Here It Is: The 2022 Honda Civic Prototype

By Colin Wood
Nov 18, 2020 | Honda, Civic, Prototype, 2022

Fresh for 2022, here is the prototype for the 11th generation Honda Civic.

In addition to the new Solar Flare Pearl paint color, the prototype also features an all-digital dash and an “upgraded suite of Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technologies.”

Before you start to worry, however, Honda has assured that the new Civic lineup will include “the sporty and personal Civic Hatchback, performance-focused Civic Si, and the ultimate high-performance Civic: Type R.”

Style-wise, the design team took cues from a number of previous Civics, namely the “low overall height and low hip point” from the current 10th generation model, as well as the “classic Civic design ethos of ‘thin and light’ body design.”

As far as powertrains, nothing official has been revealed, besides that the new Civic will feature “more powerful and fuel-efficient powertrains” paired with an “even sportier, fun-to-drive new chassis.”

Check out the video unveiling (in case you missed the Twitch live stream), as well as the full press release below:

Honda today gave the world its first glimpse of the all-new 2022 Civic on Twitch, the world's leading live streaming entertainment service. The new Civic, shown in prototype form in a striking new color, Solar Flare Pearl, showcases a fresh, sporty and upscale new look for Honda's iconic and immensely popular Civic.

The 11th-generation Civic draws inspiration from timeless elements of Honda design, including a low and wide stance, low beltline, clean and sophisticated detailing, and an open and airy cabin. The prototype model unveiled today presages the arrival of an all-new Civic lineup, beginning late spring 2021, with the launch of the Civic Sedan followed by the sporty and personal Civic Hatchback, performance-focused Civic Si, and the ultimate high-performance Civic: Type R.

Leveraging its strong presence in esports and gaming, Honda's debut on Twitch is a nod to Civic's industry-leading and global appeal with young buyers. The 10th-generation Civic has been an unparalleled success – America's most popular car four years running2, and the most popular vehicle, car or light truck with Millennials, Gen Z, first-time new vehicle buyers and a growing population of multicultural customers since its 2015 launch3. The 11th-generation Civic will build on that appeal with an even sportier, fun-to-drive new chassis, more powerful and fuel-efficient powertrains, multiple new Civic-first features and technologies, and further advances in active and passive safety features and performance.

Civic has always exceeded expectations, and the all-new Civic will continue that legacy of setting the standard for compact cars with human-centered design, outstanding dynamics, style, safety performance and driver enjoyment,” said Dave Gardner, executive vice president of National Operations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Civic Exterior Design – Timeless Civic Values for the Modern Era

In redesigning Civic, stylists and engineers revisited timeless design concepts of past Civics, focusing on Honda's essential and human-centered “Man-Maximum, Machine-Minimum” (M/M) philosophy, where the purpose of technology and design is to serve the needs of the driver and passengers. The styling manifests these timeless design concepts in a fresh and exhilarating new way.

The design team started with the fundamentals, imbuing the new Civic with a dynamic shape and sporty stance. Carrying forward the low CG package of the 10th–generation model, including its low overall height and low hip point, designers applied the classic Civic design ethos of “thin and light” body design with a low hood and front fenders, and a low horizontal beltline that grounds the body, accentuating the wheels and tires, and enabling an expansive and airy greenhouse with exceptional outward visibility.

In executing its concept, the team also made substantial changes to the Civic's upper body design to maximize visibility for the driver and passengers, including moving the front roof pillars rearward relative to the driver, to place them more in the visual periphery, and relocating the side mirrors to the doors for a clearer view through the front side windows.

The new face of Civic features a clean and sophisticated look, emphasizing a low and wide stature with strong horizontal elements, including offsetting the upright grille below the headlights. In profile, the Civic's greenhouse is moved rearward on the body, elongating the hood for a more premium side view. The sharp horizontal shoulder, or C-line, carves a gentle arc from the front fender to the taillights, lending continuity to the overall design, while the upswept R-line carries through the rear fenders to the rear reflectors, adding a feeling of motion even when standing still. In the rear, the wider track of Civic is complemented by new taillights that emphasize width and on-road stability, and a playfully upswept yet aerodynamically-efficient trailing edge to the trunk lid.

