(By Tom Lohnes) – The Honda Civic Hatchback goes all the way back to the 1972 launch of the car and it continues to bring in sales like a champ today. The hatch is always one of the better-looking models, and hopefully that continues on for the new 11th-gen hatchback.
More driver-focused than the sedan, the hatch gains a lot more than extra cargo room. The most notable change for drivers is that a 6-speed manual will be standard on the hatch, with the CVT that is the sedan’s sole transmission optional. Under the hood will lie the same 2.0-liter I-4 or optional turbocharged 1.5-liter unit, both compatible with either transmission. Speaking of that cargo space, the Civic grows a little bit physically in Hatchback form, and with that comes more passenger and luggage space.
Honda hasn’t released the new hatch yet; the debut happens in a few weeks. But we can assume the hatch carries the same handsome looks the normal Civic carries, with a bit more of a sculpted rear end. I’m not complaining. Inside, the new Civic has a completely redesigned interior, with a larger screen, fully digital gauge cluster, and a very distinctive air vent design that really sets this apart from the competition.
I’m fairly excited for this car. The sedan I’m not so hyped about because it is just plain boring, even with the crazy interior. The hatch however adds fun to the Civic, making it a compelling buy.