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2020 Honda Civic Hatchback

What’s new

  • No significant changes for Civic sedan
  • Updated front and rear styling for hatchback and Civic Si
  • Civic Si gets slightly different cabin trim and revised transmission gearing
  • Improved suspension and more powerful brakes for the Civic Type R
  • Part of the 10th Civic generation introduced for 2016

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy and performance from turbocharged engine
  • Ride quality expertly balances comfort and athleticism
  • Many standard advanced technology and safety features
  • Roomy cabin with high-quality materials
  • Overly vigilant forward collision warning system is frustrating
  • Slow-responding adaptive cruise control system
MSRP Range
$21,650 - $36,995
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2020 Honda Civic Review

It's fair to say that the Civic officially found its way out of the woods back when Honda introduced this latest generation in 2016. For nearly a decade prior, we were underwhelmed with the Civic's design and quality. But Honda got this latest 10th-gen Civic right and, for now, is content to polish at the margins.

For 2020, the Honda Civic hatchback gets front and rear styling updates that include revised foglight housings and blacked-out front trim accents. Inside, there are new surface patterns that differ between trim levels and a few new features in different trims (a power-adjustable driver's seat in EX trims, for example). All Civics also acquire additional sound insulation — which should help quell some of the road noise complaints we've had with this current model. And all but the base LX model get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

Honda is also expanding the availability of Civic's optional six-speed manual transmission to include the Sport Touring trim. At a time when automakers can't get rid of the old-school stick shift fast enough, this move is a refreshing commitment from Honda to keep the connection between car and driver strong.

All of this adds to the 2020 Honda Civic hatchback's other strengths that include quick acceleration, crisp handling and cargo-carrying versatility. While it's still worth checking out the competition — including the sporty and recently redesigned Mazda 3, the weather-beating Subaru Impreza and the value-packed Kia Forte — the Honda Civic continues to set the benchmark.

Notably, the 2020 Honda Civic is a featured vehicle in our Cheapest New Cars article.

Edmunds’ Expert Rating
Rated for you by America’s best test team

Our verdict

8.0 / 10
The Civic hatchback is an all-around favorite thanks to quick acceleration, a comfortable and roomy interior, a long list of features, and large cargo space.

How does it drive?

8.5
The Civic turns into corners smoothly, and the steering is always appropriate for the occasion: light at low speeds and heavier and stable at higher speeds. In Edmunds testing, our Sport Touring hatchback went 0-60 mph in 7.3 seconds, which is quick for this class. The braking performance is also strong.

The CVT automatic doesn't respond like a regular automatic transmission — downshifts take a beat longer than usual, for example — but the trade-off is greater efficiency. The Sport trim designation is mostly about cosmetics; performance-minded drivers will want to get the Si or Type R trim.

How comfortable is it?

8.0
The Civic's front seats have supportive shape and a wide range of adjustment. The armrests could be softer, but otherwise you can stay comfortable on long drives in these seats. Even the seat heaters are excellent. Aiding comfort is the Civic's poised and pleasantly absorbent ride quality, even on broken pavement.

Cabin noise is a mixed bag. The road noise coming from the Sport Touring's low-profile tires is sometimes intrusive and not helped by the hatchback's resonant cabin. On the other hand, the Civic's engine is quiet at cruising speeds.

How’s the interior?

8.5
It's easy to dial in a comfortable and confident driving position for short and tall drivers alike. Front and rear headroom is generous, and rear legroom is ample. There's enough room for a tall passenger to sit behind a tall driver. The large door openings, combined with doors that are short in length, make for easy entry and exit even in tight spaces. Outward visibility is also impressive.

All of the controls are well-placed and intuitive, although some basic functions (fan speed, for example) require touchscreen menu diving — the only real blemish on this otherwise excellent cabin.

How’s the tech?

7.0
After several years of subpar infotainment, today's Civic offers a media system to rival the competition. The navigation system is intuitive to use, and audio quality is pleasing. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard on all but the base LX trim, which is ideal for drivers who prefer to bypass Honda's native system. Honda's system doesn't recognize natural speech, so voice control functions require following specific commands.

