2018 Honda Civic Review
Edmunds' Expert Review
- 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. 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.
Notably, we picked the 2018 Honda Civic Si as one of Edmunds' Best Sport Sedans for this year.
What's it like to live with?
The Honda Civic has long been one of the better compact cars, but its 2016 redesign was nothing short of game-changing. Not only did it help revitalize the Civic nameplate, it shifted our expectations of what a compact car could be. This generation Civic is well-regarded for its spacious cabin, excellent ride quality, upscale interior materials and superb handling. We're also smitten with its powerful and efficient turbocharged engine. We liked it so much, in fact, that we plunked down our own money to buy one. To read about our experiences with a top-of-the-line Touring sedan, read our long-term Civic test. Note that while we tested a 2016 Civic, all of our observations still apply to the 2018 model.
Edmunds' Expert Rating8.4 / 10
|Overall||8.4 / 10|
Noise & vibration7.5
Ease of use6.0
Getting in/getting out7.5
Child safety seat accommodation8.0
Audio & navigation8.5
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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 different 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 info 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 sedan comes with a lot of equipment for the money. Standard equipment highlights include a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (158 horsepower, 138 lb-ft 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 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 horsepower, 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 sedan 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 sedan 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 pound-feet 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.
For detailed Civic Si information and driving impressions, please read our First Drive Si review.
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 only available 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.
You can also learn more about the new Type R in our First Drive Type R review.
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Features & Specs
Our experts like the Civic models:
- Collision Mitigation Braking System
- Applies the brakes automatically to stop the vehicle in order to avoid a collision.
- Lane Keeping Assist System
- Adjusts the vehicle's direction automatically in order 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
- 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%
- Side Impact TestGood
- Roof Strength TestGood
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintGood
- IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front TestGood
Used 2018 Honda Civic Overview
The Used 2018 Honda Civic is offered in the following submodels: Civic Sedan, Civic Coupe, Civic Si, Civic Hatchback, Civic Si w/Summer Tires, Civic Type R Touring. Available styles include LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), EX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX-T 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Si 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), LX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Sport Touring 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), LX 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl CVT), EX 4dr Sedan w/Honda Sensing (2.0L 4cyl CVT), LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M), Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), LX-P 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl CVT), Si 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), EX-T 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Type R Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 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), LX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), EX-L 4dr Hatchback w/Navigation (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Si 4dr Sedan w/Summer Tires (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), LX 4dr Sedan w/Honda Sensing (2.0L 4cyl CVT), Si 2dr Coupe w/Summer Tires (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), EX-T 4dr Sedan w/Honda Sensing (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX-L 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Touring 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX-L 4dr Sedan w/Navigation (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX-T 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), EX-L 4dr Sedan w/Honda Sensing (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), LX 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M), and EX-T 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M). Pre-owned Honda Civic models are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine or a 1.5 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 174 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2018 Honda Civic comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: continuously variable-speed automatic. The Used 2018 Honda Civic 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?
Price comparisons for Used 2018 Honda Civic trim styles:
- The Used 2018 Honda Civic LX is priced between $14,599 and$25,980 with odometer readings between 10638 and161442 miles.
- The Used 2018 Honda Civic EX is priced between $18,857 and$27,998 with odometer readings between 4288 and122370 miles.
- The Used 2018 Honda Civic Si is priced between $22,495 and$29,998 with odometer readings between 23089 and82301 miles.
- The Used 2018 Honda Civic EX-T is priced between $20,998 and$27,998 with odometer readings between 10309 and103034 miles.
- The Used 2018 Honda Civic Sport is priced between $18,000 and$27,998 with odometer readings between 10299 and108419 miles.
- The Used 2018 Honda Civic EX-L is priced between $19,400 and$27,998 with odometer readings between 10970 and88899 miles.
- The Used 2018 Honda Civic Sport Touring is priced between $26,998 and$29,998 with odometer readings between 27260 and66644 miles.
- The Used 2018 Honda Civic Touring is priced between $23,990 and$29,998 with odometer readings between 17878 and71671 miles.
- The Used 2018 Honda Civic LX-P is priced between $21,998 and$25,998 with odometer readings between 14487 and94030 miles.
- The Used 2018 Honda Civic Type R Touring is priced between $37,995 and$43,998 with odometer readings between 15858 and70350 miles.
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