Review: 2018 Honda Civic

The Civic has an excellent reputation among drivers in Staunton, Virginia because it has the power and comfort of a luxury car, with the convenience and affordability of a compact.

You can expect the 2018 Honda Civic to live up to the hype. Check out the full details below, then visit our convenient location and we'll take you for a test drive.

Entertainment and Convenience

You have five trims to choose from when shopping for a new Civic: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L Navi, and Sport Touring. The base trim is ideal for student drivers or kids going off to college, while upper trims are comfortable enough for the whole family. The Civic LX comes standard with a 5-inch LCD, 160-watt audio system, Bluetooth wireless tech and audio streaming, Radio Data System, and speed-sensitive volume control.

Available entertainment features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 7-inch Display Audio, an 8- or 12-speaker sound system, HondaLink, Sirius XM Radio, HD Radio, Pandora compatibility, SMS text message function, the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation system with Voice Recognition.

If you're looking for a fully equipped Civic, you can expect dual-zone climate control, auto-dimming mirrors, leather-trimmed interior, heated front seats, a leather steering wheel and shift knob, and power-adjustable seating. All models come with cruise control and a 60/40 split-folding rear seatback, which, when folded down, gives you 46.2 cubic feet of cargo space.

Safety Tech and Ratings

All trims feature a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines, and come available with the Honda Sensing suite of active driver assistance features. The system includes Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, and automatic high beams. You can also opt to add Honda LaneWatch, a modern blind spot monitoring system.

This generation of the Civic earned top ratings from both safety organizations. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a 5-Star Overall Rating+.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Most models of the 2018 Civic feature a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine connected to a continuously variable automatic transmission. The powertrain makes 174 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque, and has a fuel economy of 31 MPG city and 40 MPG highway.

If you're looking for a model that's fun to drive, you can't overlook the Civic Sport or Sport Touring. These trims also feature a turbocharged inline-4, but add the option for Dual Mode Paddle Shifters for a more dynamic ride. These models make 180 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, and have a fuel economy of up to 30 MPG city and 39 MPG highway*.


Starting at $19,900 MSRP**

+Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program. Model tested with Honda Sensing R. For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit

 *28 city/40 highway/32 combined mpg rating for LX model with 6-speed manual transmission. 31 city/40 highway/34 combined mpg rating for LX & EX CVT models. 31 city/42 highway/35 combined mpg rating for EX-T model with 6-speed manual transmission. 32 city/42 highway/36 combined mpg rating for EX-T, EX-L and Touring CVT models. Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration and $890 destination charge and options.