2023 Honda Civic Review, Specs and Pricing

2023 Honda Civic: Great performance,Stylish, excellent fuel economy, tight handling,generous safety features.Spacious and budget-friendly.180 hp, 0-60 in 7.3s

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Salman Chaudhary, Founder Pinkywheels.com

7/14/20239 min read

2023 Honda Civic in white
2023 Honda Civic in white

2023 Honda Civic Review, Specs and Pricing

Honda Civic Highlights:

  • The Honda Civic offers impressive performance, fuel efficiency, spacious passenger area, and an elegant design, making it an excellent choice for a compact sedan.

  • While there haven't been significant changes to the Civic, the LX base trim has been removed from the lineup, and the Sport trim is now the entry-level option.

  • Despite the price increase, the Civic remains a highly satisfying small sedan that excels in all aspects.

  • The Civic Touring sedan, equipped with a turbocharged engine, delivers brisk acceleration, going from 0 to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds, above the average for its class.

  • The Civic handles turns with stability and sportiness, instilling confidence and providing an enjoyable driving experience.

  • The suspension effectively smooths out road bumps, although it sacrifices a bit of comfort for its sporty handling.

  • Supportive front seats and well-ventilated leather upholstery enhance comfort, but the absence of adjustable lumbar support may be a concern for those with lower back sensitivity.

  • The climate control system is improved compared to the previous generation, offering excellent vent coverage throughout the cabin.

  • While road noise can be noticeable, wind noise is relatively subdued, and the interior construction feels solid and vibration-free.

2023 Honda Civic in Black
2023 Honda Civic in Black

2023 Honda Civic Performance

Even though Honda completely redesigned every other aspect of the new Civic, they made the decision to carry over the powertrain options from the previous-generation car. Base models come standard with a 158-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder, while the upgraded engine continues to be a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that now produces 180 horsepower. The new Civic is offered solely as a front-wheel-drive car. Sadly, the manual transmission offered on the previous generation Civic sedan has been discontinued for 2022, leaving a CVT as the sole offering. A six-speed manual is still available as a Honda Civic hatchback model, though. At the test track, the turbocharged Touring sedan needed 7.5 seconds to reach 60 mph, which is slightly slower than the last generation Civic's result. The manual Sport Touring hatchback we tested did slightly better at 7.3 seconds to 60 mph. Luckily, the nimble handling, communicative steering, and well-balanced ride we appreciated so much in the last-generation model are present and accounted for here. Sporty Si and seriously sport high-performance Type-R variants are again part of the family and are reviewed separately.

2023 Honda Civic Interior


The interior of the 2023 Honda Civic places great emphasis on ergonomics, ensuring a user-friendly experience. With controls at your fingertips, excellent visibility, and a comfortable driver's seat that minimizes jostling on rough surfaces, every aspect is carefully designed for your convenience.

Depending on the chosen trim level, the 2023 Honda Civic sedan offers a range of impressive interior features:

  • A convenient one-touch power moonroof for added luxury

  • Push-button start for effortless access

  • An electronic remote trunk release for easy loading and unloading

  • Automatic or dual-zone climate control for optimal comfort

  • Choice between black cloth or leather-trimmed seats to suit your style

  • Heated front seats for enhanced coziness

  • Rear seat heater ducts to ensure passengers' warmth

  • An eight-way power driver's seat for personalized positioning

  • 60/40 split rear seatback for versatility and additional cargo space

  • Sporty accents with sport pedals for a touch of athleticism

  • A leather-wrapped, tilt and telescopic steering wheel for a refined touch

  • A stylish leather-wrapped shift knob for a premium feel

  • A center console with a sliding armrest and storage compartment for convenient organization

  • Rear seat comfort with a rear seat center armrest

  • Seamless integration with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ or wireless connectivity for enhanced smartphone integration

  • A tailored audio experience with options such as a 160W four-speaker audio system, 180W eight-speaker audio system, or a premium Bose® 12-speaker sound system

  • An intuitive 7- or 9-inch color touchscreen for easy control

  • Access to important information through the 7- or 10.2-inch driver information interface screen

  • Added convenience with an auto-dimming rearview mirror

  • HomeLink® garage door opener for seamless integration with your home

  • Enjoyment of HD Radio™ for superior audio quality

  • Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and streaming audio for wireless connectivity

  • Connectivity through HondaLink® for enhanced features

  • A wireless phone charger for effortless device charging

  • Convenient SMS text message function for staying connected

  • Speed-sensitive volume compensation for optimized audio levels

  • Access to radio data system for additional information

  • USB charging port for powering your devices

  • A 12V power outlet for versatile charging options

2023 Honda Civic interior
2023 Honda Civic interior

2023 Honda Civic Technology

The Civic's touchscreen infotainment system is located high on the dash to help you keep your eyes on the road. It has intuitive on-screen menus and responds quickly to your inputs.

