Used 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback
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Edmunds' Expert Review
Senior Editor, Written ContentBrent Romans has worked in the automotive industry since 1996. He has written or edited thousands of expert car reviews and road-tested hundreds of vehicles over the course of his career.
- Excellent fuel economy and performance from turbocharged engines
- Ride quality expertly balances comfort and athleticism
- Many available advanced technology and safety features
- Roomy cabin with high-quality materials
- Touchscreen interface is confusing and slow to respond to inputs
- Overly vigilant forward collision warning system is frustrating
- Slow-responding adaptive cruise control system
- For 2018, the Honda Civic carries forward unchanged
It's hard to overstate how much we like the 2018 Honda Civic. When equipped with the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, it's one of the best cars in its class for delivering both impressive acceleration and high fuel economy. Inside, it has plenty of room for passengers, clever storage solutions and more cargo space than most competitors in any body style. It also offers technology features that put some other compact cars to shame and safety ratings that are among the best.
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Cost to DriveCost to drive estimates for the 2018 Honda Civic EX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) and comparison vehicles are based on 15,000 miles per year (with a mix of 55% city and 45% highway driving) and energy estimates of $3.43 per gallon for regular unleaded in Virginia.
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Available as a sedan, coupe or hatchback, in a variety of powertrains, the Civic has a version for every niche, and all of them are good. Want more sauce? There's the sportier Civic Si, as well as the absolutely bananas Civic Type R. Just as impressive, neither one sacrifices the qualities we love about the standard variants.
The Civic does have some weaknesses. The infotainment interface is far from the easiest system to use, and the available forward collision alert system is prone to overreaction. Also, though cargo volume is good, the sloping rear glass of the hatchback and deck of the sedan mean that taller or bulkier items can sometimes be hard to fit.
There are competitors with specific strengths that make them worth checking out. The Mazda 3 is engaging to drive and, in higher trims, offers a near-luxury cabin. The Subaru Impreza, which comes standard with all-wheel drive, and the value-packed Kia Forte also merit consideration. Overall, though, the Civic wins the day with its multitude of strengths.
Edmunds' Expert Rating8.0 / 10
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Honda Civic Touring Hatchback (turbo 1.5L inline-4 | CVT automatic | FWD).
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The available 1.5-liter turbocharged-four is unusual in its sound and power delivery for a Honda engine, but it offers best-in-class power and fuel economy. It's worth the extra money. All around, the Civic's driving performance is top-notch, with strong brakes and accurate steering.
The Civic Hatchback doesn't feel as quick as it actually is due to the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine's smoothness and the CVT automatic's lack of traditional gear changes. It is a couple of ticks slower than the lighter Civic sedan, but 0-60 mph in 7.3 seconds is still strong compared with rivals.
Whether it's a casual suburban stop or heavy braking at a surprise red light, stops are sure and straight with a firm pedal that's easy to modulate. In our emergency braking test, the Civic posted slightly better than average stopping distances.
Steering is precise, with consistent, natural-feeling weighting. The variable-ratio system combines supreme steadiness when cruising straight with quick reflexes in corners and tight turning in parking lots. Feedback through the thick-rimmed wheel is very good for the class.
The Sport Touring Hatchback turns in smoothly, grips well and feels stable through corners, but it doesn't feel quite as agile or playful as its Civic sedan sibling. Perhaps that's because of the extra weight (plus 118 pounds) and the hatch design's slightly less rigid body structure.
Honda's CVT simulates shifts under hard acceleration, but it is otherwise very smooth, eliminating shift shock and transmission indecisiveness because it never shifts in the traditional sense. The throttle pedal action is smooth and predictable, and the Civic is easy to drive.
We really like the seats in the Civic hatchback, and the ride is fairly well regulated, too. Its 18-inch sport tires firm up the ride a tad, and they tend to be a bit noisier than other Civic offerings. Still, in all, this is a car you can easily drive a long ways without fatigue.
