2018 Honda Civic Type R Touring
- For 2018, the Honda Civic carries forward unchanged
- 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
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Which Civic does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4.5 / 5
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.
Trim levels & features
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 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.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2016 Honda Civic Touring Sedan (turbo 1.5L inline-4 | CVT automatic | FWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Honda Civic has received some revisions, including the introduction of performance-oriented trim levels and minor adjustments to features. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Honda Civic.
Noise & vibration3.5
Ease of use2.5
Getting in/getting out3.5
Child safety seat accommodation3
Audio & navigation2
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Civic safety features:
- 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.
Honda Civic vs. the competition
2018 Honda Civic
2018 Toyota Corolla
Honda Civic vs. Toyota Corolla
This is a longtime decision for small-car shoppers. The difference now is that the Civic was last updated in 2016, and the 11th-generation Corolla hasn't seen an overhaul since 2012. What was once a highly competitive rivalry has faded as the Honda slowly pulled away. Warranty coverage remains competitive. But in almost all other categories, whether you're examining performance, refinement or technology, we think the Civic is the better car. We've given the Corolla a lower three-star Edmunds rating as well.
Honda Civic vs. Hyundai Elantra
This is a close one. Comparably priced, the Elantra tends to offer more features than its Civic counterpart. Superior warranties also give the Hyundai an advantage. But the nod goes to Honda for better power and fuel economy from its turbocharged 1.5-liter engine. And, in the case of overall refinement, the Civic breaks the tape first with the Elantra right on its heels.
Honda Civic vs. Mazda 3
Interior quality and design are well matched between these two. At the higher trim levels, we prefer the more premium look and feel of the Mazda's interior. That said, the Honda costs slightly less, is more fuel-efficient, and makes better use of space in terms of passenger and cargo capacity. Both are great vehicles overall. But considering that the Mazda 3 has a four-star Edmunds rating, it's fair to say the Civic pulls out a slight win in this matchup.
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Is the Honda Civic a good car?
The 2018 Civic is one of the best in its class at delivering both fuel economy and punch. Honda uses space masterfully, equating to generous passenger space and cargo capacity. A long list of technology features and high safety ratings push the Civic ahead of the pack. It's not perfect, though. Using the Civic's infotainment interface can be an annoying process, and the design of the trunk can limit your ability to load bulky items. But overall, the Civic is the total package and earns a very high 4.5-star Edmunds rating.
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Does the Honda Civic have good MPG?
Overall, the Civic model line is among the best in its segment. The Civic offers numerous powertrain combinations, and each varies slightly in fuel economy. The most efficient is the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and turbocharged 1.5-liter (174 hp) engine. The EPA estimates you'll get 36 mpg in combined driving. Just note that certain body type and transmission selections can drop this number a bit. The top-performing Type R brings up the rear at 25 mpg combined, though this is still an admirable figure for a high-performance car.
Does the Honda Civic have good resale value?
If you're ready to buy, you're probably wondering about the Honda Civic's resale value. How much will a 2018 Honda Civic be worth in two or five years — or whenever you decide to sell? Check out the Edmunds True Cost to Own (TCO) calculator. It includes projected annual depreciation over the first five years of ownership based on Edmunds' robust market transaction data.
The 2018 Honda Civic is a compact car with so many variants you're almost certain to find one that appeals to you. It's available as a sedan, hatchback and coupe, which split a total of 10 different trims, four engine options and two transmissions, meaning you can get a hot hatch, a leather-trimmed coupe, a spare but utilitarian sedan, or most any combination you could want.
The Civic is a strong competitor in the compact vehicle class, offering a good list of features, strong turbocharged engines, a well-behaved continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), and plenty of interior space and utility. We like the Civic's driving dynamics, practicality, legroom and the laundry list of available technology and safety features.
Six primary trim levels are available for the 2018 Honda Civic: LX, EX, EX-T, EX-L, Touring and Si. There are also three trims specific to the hatchback (Sport, Sport Touring and Type R), and one specific to the coupe (LX-P). As you might expect, as you move up through the trim levels you get more equipment and more powerful engines.
The base Civic LX starts with a 158-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a six-speed manual, 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights with LED daytime running lights and taillights, and power mirrors and locks. Inside, you get a 60/40-split folding rear bench, cruise control, automatic climate control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a rearview camera, and manual front seats with driver-seat height adjustment. Infotainment is handled by a 5-inch display screen with Bluetooth audio streaming. A CVT automatic is available and comes standard on higher trim levels.
Moving up through the Civic's trim levels adds all sorts of features. A 7-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration is available, and has the option of navigation in higher trims. There's also a beefier stereo (10 speakers in the sedan and coupe and 12 in the hatchback) to go along with it. Other features include power seats, leather upholstery, a power sunroof, Honda's LaneWatch blind-spot camera, dual-zone climate control and more.
An available suite of Honda's active safety features and driver aids includes lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking.
Perhaps the best upgrades to the 2018 Honda Civic are the engines. Moving up through the Civic's trim levels gets you a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine that improves both acceleration and fuel economy. The Civic Si builds even more horsepower on top of that, and for a truly bonkers sporty experience there's the Civic Type R. This hatchback has a 306-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, adaptive suspension, and a slick manual transmission to go along with its over-the-top appearance.
No matter what you want from your compact car, the Civic likely has something to offer you. Make sure to read our full review to learn more, and take advantage of our shopping tools to find the best deal on a 2018 Honda Civic in your area.
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What do people think of the 2018 Honda Civic Type R Touring?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Honda Civic Type R Touring and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Civic Type R Touring 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Civic Type R Touring.
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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.