There are four trim levels for the front wheel-drive Honda Civic Hatchback trim levels: LX, Sport, EX-L, and Sport Touring. LX and Sport have the base powerplant, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated for 158 horsepower. The EX-L and Sport Touring upgrade to a 1.5-liter turbo-four that bumps the horsepower to 180. Unlike the Civic Sedan, the Civic Hatchback can still be equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission instead of a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The best EPA-estimated fuel economy numbers come from the EX-L with the CVT (31 mpg city/39 mpg highway). The CVT also offers ratings of 30 city/38 highway (LX) and 30 city/37 highway (Sport Touring). With the 6-speed manual, the Civic Hatchback Sport achieves 26 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, while the Sport Touring offers a tad more efficiency at 28 city/37 highway.
The LX starts off with cloth seats, automatic climate control, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, one USB port, a 12V power outlet, a 60/40-split fold-down rear seat, LED headlights and taillights, body-colored power side mirrors, and 16-inch alloy wheels. The Sport adds Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto-Lock and some track-inspired elements: sport pedals, paddle shifters, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, gloss-black power side mirrors, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The upgrades to the EX-L include leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a power moonroof with tilt, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a rear-seat center armrest, variable intermittent windshield wipers, heated power side mirrors, and 17-inch alloy wheels. The top-of-the-line Sport Touring has wireless phone charging, a 4-way power passenger seat, a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster, two rear USB ports, heated mirrors with LED turn-signal indicators, rain-sensing windshield wipers, LED fog lights, dual exhaust finishers, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
All Civic Hatchbacks include the propriety Honda Sensing grouping of driver-assist technologies, containing adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, a multi-angle rearview camera, traffic jam assist, automatic high-beams, a driver attention monitor, rear-seat alert, and traffic sign recognition. Blind-spot monitoring is added to the EX-L and Sport Touring, while the latter also gets front and rear parking sensors, low-speed braking control, and rear cross-traffic alert.
The LX has a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a 160-watt sound system with speed-sensitive volume compensation and four speakers. The Sport moves up to a 180-watt 8-speaker sound system. The Sport Touring gets considerable upgrades with a 9-inch touchscreen, a premium 12-speaker Bose sound system with a subwoofer, voice recognition, SiriusXM satellite radio, HD Radio, and satellite-linked navigation with real-time traffic.