We like that the Honda Sensing package of safety features is standard. However, false alarms from the overly sensitive forward collision system are common and quickly become tiresome. 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.

How’s the storage?

8.5
With 25.7 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, the Civic hatchback is generous with luggage space, although its maximum cargo capacity (46.2 cubic feet with the rear seats folded) is only average. The low liftover height makes for easy loading, but the angled rear window may get in the way of bulkier boxes.

Up front, there are plenty of clever pockets and trays for personal items, even a cord management system for keeping phone cables neatly tucked away. For child transport duty, the tall rear doors and generous rear legroom make it easy to fit bulky rear-facing child seats. The car seat anchors are clearly marked.

How economical is it?

8.0
The EPA pegs the Civic hatchback with the CVT automatic at 32 mpg combined. We achieved an impressive 35.4 mpg on our evaluation loop. Overall, we think you'll be able to match the EPA's numbers.

Is it a good value?

8.0
The Civic hatchback is thoughtfully designed and fitted with nice-looking materials for a volume-selling car. The wide range of trim levels allows you to get behind the wheel inexpensively (the LX) or load up with plenty of appealing features (the Sport Touring). Warranty and roadside assistance are on par with coverage for other compact cars.

Wildcard

7.5
The Sport Touring trim hatchback looks sportier than the sedan because of its bulkier and more aggressive (some will say overdone) styling, but it's no more engaging to drive. It's more touring than sport, but that's not a complaint. It is nice to drive, puts up respectable performance numbers, is roomy and comfortable, and offers versatile cargo handling.

Which Civic does Edmunds recommend?

Unlike the Civic sedan, all Civic hatchback trims come standard with a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine, but the base trim LX puts out a little less power than the others. We recommend the Sport trim for the additional 5 horsepower as well as the option to equip it with a manual transmission. (It's more work for the driver, but it makes the car come alive in a way the CVT automatic can't match.) The Sport also packs appealing features such as Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and an eight-speaker stereo.

2020 Honda Civic models

The 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback is offered in five trim levels: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L and Sport Touring. Each trim comes with an expanded set of standard features, and there aren't any option packages to complicate the buying process.

The LX starts with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine (174 horsepower, 162 lb-ft of torque), a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive. For a base model, the LX still packs a robust list of features, highlighted by automatic climate control, a 5-inch infotainment display, Bluetooth, and a full complement of Honda's driver assistance features such as adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams and automatic emergency braking. Few competitors offer similar safety features on their base models.

The Sport trim has the same engine but with a little more power (180 hp and either 177 lb-ft of torque with the available manual transmission or 162 lb-ft with the CVT automatic). You also get more desirable features unavailable on the LX, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, larger wheels and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Sport offers more tech, too, with a 7-inch touchscreen and an upgraded audio system.

Stepping up to the EX adds tech features such as LaneWatch (a small camera that displays a real-time view of the passenger-side blind spot when making a lane change) and conveniences including a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver's seat and satellite radio.

The EX-L expands on EX offerings with a few extras (auto-dimming rearview mirror, for example) but, most notably, leather upholstery. The top-trim Sport Touring adds finishing touches such as LED headlights, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, navigation, and a premium 12-speaker audio system.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 Honda Civic.

5 star reviews: 77%
4 star reviews: 19%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 4%
1 star reviews: 0%
Average user rating: 4.7 stars based on 26 total reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5 out of 5 stars, I love this car!
MinCT,
EX-L 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

I owed an 1999 Civic Coupe, but after I got rid of it, I was underwhelmed (as was Edmunds) with the Civic body style for many years and decided not to buy one again. I instead went with the Honda Fit (2 of them in a row) primarily because of the awesome trunk space and youthful look. When I was in the market for a new car, I was going to go with another Fit... until I saw the 2020 Civic Hatchback. This is a great, sporty looking car, and it had the trunk space I refused to part with. It has way more features than one would expect for a car of that price (it seems like they thought of everything, and things I didn't even know I was missing out on). People I know who are into fast, luxury cars were really impressed and surprised by it. The things I noticed (and appreciated) immediately was the peppy acceleration, the auto dimming rear view mirror, the reduced road noise, the Apple Car Play, and the well designed center console. I haven't even explored all the features yet. So far, I really only have two negative comments. One was that it was almost impossible to find the hatchback in a EX-L trim (for whatever reason), and the other is that Honda decided to use shiny black plastic on all the exterior trim, which showed scratches, even when coming right off the lot brand new. I wish they had kept the matte finish on the trim. Overall, super happy with this purchase!

