The front-wheel-drive 2023 Civic Hatchback’s three trim levels – Sport, EX-L, and Sport Touring – get a choice of powertrains. As the base trim, the Sport gets a 2.0-liter four-cylinder (158 hp) with either a six-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The EX-L is upgraded to a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder (180 hp) with the CVT. The Sport Touring also gets the 1.5-liter turbo engine, but it goes back to the choice between the manual transmission and the CVT.
As always, the Civic Hatchback returns excellent fuel economy as rated by the EPA. The Sport with the manual achieves 26 city/36 highway; with the CVT that rises to 29 city/37 highway. The EX-L achieves 31 city/39 highway. The manual-transmission Sport Touring should return 28/37 highway, while the CVT Sport Touring gets 30 city/37 highway.
The Sport is a well-equipped base, getting automatic climate control (single zone), LED headlights, push-button ignition, sport-style pedals, Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock (a proximity entry and auto-locking system), a 12V power outlet, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob, and a 60/40-split fold-down rear seatback. The EX-L advances to dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power driver’s seat, heated exterior mirrors, a moonroof, illuminated vanity mirrors, and a rear-seat center armrest with cupholders. The Sport Touring gets the same sport pedals as the Sport trim, and its side mirrors are made deluxe with integrated turn-signal indicators. It’s also ready for inclement weather with LED fog lights and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The other highlights of this highest Civic Hatchback trim are a power front passenger’s seat, dual exhaust, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a HomeLink universal garage door opener, wireless phone charging, and three USB charging ports.
The Honda Sensing bundle of driver-assist features comes standard in every 2023 Civic Hatchback. The Sport receives automatic high beams, forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, traffic jam assist, and traffic sign recognition. The EX-L and Sport Touring add blind-spot monitoring. The Sport Touring is fully loaded, getting rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, and low-speed braking control.
The infotainment in the Sport and EX-L has a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, SMS text messaging, and an audio system with eight speakers. The Sport Touring’s touchscreen is 9 inches (it can also be controlled using voice recognition), and its smartphone integration is wireless. It also has navigation, HD radio, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a Bose audio system with 12 speakers and a subwoofer.
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