Interior – Classic Civic Design Boldly Reimagined

In similar fashion, the all-new Civic will get a dramatic interior makeover as it reimagines the clean and uncluttered lines of earlier generations of Civic, and advances essential Civic M/M values of outstanding ergonomics and exceptional visibility, all while incorporating modern design elements and technology.

The instrument panel is free of visual clutter, minimizing cut lines and breaks to give drivers a clean and clear view of the road ahead, with the door top and dash line blending harmoniously. Stretching the width of the dash is a honeycomb mesh accent, which serves not only as a design element, but also conceals the visually busy air vents.

The 11th-generation also will introduce multiple new Civic-first technologies, including an all-digital driver's meter cluster and a new 9-inch full-HD Display Audio touchscreen mounted atop the low-set instrument panel.

Civic Safety – Advancing Small-Car Safety Performance

True to its mission of advancing small-car safety performance, the 11th-generation Civic will introduce multiple new active and passive safety systems, including an upgraded suite of Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technologies, and multiple new airbag designs. Furthermore, the new Civic comes with an advanced new version of Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure with both improved occupant and pedestrian collision protection. The new, more rigid body structure also will contribute to further advances in Civic's driving refinement, ride quality and sporty handling.

Civic Popularity – Sales Success Spanning Six Decades

The 10th-generation Civic has been a runaway success, establishing itself as the most popular car in America, earning the trust of more than 1.5 million U.S. customers since its 2015 launch, out-retailing every passenger car in America4. It extends a legacy of success that includes nearly 12 million Civics sold in the U.S. since its 1973 introduction, making it one of the top three best-selling cars in America over the past 47 years5. The iconic Civic has been the No. 1 vehicle among Millennial buyers since 20116, making Honda the top brand in loyalty with Millennials7. In addition, Honda captures the most Gen Z car buyers in the industry7, where Civic leads the industry as the most purchased vehicle by the Gen Z audience8. Civic also is the No. 1 vehicle in the industry with multicultural buyers8.

The 11th-generation will continue Civic's legacy of being built in North America and, for the first time, Civic Hatchback will be manufactured in the U.S., at the company's Greensburg, Indiana plant. Honda's commitment to building products in America spans four decades. Civic joined Honda's North America-made lineup in 1986 with production in Ohio. Today, Civic is produced at two plants in North America, in Greensburg, Indiana, and in Alliston, Ontario, Canada. Since 1986, Honda has produced more than 10.5 million Civics in North America, five million of those in the United States.

Civic Prototype Twitch Reveal

Honda has a significant presence in gaming and esports, and is the first and only automaker in North America to sponsor both an esports team, and a league, as the exclusive automotive partner of Team Liquid and the Riot Games League of Legends Championship Series. In addition, Honda's gaming platform includes a partnership with Twitch. Twitch is home to the three-year-running Honda Head2Head gaming channel, which is the exclusive auto-branded channel on the platform.

With Twitch's average daily visitors reaching 17.5 million, Honda aims to grab the attention of the audience behind the explosive growth of esports. The deeply enthusiastic fans share a similar passion for Civic, making the nameplate America's most popular vehicle of any kind with Millennial, Gen Z and multicultural consumers8. Honda's integration of the all-new Civic reveal in prototype form on its Head2Head Twitch channel one-ups the brand's commitment in the gaming space.

The live reveal of the 11th-generation Civic prototype today on Honda's Head2Head Twitch channel was hosted by Rachel Seltzer and MonsterDface, with eight top streamers who battled it out in Fortnite, the world's most popular battle royale game, ranking second on Twitch's most streamed games. The reveal included a live performance by Honda Stage artist, Cordae.