An available eight-way power driver's seat offers a huge range of motion, making it suitable for drivers of varying heights. There's a good balance of give and support, and the seats remain comfortable on longer drives. The back seat is comfy as well and doesn't feel like an afterthought.
The Civic feels buttoned-down and poised, and there's no harshness to speak of, even on broken pavement. You will feel certain road imperfections, but the Sport Touring's sporty 18-inch wheels and tires manage to smooth things over as well as the setups on most other cars in its class.
Noise & vibration7.0
Road noise is ever present and sometimes intrusive on coarse asphalt, probably due to the Sport Touring's sportier 18-inch low-profile tires and the resonant qualities of its hatchback layout. But engine noise is quiet for a CVT-equipped vehicle, and wind noise is barely detectable most of the time.
The dual-zone automatic climate control does a good job of regulating the temperature with even coverage from the vents. You'll have to occasionally adjust the setting between sunny and cloudy conditions, but only by a few degrees. Full manual control requires interacting with the touchscreen.
The Civic delivers a large, versatile cabin for people and their things, with good rear legroom and clever storage solutions. The easy-to-use interior control layout is marred by terrible touch-sensitive audio volume and tuning controls and a poorly optimized touchscreen interface.
Ease of use7.0
The primary controls are well-placed and won't require the driver to adjust how they're used. There are a lot of functions at your command, but the simple design makes them approachable. The lack of a volume knob is a source of constant frustration.
Getting in/getting out8.0
The large door openings make seat access easy for all passengers, front and rear. The doors are short enough in length to open wide enough in tight parking spots to allow shimmy-free entry and exits.
The well-shaped seats can be moved through a wide range of adjustment, and there's enough telescopic range in the tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel to suit short and tall drivers alike. The pedals are nicely placed, too. It's pretty easy to settle in for the long haul.
The Civic hatch offers generous front leg- and headroom, even with a sunroof. There's a great deal of rear legroom — enough so that a tall passenger can sit behind a tall driver — and all but the very tallest rear passengers will have enough rear headroom. This would make a good Lyft or Uber vehicle.
Outward visibility is excellent. The roof pillars don't obscure the view much, and there's lots of side glass. You get a good indication of the car's physical boundaries when backing into a tight space, and the standard rearview camera does a good job of removing any guesswork.
Construction is tight and solid inside and out, so even though there's quite a bit of plastic around the cabin, everything feels well-built. On higher trims a number of surfaces, especially major touch points, are covered in higher-quality materials, which elevate the interior feel.
"Clever" and "thoughtful" describe Honda's handling of cargo and personal effects. Despite the rather small footprint, the Civic hatchback can fit a lot of luggage. Interior pockets and bins are generous, and a few extra touches earn it extra points.
There are plenty of clever pockets and trays to hold your personal items. A cord management system keeps phone cables neatly tucked away, and there's a secondary USB port in the deep center armrest bin.
With 25.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats, the Civic offers more space than other hatchbacks. But the maximum of 46.2 cubic feet with the seats folded is about average. The low liftover height makes loading easy, but the angled rear window may get in the way of bulkier boxes.
Child safety seat accommodation8.0
LATCH anchors are marked in the rear seats, but it takes a little digging to access them. The over-the-top anchor is clearly indicated behind those seats and easily accessed under a plastic cover. The wide-opening rear doors help make installation easier.
Tech is one of the Civic's weaknesses. The infotainment system is one of the more difficult to use, and were it not for the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, it could be a deal-breaker. Add the overly sensitive safety features and it's clear Honda has some ground to make up in this area.
Audio & navigation6.0
A lot of functions are built into the infotainment system, but it's not the easiest or most responsive unit to use. The lack of a volume knob and the inclusion of capacitive "buttons" are significant drawbacks and the source of unnecessary distraction. Map graphics also look dated.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included as standard and provide familiar interfaces that are better than Honda's. The texting function is particularly helpful and greatly reduces the distraction factor. Occasional glitches between Honda's system and Apple CarPlay were noted.
