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A practical and fun-to-drive compact car.

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Whether you're looking for a practical city commuter or a performance powerhouse on the track, the Honda Civic lineup has you covered. The 2021 Civic is available in both sedan and hatchback designs, as well as the sporty Type R and the eye-catching Limited Edition model. With four powertrain options and eight well-equipped trims loaded with high-tech features, you'll love starting and ending your day in this car.

While we currently do not have many 2021 Honda Civics on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. If you love the 2021 model, you should also consider prior model years of the Honda Civic with similar features.

Here's what you'll learn in this 2021 Honda Civic review:

Key Specs and Features:

MPG:

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  • The 2021 Honda Civic sedan with FWD, turbocharged 1.5L engine, and automatic transmission (CVT) gets an EPA-estimated 36 mpg combined.1
  • The 2021 Honda Civic hatchback with FWD, turbocharged 1.5L engine, and automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 34 mpg combined.1
  • The 2021 Honda Civic sedan with FWD, turbocharged 1.5L engine, and automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 33 mpg combined.1
  • The 2021 Honda Civic sedan with FWD, 2.0L engine, and automatic transmission (CVT) gets an EPA-estimated 33 mpg combined.1
  • The 2021 Honda Civic sedan with FWD, 2.0L engine, and automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 33 mpg combined.1
  • The 2021 Honda Civic hatchback with FWD, turbocharged 1.5L engine, and manual transmission gets an EPA-estimated 32 mpg combined.1
  • The 2021 Honda Civic hatchback with FWD, turbocharged 1.5L engine, and automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 32 mpg combined.1

Cargo Space:

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  • 15.1 cu-ft of cargo volume (sedan LX, Sport, EX, EX-L)
  • 14.7 cu-ft of cargo volume (sedan Touring)
  • 25.7 cu-ft of cargo volume (hatchback LX, EX and Type R Touring, Limited Edition)
  • 22.6 cu-ft of cargo volume (hatchback Sport, Sport Touring)

Seating Capacity:

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  • Five passenger seating
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Engine Options:

  • 2.0L four-cylinder with 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque (sedan LX and Sport trims)
  • Turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder with 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque (sedan EX and higher trims, hatchback LX and EX trims)
  • Turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder with 180 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque (hatchback Sport and Sport Touring trims)
  • 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder with 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque (Civic Type R Touring and Limited Edition trims)

Tech Features:

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  • Multi-angle rearview camera
  • Lane-keeping assistance
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto capabilities (Sport and higher trims)
  • Seven-inch touchscreen display (Sport and higher trims)
  • Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition (Touring and higher trims)

Rankings

The Honda Civic has a strong sales history at CarMax. It has been featured in these ranking lists:

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Type R Performance Trim

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If you're looking to push the limits on the track, the Honda Civic Type R has the performance and aerodynamics that you need. Anchored by a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder with 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, the 2021 Civic Type R embodies the spirit of a Honda racing legend. Vortex generators above the rear window channel air towards the wing spoiler for extra stability, while a rear diffuser reduces drag for enhanced performance at high speeds. New for 2021, the Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition also pays homage to past Type R models with an exclusive Phoenix Yellow exterior color and special suspension and steering tuning for maximum dominance on the road or track.

2. Comfortable Commuter Car

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The Honda Civic has been a long-time staple for drivers who commute and the 2021 model is no exception. With the turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission, the 2021 Civic sedan delivers an EPA-estimated 32 mpg city and 42 mpg highway.1 This thrifty performance is matched with a roomy cabin that has plenty of space to carpool coworkers or friends, including 37.4 inches of rear-seat legroom in sedan models. With 15.1 cu-ft of cargo volume (sedan LX, Sport, EX, EX-L trims), the Civic has ample space to carry groceries or personal belongings in the trunk.

3. Engaging Dynamics

The 2021 Civic is known for its smooth handling and controlled ride, but this model is anything but bland. Responsive steering and quick cornering make the 2021 Civic fun to drive, while the car's firmer brake feel is easy to modulate. Striking a balance between comfort and driver engagement, the Civic is a well-rounded choice for city escapades or taking road trips with friends.

4. Connectivity Features

If you're looking for a sedan or hatchback to keep you connected to the home or office, the 2021 Honda Civic is loaded with cool technologies. All models (except the base LX) include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, so you can get directions, make calls, and send and receive messages without taking your eyes off the road.2 A seven-inch touchscreen display also comes standard on all trims (except the LX) with customizable feature settings, as well as Bluetooth® phone and audio connectivity. The standard USB port is very convenient for keeping devices charged on the go.

5. Many Driver Assists

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The 2021 Civic comes standard with many driver aids for your peace of mind. The collision-avoidance system provides visual, audible, and/or tactile alerts if you get too close to vehicles up ahead, while the lane-keeping system signals if you veer off course. All 2021 models also include a radar-based emergency braking system, which automatically applies brake pressure when it's most needed. Getting in and out of tight parking spots is made easier in the 2021 Civic with the inclusion of a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines on all trim levels.