5 out of 5 stars, Great car!!!
BrianD,
Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

This car is amazing. Very responsive and easy to handle. Nice acceleration and very comfortable ride. It has so many safety features, I was honestly surprised with all the features offered for the price.

5 out of 5 stars, Zippy sporty car
Tribike77,
EX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

I have purchased many fun cars in the past but haven’t seen many lately that are reasonably priced. Until now. I’m the happy owner of a 2020 Civic Hatchback EX. It’s solid, quality built and just plain fun to drive. In addition it doesn’t look like anything else on the road. Great overall package and 35 mpg on average doesn’t hurt either. I love the turbo, no problem getting on the freeway. Pure driving fun!

4 out of 5 stars, Great Car!
New Lease Driver,
LX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

Smooth ride, comfortable interior, decent sound system, great AC system, awesome digital display system, great safety features, and useful additional features (brake hold and smart cruise control technology). This is just the base LX model and I feel like I’m driving a spaceship (in a good way). It only took me one hour of driving to learn all the features due to the ease of use. Click a button and the car will make sure you stay in your lane. Click another and the car will cruise control while matching the speed of the car in front of you, keeping a comfortable distance. One more and the car will stay stopped when you bring it down to 0 mph. No need to hold your foot on the brake. Also, the lease program is quite affordable. I got a better deal on this than they offered on a Honda Fit (which comes with way less features). I am excited for my daily commute in this car!

