Stick enthusiasts are in mourning. Honda is eliminating the manual transmission from the 2021 Civic.
The bestselling sedan will only be available with an automatic transmission starting next year, according to Honda. The coupe version of the Civic will also be discontinued, the automaker announced.
Apparently, sales of the two-door version of the Civic have been tanking. Honda says the coupe now represents only 6% of total Civic sales. On the positive front, the hatchback version of the Civic continues to grow, making up about 24% of sales.
The base price of the 2021 Civic also increased by $250, from $21,755 to $22,005 . The 306 horsepower Type R Civic is carrying over to 2021, though. Taking it up a notch, the Limited Edition hot-hatch is available in the Phoenix Yellow color, along with less weight and higher-performance. The Type R version will continue to come standard with a manual gearbox.
While the stick shift version is kaput, the Civic retains the 158 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for the LX and Sport trims. EX, EX-L, and Touring versions come with the 174 horsepower 1.5-liter turbo-four mated to the CVT.
Looking ahead to 2022, Honda is planning to completely redesign the Civic. You can expect an updated exterior design and fresh-look cabin. The latest 2021 model represents the 10th generation of the Civic, one of the best-selling and reliable vehicles of the past few decades.