The graphics for the optional integrated navigation system look a little dated, but the map functions just fine. Our Touring trim had the larger 9-inch screen, while lower trims get a smaller 7-inch version. Most users will probably opt to use the standard Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone projection anyway. In the Touring trim, these systems can connect to your phone wirelessly. You can use a USB cable if you'd prefer, and we found it provided quicker connection speeds.

Honda's new camera-based advanced driving aids work well for the most part. We did experience some false alarms for frontal collision and the lane keeping assist got confused by faded lane markings, but these occurrences were infrequent. The adaptive cruise control sometimes brakes a little late, but it otherwise does an admirable job of reducing the burden of driving in stop-and-go traffic.

Which 2023 Civic is recommended?

The midlevel EX (sedan)/EX-L (hatchback) trim continues to offer the best value in the Civic lineup. It includes more standard features than the base Sport and a more powerful yet fuel-efficient engine for not much more money.

2023 Honda Civic Pricing

  • Sport Sedan: $26,445

  • Sport Hatchback: $27,245

  • EX sedan: $27,295

  • EX-L Hatchback: $28,995

  • Touring Sedan: $31,445

  • Sport Touring Hatchback: $32,345

  • Type R: $44,890

2023 Honda Civic trims
2023 Honda Civic trims

2023 Honda Civic Trims

The 2023 Honda Civic is available as either a sedan or hatchback. There are four trim levels for the sedan: Sport, EX, Touring and Si. The hatchback comes in similar Sport, EX-L and Sport Touring trims (there is no Si equivalent for the hatch). For 2023, the Honda civic hatchback will also be available in the new high-performance Type R trim.

Civic Sport

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (158 horsepower, 138 lb-ft)

  • Continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) or available six-speed manual transmission (Honda Civic hatchback only)

  • 18-inch alloy wheels

  • LED headlights

  • Remote ignition via the key fob (CVT only)

  • Keyless entry and ignition

  • Partial digital instrument panel

  • Automatic climate control

  • Height-adjustable driver's seat

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter

  • 7-inch infotainment touchscreen

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration

  • Eight-speaker audio system

Every Civic also comes with these advanced driver aids:

  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)

  • Lane keeping assistance (steers the Civic back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)

  • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the Civic and the vehicle in front)

  • Traffic sign reader

  • Automatic high beams

Civic EX/EX-L


Has more power and several added convenience features that include:

  • 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (180 hp, 177 lb-ft)

  • CVT-only

  • 17-inch alloy wheels

  • Heated mirrors

  • Sunroof

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

  • Heated front seats

  • Power-adjustable driver's seat (EX-L only)

  • Leather upholstery (EX-L only)

  • Rear center armrest with cupholders

  • 60/40-split folding rear seat

  • Additional USB charge port

  • Blind-spot warning (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)

Civic Touring/Sport Touring


Comes fully loaded with:

  • Available six-speed manual transmission for the Civic hatchback

  • 18-inch alloy wheels

  • Automatic wipers

  • Foglights

  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror

  • Leather upholstery

  • Power-adjustable front seats

  • 9-inch infotainment touchscreen

  • Wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

  • Integrated navigation system

  • Wireless device charging pad

  • 12-speaker Bose premium audio system

  • Satellite and HD radio

  • Two rear USB ports

  • Front and rear parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible in front of or behind the vehicle when parking)

  • Rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle behind you is about to cross your path while you're in reverse)

  • Low-speed automatic braking (automatically applies the brakes to avoid a collision when traveling between 1 and 6 mph)

Civic Si


Standard features for the Si are similar to those of the Touring. Features specific to the Si include:

  • Sedan body style only

  • More powerful version of the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine (200 hp, 192 lb-ft)

  • Six-speed manual transmission with rev-matching downshifts (CVT not offered)

  • Limited-slip front differential (helps maximize available traction during hard acceleration)

  • Sport suspension

  • Bigger brakes

  • High-performance all-season tires (summer tires are optional)

