Getting to Know the Honda Civic’s Many Personalities

September 29th, 2023 by

A red 2023 Honda Civic Sport is shown driving on a city street after leaving a Honda dealer near you.

Honda has always operated with the goal of delivering a spirited driving experience and innovative design at an affordable price point. The humble Honda Civic is arguably one of the greatest pieces of evidence supporting that fact. Since 1972, the Civic has provided countless drivers with a vehicle they can depend on to have easy handling, peppy engine options, a comfortable interior, and––without fail––an outstanding price tag. If you’ve been wondering, “Is there a Honda dealer near me that can tell me all about the Civic?” we’re that dealership.

Honda has offered several styles of the Civic over the years to appeal to different types of drivers. Today, there is the standard compact sedan that so many drivers already know and love, but there are also three other options for those prioritizing performance or cargo space. These additional models include the sporty Civic Si, the roomy Civic Hatchback, and the flagship Civic Type R.

We at Eskridge Honda would love to show you the different sides of this quality vehicle. The four Civic models share a few core qualities: compact dimensions, remarkable efficiency, and a fun behind-the-wheel experience. However, as we take a deeper dive, you’ll see that Honda made some brilliant choices in delivering its customers a variety of Civic models. We would love to meet you at our dealership, learn what you’re looking for, and point you in the right direction. Here’s a look at the many personalities of the Honda Civic.

The Honda Civic Sedan

Any time someone comes to us and says, “I’m working with a limited budget, but I don’t want to compromise on quality, and I am looking for a sedan with classic looks that’s easy to park and zip around in,” we love to show them the Civic Sedan. The Civic Sedan is timeless and packs so much value into its small frame––and even smaller price point. For a gas-engine vehicle, it gets incredible fuel economy. In fact, the EPA states that the 2023 Civic Sedan can get 31 MPG in the city and 40 MPG on the highway.[a] This model is simply a fuel economy superstar, so we love knowing that our customers who buy one will not only save money with the purchase of the vehicle but also at the gas pump.

The Civic Sedan is a model we recommend time and time again to young professionals starting out at their first job, students looking for an affordable and fun vehicle, and rideshare drivers who want a car that’s great on gas while they make extra income behind the wheel. This model has picked up many awards over the years for the great value it delivers to drivers on a budget, such as being named a Car and Driver 10Best and Editors’ Choice in 2023, and we can’t say enough complimentary things about it.[b]

An incredible commuter vehicle, the 2023 Civic Sedan offers wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility that lets you use your favorite apps for navigation, podcasts, and news while on the go. It also has an available 12-speaker Bose sound system for those who want a better listening experience. Convenient features like heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, and a one-touch power moonroof let you really customize the cabin and improve your comfort. Finally, a generous suite of standard driver-assist features can help drivers stay safe on the road. When you drive a Civic Sedan, we just know you will never feel like you had to compromise on quality in order to get a great price on a vehicle.

A close up shows a Bose speaker in a 2023 Honda Civic Si.

The Honda Civic Si

Honda makes vehicles for people who simply love to drive. The brand always has, so adding a performance compact sedan to the Civic family simply made sense. In 1985, drivers who already loved the model got the very first Civic Si, which boasted a more powerful engine, precise handling, and a thrilling behind-the-wheel experience. The Civic Si has even seen use on the racetrack, so you know its performance features hold up when the rubber meets the road.

Throughout the years, the Civic Si’s horsepower and torque have steadily increased, with the current 1.5L turbocharged engine providing 200 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque. The car also jumped from a five-speed manual transmission to a six-speed manual and recently added automatic rev-matching (a system that raises engine speed to match the wheel speed when you downshift). Inside the 2023 Civic Si, you get performance-inspired details like red stitching and polished metal pedals.

With seating for five, the Civic Si is even ready to bring your friends along for a fun ride. On the safety and technology front, it shares its suite of features with the Civic Sedan. That means you get smartphone compatibility, the available Bose sound system, a large touchscreen, and the complete suite of Honda Sensing driver-assist features.

The Honda Civic Hatchback

The Honda Civic Hatchback is ideal for drivers who want a performance-forward vehicle but also need a practical, everyday car. It marries fun and functionality beautifully, and we’ve found it’s a hit among our customers. The stand-out feature is, of course, the hatchback trunk, which is spacious and ready for those with serious cargo needs. Plus, thanks to a 60/40 split-folding second row, you can extend the trunk to have even more cargo space at the expense of passenger seating.

We can’t ignore the performance elements of this vehicle either. Its available 1.5L turbocharged engine and highly responsive steering make it so much fun to drive. Plus, its energetic Sport and Sport Touring trims come with added features not available on the regular Civic Sedan. The highlight of these trims is that you can get dual-mode paddle shifters or an optional six-speed manual transmission.

The Honda Civic Type R

The “R” in the Civic Type R stands for “Racing,” so you instantly know what this vehicle is about. The 2023 model is not only the fastest Civic to date, it is the fastest production front-wheel drive car on the market, boasting a lap time of 7:44.881 around the famed Nürburging Nordschleife racetrack in Germany. It is unapologetically not your everyday vehicle, but if you’re looking for a track-ready performance car that is unlike anything available from another brand, we know you’ll love what the Civic Type R has to offer.

Inside the Civic Type R is a stunningly laid-out cockpit. You get bolstered performance seats to support you during spirited driving and a touchscreen with performance stats, including a lap timer. Plus, its four-mode drive system includes Sport, Comfort, Individual, and +R modes for a range of behind-the-wheel experiences. These modes adjust everything from power delivery to steering speed and suspension damping.

A white 2023 Honda Civic Type R is shown from the rear at a race track.

Check Out the Many Sides of the Honda Civic Today!

Visit us at Eskridge Honda to see why the Civic might be the right car for you. Honda has consistently proven that powerful engines, comfortable interiors, and thoughtful features aren’t only for those with deep pockets. The Civic is such a fantastic example of this that it only makes sense for Honda to offer a variety of models. We can’t wait to work with you if you are ready to explore the Civic and its many personalities.

We carry the full lineup of Civic models and offer competitive prices on each one. Our team will gladly learn what you’re looking for and guide you towards the perfect model for your needs. You’re going to be amazed at all of the excellent features you will find in the Civic, especially at its incredible price point. Visit us today and discover the right Civic for your personality and driving style.

[a] 31 city/40 highway/35 combined mpg rating for LX. 30 city/37 highway/33 combined mpg rating for Sport. 33 city/42 highway/36 combined mpg rating for EX. 31 city/38 highway/34 combined mpg rating for Touring. Based on 2023 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
[b] The 2023 Honda Civic won the Car and Driver 10Best and Car and Driver Editors’ Choice. For more information, visit Car and Driver at Car and Driver is a registered trademark of Hearst Autos, Inc.