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2020 Honda Civic video

2020 Honda Civic Type R Review: Styling, Interior, and Tech Updates Make This Hot Hatch Even Better

2020 Honda Civic Type R Review: Styling, Interior, and Tech Updates Make This Hot Hatch Even Better

[MUSIC PLAYING] CARLOS LAGO: We've been big fans of the Honda Civic Type R ever since it first came out. It's won comparisons. It's highly ranked in our ratings. And it's our go-to recommendation for a fast four-door at this price because it combines speed, functionality, and comfort in a way few cars can match. Now, we actually didn't think it needed much mechanical changes, but apparently, Honda disagreed because for 2020, it's been updated. And this is it. I bet you couldn't tell unless you live and breathe these things. In this video, I'm going to explain what's new, what's not, why this thing's so much fun to drive, and why we like driving it so much. The two are not necessarily the same. For the whole story, go to edmunds.com, but also like, subscribe, and leave a comment below, too. This generation of the Type R has been an aggressive-looking car. That works for some people and it doesn't work for others. I mean, it has three tailpipes, for crying out loud. And the interesting thing is it actually writes a check that the driving experience doesn't quite cash, but in a good way, if that makes sense. But we'll talk about that when we actually get to driving it. For now, let's talk about the changes going on at the front. You have these body-colored accents on the front and rear of the car. That's new. And so are these panels right here. This used to look like a honeycomb grill pattern, which was slightly dishonest because it didn't actually go anywhere or do anything. The only place it actually had an effect was on this opening here so you could hear the horn. So now it's a bit more honest, at least. A step in the right direction. Now past that, the opening here and the radiator core have been adjusted. Honda says this is now 13% larger, if you're taking measurement. We've seen reports that Honda Civic Type Rs have overheated on track. We've never experienced that in our testing, but Honda says this adjustment helps keep the engine cool, and more cool air is something we'll never complain about. The front end of the car remains otherwise largely the same, and a lot of events here up front actually remain functional, and that's what contributes to that aggressive look. I can explain that functionality and explain what those vents do with the handy pen test. What you do is you find something that looks like a vent. You stick a pen in it. If it goes all the way in, it's likely functional. We can start up here with the front. This section, obviously, feeds the radiator. But on the driver's side, there's actually a scoop that goes in and feeds the intake. On the front, lower beneath that, this feeds the inner cooler. And then this hood vent actually looks to be legit. It dumps air behind the back of the engine. The engine's transversely located, so it sits in line with the front axle. So the air gets dumped behind it. Now underneath the front splitter here, you have these vents that cool the front brakes. And then you have this channel here that routes air around the wheel liner, in between the wheel liner and the engine bay, and it exits behind the front wheels. And Honda says that still stabilizes things. Yes, this is still an aggressive-looking car, but I think this is a step in the right direction. Next, let's take a look at the wheels and tires. When you're talking about brakes and tires, you also need to talk about suspension because that all comes together to make handling. And that's an area that we've really liked about the Civic Type R. With regard to suspension, Honda's made some adjustments. The adaptive dampers respond more quickly and they've also tuned a couple settings in the suspension, like new bushings and different alignment settings, in the name of making the handling even more responsive. As far as the brakes go, that's where the other mechanical change is. The rotor diameter is the same and the front 4-piston Brembo calipers are the same, but the construction of the front rotors are different. They were formerly a one-piece rotor, and that's where you use one material to make the brake rotor. Now, they're a more expensive two-piece rotor, and you do that because using different materials allows you to make a rotor that's lighter and can ventilate and cool more properly. Honda says the change is good for five pounds total in the Civic Type R. As far as wheels and tires go, they're the same as last year. The wheels are 20 inches in diameter, 8 and 1/2 inches wide, and the tires are Continental SportContact 6, size 245/30R20. I bring that up because we have experienced premature tire wear with the Civic Type R on track, and we've seen reports of others going through the same. You should probably expect that behavior to continue if you plan on taking your Civic Type R to a track day. Before we talk about interior updates for 2020, I want to just take a moment and talk about the functionality of the interior, and that's one of the Civic Type R's best attributes, right next to how good it drives. And a lot of it has to do with how nice the standard Honda Civic is. It's one of the best in its segment with regard to interior space, and layout for storage, and whatnot. The second row is very large. Especially with these bucket seats, you could still fit people back there comfortably. And the storage solutions for the front are very clever. The center console right here is configurable. It has compartments that you can slide around to secure stuff. And it's deep, too so there's a ton of storage available. This two-level split tray here means you have a larger section at the bottom for bulkier items, and then you have a top little shelf here for like your phone, and then ahead of that, there's a little hole you can run cables through when you wanted to plug into in the car and use Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Really nice, thoughtful stuff. Now, Civic Type R, specifically for 2020, the steering wheel is now wrapped in alcantara. That's a microfiber suede-like material that feels good. The shifter's also been gussied up, and there's a new knob that's heavier. Why would you do that? Well, it just feels nicer to shift. That lever feels really good. The other addition for the Civic Type R is Honda Sensing, and that's the name that Honda gives its suite of adaptive safety features, like forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. That's standard on the Civic Type R. Civic Type R only comes in one trim level, so this is what you get. I'll comment, too, that adaptive cruise control is really nice with this because when you use it in conjunction with automatic rev matching, on the freeway or in stop-and-go, the computer largely takes care of the gas pedal for you. You basically just clutch and shift. It's nice. It makes driving a manual in rush hour more tolerable. I will say, as someone who drove an Integra GSR in rush hour to college every day, I was fine doing that. But this makes it a little bit nicer. You kids don't know how good you have it. I'll save my "in my day" spiel for another time. Let's get back to the car. I like the plaque behind the shifter that says the serial number of the Civic Type R on it. That's really nice. And to the right of that, you have your drive mode selector. That's the same as last year. But what's new this year is active sound enhancement. The Civic Type R is now pumping in a little bit of engine noise through the stereo to make the engine sound a bit more obvious. You can adjust it with here, but we'll talk about that when when we get to driving. Now we get to my favorite part, which is actually driving the Type R, and cars in general. You may cringe when you hear