In 2016, the Honda Civic underwent a dramatic overhaul, creating the 10th generation for Honda’s long-running rig. With this redesign came lots of firsts in terms of size, powertrains and performance. For its third model year, we expect the 2018 Civic to remain essentially unchanged.
Regarding appearance, we expect the Civic's looks to carry over, given this new, larger body, which comes as a coupe, sedan or hatchback, will be just a few years old.
The only changes in appearance we expect are the more aggressive looks of the new Si variant and power-packed Type R. The interior layout in most Civics will likely remain unchanged, save for the sportier cabins featuring thickly bolstered seats and unique accents in the Si and R.
We also expect the Civic’s features to continue unchanged. This means the standard features will likely include 16-inch alloy wheels, auto headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, cruise control, auto climate control, a 5-inch central display and more.
We also anticipate no changes under the hood of the standard Civic lineup. If this proves true, then expect the new Civic to come standard with a 2-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque.
Optionally, buyers can go with a 1.5-liter turbo four-pot with 174 horsepower and up to 167 pound-feet of torque. In the sportier Sport hatchback model, this 1.5-liter produces 180 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque.
The new Civic Si will get a version of the current 1.5-liter mill tuned to 205 hp with 192 pound-feet of twist. It will be Honda's first factory turbo Si. That said, the all-new Type R will use a more powerful 2.0-liter turbo rated at an impressive 306 hp with 295 pound-feet. It will be the most powerful Honda ever sold on U.S. shores.
For those looking for something a little greener, there is the possibility of a return of the Civic Hybrid in 2018 or 2019. However, nothing has been confirmed from Honda as of yet.
The current Civic is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, and with no big changes in store, we expect this rating to carry into the new year. Remember, to achieve this rating, you must equip the Civic with the optional Honda Sensing package, which includes auto emergency braking.
Expect a full review closer to launch.