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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2022 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2022 Honda Civic 2.0L 4D Sport

Vehicle Type: Small Gasoline
 overall score
Category Ranking: 6

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $23,100
Price as Tested: $24,490

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 12.4
EPA City mpg30
EPA Highway mpg37
EPA Combined mpg33

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Driver Monitoring [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional

Overall Observations

In every car category, some models, like the Honda Civic, achieve legendary status. This sporty-looking compact, redesigned inside and out for its 50th year, is offered in both sedan and 4-door hatchback body styles. Beneath the new, more sophisticated sheet metal and updated interior, the Civic retains the previous generation’s powertrains. The Sport model sedan we tested was propelled by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine (158 hp), which left the car feeling underpowered despite its lively handling. Fortunately, a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder (180 hp) is standard on the top 2 trim levels. The passenger cabin, while spacious, may be too plain for some people’s taste and, on lower trim levels, could benefit from betterquality materials. Front seats offer good support, and the backseat has plenty of room for 2 average adults. The cabin’s primary downsides include an outdated infotainment system, high interior noise levels, and a bumpy ride quality, especially over rough pavement. However, the trunk offers 15 cubic feet of cargo space, which can be expanded via the fold-down rear seatbacks. Added pluses include Honda Sensing advanced safety features, LED headlights, excellent EPA fuel economy, and an affordable price.
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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • Good value
  • Excellent fuel-economyratings (33 mpgcombined)
  • Lots of standardadvanced safetyfeatures

Weak Points

  • Plain-looking interior
  • Ride is too firm
  • Noisy cabin
  • Underpowered

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2022
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 2920.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 184.0 / 55.7 / 70.9
Wheelbase (in): 107.7
Number of air bags: 10
Warranty (months/miles): 36/36,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Goodyear Eagle Sport
Front and rear tire size: 235/40 R18
Max towing capacity (lbs): Not recommended
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: CVT
Drivetrain type: Front wheel
Engine/motor: 2.0L 4-Cyl. i-VTEC
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 158 @ 6500

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