Honda’s incredible success on American soil can be largely attributed to the Honda Civic. The manufacturer initially garnered acclaim for its motorcycles throughout the 1960s before entering the automotive market and introducing the Civic. The compact car debuted in 1972 and solidified Honda’s position in America, becoming a cornerstone in the lineup and paving the way for models like the modern 2024 Honda Civic Hatchback.
The 2024 Honda Civic continues this incredible legacy and proves this compact car only gets better with age. Throughout its long tenure in the fleet, the Civic has been designed for practicality, versatility, longevity, and thoughtful packaging. It’s an incredibly functional and capable vehicle, and the 2024 Civic Hatchback is no exception. However, you can expect a bit more from the hatchback in 2024, especially in terms of power and performance.
With an optional turbocharged twist, the 2024 Civic Hatchback is sportier than its sedan sibling but just as exceptionally packaged. Like the sedan, it offers a diverse trim lineup that meets various driving, performance, and budget needs, from the LX base trim to the Sport, EX-L, and Sport Touring. Moreover, the 2024 Civic doesn’t stray from its affordable roots, with a starting price of $24,950.[a] Honda sweetens the Civic’s packaging with an extensive lineup of standard features that ensure you get the most for your money.
The 2024 Civic Hatchback promises to be everything you expect from the proven model and legions more. But does it deliver? Fortunately, Honda knocks it out of the park and reminds us why the Civic still has a coveted place in the lineup after all these years. Here’s a closer look at Honda’s exceptional handiwork in designing a hatchback with a penchant for performance and the functionality and versatility expected of the Honda name.
The 2024 Civic Hatchback shares many elements with its sedan sibling, from the same 107.7-inch wheelbase to a passenger volume of 99 cu.ft. However, a few details differentiate the hatchback, specifically the trim options and cargo capacity. For example, the Civic sedan has a total cargo capacity of 14.8 cu.ft. in the trunk, but the Civic Hatchback is far more spacious, with 24.5 cu.ft. of space behind the rear seat. Most notably, this extra cargo room doesn’t impede passenger volume, with the Civic Hatchback offering the same amount of head, leg, and shoulder room as the sedan, making it more accommodating to passengers and cargo.
Beyond this significant difference, the 2024 Civic Hatchback has two unique trims in the Civic lineup. The sedan and hatchback share the same entry-level LX and Sport trims, but the hatchback’s top-tier trims include the EX-L and Sport Touring. The LX relies on a 2.0L inline-four engine, features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and has a 60-40 split-folding rear seatback for heightened versatility and accessibility. From there, the Sport gives you the option of a six-speed manual transmission and adds Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. But what about the luxurious EX-L and well-equipped Sport Touring trims?
The EX-L upgrades the 2024 Civic’s standard 2.0L inline-four powerplant to a turbocharged engine and adds conveniences like Remote Engine Start, an expansive one-touch power moonroof, and leather-trimmed seats. With more power, opulent details, and comfort-oriented features like heated front seats, the EX-L is an outstanding option for those looking for something beyond the practicality expected of the Honda lineup. The same is true for the Sport Touring, which adds wireless smartphone integration, a wireless phone charger, a Bose premium sound system, and an expansive center touchscreen display.
The 2024 Civic Hatchback takes the practicality and versatility expected of a Honda vehicle and adds a penchant for performance and excitement. Honda strikes this balance in several ways, from the hatchback’s sporty design and improved aerodynamics to its multi-engine lineup that answers various performance needs. This lineup starts with the Civic’s base trims, the LX and Sport, which roll off the factory floor with an inline four-cylinder engine under the hood. The rest of the lineup gets a turbocharged engine, a worthwhile upgrade for those looking for more power and engagement.
The 2.0L engine sets the benchmark in the Civic’s fleet, with the inline-four producing 158 hp at 6,500 RPM and 138 lb-ft of torque at 4,200 RPM. Honda’s smooth-shifting, continuously variable transmission heightens the engine’s output, seamlessly shifting gears to deliver the power you need without compromising efficiency. The combination is impressive for a base power plant, with the hatchback getting an EPA-estimated 30 MPG in the city and 38 MPG on the highway as it modestly sips fuel from its 12.4-gallon tank.[b] That level of estimated fuel economy is part of what makes the Civic a great fit for commuters and roadtrippers.
While the standard Civic Hatchback isn’t slated for the track (Honda has the Civic Type R for that), that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your time in the driver’s seat. Honda gives you that option with the EX-L and Sport Touring trims, which feature a turbocharged 1.5L inline four-cylinder engine. The turbocharger pushes the powerplant to 180 hp at 6,000 RPM and 177 lb-ft of torque between 1,700 and 4,500 RPM. The increase in torque guarantees more low-end power, translating to better off-the-line acceleration and a sportier feel.
Honda recognizes the appeal of a turbocharged engine, especially in a hatchback like the 2024 Civic. So, instead of offering only a continuously variable transmission, the automaker adds a six-speed manual transmission to the lineup. The manual transmission gives drivers a physical connection to the hatchback and more control over its output without compromising efficiency. The numbers prove as much, with the manual transmission getting an EPA-estimated 28 MPG in the city and 37 MPG on the highway in the Sport Touring trim.[b]
The 2024 Civic is a smart option because of its incredible packaging that showcases Honda’s dedication to giving drivers more value for their money. This tangible value is apparent in the Civic’s premium interior materials, from the available leather-trimmed heated seats to dual-zone automatic climate control and remote engine start for added convenience. It’s also readily seen in the Civic’s extensive lineup of standard and available connectivity, safety, and driver-assist tools that keep you informed, entertained, connected, and protected wherever you travel.
The Civic’s technology starts with industry-wide staples, like the infotainment system with smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. As you climb the Civic’s trim lineup, premium trims like the Sport Touring add wireless smartphone integration and wireless smartphone charging. The size of the touchscreen display also increases from seven to nine inches, adding more value and appeal to the top trim. Of course, you’ll also find other premium upgrades, like a Bose Premium Sound System with 12 speakers strategically placed throughout the cabin to deliver an immersive, concert-like experience to you and your passengers.
With wireless connectivity features and advanced tools like the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System, Honda turns its attention to safety and driver-assist technologies that optimize your situational awareness and instill confidence. The Honda Sensing Safety Suite is standard across the Civic’s lineup in 2024. The suite outfits the hatchback with Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation System, Traffic Sign Recognition System, Auto High-Beam Headlights, and Adaptive Cruise Control.
As the Civic’s lineup progresses, so do its driver-assist technologies, with top-tier trims adding more advanced features to the Honda Sensing Suite. For example, opting for the EX-L trim adds a Blind Spot Information System that heightens your situational awareness around the hatchback and makes it easier to change lanes. Meanwhile, the Sport Touring trim also adds Low-Speed Braking Control, a Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, and front and rear parking sensors for even more comprehensive assistance in low-speed situations.