model earned top marks from U.S. News and secured the title of the “best compact car for the money.” According to U.S. News, the 2023 Civic’s “combination of performance, fuel efficiency, interior utility and roster of standard features” make it a standout among competitors. Furthermore, while there are cheaper options in the compact car segment, the Civic was the most well-rounded choice for the segment best.  

What is the cheapest model Honda makes?

The cheapest new Honda model is the 2023 Civic, which starts at around $22,695. It was the most inexpensive model in the automaker’s lineup in 2022, as well. Furthermore, the second cheapest model is the HR-V, which starts at $25,095. 

A post-facelift Honda Civic compact car from 2022 or 2023 drives around a corner.
Honda Civic | Honda

According to TrueCar, the Civic EX, EX-L, and sporty Si trims start at about $26,050, $27,250, and $28,100, respectively. Moreover, the range-topping Touring trim starts at around $29,650. Of course, fans who want their Civic to have more of a hot hatchback flavor will have to part with more money for the Type R

What are the features of a 2023 Honda Civic?

The 2023 Honda Civic, like the 2022 model, packs a generous number of standard features like a seven-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Moreover, the Touring trim packs a nine-inch infotainment touchscreen with a Bose sound system. 

A new Honda Civic from 2022 or 2023 shows off its updated styling.
Honda Civic | Honda

Additionally, TrueCar says the Civic has 14.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity, more than a comparable Toyota Corolla. Furthermore, U.S. News commends the Civic for maintaining its “long-standing reputation as a financially-responsible choice for all types of shoppers, and it remains a great option in terms of the purchase price and low ownership costs.”

Is the Civic Honda’s most fuel-efficient model? 

The Civic isn’t as efficient as the 2022 Honda Accord Hybrid, which gets as much as 47 mpg combined. Instead, the Civic EX gets as much as 33 mpg city and 42 mpg highway.

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Moreover, U.S. News says the Civic is a “combination of performance, fuel efficiency, interior utility and roster of standard features.” While the Honda model doesn’t offer a hybrid trim, its efficiency figures are commendable. 

What problems do Honda Civics have?

The 2022 and 2023 Honda Civics build on the model’s reputation of reliability and dependability. For instance, the facelift 2022 model has just two documented issues on Carcomplaints.com: an erratic idle and a Land Departure Assist Feature malfunction. 

Moreover, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that the 2022 Civic has no current recalls.