2020 Honda Civic Review


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2020 Honda Civic Overview

For the last several decades, the Honda Civic has maintained a major presence on American roads. The current tenth-generation model arrived for 2016, and it received a facelift in 2019 for most trims. Honda updates the remaining trims for 2020.

As before, the Civic comes in sedan, coupe, and hatchback body styles. While each has distinct differences, they share aggressive front ends, artful bodywork, and high-tech interiors. No matter which Civic you buy, there’s room for five people.

Lesser sedan trims feature a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that makes 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. You get a 6-speed manual transmission standard with the option of a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Fuel economy ranges as high as 30 mpg city, 38 highway, and 33 combined.

Optional on the sedan and standard on other body styles, a turbocharged 1.5-liter inline 4-cylinder produces 174 hp and 162 lb-ft with the CVT. You’ll see fuel-economy numbers as high as 32/42/36 with this package.

Finally, Si trims get a turbocharged 1.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine with 205 hp and 192 lb-ft. A performance 6-speed manual, a limited-slip differential, and a two-mode adaptive damper system all come standard.

The basic Civic comes standard with a 5-inch color LCD screen, LED daytime-running lights (DRLs), an electronic parking brake with auto hold, a folding rear seatback, Bluetooth streaming, and a 4-speaker sound system. Other trims add content like leather seats, alloy wheels, keyless access and start, heated seats, LED exterior lighting, dual-zone automatic climate control, premium audio, and a 7-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The major updates for 2020 come to the Si trim. It gets restyled bumpers with gloss-black surround trim, a body-color crossbar, a new grille, improved multi-element LED headlights, new gloss-black 18-inch wheels, and updated sport seats.

Every Civic comes standard with Honda Sensing, a bundle that includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, road-departure mitigation, and automatic emergency braking. LaneWatch, a mirror-mounted camera that gives you a video feed of the right side of the car, is optional. The Civic achieved a 5-star overall rating in its latest round of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Good scores for all three body styles from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The 2020 Civic remains a class leader in the compact segment.


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