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/17/20 9:20 p.m.

And my wife wants the Si. She has a 2014 Si sedan now. Before that, a 2000 Si. So, we can keep the trend going. 

mr2s2000elise UltraDork
11/17/20 9:20 p.m.

Looking forward to seeing the new CTR hatch 

boxedfox (Forum Supporter)
boxedfox (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand Reader
11/17/20 9:27 p.m.

A long time ago, one of my closest college friends told me that the new Civic always looks like the Accord that came before it.

It's been 18 years since he said that, and Honda is continuing to prove him right.

TurnerX19 SuperDork
11/17/20 9:31 p.m.

In reply to boxedfox (Forum Supporter) :

I notice that about this one for sure. It is also a lot easier on my eyes than 2020, but they will never be prettier than an EG.

irish44j (Forum Supporter)
irish44j (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
11/17/20 9:32 p.m.

Is it me, or does it look a lot like an Audi A3 from the back?

All-new Audi S3 hatch and saloon arrive | CAR Magazine



spacecadet (Forum Supporter)
spacecadet (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
11/17/20 9:36 p.m.

In reply to irish44j (Forum Supporter) :

it looks very German, a friend made the comment it looks more BMW than the new 3 series does..

irish44j (Forum Supporter)
irish44j (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
11/17/20 9:40 p.m.
spacecadet (Forum Supporter) said:

In reply to irish44j (Forum Supporter) :

it looks very German, a friend made the comment it looks more BMW than the new 3 series does..

My initial reaction to the front end was that it looked very VW as well. 

jimbob_racing Dork
11/17/20 9:45 p.m.

It looks much better than the current transformers style Civic.  And thank goodness that it doesn't have an enormous grill or fake vents plastered all over.  


I appreciate Honda letting the adults style this generation of Civic because high school study hall did a bad job with the last version.

mr2s2000elise UltraDork
11/17/20 9:48 p.m.

In reply to TurnerX19 :

I prefer the EF heart

Tony Sestito
Tony Sestito PowerDork
11/17/20 10:09 p.m.

This car looks fantastic. They absolutely nailed the design! I honestly thought it was something German and expensive at first. Can't wait to see the hatch and the sportier variants. 

Gearheadotaku (Forum Supporter)
Gearheadotaku (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
11/17/20 10:18 p.m.

The giant screen sticking out of the dash looks like an aftermarket after thought. Needs to be pushed down out of the line of sight for less distraction. Other wise I like the clean and simple interior. There's a little Cadillac in those rear 1/4s too. Lets hope for a proper 2 door in the mix!

Patientzero HalfDork
11/17/20 10:29 p.m.

In reply to irish44j (Forum Supporter) :

It looks like the Audi had a baby with a Scion TC

dxman92 Dork
11/17/20 10:37 p.m.

Civic SI needs to come back as a hatch plain and simple.

Mr_Asa GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
11/17/20 11:57 p.m.

In reply to irish44j (Forum Supporter) :

I see a lot of BMW in that shot, myself 

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
11/18/20 12:19 a.m.

I see a lot of Plymouth Prowler in the design language. wink

tester (Forum Supporter)
tester (Forum Supporter) Reader
11/18/20 5:03 a.m.

It looks clean. I also see some strong VW-Audi style themes on the exterior. The interior looks like a cross between VW and Miata.  The steering wheel jumped out of our Golf. Mazda places the information screen high on the dash with pretty minimal clutter. 

We might be in the market for a new car by 2023 or thereabouts so this is good. 

kevinatfms GRM+ Memberand Reader
11/18/20 5:54 a.m.
dxman92 said:

Civic SI needs to come back as a hatch plain and simple.

I still think the EM1 Coupe Si is the best looking Civic ever made. It just flowed so well and that blue color was stunning. Im also a sucker for the B16.

Feedyurhed UltraDork
11/18/20 6:12 a.m.

Looks good and thank goodness there will still be "cars" available.  