  • Manually adjustable sport front seats with additional bolstering

Civic Type R


Cranks up the performance beyond the Si's capabilities by way of:

  • Turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (315 hp, 310 lb-ft)

  • Six-speed manual only

  • Upgraded Brembo sport brakes

  • Adaptive sport exhaust

  • Adaptive suspension dampers

  • Performance data logging system

  • Exclusive sport seats

  • Faux suede upholstery

2023 Honda Civic Hatchback

The new Civic Type R leaves a lasting impression with its exceptional performance across the board. It proudly holds the title of the fastest front-wheel-drive car equipped with a manual transmission in our testing. Mastering the launch takes a bit of finesse, but once achieved, the Type R showcases its impressive acceleration and smooth powerband. The presence of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires enhances braking performance as they warm up, delivering confident and reliable stops.

However, it is in the handling department where Type R truly shines. Type R displays balanced and neutral characteristics, minimizing body roll and allowing for quick changes in direction. The steering, although slightly heavy, provides excellent feedback, ensuring a direct and engaging driving experience. With seemingly limitless traction, the Type R defies the limitations typically associated with front-wheel-drive vehicles.

Overall, the Civic Type R offers an exhilarating driving experience with its impressive acceleration, confident braking, and exceptional handling capabilities. It exemplifies Honda's dedication to delivering a high-performance front-wheel-drive car that leaves a lasting impression on the road.

2023 Honda Civic
2023 Honda Civic

2023 Honda Civic Highs and Lows

Highs

  • Fun to drive with keen handling

  • Above average fuel economy and cargo space

  • Easy-to-operate tech features

Lows

  • Road noise on the Highways

  • Less Horse Power

  • Safety Features can be distracting

What's new for 2023 Honda Civic ?

  • LX model discontinued

  • High-performance Civic Type R hatchback comes back

2023 Honda Civic Fuel Economy

  • 33 mpg city, 42 mpg highway, and 36 mpg combined for Ex Trim. Civic Touring (which has the turbocharged engine) will get 34 mpg in combined city/highway driving. Either way, the Civic bests its most direct competitors by about 3 to 4 mpg.

2023 Honda Civic Colors

  • Aegean Blue Metallic

  • Crystal Black Pearl

  • Lunar Silver Metallic

  • Meteorite Gray Metallic

  • Rallye Red

  • Platinum White Pearl

  • Sonic Gray Pearl

  • Morning Mist Metallic

2023 Honda Civic Safety

The 2023 Honda Civic sedan prioritizes safety, incorporating Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ in its design to effectively absorb and redirect energy during frontal collisions, enhancing occupant protection.

In addition to this, the 2023 Civic is equipped with a range of passive and active safety features, including:

  • Front, knee, side, and side curtain airbags for comprehensive protection

  • LED daytime running lights to enhance visibility and promote awareness

  • A multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines to assist with parking and maneuvering

  • Vehicle Stability Assist™ for improved stability and control

  • Brake assist to provide additional stopping power when needed

  • A tire pressure monitoring system to ensure optimal tire conditions

  • The LATCH child rear seat mounting system for secure and easy installation of child seats

Moreover, all trims of the 2023 Honda Civic are equipped with Honda Sensing® driver assistive technologies. These advanced features include:

  • Auto high beam headlights for enhanced visibility in varying lighting conditions

  • The Collision Mitigation Braking System™ to help prevent or mitigate frontal collisions

  • A road departure mitigation system to assist in preventing unintentional lane departures

  • Adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow for maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle ahead

  • The lane-keeping assist system to help keep the vehicle within its intended lane

  • Forward collision warning to alert the driver of potential frontal collision risks

  • Lane departure warning to notify the driver if the vehicle unintentionally drifts out of its lane

  • Traffic jam assist to assist with stop-and-go traffic situations

  • The traffic sign recognition system to provide real-time information on traffic signs and speed limits

The Touring trim of the 2023 Honda Civic also includes additional safety features such as front and rear parking sensors and low-speed braking control, further enhancing safety and convenience.

2023 Honda Civic Warranty

2023 Honda Civic Maintenance Coverage

Honda's standard warranty package is merely average, with rivals like the Elantra and Kia Forte offering more comprehensive coverage. Buyers of the Civic will find a complimentary scheduled maintenance plan, though, which is something the Toyota Corolla also offers as standard.

  • Limited warranty : 3 years or 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty : 5 years or 60,000 miles

  • Complimentary scheduled maintenance : 2 years or 24,000 miles