The all-new 2022 Honda Civic may not have been well received as the previous model in terms of its conservative exterior design, but there’s no denying that its interior is a huge step up from its predecessor. As a matter of fact, Wards Auto has included the all-new Civic in its annual list of 10 Best Interiors.
According to Wards Auto, Honda, like its fellow Japanese automaker Toyota, hasn’t always had the most stylish cabins, but that is beginning to change, and a bolder aesthetic is beginning to emerge. With the new, 11th-generation Civic, Honda designers shook off the reins of conventional compact-car design, based on their test of a top-of-the-line 2022 Touring variant.
What you’re seeing in the Civic is Honda’s first application of its “Simplicity and Something” interior design philosophy. Their marketing speak apparently has translated well into the all-new Civic. The “simplicity” aspect of the interior is its low cowl, thin pillars, and large expanses of glass for excellent visibility. On the other hand, the “something” aspect is supposedly the interior feeling rich and premium, and indeed it has won the hearts of the jury from Wards Auto.
The Wards Auto team in particular were huge fans of the honeycomb detail covering the car’s air vents. This is what they had to say:
“One feature literally shines, and that is a trim used on doors and the center console. But unlike your basic piano black, this is gray. That makes it unique enough, but it also has a palpable texture. Up close the pattern looks like the teeth of a zipper locked together; the trim piece is unlike any variation on shiny interior trim we’ve seen yet.
But that’s not even the biggest showstopper inside the new compact sedan.
Our Civic Touring grade also has an interesting, beautiful, airy honeycomb trim piece spanning the width of the instrument panel. Crafted out of aluminum, not plastic, the giant piece of trim not only adds design flair but also conceals the oftentimes ugly vents of the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system.
The vents are still under there, but because they are set lower, a long, stick-like controller protrudes from the honeycomb grid. Moving in a 360-degree fashion it allows fins to be positioned to guide airflow in the direction the driver or passenger wants.”
The 2022 Honda Civic is the most affordable vehicle on this list. The rest of the list is composed of pickups, SUVs, crossovers, and even a multi-million Peso Bentley Bentayga Speed. Here is the full list of winners for this year’s Wards 10 Best Interiors:
- Bentley Bentayga Speed
- Ford F-150
- Ford Mustang Mach-E
- GMC Yukon Denali XL
- Honda Civic
- Hyundai Tucson
- Jeep Grand Cherokee L
- Land Rover Defender
- Mercedes-Benz S-Class
- Mitsubishi Outlander