3 Reasons Why the 2024 Honda Civic is the Best and 1 Reason It’s Not

Mike Schlee
by Mike Schlee

The Honda Civic is getting a big update for the 2025 model year, but that doesn’t mean the 2024 model is no good. In fact, we’d say it’s the best in class, with an asterisk. But more on that asterisk a bit later.

We don’t consider the Civic top of the class without reasoning to back it up, and we’ve listed the three main reasons why we love it below. Of course, nothing is perfect, and that includes the current Honda Civic Sedan. Also listed below is the car’s one main fault.

Good - The Chassis

The Civic Sedan's chassis tuning is still one of, if not the best in class. There’s a great balance between the car’s handling capabilities and ride comfort. Part of this is because of the Civic Sedan’s curb weight. At 3,077 pounds (1,371 kg), the top-of-the-line Touring is quite light compared to some competitors. It allows Honda to lightly spring the car while retaining a great deal of agility.

The car’s steering has good weight, feel, and a relatively low turning ratio. The amount of mechanical grip is another strong point for the Civic. But, even with good reflexes and a willingness to attack corners, the Civic Sedan is not punishing to passengers in terms of ride comfort. It swallows up bumps in the road with ease, never crashing down over larger pavement cracks.

Good – Passenger Space

Compact cars are not all that compact anymore, and the Honda Civic exemplifies this fact. At a length of 184.0-inches (4,673 mm), Honda’s small car is longer than an Accord from 22 years ago.

This leads to a ton of useable space inside. Forget the actual specs as full-grown adults fit in the front and rear seats. More than that, comfort is one the high side, especially for those up front. The trunk also is quite accommodating with nearly 15 cubic feet (425 L) of cargo space.

Good – Smooth, Punchy Powerplant

In EX or Touring trim (Touring only in Canada), the Honda Civic Sedan includes the brand’s 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Producing 180 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, it is not the most powerful engine upgrade in its class.

But paired to a quick-acting continuously variable automatic transmission, combined with the previously mentioned low curb weight, it’s very well-suited for the car. It’s smooth, powerful, and for its power output, quite fuel efficient too. Of course, it also has that quick-to-rev energy Honda is well known for.

Bad – The Price

Circling back to that asterisk at the begging of this article, it refers to the Civic’s price. A fully loaded 2024 Honda Civic Sedan Touring retails for $32,100 ($36,630 CAD) including destination charges.

That puts it about $2,000-$3000 more than key competitors in the United States, when equivalently equipped. Vehicles like the Hyundai Elantra N-Line and Volkswagen Jetta SEL dip below this price point, as does non-hybrid Toyota Corolla XLE's and non-250-hp Mazda3 Carbon Edition sedans.

But, if that price premium is worth it to you, then the Honda Civic Sedan could be a great choice as your next ‘compact’ sedan.

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Mike Schlee
Mike Schlee

A 20+ year industry veteran, Mike rejoins the AutoGuide team as the Managing Editor. He started his career at a young age working at dealerships, car rentals, and used car advertisers. He then found his true passion, automotive writing. After contributing to multiple websites for several years, he spent the next six years working at the head office of an automotive OEM, before returning back to the field he loves. He is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA). He's the recipient of a feature writing of the year award and multiple video of the year awards.

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  • Greg Bell Greg Bell on May 03, 2024

    I hate the new body style, it's boring like it was created by Kia. The taillights are tired Acura used them for decades. The previous Civic had beautiful lines and the taillights were new and awesome. The front looked great too the new one looks like a boring rental car and the front where the hood meets the headlights it looks like someone took a screwdriver to open hood. I hate it bring back previous model quit copying korea cars

  • CJR CJR on May 04, 2024

    You. Did not include the crap transmission, the CVT sucks period. The worst reason to buy an otherwise great car.