Do you value your time? Shopping for a vehicle can be a complicated process, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether talking about the dealership shopping experience or choosing the right vehicle, the process can be as simple or as complicated as you’d like. The 2023 Honda Civic is an excellent sedan because it’s a reliable and fuel-efficient vehicle at an affordable price. There's nothing complicated about that. Honda is no stranger to producing some of the most popular sedans on the market, like the fan-favorite Accord. The Civic is a familiar name; the 2023 model is but a stepping stone in a grander journey that has gone on since the early 1970s. What the Civic does right is serve as the people’s car; it encapsulates everything that a sedan at this price point should be.
Shopping for a 2023 Civic isn’t complicated; dealerships like ours at Classic Honda of Midland will make your decision easier. However, the 2023 Civic simplifies the shopping experience, with only three trim levels to choose from, so you can understand which trim best fits your needs. The base level 2023 Civic is the Sport, which has a starting MSRP of $25,050.[a] The assortment of base features is sure to impress, but if you want extra performance stemming from a turbocharged engine, the EX will be your choice. The EX also includes additional safety features and heated seats, while the Touring serves as the priciest Civic model, complete with luxurious amenities like leather seats, a more robust infotainment and multimedia experience, and more.
Starting MSRP: $25,050[a]
Horsepower (hp): 158
Torque (lb-ft): 138
Fuel Economy (city/hwy MPG): 30/37
The 2023 Honda Civic features the same two engines from recent years. More specifically, the 2023 Civic comes standard with a 2.0L I-4 engine paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), which has been the standard engine dating back to the launch of the 2016 Civic. The 2.0L I-4 engine is considered perfect for the needs of many drivers, from its great performance to its excellent fuel efficiency ratings that keep you saving money long into the future.
With the base Civic, you’ll get this 2.0L I-4 engine which outputs 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque. That's plenty of performance for the daily commuter or Sunday driver and will get you quickly up to speed on the freeway while feeling silky smooth to drive, thanks to the CVT. The 2.0L I-4 engine inside the 2023 Civic earns an EPA-estimated rating of 30 MPG in the city and 37 MPG on the highway, but it’s worth noting FWD is the only available drivetrain.[b]
Pricier models like the EX and Touring, the Civic swaps out the 2.0L I-4 engine in favor of a turbocharged 1.5L I-4 paired with the same smooth-shifting CVT. The turbocharged 1.5L I-4 engine received a performance boost with the 2022 model, which translates directly to the 2023 Civic, meaning the stronger engine option outputs 180 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque.
Considering the 14% increase in horsepower and 28% increase in torque output, in addition to the host of enhancements stemming from upgrading from the base Sport model to the EX, it’s a solid upgrade. Aside from the performance boost, the turbocharged engine is preferred over the base engine because it’s more fuel-efficient, partially due to its smaller size. Like the base engine, FWD is the only option, but you can expect a fuel-efficient EPA-estimated rating of 33 MPG in the city and 42 MPG on the highway.[b]
The Honda Civic’s interior is highly customizable. On the base level, it may not seem like much with its cloth seats and manually-adjustable chairs, but the experience goes far deeper than that with an impressive assortment of standard tech features. However, if you spend extra on one of the two higher-end trims, you’ll have a far more comfortable and even luxurious experience. Stepping up to either of the two optional trims will add heated seats and a rear-seat center armrest.
Manually-adjustable seats still come standard with the EX trim of this Honda sedan but stepping up to the Touring swaps out the manually-adjustable front row. As the driver, you’ll get a far more comfortable 8-way power-adjustable seat, and the passenger sitting next to you gets a 4-way power-adjustable seat. If you’re driving alone or regularly with at least one other passenger, it’s a great idea to opt for the model with the power-adjustable seats. With the Touring also comes leather stitching to swap out the cloth seats from the previous two trim levels, so if you want a truly luxurious Civic experience, you’ll want to get the Touring.
