The streets and highways of Martinsville, Danville, Rocky Mount, and Greensboro are awash with small SUVs today, but the 2024 Honda Civic Sedan is a compact car that reminds us there’s more to life than high-riding crossovers. The latest Civic is stunningly attractive, with sensational driving characteristics and a comfortable ride. And unless you feel you must have AWD that even some small SUVs don’t offer, the Civic offers unmatched poise, tremendous value for money, and impressively comprehensive specifications.
The Honda Civic has changed its look a lot over the years and through its eleven generations. But you’d have to be a deeply committed fan of a previous model to argue that the 2024 Honda Civic Sedan isn’t the most attractive version of this legendary nameplate ever produced. The current model has a blunt front fascia and prominent brow nicely complemented by a sloping hoodline and no-nonsense headlights that help deliver a timeless appeal. The side profile of the sedan even hints at a fastback design, even though there’s a trunk the American market favors.
There are three trim levels to choose from in the 2024 Civic Sedan lineup. The range starts with the impressive entry-level Sport model with its 18-inch Gloss Black alloy wheels, the mid-range model is the EX, and the top-of-the-line model is the Civic Sedan Touring. All three models make a good case for themselves, and even the entry-level model is well worth considering.
It’s common for compact cars to feature a single powertrain across their lineups, especially if they only have three or four trim levels. However, Honda lets shoppers choose between two excellent engines for the 2024 Honda Civic Sedan. The entry-level Sport model gets equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder powerplant that develops 158 horsepower and 138 lb.-ft. of torque. The power gets sent to the front wheels through a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). This combination delivers fuel economy ratings of 30 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway, and 33 mpg combined.
If you’d like more power at your Civic Sedan’s disposal, the EX and Touring trim levels get upgraded with a 1.5-liter turbo-four. This engine produces 180 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque that also goes to the front wheels through a CVT. The EPA fuel economy ratings for this powerplant come in at an even more impressive 33 mpg in the city, 42 mpg on the highway, and 36 mpg combined for the EX trim and 31/38/34 mpg for the Touring trim.
Just as some midsize trucks can now tow as much as full-size models of the past used to tow, you could find the supposedly compact Civic Sedan is bigger and more spacious than an older midsize car you could be trading in. The Civic Sedan measures 183 inches bumper-to-bumper, which translates to 99 cu.-ft. of passenger volume, 37.4 inches of legroom in the rear seats, and 42.3 inches of legroom upfront. There’s even a useful 14.8 cu.-ft. of cargo volume in the trunk.
The standard features and equipment at every level are impressive, especially in safety and driver assistance. All models get the Honda Safety Sense suite of safety features, which includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, a traffic light recognition system, and plenty more. All that helps the Civic to a full five-star rating for overall safety from the NHTSA and Top Safety Pick+ status from the IIHS.
It’s easy to get carried away by the relentless tide of crossover SUVs automakers present us with today due to their incredible popularity. But the 2024 Honda Civic Sedan shows incredible style, desirability, and practicality are available outside the world of high-riding crossovers. See for yourself with a test drive from Nelson Honda at 2500 Greensboro Rd, Martinsville, Virginia, or call us at (276) 632-9741 for more details, and we can book an appointment for a time that fits your schedule.