There may not be a coupe in the current lineup for Martinsville, Danville, Rocky Mount, and Greensboro shoppers looking for that look, but the 2024 Honda Civic Hatchback makes up for it with a sloping roofline providing more than a hint of coupe style. The car also features a unique honeycomb front grille and 4.9 inches less rear overhang than the sedan, so the Civic Hatchback offers more than just an extra door.
The entry-level version of this stylish compact car is the LX, which is followed in the range by the Sport, EX-L, and the top-of-the-line Sport Touring. The legendary Type R performance model reappeared last year, which is a sensational reason in its own right for including the hatchback body style in the American lineup.
Some might say the exterior styling is a little toned compared to previous Civic incarnations, but the current style has broad appeal and moves closer to the more premium aesthetic of its bigger brother in the Honda lineup. The Hatchback isn’t a direct replacement for a coupe, but many shoppers will appreciate the Hatchback’s extra practicality. And if you still think the hatch body style needs to be more sporty for you, the defence would like to submit the Civic Type R as evidence to the contrary.
There are two engine options for the 2024 Honda Civic Hatchback, or three if you want to include the Type R as part of the Civic Hatch family. The Sport trim level features a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated inline-four producing 158 horsepower and 138 lb.-ft. of torque. The power gets sent to the front wheels through a standard six-speed manual transmission or an available continuously variable transmission with dual-mode paddle shifters. The Civic Type R features a 2.0-liter turbo four that provides 315 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque, but those numbers tell only a tiny part of that model’s story.
The more powerful option is a 1.5-liter turbo-four that’s standard with EX-L and Sport Touring versions of the Civic Hatchback and develops 180 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque. The EX-L comes with the CVT, and Sport Touring models have the six-speed manual as the standard transmission, but both trim levels are available with the opposite transmission as an option. The EX-L with the CVT offers the best fuel economy ratings of 31 mpg in the city, 39 mpg on the highway, and 35 mpg combined.
The Civic now feels more like a midsize car than a compact with its impressively spacious interior dimensions, and Honda hasn’t cut corners with standard equipment either. All trim levels come with standard automatic emergency braking, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and more as part of the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies. It shouldn’t come as any surprise then that the Civic gets a full five-star rating for overall safety from the NHTSA, and the IIHS names it a Top Safety Pick+.
The 2024 Civic Hatchback LX and Sport trims have impressive standard specifications that appeal to many retail shoppers, but the EX-L and Sport Touring are hard to resist if the budget stretches that far. Go beyond the Sport model, and the seats get leather upholstery, eight-way power adjustment for the driver, and both front seats are heated. The Sport Touring is the trim to go for if you’d like a larger infotainment touchscreen, navigation, 12-speaker Bose premium audio, wireless phone charging, HD Radio, SiriusXM, and more.
It must be tough to keep producing a better Civic than the previous model, but the designers and engineers have knocked it out of the park again with the 2024 Honda Civic Hatchback. Discover it for yourself with a test drive from Nelson Honda at 2500 Greensboro Rd, Martinsville, Virginia, or call us at (276) 632-9741 for more information, and we can book an appointment that fits your schedule.