The Civic is also a spacious vehicle for everyone; you and up to four other passengers. In the front row, where you’ll be spending all your time, you’ll get 39.3 inches of headroom followed by a respectable 42.3 inches of legroom. However, if you opt for the EX or Touring, this is slightly reduced to 37.6 inches of headroom in the front row. Furthermore, the Civic gives you and the front seat passenger 57 inches of shoulder room and a similarly impressive 54.3 inches of hip room.
Around the back, your passengers will have no trouble fitting comfortably into the back row, with 37.1 inches of headroom on all three Civic models and 37.4 inches of legroom. The back row of the Civic also has 48.9 inches of hip room and 56 inches of shoulder room, which is highly comparable to the front row. Lastly, the Civic offers ample cargo space with upwards of 14.8 cu.ft. of maximum space, albeit the Touring slightly deducts this to 14.4 cu.ft.
The 2023 Civic is also packed with an array of innovative features. From an assortment of advanced safety features to a bustling infotainment center on the base level model, the Civic has something for everyone. Starting with the more important features, mainly safety, the Civic comes equipped with the Honda Sensing safety suite. Honda Sensing has been the answer to other popular safety suites that competing manufacturers have released over the years, and Honda Sensing is undoubtedly one of the best ones out there. Considering Honda Sensing comes standard on the Civic, which is already one of the market's most budget-friendly sedans, only furthers its excellent value.
The Honda Sensing safety suite has features like a collision mitigation braking system (CMBS) to identify potential collisions before they occur and apply automatic braking pressure if needed. The result is eliminating a collision or reducing the severity of one. Before the automated braking is applied, the Civic uses a forward collision warning to warn the driver if the brakes need to be applied. Honda Sensing also comes with adaptive cruise control, which works much like regular cruise control, except it will adjust your speed according to the distance between yourself and the other drivers on the road.
You’ll also get features like a lane keeping assist system and a road departure mitigation system to ensure you’re always where you need to be, your intended lane, when traveling on the freeway. The EX and Touring also include a blind spot information system, the latter of which also incorporates a cross traffic monitor to make reversing out of a parking space both safer and easier.
As for the multimedia side of the Civic experience, the Civic is leagues above what you may expect for a vehicle in this price range. Starting with the infotainment center, the 2023 Civic comes with a 7-inch touchscreen on both the base model and the EX, but stepping up to the Touring swaps this out for a larger 9-inch screen with physical buttons and knobs, something many drivers still prefer. However, the standard infotainment center experience still brings popular features to the forefront, like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, which is swapped out for the wireless variant on the Touring trim.
The Touring trim also has a wireless phone charging pad, so you can keep all those annoying USB cables at home and get the most out of your infotainment center while your phone can rest on the pad. Regardless of how you connect your phone, you’ll have fantastic speakers to listen to your music on. With the base level Civic and the EX, you’ll get an 8-speaker audio system running off 180W of power, but stepping up to the Touring means you’ll get an additional four speakers and a subwoofer channel for punchier bass courtesy of Bose, one of the world leaders in audio engineering.
Honda vehicles are unlike any on the market because their reliability goes a long way. Those who have driven a Honda are likely to drive one again because they’ve had such a positive experience. Similarly, wouldn’t you want to find a dealership you’re comfortable working with time and time again? At Classic Honda of Midland, we’re the Honda dealership you can trust in the greater area of Midland, Texas.
Whether you’re looking for a fuel-efficient commuter, family-friendly sedan, or entering the realm of EVs, our services cater to all types of drivers, and our selection covers the famous Honda lineup. You’ll find new and used Honda vehicles at Classic Honda of Midland, and all of our prices are competitive with current market values. We invite you to come in today and let us help you find that perfect Honda Civic that meets all of your unique driving needs.
[a] MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,095 destination charge, and accessories. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include $395 premium color charge for 2022 vehicles or $455 premium color charge for 2023 vehicles.
[b] 30 city/37 highway/33 combined mpg rating for Sport. 33 city/42 highway/36 combined mpg rating for EX. 31 city/38 highway/34 combined mpg rating for Touring. Based on 2023 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.