The 2021 Honda Civic zips through the streets with ease thanks to its two four-cylinder engine options that generate between 158 and 180 horsepower.
Its unique blend of comfort, capability, and quality helps explain the Honda Civic’s popularity in the US. Between all of its different trims, body styles, and models, there’s a Civic that will please just about anyone. But which engine is right for you?
2021 Honda Civic horsepower
The tried-and-true Honda Civic is useful and fun to drive—and the 2021 model comes with the choice between two different engines to pick from, making up to 180 horsepower.
The standard engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 158 horsepower @ 6,500 RPM and 138 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 RPM. On most models, a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is standard, but a six-speed manual comes on certain trims.
Even the base engine provides plenty of pep, perfectly blending practicality and dynamic handling. Thanks to its lightweight frame, the base powertrain earns a combined 33 mpg. Even better? Kelley Blue Book puts the base sedan model’s fair purchase price at around $23,200.
If you prefer your Civic with a bit more power, you can upgrade to a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which makes up to 180 horsepower @ 5,500 RPM and 162 lb-ft of torque @ 5,500 RPM. That extra 20 horsepower means even quicker acceleration and athleticism—which goes double for the Sport trim’s snappier steering.
Sedan models with this engine have a fair purchase price of about $27,800 while hatchback models will cost about $28,900.
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