Honda Civic: old vs. new

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To the delight of its fans, Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) brought the 11th-generation Civic in the local market late last year. The latest Honda Civic brought with it a fresh new look and a host of other updates that reflect its more mature appeal.


  • What engine powers the new Honda Civic?

    The new Honda Civic is powered by a 1.5-liter gasoline engine mated to a continuously variable transmission.
  • How much power does the new Honda Civic make?

    The new Honda Civic makes 175hp.
  • Join us as we spot the differences between the new Honda Civic and its immediate predecessor.


    Arguably one of the most noticeable changes to the Honda Civic’s exterior is its front end.

    The previous generation model still had some semblance of its Gundam-esque phase with plenty of aggressive lines and sharp corners here and there. Hints of this design cue can still be found on the latest iteration of the compact sedan but they look neat and clean.

    10th gen civic

    Honda’s new Civic model packs full LED lights at the fore with LED daytime running lights (DRL) and LED fog lights. At the rear are LED taillamps as well as a high-mount stop lamp that can either be LED or bulb-type — depending on the variant.

    11th gen civic

    Also depending on the variant is the wheel size which comes in 16, 17, or 18 inches.

    11th gen civic side profile


    Because the Honda Civics were made with design continuity in mind, the difference between the old and the new Honda Civic is as apparent as what can be seen on the outside.

    The old Honda Civic’s cockpit has sporty looks that mirror its exterior. This performance-oriented design is complemented by seats that are wrapped in fabric or leather (with red stitching) and a steering wheel and a shift knob that comes in either urethane or leather (with red stitching).

    10th gen civic interior

    It also comes with a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

    As for the new Honda Civic, its dashboard has that modern minimalist appeal. The uncluttered interior design is further highlighted with sleek interior appointments like seats covered in fabric or a combination of black leather and suede and a steering wheel and a shift knob in either urethane or leather.

    11th gen civic interior

    The new range-topping Honda Civic gets a large 10.2-inch instrument panel and a nine-inch touchscreen infotainment display.


    Under the hood, the old Honda Civic packs a 1.8-liter and a 1.5-liter turbocharged powerplant. These engines were mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The former makes around 139 horsepower (hp) while the latter makes 170 horses.

    The new Honda Civic, on the other hand, is equipped with a 1.5-liter gasoline mill — also mated to a CVT. Across the board, the new Honda Civic puts out a maximum power output of 175hp.

    Final thoughts

    The shift in Honda’s styling only shows how the brand responds to the changing demands of the automotive industry and that it continues to strive for improvement. With a mature look and a more powerful engine, the new Honda Civic seems to check all the right boxes, especially for today’s car buyers.

    Those looking for a more affordable option can check out these vetted second-hand Honda Civic units.

    Here’s a video of our recommended 10th-gen Honda Civic body kits, for those going for a Type R look.

    Photos from Honda 

    Also read: 

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    More countries get 11th-generation Honda Civic

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