active sound enhancement, and I get that philosophically, a lot of people have an issue with fake exhaust noise or fake intake noise being pumped into the cabin. Well, the news is all engines lie. All exhausts lie. They're all tuned and artificial to some degree. And drawing a line between where you accept it or not is just arbitrary, so my philosophy is if it sounds good and you don't notice it, hey, who cares? The Civic Type R is a case where I think it's beneficial. One of my complaints with the last year's Civic Type R, with 2017 to last year, was that the 2-liter turbo 4-cylinder was powerful. It packed a solid punch. But it was fairly quiet at high RPMs, relative to the noise of the rest of the car, because you get a fair amount of interior noise and tire noise when you're pushing the car hard on a racetrack. That led to situations where, when you're wearing a helmet, you couldn't actually hear the engine speed. And so you have to be watching the tach very closely to make sure you weren't buzzing red line. That was not a very fun part about driving the Civic Type R fast. But also, that same quietness made driving around town-- especially when you're going quick-- better, because you could do it stealthily. I think the active sound enhancement is a good solution here because when you are really on the gas pedal, especially in the Plus R drive mode, you get more sound. I'm not going to say it's a beautiful sound, because let's face it, turbo-charged inline 4-cylinders just are never going to sound beautiful, but you're going to hear it. And that's what's important to driving fast. And the fact that you can hear it inside, that you have additional indication of when you're getting close to red line, but nobody around you outside can really hear it-- that's a good thing, because I'm all about stealth speed. Of course, they'll see it, because it's still a Civic Type R and it looks the way it does. But hey, small steps. Small steps. Now, when it comes to actual power delivery, the Civic Type R is great because when you get on the gas, its turbocharged engine-- you should typically expect a little bit of delay, depending on the gear that you're in and how much you're asking of the engine. But power seems to really come in strong at about 2,500 RPM to about 6,500 RPM, and that's a really meaty power band for a turbo 4-cylinder. And once you're moving and in gear, this car feels really strong and really punchy. Off the line, it doesn't feel so much that way because you've got to engage the clutch, and you're working with an engine that's off boost. So most of the time when you're driving on city streets at stoplights, lead-footed EV drivers and modestly powerful SUVs are going to dust you off the line. But when you're at speed, that's then the Civic Type R is going to come into its own. Because the engine and transmission are largely the same, they're just going to behave the same way as you would expect, and that's mostly good. You still have rev matching. I used it right there. When you're driving below race pace, like most of us do, the rev matching's fine. When you really start trying to go fast and try and start to do really quick gear changes, that's when you notice that it isn't as fast as it could be or it should be. Some other automakers have faster rev-matching systems, but that's OK. Now, ride and handling is what the Civic Type R does best. It balances both of those attributes admiringly well for a hot hatch or a sports sedan. I'll use two interchangeably when I'm discussing the Civic Type R because who cares, right? If you do, leave a comment. Get it out of your system. You want a car like this because it's a four-door to be family friendly so you can sell it to the spouse, right? But you also still want it to be fun. So you're always going to be straddling that line between ride comfort and driving fun, because responsive, tightly-controlled chassis can make ride quality worse. And I'll say, of course, this is firmer when it comes to ride than your standard Honda Civic, but it's not that bad at all. In fact, I could totally drive this through LA's worst roads every day and be fine. But what's really nice about the ride is it doesn't really sacrifice anything for suspension control, and steering feel, and all that. This is still a nice, great-handling car. And it's so satisfying because you can maintain a lot of speed through corners. You can get up-to-speed quickly, and the tire, and the grip, and the steering all work together to inspire you to enter corners faster, and faster, and faster, and you can maintain that speed all the way through the corner. And that's really exciting. Steering feel is enjoyable. It may seem a little heavy at first, but when you get used to it, you realize the effort is tightly tuned to the available grip and balance of the car, and that makes for a situation when you go into corners, you don't need to put a lot of effort into the wheel. But it gives you just enough feedback and there's just enough effort to balance your input against what you want the car to do and keep it on your path. The adaptive dampers get credit for the ride comfort and the handling comfort. I'm leaving the car in its key up Sports setting. You can back it down one notch to Comfort, if you want. You can increase that to Plus R, if you want. When you do that, the drive modes are going to adjust the throttle sensitivity-- how responsive that gas pedal is. They're going to also adjust just a couple other things, too. But the gist is you use Plus R when you're driving it on the race. You use Comfort if you want a little bit softer of a suspension. It also damps the gas pedal responsiveness, too, to a degree I'm not too much of a fan of. But most people should just leave it in Sport. Now, the brake system has been upgraded. We talked about how Honda did new brake rotors. They also did new pads, and part of that was an explanation that they wanted to reduce the stroke of the brake pedal and make the pedal feel more responsive. Braking performance is something that we've never really had a problem with the Civic Type R. But hey, we'll take an improvement. And I'll say that you probably have to drive this and the last year's Civic Type R back to back in order to appreciate the differences. I'll say from what I'm feeling right now, the brake pedal doesn't need to move a lot. It's more of a pressure actuation, rather than a lever, and I like that in this kind of car when I'm driving fast because you can instinctively get the amount of brake force that you want out of the pedal. It's really easy to intuit it from the feedback through the pedal. All nice stuff. Do the changes that Honda made for 2020 transform the car? No, they just make it a nicer value than it already was. I don't particularly expect the performance figures to change. The last time we tested this, we get 0 to 60 I think in the mid to low 5-second range and the quarter mile in the high to 13-second range. That's probably going to be where it's at. I'd be surprised if you saw dramatic improvements if you were really into hot lapping, but it's possible. In summary, the Civic Type R packs a lot of highly desirable features, and as it should, because the price has creeped up to about $38,000. With it, you get a really nice car to drive, 306 horsepower, really engaging steering and handling, something that feels really fun. But it's also compliant enough and functional enough for the whole family, thanks to a comfortable ride, a functional interior, a large interior, realistic trunk space, rear seats that fold down, and good visibility. There's a lot to like here, and that's great because there isn't much left in the segment that does the same. Your other options are either all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive two-door coupes, so this is a pretty unique offering, and that's always what made the Civic Type R so special. Yeehaw.