False alarms from the overly sensitive forward collision system are common and become tiresome quickly. You can adjust the sensitivity, but even in its least intrusive mode it's still a problem. The LaneWatch blind-spot camera is sometimes more of a distraction than a help.
Honda's system requires more steps and a less natural speech pattern to operate than some competing systems, though it does provide an onscreen guide. We tended to rely on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto voice commands as much as possible.
Which Civic does Edmunds recommend?
For mainstream Civic buyers, we think the extra power and fuel economy of the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine make it one of the Civic's best options. To that end, we recommend the EX hatchback. It adds a touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, an upgraded sound system, dual-zone climate control, proximity entry with push-button start, and Honda's LaneWatch camera, all of which improve day-to-day satisfaction.
2018 Honda Civic models
The 2018 Honda Civic is a compact car offered as a sedan, coupe or hatchback. The sedan is available in six trim levels: LX, EX, EX-T, EX-L, Touring and Si. There are also three hatchback-specific trims — Sport, Sport Touring and Type R — and one coupe-specific trim, LX-P.
Note that the following trim level feature information primarily relates to the sedan. The coupe and hatchback are similarly equipped but can vary slightly in certain instances.
Though it may be the base trim, the standard Civic LX comes with a lot of equipment for the money. Standard equipment highlights include a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (158 horsepower, 138 pound-feet of torque), a six-speed manual transmission (a continuously variable automatic transmission is also available), front-wheel drive, 16-inch steel wheels, LED running lights, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, automatic climate control and a height-adjustable driver's seat. Electronics features include a 5-inch central display screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and a four-speaker sound system with a USB port.
Optional for just about every Civic is the Honda Sensing safety package. It includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and intervention, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
In the Civic Hatchback, the LX trim comes with the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine (174 hp, 167 lb-ft of torque), while the coupe-only LX-P trim comes standard with the 2.0-liter engine, the CVT automatic, a sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, and remote start.
The hatchback-specific Sport comes with the LX equipment plus a more powerful version of the turbocharged engine (180 hp, 177 lb-ft of torque), 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a center-outlet dual exhaust, aerodynamic bodywork, a rear center armrest with cupholders, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
The Honda Civic EX builds off the base LX, adding the CVT as standard along with a sunroof, alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, a rear center armrest with cupholders, an eight-speaker audio system with dual USB ports, Honda's LaneWatch blind-spot camera, dynamic guidelines for the rearview camera, keyless ignition and entry with remote start, and a 7-inch touchscreen interface with satellite radio, HondaLink, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration (including app-based navigation).
Stepping up to the EX-T gets you the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Thanks to impressive acceleration and big fuel economy numbers (up to 32 mpg city), the turbocharged four-cylinder is enough reason alone to buy an EX-T Civic or above if you're opting for the sedan. But the EX-T also adds 17-inch wheels, foglights, dual-zone automatic climate control and heated front seats. For the coupe, the EX-T gets an upgraded 10-speaker stereo system. The EX hatchback is equipped similarly to the EX-T sedan, lacking only the sedan's heated front seats.
Right near the top of the heap is the EX-L sedan, which gets leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. An integrated navigation system is available as an option.
The hatchback-only Sport Touring essentially builds off the regular Sport trim and adds different 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, automatic wipers, a four-way power passenger seat, heated rear seats and a 12-speaker audio system. Also standard is the Honda Sensing safety package.
The Touring trim level (for the sedan and coupe) essentially comes with the same equipment as the Sport Touring hatchback noted above, but the stereo has 10 speakers instead of 12.
The Si is a midlevel performance version of the Civic that comes as a coupe or sedan, both with a more powerful version of the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine (205 hp, 192 lb-ft of torque). A six-speed manual is the only transmission offered. Standard equipment is similar to what Honda has on the EX-T trim, but you also get a sport-tuned multilink suspension with adaptive dampers, bigger front brakes, a limited-slip front differential, a unique rear spoiler, Si branded seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, the 10-speaker stereo, and a unique instrument panel with faux carbon-fiber surfaces.