93EXCivic MegaDork
11/18/20 6:52 a.m.

Assuming it is still the size of an old Accord and comes with the wrong kind of suspension.

NickD UltimaDork
11/18/20 6:54 a.m.

Man, there is a lot of RS3 in the rear 3/4 view. But that's definitely not a bad thing. Also, good to hear that there will still be an Si and a Type R.

noddaz GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
11/18/20 6:59 a.m.
dxman92 said:

Civic SI needs to come back as a hatch plain and simple.

Won't happen, but yes it does.

fanfoy SuperDork
11/18/20 7:26 a.m.

It's a bit boring but I think it will age a lot more gracefully than the berkeleying ugly styling of the current generation.

So it's a thumbs-up from me.

einy (Forum Supporter)
einy (Forum Supporter) Dork
11/18/20 7:34 a.m.

I like this new one quite a bit!  The only exterior element that I am not crazy about is the visual "kick up" of the lower trim around the small window behind the rear doors.  Other than that, nicely done.  

But then again, I also like the latest current Civic sedan styling since they softened it up a bit, particularly in Si form.

pres589 (djronnebaum)
pres589 (djronnebaum) PowerDork
11/18/20 7:42 a.m.

I see the "throw a silly kink into the most rearward side glass to try and make something interesting out of nothing" trend has continued.  Also the gaping maw with black mesh instead of a normal bumper + strange overhang over grill & badge situation is still happening.  A five-door hatch wouldn't have been that much of a stretch, either, and made for a more usable car with potentially less rear overhang.  Civic keeps growing in dimensions.

Generally seems much nicer than the current car but still seems overstyled vs. Civics from the late-80's to 2000.


tuna55 MegaDork
11/18/20 7:45 a.m.
jimbob_racing said:

It looks much better than the current transformers style Civic.  And thank goodness that it doesn't have an enormous grill or fake vents plastered all over.  


I appreciate Honda letting the adults style this generation of Civic because high school study hall did a bad job with the last version.


Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/18/20 7:45 a.m.
boxedfox (Forum Supporter) said:

A long time ago, one of my closest college friends told me that the new Civic always looks like the Accord that came before it.

It's been 18 years since he said that, and Honda is continuing to prove him right.

About the size of an outgoing Accord, too. frown  

For lulz, park an early 90s Accord next to a newer Civic.


On the other hand, this trend seems to have slowed down/stopped because people just buy a truck if they want big, and it seems like most Hondas I see are CRVs and Pilots.  So there may be a market incentive to keep cars car-sized, kind of like when Caddy discovered that people weren't buying CTSs (a 5 series sized car at a 3 series sized price) because people shopping that segment WANTED a smaller car.  Then we got the ATS.

Placemotorsports GRM+ Memberand Reader
11/18/20 8:08 a.m.

Just bring back the CRX already

eastsideTim PowerDork
11/18/20 9:00 a.m.

Not overly fond of the looks, but at least the greenhouse looks like it has gotten bigger.  Hopefully a good sign for visibility.

Matt B (fs)
Matt B (fs) UltraDork
11/18/20 9:43 a.m.

Looks good.  Kudos to Honda for addressing the major shortcomings of the current design.  I especially like how the rocker panel and bumper meet the rear tire.  Looking forward to seeing what the Si and R look like.  

Ian F (Forum Supporter)
Ian F (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
11/18/20 10:04 a.m.

In reply to irish44j (Forum Supporter) :

I don't recall Honda ever being known for original styling cues.

Shaun Dork
11/18/20 1:52 p.m.

It looks like they talked the last generation of Civics exterior designer out of product into into doing the videos on this one.

That is a nice looking if very derivative sedan.


racerdave600 UltraDork
11/18/20 2:38 p.m.

I like it.  It looks like an A3/S3, and that is not a bad thing.

bobzilla MegaDork
11/18/20 3:34 p.m.

