Even with a microchip shortage and supply-demand issues plaguing the automotive industry, Honda has said, loud and clear, that ain’t nobody or nothing slowing them down. In fact, this September, the 2022 Honda Civic Hatch is set to begin production, which means a new Civic Hatchback will be landing at our Arizona Honda dealerships later this fall.
You can’t see it through your screen, but we’re beaming with excitement — and you should be, too. That’s because the 2022 hatchback isn’t like any model prior. It’s basically, like, 97.94666% new, and anyone with a pulse and an affinity for Euro-style liftback sedans should feel all tingly inside. Just the thought of sliding inside a new Honda hatchback is a goosebump-raiser, and the closer we get to that Civic Hatch release date, the larger those goosebumps become.
Here’s everything we can tell you about the all-new, heartbeat-skipping, Euro-esque ‘22 Honda Civic Hatchback, available for sale and lease at a Honda dealer near you soon.
A Sportier Honda Fit Alternative
Like the new 2022 Civic Sedan — which is currently available for sale or lease at your Honda dealership — the latest Civic Hatchback is fully redesigned from the ground up. Alongside the HR-V, the new Civic Hatch is set to replace the discontinued Honda Fit. While the HR-V offers versatility, the hatchback Civic is filling the “sportiness” void left after the Fit’s execution.
Nearly 5 inches shorter than the Civic Sedan, the new model’s fastback/liftback profile is less pronounced and certainly less boxy than that of the Fit. Essentially, from 100 yards out, it could be confused for a regular, ol’ Civic — which isn’t a bad thing, as the Civic sedan is pretty brilliant.
To really hammer home its fun-to-drive spirit and sportiness, the Honda Civic Hatchback Sport and Sport Touring models come with an available 6-speed manual short-throw gearbox. It offers much improved rigidity, and paired with a new dual-mass flywheel, drivetrain noise and vibrato within the cabin is minimal. Dual-mode paddle shifters are a bonus.
Engine-wise, Civic Hatchback really amplifies what the Fit was throwing down. With the last Honda Fit, owners were gifted with a practical 1.5L 4-cylinder that made about 128 horsepower and 113 lb-ft of torque at 4600 rpm. Every 2022 Civic Hatch makes use of a rowdy, naturally aspirated 2.0L 4-cylinder that makes 158* horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque at 4200 rpm. Sport Touring and EX-L Civic Hatchback trims are powered by a rowdier turbocharged 1.5L 4-cylinder that makes 180 horsepower* and 177 lb-ft of torque at 4500 rpm. Numbers don’t lie.
Pop that sucker out of Normal or Eco mode, toggle its user-selectable Sport driving mode, and the car’s drive ratios get remapped for a sportier, silkier feel. It’s quite refreshing.
Of course, Civic Hatchback’s underpinnings have also been retooled to create a zestier ride. Steering feedback and self-centering have been improved thanks to re-tuned electronic power steering and new front MacPherson struts and dampers. A slimmer rear track adds stability, while a longer wheelbase smooths out overall ride quality. Suspension friction is even reduced by 20%, all but eliminating “road shock.” Combine it all together, and Civic Hatchback’s one of the most responsive, fun-to-drive models to join Honda’s lineup in decades.
Got your goosebumps under control? Good. Let’s slide into Civic Hatch’s driver’s seat.
Not only is the Civic Hatch sporty, but it also mimic’s the Civic Sedan’s interior. Simply gaze beyond the steering wheel: It’s a technological smorgasbord wrapped in a honeycomb-style dash.
Base models get a new 7.0-inch LCD display and an all-digital speedometer and tachometer housed within the instrumentation panel. Sport Touring Hatchbacks gain a 10.2-inch all-digital LCD screen, which includes a HD full-color panel that can be configured to display either digital or traditional (needle and dial) gauges.
Swing your peepers to the right and you’ll find either a base 7.0-inch color touchscreen — it’s the largest standard touchscreen ever offered in a Civic, hatchback or otherwise — or an all-new 9-inch color touchscreen. With the former, Civic Hatch gains Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, hard buttons, and Bluetooth connectivity. The latter ups the ante, offering Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a wireless device charger.
Our favorite? The Civic Hatchback’s new 0.8-inch finger rest. Positioned right below the touchscreen on all Civics, this finger rest feature provides a surface to…well, rest your finger when you’re channel surfing. You’d be surprised at how useful this ends up being — trust us.
A new 12-speaker Bose premium audio system is available, too, bouncing concert-quality surround sound through your external auditory meatus (that’s the ear canal, FYI).
On the safety front, Honda Civic Hatchback adds a world-first set of front airbags. Shaped like literal donuts, the new Honda airbags have been proven to better reduce severe brain trauma and head and neck damage in the event of a collision. We won’t bore you with the details; just know that they’re uber safe.
Standard on all Civic Hatchback trims is a new Honda Sensing suite and single-camera sensor system, which more quickly identifies pedestrians, cyclists, and other vehicles. Traffic Jam Assist — an Adaptive Cruise Control partner — has been added to the Honda Sensing package, as well.
How about cargo? It’s got that covered, too. Cargo volume is still a TBD as of August 2021, but it should be in the same league as the 2021 Civic Hatchback’s 25.7 cu-ft/46.2 cu-ft* measurements. Compared to the 2021 model, the 2022 Hatch has a 1.6-inch larger cargo opening, as well. Stuff away!
2022 Civic Hatchback: Release Date
Word on the street is that the new Honda Civic Hatchback will start coming off the production line and find its way to a Honda dealer near you before Christmas. Fingers crossed!
To request a quote and pre-order a 2022 Civic Hatchback in Phoenix, or to learn more about any of the newest Honda models for sale, contact your Valley Honda Dealers directly. Any member of the sales team will gladly help you get things started, so that you can be one of the first on your block to strut your stuff.
Find an Arizona Honda dealer near you for contact details.
158 hp @ 6500 rpm (SAE net).
180 hp @ 6000 rpm (SAE net).
2021 Civic Hatchback cargo volume based on SAE J1100 cargo volume measurement standard plus, where applicable, floor space between seating rows and seats in their forward-most and upright position.