There’s no denying that Hondas, particularly Civics, make excellent tuner cars. They’re simple, cheap, and easy to tweak. But as cars get more techie, people may worry that the days of non-factory tunes are over. Well, fear not, for this one ECU trick can boost the output of your 2022 Honda Civic by 34 horsepower.
How do you tune a 2022 Honda Civic?
If you know anything about tuning modern Hondas, then you’ll have heard of Hondata already. But for the new kids in the class let’s briefly go over it. Hondata is a device that allows you to tweak the little details, such as air to fuel ratios. It plugs into your car and your computer, but you don’t have to be a supergenius coder to use one.
Hondata FlashPro systems are built to tune your specific car and come with certain presets. And they work on almost all Hondas and Acuras made after 1992, with varying degrees of complexity. They’re capable of turning cars like the Civic Touring into Civic Si rivals.
Obviously, you can calibrate rev limits and throttle inputs yourself, but consult an expert to learn which tunes won’t break your car. Or just go to a dealership and have them install it for anywhere between $100 and $1,000. And be sure you buy the Hondata system rather than the Hondata Race system, as the latter is only legal on race tracks. And if you live in California, tuned engines and modified code will be caught by the new emissions tests.
If you live in Cali, then you can’t tune your 2022 Civic just yet. But there are other CARB (California Air Resources Board) approved Hondata systems that can go in the car. However, if you’re anywhere else, and don’t mind the liability, then you can tune your 2022 Honda Civic. Purchase the Hondata system here, plug it into your OBD2 reader and a laptop, and get tuning!
How much power will you get in your 2022 Honda Civic?
The 2022 Honda Civic EX’s 1.5L turbocharged engine is advertised with 180 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. But after being put on the dyno, the stock Civic only churned out 162 hp and 163 lb-ft. Before you cry false advertising, that isn’t true. The engine may produce 180 horsepower, but when hooked up to the drivetrain and gearbox it’ll lose a few horses. This new Hondata tune, however, gets them all back and goes even further.
The tune will add 34 hp and a whopping 50 lb-ft of torque to the car, getting it up to 194 hp and 213 lb-ft. But even that’s only the beginning, as Hondata will continue to tinker the tune to squeeze every ounce of power from that engine. Who knows, maybe they’ll crack the 200 hp mark.
Features of the 2022 Honda Civic
Whether you decide to beef up the power or keep your Civic stock, there are still a bundle of goodies you get. Inside the new, subtly styled Honda Civic EX there’s blindspot monitoring, a powered sunroof, a plethora of driving assistants. Automatic braking, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control just to name a few.
The Honda Civic EX costs $24,500, but if you’re looking for the base model, which comes with an entirely different engine, you’ll only pay $21,700 Provided, the Civic LX doesn’t come with the same amenities the EX does, nor does it have a Hondata tune available. How much power they’ll be able to squeeze out of that 2.0L non-turbocharged engine is to be determined, but what’s clear is that tuning is alive and well for the next generation of Honda Civics.