Better than the last one, but I've seen moldy bread that looked better so YMMV there. 

Matt B (fs)
Matt B (fs) UltraDork
11/18/20 4:19 p.m.

Shocking newsflash: bobzilla has nothing nice to say about a Honda! cheeky

stanger_mussle (Forum Supporter)
stanger_mussle (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
11/18/20 5:18 p.m.

Unless I missed it, is the coupe dead? Is it just the sedan and hatch now?

grover GRM+ Memberand Dork
11/18/20 5:52 p.m.

That is an Audi. 

einy (Forum Supporter)
einy (Forum Supporter) Dork
11/18/20 6:36 p.m.
stanger_mussle (Forum Supporter) said:

Unless I missed it, is the coupe dead? Is it just the sedan and hatch now?

Coupe is dead.

chaparral Dork
11/18/20 11:18 p.m.

With that big greenhouse they could build a CRX that's as much a fishbowl as the original was. Shorten it by the length of the rear seat and do a new hatchback/tapered rear end. It has to be faithful to the advantages CRXes had over Civics originally - ten miles per hour and that super-sharp feel. 

Carsandbikes Reader
11/19/20 7:04 a.m.

In reply to pres589 (djronnebaum) :

"...a five door hatch wouldn't have been that much of a stretch, either..."

It almost sounds like you didn't read the copy.  Unlike the outgoing model, there will no longer be coupe variants available, the 4 door sedan seen here, and a 5 door hatch are the body styles that the U.S. and Canada will be getting.  (Some markets were getting a sort of 5 door/wagonish body style called the Tourer.  No idea if European and Asian markets will continue to get that body style.)

bobzilla MegaDork
11/19/20 7:58 a.m.
Matt B (fs) said:

Shocking newsflash: bobzilla has nothing nice to say about a Honda! cheeky

not true. I said it was better than the last one. That's something nice. 

EDIT: It doesn't look bad. It's not something I'd personally buy but it looks decent. 

Matt B (fs)
Matt B (fs) UltraDork
11/19/20 12:00 p.m.

In reply to bobzilla :

Ah - got me on a technicality! 

I'm just ribbin' ya btw. 

pinchvalve (Forum Supporter)
pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/19/20 12:19 p.m.
Colin Wood said:

So, its a copy of the Nissan Sentra?

barefootskater (Shaun)
barefootskater (Shaun) UberDork
11/19/20 12:55 p.m.

In reply to pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) :

You shut your dirty mouth. 

I like the front. The rear isn't bad, but I think I prefer the outgoing model. I'm in the minority that really liked the styling of the current car though. Also, thanks to Honda for offering good colors. 

CAinCA GRM+ Memberand Reader
11/19/20 12:57 p.m.

IMHO the Sentra's body looks busier than the Civic's. Honestly, I like it. I like it a LOT more than the current body style.

Tony Sestito
Tony Sestito PowerDork
11/19/20 1:13 p.m.
pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) said:
Colin Wood said:

So, its a copy of the Nissan Sentra?

The rear looks a lot like the Kia I have sitting in my driveway as well. More than the Sentra, I think.

And all of them look like the Audi A3/S3.

DrBoost MegaDork
11/19/20 1:30 p.m.

Much less ugly. But honestly, that was very easy to do. 

300zxfreak Reader
11/20/20 7:52 p.m.

Good grief, yet another car company succumbs to catfish fever for their front end design, where the hell did this trend come from ???  Oh please, let it pass soon, I keep having nightmares about the catfish in my pond in a feeding frenzy.........


GCrites80s HalfDork
11/21/20 2:38 p.m.

Predator Mouth evolved into Catfish Face

dxman92 Dork
11/22/20 12:09 a.m.

Dear Honda,


Bring back the Fit. I see more Fits than Civics on the road (at least round here). 

kevlarcorolla Dork
11/22/20 6:57 a.m.

Bring back the awd civic wagon please,I'm in for one of those...or a corolla wagon. :)


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