At the top of the performance ladder for the Civic is the hatchback-only Type R. It is equipped much like the Sport Touring trim level, but it gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (306 hp, 285 lb-ft). Like the Si, it is available only with a six-speed manual transmission. Other additions include 20-inch wheels with high-performance tires, bigger front and rear brakes, a massive rear wing, a Type R-specific suspension with adaptive dampers, and special interior and exterior styling enhancements.
4.4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Daily use and speedy honda civic 2018 1.5 turbocha
2018 Honda Civic LX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
I bought this car about two months ago and its been great. Turbocharged engine is pretty fast, in fact faster than a subru brz factory tuned. Economically its pretty reasonable as well, fuel efficient, and service cost as well. Road handling is also great, the only thing that didn’t meet my expectations is when I go fast on a curved road but again its not a sports car so its … understandable. Overall I would give the car 95%. Great car if you are looking for a fun daily use car.
5 out of 5 stars
The Hatchback Sport totally rocks
2018 Honda Civic Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Love my new 2018 Civic Hatchback Sport! I had previously purchased a 2015 Civic EX with leather and a navigation system after trading in a 2004 Accord. I liked that car and it had basically every upgrade including a sunroof, leather seats, nice stereo, etc. I expected to keep it for 10 or more years. Since then, Honda has really done a lot with the Civic line. The 2018 Civic Sport … Hatchback is a beautiful vehicle. Make no mistake, my 2015 Civic sedan was drab by comparison. So the Sport hatchback not only looks great -- if it didn't have the Honda logo you would swear it was a BMW or Mercedes perhaps -- It drives like a sports car. It is much faster than the 2015 due to the turbo engine, and the wheels and suspension definitely give it a sports car feel when cornering. The "cockpit" has a much better overall look than the 2015, again reminds you of a BMW. The seats are pretty darn nice though I "downgraded" from leather in my 2015 -- they look great and I think they will last very well. Nice touches include one of the cooler, more sporty looking dual exhausts around, and of course the 18 inch wheels look and perform great. All in all, it to me is a huge upgrade from my 2015 Civic, which was a really nice car. It cost me $10.2K to trade in at this point, which hurts a bit, but no regrets. The car that I have now has a sticker price $2000 less than the sticker price of the 2015 Civic, which seems odd in a way. It looks great in black, by the way.
2 out of 5 stars
Honda Civic Hatchback EX big disappointment
2018 Honda Civic EX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
Purchased a new 2018 Civic Hatchback in September. Before the car had 2,000 miles on it, I was over 100 miles away from home and when I tried to depress the brake pedal to start the car, the brake pedal was frozen. So I was stuck far away from home and I couldn't start the car. The dealership didn't know what to say except that the computer just stopped communicating with the car for … some reason. Then, I noticed the moon roof was rattling when in the up or down position. I just recently brought it back for the 3rd time in eight months and this time they had my car for 3 days and took everything out of the car, including the headliner. I still don't know at this point if they have actually fixed it. The weatherstripping on the driver's side door window fell off as well so they had to order new weatherstripping. I was given a free rental car twice and the dealer, Moss Bros. Honda of Moreno Valley has been wonderful. This car is stunningly beautiful to look at (at least I think so). It drives like a dream and is very comfortable. However, these issues have made me wish that I had never purchased this car. There have been lots of rattles in lots of places but they seem to have calmed down. The stereo is the worst I've ever had in any car and the radio reception is not the best. The buttons on the display are extremely slow to respond. Currently I am getting 35.1 mpg. combined. I have owned 7 cars is my lifetime and the quality of this car is a huge disappointment. I did not expect this from a Honda product.
