Revealed Honda this week announced the 11th edition of its oldest model in operation since early 1973, and besides the new look, there are also some noticeable technical differences in the 2022 Civic.
Other highlights of the revamped model include changes to driver assistance technology, which have become standard on all trim levels starting in 2019.
The updated version of Honda Sensing in the new model contains a camera with a wider field of view, better software and a more powerful processor.
According to Honda, this means the vehicle is able to identify pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles faster and more accurately compared to the previous system that used a combination of camera and radar.
The updated version of Honda Sensing can also read traffic lights and transmit their information to the driver directly at the dashboard.
The system uses eight sonar sensors to assist with features such as: low-speed throttle control and front and rear accident prevention.
It also improves adaptive cruise control with faster reactions, and provides a more natural feel to help keep track.
This is the first Honda car to be equipped with the new, redesigned airbags that are supposed to help prevent brain shock to the driver or passenger during a frontal collision by better controlling head movement in the event of an accident.
The renovations also cripple the standard color touchscreens previously seen on models like the Accord, with 7-inch screens in the LX, Sport and EX models, while the Touring model gets a 9-inch screen above the dashboard.
The Touring model also gets a 10.2-inch LCD digital dashboard, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, and there’s also a wireless phone charger and a Bose 12-speaker audio system.
By comparison, when the 10th generation model was introduced, it was the second car from Honda to support CarPlay or Android Auto.
The MacPherson strut front suspension features low-friction ball joints and front damper mount bearings, which Honda says improve steering feel and response.
The multi-link rear suspension reduces vibration and improves stability across the straight line and shifts, and Honda says it reduces shock by 20 percent when driving over bumps, such as railroad crossings.