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What You Need to Know

Available Trims

  • LX (sedan and hatchback): Includes power side mirrors, multi-angle rearview camera, five-inch color display, automatic climate control system, four-speaker audio system, and more.
  • Sport (sedan and hatchback): Adds 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, seven-inch touchscreen display, and more.
  • EX (sedan and hatchback): Adds 17-inch alloy wheels, one-touch power moonroof with tilt feature, heated front seats, eight-way power adjustable driver seat, Honda LaneWatch blind-spot camera, and more.
  • EX-L (sedan): Adds leather upholstery, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and available remote start system.3
  • Touring (sedan): Adds 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, four-way power adjustable front passenger seat, navigation system with voice recognition, 10-speaker audio system, and more.
  • Sport Touring (hatchback): Adds 18-inch alloy wheels, center-mounted dual-outlet exhaust, rear heated seats, 12-speaker audio system, available remote start system, and more.3
  • Type R Touring: Adds 20-inch alloy wheels, adaptive suspension dampers, Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, Brembo® front brake calipers, fabric and faux suede sport seats, and more.
  • Type R Limited Edition: Adds lightweight 20-inch alloy wheels, unique programming for the active damper system, specially tuned electrically assisted power steering, and reduced sound insulation for lighter weight.

Available Colors

  • Aegean Blue Metallic (all sedan trims; only on Sport, EX hatchback trims)
  • Boost Blue Pearl (premium color; only on Type R trim)
  • Cosmic Blue Metallic (premium color; only on LX, EX, EX-L, Touring sedan trims)
  • Championship White (premium color; only on Type R trim)
  • Crystal Black Pearl (all sedan and hatchback trims; only on Type R trim)
  • Lunar Silver Metallic (all sedan trims; only on Sport, EX, Sport Touring hatchback trims)
  • Modern Steel Metallic (all sedan trims)
  • Molten Lava Pearl (premium color; only on LX, EX, EX-L, Touring sedan trims)
  • Phoenix Yellow (only on Type R Limited Edition trim)
  • Platinum White Pearl (premium color; all sedan and hatchback trims)
  • Polished Metal Metallic (all sedan and hatchback trims)
  • Rallye Red (all sedan trims; only on Sport, EX, Sport Touring hatchback trims and Type R trim)
  • Sonic Gray Pearl (premium color; only on Sport, EX, Sport Touring hatchback trims and Type R trim)

Interior

  • Seating for five passengers
  • Rear seat heater ducts
  • 46.2 cu-ft of maximum cargo volume (hatchback models)
  • Heated front seat (sedan and hatchback EX and higher trims)
  • Leather-trimmed seats (sedan EX-L and higher and hatchback Sport Touring trims)

Average CarMax Prices

The 2021 Honda Civic is a newer model year and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. See below for average CarMax prices for previous model years of the Honda Civic.

  • 2012 — Average prices less than $12,000 4
  • 2013 — Average prices less than $13,000 4
  • 2014 — Average prices less than $13,500 4
  • 2015 — Average prices less than $14,500 4
  • 2016 — Average prices less than $17,000 4
  • 2017 — Average prices less than $18,000 4
  • 2018 — Average prices less than $19,500 4
  • 2019 — Average prices less than $21,000 4
  • 2020 — Average prices less than $24,000 4

Similar Model Years

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Safety

The 2021 Honda Civic received an overall 5/5 rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

Similar Vehicles

If you're interested in the 2021 Honda Civic, you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.

Nissan Sentra

If you're shopping for an affordable sedan that won't pinch at the pump, the Nissan Sentra is a smart consideration. All 2017–2019 models start with a 124-hp 1.8L four-cylinder and an available continuously variable transmission that returns frugal EPA estimates of 29 mpg city and 37 mpg highway.1 With its tidy dimensions and light-on-its-feet agility, the Sentra also zips through congested streets and parking lots with ease. Storage capacity in this model is quite generous with 15.1 cu-ft of cargo for business trips or a weekend getaway. Standard features on the 2017–2019 Sentra S include:

  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks
  • Six-way adjustable driver seat
  • Four-speaker audio system
  • Bluetooth phone connectivity

Toyota Corolla

With its thrifty powertrain, roomy backseat, and comfortable interior equipped with many conveniences, the Toyota Corolla could be the ideal sedan for you. All 2017–2019 models start with a 1.8L four-cylinder with 132 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque, but the LE Eco features special engine and suspension tuning to maximize fuel economy. With the LE Eco's 1.8L engine, the 2017–2019 Corolla gets an EPA-estimated 40 mpg on the highway, which is ideal if you're a high-mileage commuter.1 This model also has 41.4 inches of adult-friendly rear-seat legroom and 13 cu-ft of trunk volume for groceries. Standard features on 2017–2019 Corolla XLE include:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade
  • Heated front seats
  • Eight-way power-adjustable driver seat
  • Push-button start

Mazda Mazda3

The Mazda Mazda3 is a spirited small car that likes to hug corners through turns and sprint when merging onto the highway. Fourth-generation models (2019 and newer) come with a 2.5L four-cylinder with 186-hp and 186 lb-ft of torque, but you can find 2017–2018 models with a base 155-hp 2.0L four-cylinder in addition to the 2.5L on Touring or Grand Touring models. Available in sedan and hatchback body styles, the Mazda3 commands attention with its bold design that looks in motion, even at a standstill. The hatchback model is also very utilitarian with 20 cu-ft of cargo volume behind the rear seats (2017–2019 models). Standard features on the 2019 Mazda3 Select include:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Leatherette upholstery
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities
  • Driver attention monitor

The Bottom Line

The Honda Civic is a small car with incredible substance. Available in both four-door sedan and five-door hatchback models or the dynamic Type R, it's easy to find exactly what you want in the 2021 Civic lineup.

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
2 SMS text message function requires data plan and compatible device.
3Remote start functionality may require the purchase of a subscription plan and/or a compatible device like a smart phone. See the owner's manual or manufacturer website for more information.
4Based on prices on carmax.com from April 9, 2019 through September 10, 2020. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include taxes, tags, titles, and any applicable fees.
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