In a way, the new-for-2022 Civic reminds me of Mercedes-Benz’s C-Class cars: They’ve both grown up. And whereas we once bought them because we couldn’t afford the fancier models, now we buy them because we just don’t want a bigger car. They’ve caught up with the rest of the family in value, refinement and overall swank.
Let’s not forget the Civic’s roots, either, which in North America go back to the Honda 600 micro-car. I first saw one in Montreal circa 1970. It was barely the size of a British Mini, but it made a big impression on me as