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I've been lurking this forum for awhile now - in the market to replace my current commuter car (2014 Kia Optima Hybrid) and the '22 Civics look right up my alley in what I'm looking for. I keep watching local dealers for info on when they'll get their first cars in so I can take a proper look and a test drive. Figured it was time to jump in with the rest of the community here!
 

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Thanks for the warm welcome, @St00k! I've generally enjoyed the Optima for the most part, but it hasn't been without its faults that have added up to annoy me over the years:
  • Not long after taking delivery, it developed a random electrical fault in which the speakers would all make a huge pop/explosion sound and the car would shut off and restart. It happened most often when starting (and I could predict it because Bluetooth wouldn't connect when it was about to happen) but it happened once just after getting off the highway which was a scary experience. The dealer replaced the head unit and luckily that did fix it.
  • I use Bluetooth in my car a lot while driving and the head unit has a tendency to very occasionally stutter when streaming from Bluetooth, something pretty minor but over the years I've just grown more and more annoyed by it when it happens.
  • It also has a wonderful bug in the head unit where after streaming media over Bluetooth and switching to AM/FM radio, touching the volume dial will cause the head unit to suddenly change volume to whatever volume Bluetooth was set at (which typically has to be much higher than radio), so your eardrums get blown out when that happens.
  • In the wintertime it will intermittently complain (mostly during acceleration) that the hybrid system is damaged and tell you to stop driving immediately. The dealer has no explanation for why this happens except for ice forming on connectors or sensors.
  • It will sometimes but not always struggle to switch between the ICE and electric motor - great for accelerating onto a highway and losing all power to the wheels for a couple of seconds because the car can't figure out what it wants to do.
  • Most recently and what drove me into the market for a new car was it failing to start in January due to a hybrid system error, and attempting to take it out of park would cause the transmission to slam. I had it towed to the dealer and three weeks later, after $6000 in parts and lots of promises of "this will fix it this time, we swear!" I took it home with parts it probably didn't need and a very patchy looking wiring harness. Luckily I'm working from home due to the pandemic so I'm not doing the huge commutes to and from work I was before but I really don't have a lot of confidence anymore that it won't just fail on me somewhere along the highway and I'd like to replace it before I end up in that scenario.
I owned a base model '09 Civic sedan and loved it - I traded it in thinking that the hybrid would be better for saving on fuel costs (which admittedly it was), but enough time dealing with the hybrid issues and a dealer with technicians who don't seem like they know how to diagnose and fix issues with the hybrids has driven me away from them (and made me regret trading in my Civic, which only ever had a faulty gas cap leading to errors on the dash which the dealer promptly replaced).

I wasn't a big fan of the 10th gen Civic design and was looking at other options earlier this year until I saw the new re-design for the 11th gen which looks like a significant upgrade in lots of positive ways - plus wireless CarPlay which is top of my list for a new car, so I'm excited to get into one and see if it clicks with me.
 

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Thanks! The Optima story probably sounds worse than it was when it's itemized like that, but over 7 years things also could have gone a lot worse. I'm excited to be coming back to Honda though, this new generation feels like it's really addressed everything I didn't like about the 10th gen (especially the interiors across the entire Honda lineup which felt outdated compared to the strides that companies like Hyundai/Kia or Mazda are making).
 

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Thanks! The Optima story probably sounds worse than it was when it's itemized like that, but over 7 years things also could have gone a lot worse. I'm excited to be coming back to Honda though, this new generation feels like it's really addressed everything I didn't like about the 10th gen (especially the interiors across the entire Honda lineup which felt outdated compared to the strides that companies like Hyundai/Kia or Mazda are making).
Welcome!

What do you like and dislike about the 11th Civic so far?

Did you see the leaked pricing and models sheet that was posted here?
 

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Not much to dislike about the 11th gen so far! The only real knock I have against it is the lack of cooled as well as heated seats, but it's not a dealbreaker for me - just a nice to have. I'm a big fan of the fact that the Touring trim offers wireless CarPlay/Android Auto, I quite like the "grill" along the dash hiding the vents and overall I think it looks like a pretty sleek modern sedan which is a huge thumbs up in my book.

I have seen the leaked pricing and models sheet! I'm just biding my time until I can get behind the wheel of one.
 

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Not much to dislike about the 11th gen so far! The only real knock I have against it is the lack of cooled as well as heated seats, but it's not a dealbreaker for me - just a nice to have. I'm a big fan of the fact that the Touring trim offers wireless CarPlay/Android Auto, I quite like the "grill" along the dash hiding the vents and overall I think it looks like a pretty sleek modern sedan which is a huge thumbs up in my book.

I have seen the leaked pricing and models sheet! I'm just biding my time until I can get behind the wheel of one.
The interior really is this cars highlight I feel! That grille on the dash is super cool. Very premium!
 

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I have seen the leaked pricing and models sheet! I'm just biding my time until I can get behind the wheel of one.
I saw only USA leaked prices. Are you aware of any Canadian pricing?
Current Civic Touring is $35K. Even though if you pay cash there is $3K rebate. Good time to buy 2021 model...
 

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I saw only USA leaked prices. Are you aware of any Canadian pricing?
Current Civic Touring is $35K. Even though if you pay cash there is $3K rebate. Good time to buy 2021 model...
I'm not aware of any Canadian pricing either. As far as I can tell even the dealers don't know. Definitely down to the wire if the 16th is to be believed as the sale date.

Welcome to the forum @TungstenMeteor! Is there a specific spec or trim level you're looking to get for the Sedan? Do you have any interest in the hatch?

Thanks! I'm looking at the Touring trim, colour undecided at this point (Lunar Silver Metallic is where I'm leaning so far). I'm not overly interested in hatchbacks, they're just not for me I don't think. I've always liked the look of the sedans more.
 
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