We are so delighted to get to be among the first to try the wonderful 2022 HONDA CIVIC TOURING. While there aren’t too many dramatic changes to this already winning formula, it’s all about the finishing touches that lift this massively-popular choice for Canadians!
Armed with a 1.5L/180-hp/177-lb-ft turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4 engine, we get lots of power with this four-door Sedan. We love fuel economy, especially with gas prices having soared and finally dropping a small bit for a bit of a breather for our wallets. Happy we were able to do a few long distance road trips over the weekend getting ready for the Holidays ahead, on just a tank of gas. The Civic Touring like prior models comes with ECON mode and EcoAssist too. And though it’s taken a bit of getting used to, we do appreciate the environmental and economic benefits of having Idle Stop.
We’re not going to lie, the Civic Touring gave us Honda Accord vibes, taking several aesthetic cues from that, our favourite Honda offering. We got to preview this in Platinum White Pearl, which exuded elegance and class. Small sleek updates in detail really give the Civic Touring that hint of sophistication adding even more value to the experience. For example, we now get these stunning honeycomb air vents (see below) which look superb. There’s also the gorgeous and easy-to-use 9″ Colour Touchscreen (we also notice a new clean font!) is our guide to the car enabling us to navigate the vehicle’s many settings and audio entertainment. We love its BOSE Soundsystem with 12-speakers, including Subwoofer. There are no shortage of charging options for Driver and Passengers, and we are a huge fan of the wireless charging plate and its convenient placement, allowing the driver to glance over safely at their phone when navigating, all while staying charged and connected – especially on long-distance drives! You’d be surprised that some other models we’ve driven in the past had the plate on a slope which made it really difficult to see the phone screen! One feature I just noticed was the HD Radio, which enables the vehicle to receive digital broadcasts from stations on the AM and FM bands, with significantly enhanced audio quality. While we love our Spotify playlists and the Sirius XM capability, we do have to tune-in to good old AM/FM sometimes and we could hear the difference.
Seats come with leather-trimmed surfaces and the Driver gets an 8-way adjustable seat. The car is super-spacious and we love foldable armrest at the back with drink holders for our guests. We cannot live without that amazing moonroof, lighting our drives with ambience. Honda absolutely understands that it’s the little things that make that difference.
We love that the Car has an Assisted Opening Trunk and Proximity Entry for the Driver. We were out doing our early Holiday shopping and appreciated all that space in the trunk! Childproof Locks at the back take a bit of getting used to when passengers are exiting, but we understand these are there for a reason!
One of the most unique things we noticed that was handy amidst this unstable weather is its Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers. But get this, the wiper fluid sprays out of the actual wipers. That was a neat addition to this Civic Touring!
Safety is a priority with Honda. One simple thing we appreciate is the Auto Headlights, giving us one less thing to worry about when driving and exiting the car. Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collison Warning System, Lane Departure Warning System, 4-wheel Anti-locking Brake System, Vehicle Stability Assist and a variety of Front and Side Airbags give us that reassurance that we’re in the best hands this winter. We also enjoy the Traffic Sign Recognition that comes standard with the Civic Touring to keep you informed on speed limits. We love that there is an audio and visual signal when changing lines advising of approaching cars. There absolutely is no harm in getting all the alerts if it means saving lives.
The Rear-View Camera makes parking and reversing very easy and we’ll never struggle with Parallel Parking ever again! Do remember to keep it clean as all that slush on the roads can hinder your much needed vision, and keep in mind that some functionalities (like Low Speed Braking below) do get impacted in the inclement weather.
This was an absolute pleasure and we love that the Civic Touring is stepping-up its game even further! And thanks to the Civic Touring, we’re now Holiday-ready!