Honda ditched the previous Civic’s fastback design for a more traditional three-box sedan and that’s just fine. As much as we like fastbacks, it didn’t quite seem to fit the Civic’s personality. And remember, there’s also the hatchback for those who desire easier rear loading.
The new model has a lower hood that makes the car look longer and more refined. Its A-pillars have been pushed rearward by 2-inches. A lower beltline, swept-up lower character line, and stronger rear haunches combine for a sportier yet more mature look.
In contrast, the outgoing model has a crease in the bodywork running from the back of the front wheel arch, slicing its way through the door handles, and going into the taillights. The new Civic’s rear fender doesn’t protrude as much, another solid contribution towards a less “chunky” silhouette.