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Used 2018 Honda Civic EX Hatchback Review

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Read what other owners think about the 2018 Honda Civic EX Hatchback.

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3 out of 5 stars
Cheap interior materials
Ken M,08/20/2019
EX 4dr Hatchback w/Honda Sensing (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
I really wanted to love this car. The hatch is great and driving in Sport mode is fun. I am so disappointed with the plastic materials. Within two months of purchasing the car a rattle started in the dash. I took the car back to the dealership. They kept the car for three weeks until the found the problem....the HVAC is made of plastic and parts were breaking off and were loose. The … service techs told me they were having a lot of problems with the same part. Once it was replaced the rattle was gone. Within another couple of months there are now numerous rattles throughout the dash. I have given up taking it back in. Now I just turn up the volume of the radio and make sure the a/c fan is on high both to mask the rattles. I wish I had purchased the Sport model with the 8 speed transmission rather than the CVT. Except in Sport mode, the CVT is not very exciting to drive. Putting the car in Sport mode reduces the mpg by several miles. I will keep the car for another couple of months and then start looking for something other than a Honda. Honestly, having trust in a Honda is gone. I traded it in 18 months into owning this car for a Mazda CX 5. Probably will not buy another Honda. Very disappointed.
4 out of 5 stars
Great Value
Franco,03/22/2018
EX w/Honda Sensing 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
Nice new features. Smooth ride

Edmunds Summary Review of the 2018 Honda Civic EX Hatchback

What’s new

  • For 2018, the Honda Civic carries forward unchanged

Pros & Cons

  • 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


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.

Full Edmunds Review: 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback

Vehicle overview

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.

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.

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. 

Trim tested

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).

Driving

8.5
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.

Comfort

8.0
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.

Interior

8.5
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.

Utility

8.5
"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.

Technology

7.0
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.

Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2018 Honda Civic in Virginia is:

$62.42 per month*
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