Read the full review <a href="https://edmu.in/2Tlg1De" target="_blank">here</a>. Carlos Lago drives and reviews the new 2020 Honda Civic Type R. In this video, we'll explore what's new with the 2020 Type R interior, exterior, suspension and brakes. We'll also discuss what's not new, like the 306-horsepower turbo 2.0-liter engine, transmission, wheels and tires. For 2020, the Type R also comes with new tech, including adaptive cruise control and active sound enhancement that boosts the engine sound. How does it all work? Watch to find out!


Features & Specs

EX 4dr Hatchback features & specs
EX 4dr Hatchback
1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT
MSRP$24,150
MPG 31 city / 40 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower174 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Sport 4dr Hatchback features & specs
Sport 4dr Hatchback
1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT
MSRP$23,550
MPG 29 city / 35 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower180 hp @ 6000 rpm
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EX-L 4dr Hatchback features & specs
EX-L 4dr Hatchback
1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT
MSRP$25,350
MPG 31 city / 40 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower174 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Sport Touring 4dr Hatchback features & specs
Sport Touring 4dr Hatchback
1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT
MSRP$28,850
MPG 29 city / 35 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower180 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Civic safety features:

Collision Mitigation Braking System
Applies the brakes automatically 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 Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover5 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover9.5%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good

Honda Civic vs. the competition

Honda Civic vs. Toyota Corolla

The Civic and Toyota Corolla have duked it out for decades, and the Corolla's full redesign for 2020 has only reignited the flames. The new Corolla has impressed us with greatly improved cabin materials, surprisingly capable handling, and an infotainment system that is easier to use than the Civic's. However, we still prefer the Honda for its rapid acceleration, fuel-efficient turbocharged engine, and spacious, adult-friendly rear seat.

