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New prototype of the redesigned 2022 Honda Civic shows that it's going mainstream

Honda says that this is a prototype of the 2022 Civic, but it's actually pretty close to the real deal.

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It's nearly time for the 2022 Honda Civic to shine in the spotlight. Until then, a prototype of the model will have to do. The 11th-generation Civic is expected to be officially be revealed very soon.

Honda is promising the 11th-gen lineup will include the Civic Sedan, Civic Hatchback, Civic Si, and Civic: Type R. The Honda Civic Coupe will be gone after the 2020 model year. The Civic hatchback has accounted for 24 percent of Civic sales 2016. During the same period Civic Coupe sales fell from 16 percent of the market to just six percent.

Honda says that the new Civic will be built with a "sportier, fun-to-drive new chassis, more powerful and fuel-efficient powertrains, multiple new Civic-first features and technologies, and further advances in active and passive safety features and performance."

2022 Honda Civic Prototype

2022 Honda Civic Prototype

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With that, the Civic returns to a more mainstream look, away from the sharp angles of the body and crab-like rear of the current generation. Honda says that their designers returned to the human-centered "'Man-Maximum, Machine-Minimum' philosophy, where the purpose of technology and design is to serve the needs of the driver and passengers. The styling manifests these timeless design concepts in a fresh and exhilarating new way."

The team started with the fundamentals including a dynamic shape and sporty stance then moved on to make sure that the car appears "thin and light" while still allowing expansive greenhouse. This means that the roof pillars were moved forward relative to the driver and the side mirrors were relocated.

The 11th-generation Civic's face is more sophisticated, and much more similar to the Accord than its predecessor. There's an elongated hood, upright grille, and wider track, which is complemented by new taillights that emphasize the width of the small car.

2022 Honda Civic PrototypeThe 2022 Honda Civic will have a more spacious interior than the outgoing model.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Just as its outside did, the interior of the Civic is due for a makeover. It too has design lines the emphasize the width of the cabin. The instrument panel is said to be clutter-free while the same goes for the dashboard. In front of the drive rig a new meter cluster and a 9.0-inch high-definition infotainment touch screen is mounted at the center of the dashboard.

Honda designs every model with safety in mind and the Civic is no exception. It will include multiple new active and passive safety systems, including an upgraded suite of Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive technologies, and multiple new airbag designs. The car's body structure has been updated for added collision protection for both occupants and pedestrians.

The Civic Sedan and Hatchback will be built in North America.

Honda has said that the 2022 Civic Sedan will go on sale in the spring.

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Honda announces new Odyssey Sport

Sport is a new trim for the Odyssey minivan.

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The Honda Odyssey may not be the most exciting vehicle in the world, but it's getting a new Sport model that at least makes it look the part. Honda will release the model for the 2023 model year, and the Odyssey line overall will be offered with a new Honda Service Pass, which includes two years of complimentary scheduled maintenance.

The Odyssey Sport slots into the Honda catalog between the EX-L and Touring trims. It comes with gloss-black exterior trim and black 19-inch wheels outside, and black leather with red stitching inside. The cabin comes with red accent lighting on the dash and in the footwells, and the roof pillars and headliner are both black. Under the hood, the Odyssey Sport gets the same 3.5-liter V6 from years past. It makes 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, and comes paired with a ten=speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.

2023 Honda Odyssey SportThe Sport comes with dark exterior trim and unique leather upholstery with red stitching inside. Honda

All Odyssey models come with Honda Sensing safety equipment, which includes adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection. The 2023 van hasn't been crash-tested yet, but the 2022 model earned a Top Safety Pick + award, so it's likely the new model will be rated similarly.

Honda Service Pass is a new program for 2023+ Honda vehicles. It covers routine scheduled maintenance for up to two years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Under the program, buyers get free oil changes, tire rotations, and multi-point inspections.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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