Used 2018 Honda Civic EX Hatchback Review
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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.
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
- 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
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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*