5 out of 5 stars
Fun Sporty and Safe
2018 Honda Civic Sport Touring 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
This is an amazing car especially for its class. The 1.5 turbo has tons of power and still has super good fuel economy. It's not sports car fast but for everyday drivability it feels a lot faster than it is and always has quick pickup with the low end torque. The top end power you do notice it starts to die out compared to actual performance cars but it is way faster than anything else … in its class. The sport touring does recommend Premium fuel though but you can use regular. I always use premium though. The car also handles great and drives smooth. The hatchback is very useful and you can fit a lot of stuff in it when you fold the rear seats down. All the cabin materials in the sport touring trim are top notch soft touch. There is no hard plastics or cheap materials. The stock sounds systems with the sub also sounds very good. The Honda lane watch is one of my favorite features and provides a lot of safety especially in rush hour and makes switching multiple lanes of traffic a breeze. The adaptive cruise control also works great but is a little sensitive where it slows down and leaves too much space between cars for my liking but it is safe. It can also pretty much drive itself on the highway with the adaptive cruise control and follows the lane markings and even steers. If you let go of the steering wheel though it will give a warning and tell you to hold it. The automatic breaking works great. The car is also extremely safe. I owned a 2016 Honda civic and was t-boned by a pickup truck going over 50mph and was able to walk away with only minor bruises and being a little sore. The car was completely totaled but overall I was fine. My biggest complaint would be the infotainment is kind of slow and the navigation system does not work the best but you can always use android auto or apple carplay so not too big of a deal. I also live in Arizona so having the remote start is great. I start the car from my office before I leave work and it cools it down quite a bit. I also like that the car has an actual spare tire. The only 2 things to improve for me personally would be more top end power even though the car is fast and improved navigation/infotainment system.
2018 Honda Civic Hatchback Features & Specs
- Base MSRP
- MPG & Fuel
- 29 City / 38 Hwy / 33 Combined
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 12.4 gal. capacity
- 5 seats
- Type: front wheel drive
- Transmission: 6-speed manual
- Inline 4 cylinder
- Horsepower: 174 hp @ 5500 rpm
- Torque: 167 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm
- Basic Warranty
- 3 yr./ 36000 mi.
- Length: 177.9 in. / Height: 56.5 in.
- Overall Width without Mirrors: 70.8 in.
- Curb Weight: 2822 lbs.
- Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 25.7 cu.ft.
Our experts like the Civic models:
- Collision Mitigation Braking System
- Applies the brakes automatically to stop the vehicle to avoid a collision.
- Lane Keeping Assist System
- Adjusts the vehicle's direction automatically to keep it from drifting out of its lane.
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Adjusts the vehicle speed to maintain a constant distance from the car in front.
NHTSA Overall Rating5 out of 5 stars
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverall5 / 5
- Side Barrier RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront Seat5 / 5Back Seat5 / 5
- RolloverRollover5 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover9.5%
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
- Side Impact TestGood
- Roof Strength TestGood
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintGood
- IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front TestGood
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Used 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback Overview
The Used 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback is offered in the following styles: EX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Sport Touring 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), LX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Type R Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), EX-L 4dr Hatchback w/Navigation (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX 4dr Hatchback w/Honda Sensing (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX-L 4dr Hatchback w/Navigation and Honda Sensing (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), LX 4dr Hatchback w/Honda Sensing (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), and LX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M). Pre-owned Honda Civic Hatchback models are available with a 1.5 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 180 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: continuously variable-speed automatic. The Used 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What's a good price on a Used 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback?
Price comparisons for Used 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback trim styles:
- The Used 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback EX is priced between $21,998 and$27,998 with odometer readings between 21707 and98531 miles.
- The Used 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport is priced between $21,473 and$26,990 with odometer readings between 12648 and85464 miles.
- The Used 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback Type R Touring is priced between $37,590 and$44,998 with odometer readings between 9783 and79328 miles.
- The Used 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback LX is priced between $18,990 and$25,590 with odometer readings between 19140 and85547 miles.
- The Used 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring is priced between $24,286 and$32,998 with odometer readings between 7155 and110056 miles.
- The Used 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback EX-L is priced between $27,990 and$28,998 with odometer readings between 18274 and48641 miles.
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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Honda Civic?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.