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Honda Civic vs. Mazda 3

If you're looking for a bit of driving fun to go along with your sophisticated compact car, the Mazda 3 is a great place to start. On upper trim levels, the Mazda 3 feels downright luxurious. It's available with all-wheel drive too. The Mazda 3 can also match the Civic hatchback for driving fun. For maximum cargo space, however, the Civic is still tops.

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Honda Civic vs. Honda Insight

If you like the Civic's size and layout but want something that uses less fuel, look no further than the Honda Insight. The Insight is just as practical as the Civic, but its electrified powertrain makes it one of the most efficient traditional hybrids available. Its infotainment system is also more intuitive than the Civic's older interface. The Insight's only downsides are a higher price tag and slower acceleration.

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FAQ
Is the Honda Civic a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Civic both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.0 out of 10. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2020 Civic gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 6 reviews) You probably care about Honda Civic fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Civic gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg to 34 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the Civic ranges from 22.6 to 25.7 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Honda Civic. Learn more
What's new in the 2020 Honda Civic?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Honda Civic:

  • No significant changes for Civic sedan
  • Updated front and rear styling for hatchback and Civic Si
  • Civic Si gets slightly different cabin trim and revised transmission gearing
  • Improved suspension and more powerful brakes for the Civic Type R
  • Part of the 10th Civic generation introduced for 2016
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Is the Honda Civic reliable?
To determine whether the Honda Civic is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Civic. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Civic's 5-star average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2020 Honda Civic a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Honda Civic is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 Civic and gave it a 8.0 out of 10. Our consumer reviews show that the 2020 Civic gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 6 reviews). Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Civic is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2020 Honda Civic?

The least-expensive 2020 Honda Civic is the 2020 Honda Civic LX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $21,650.

Other versions include:

  • EX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $24,150
  • Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $23,550
  • EX-L 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $25,350
  • Sport Touring 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $28,850
  • LX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $21,650
  • Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) which starts at $22,750
  • Sport Touring 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) which starts at $28,050
  • Type R 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) which starts at $36,995
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What are the different models of Honda Civic?
If you're interested in the Honda Civic, the next question is, which Civic model is right for you? Civic variants include EX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX-L 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), and Sport Touring 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT). For a full list of Civic models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 Honda Civic

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Overview

The 2020 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), EX-L 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), Sport Touring 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), and Type R 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M).

What do people think of the 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Civic Hatchback 4.7 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 2020 Civic Hatchback.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 Civic Hatchback featuring deep dives into trim levels including EX, Sport, EX-L, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Read our full review of the 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback here.
Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback?
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $29,805. The average price paid for a new 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $2,911 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,911 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $26,894.

The average savings for the 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is 9.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 30 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $24,505. The average price paid for a new 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $2,683 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,683 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $21,822.

The average savings for the 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is 11% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 43 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback LX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback LX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $22,605. The average price paid for a new 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback LX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $2,469 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,469 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $20,136.

The average savings for the 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback LX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is 10.9% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 25 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback LX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback EX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback EX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $25,105. The average price paid for a new 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback EX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $2,660 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,660 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $22,445.

The average savings for the 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback EX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is 10.6% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 33 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback EX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback EX-L 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback EX-L 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $26,305. The average price paid for a new 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback EX-L 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $2,715 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,715 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $23,590.

The average savings for the 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback EX-L 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is 10.3% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 29 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback EX-L 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Type R 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

The 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Type R 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $37,950. The average price paid for a new 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Type R 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is trending -$1,000 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of -$1,000 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $38,950.

The average savings for the 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Type R 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is -2.6% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 3 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Type R 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

The 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $23,705. The average price paid for a new 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is trending $2,642 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,642 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $21,063.

The average savings for the 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is 11.1% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 3 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

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Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including all models of the 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback and all available trim types: Sport Touring, LX, Sport, etc. Rich, trim-level features & specs and options data tracked for the 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback include (but are not limited to): MSRP, available incentives and deals, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (interior and exterior color, upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, cruise control, parking assistance, lane sensing, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy and MPG (city, highway, and combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (interior cabin space, vehicle length and width, seating capacity, cargo space). Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds expert review, safety rating, and color.

Should I lease or buy a 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback?

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.

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