December 5, 2022

2021 Honda Civic Type R

Honda has had eleven Type R vehicles that have been developed. Since 1992 Honda has produced the NSX, Integra, Accord, and Civic Type R. Since 2007 the Civic model has been  Honda’s focus on keeping the Type R name alive while we patiently wait for the NSX Type R to make a return. We are in our seventh Honda Civic Type R version and the 2021 Type R is based on the 10th generation civic which is considered one of the best hot hatches on the market. It has a similar exterior to its predecessor (2017 Type R), but this current generation receives upgraded front and rear bumpers, interior changes, and Boost Blue will be an available exterior color option as well as a Limited Edition Type R. 


Standard $38,450

Limited Edition $44,950

Horsepower, MPG, and Available Transmission

2.0 Turbocharger direct injection  I4 

306 hp and 295 lb-ft

22mpg In the city 28mpg on the highway

6-speed manual Transmission 

Color Options

Boost Blue Pearl, Championship White, Crystal Black Pearl, Phoenix Yellow (exclusive to Limited Edition), Rallye Red, Sonic Gray Pearl

Limited Edition includes

  • 600 units coming to the U.S.
  • exclusively painted in Phoenix Yellow
  • gloss-black roof panel, exterior mirrors, and hood scoop.
  • Forged 20-inch rims
  • stickier Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires
  • Looses 38 pounds
  • 2 piece floating brake disc
  • Suspension tweaks
  • Revised intake system


The Civic Type R has a very capable motor that is mated to a 6-speed transmission equipped with a limited-slip differential. The transmission is one of the best transmissions on the market and shifts buttery smooth every time. Honda stayed with the same 2.0-liter direct injection motor as its previous year and still produces 306 horsepower with 295-pound feet of torque. It can go zero to sixty in five seconds and complete the quarter-mile in 13.5. The civic type R is plenty fast in a straight line for what it is, but it really shines on road courses. Some people may think the ride is too stiff, but most Track-inspired cars will give you those types of problems because the suspension is made to rocket around a track. The Civic Type R currently holds the front-wheel-drive record around the Nurburgring Track with posting a 7 minute and 43.8-second time. Torque steer feels like it’s been eliminated and it feels almost like this front-wheel-drive Type R is on rails. If stock power numbers aren’t enough for you, Hondata has a bolt-on fuel system upgrade which includes a new in-tank fuel pump, high-flow injectors, and a low-pressure fuel line the Civic Type R bumps up power numbers to 415 hp and 448 lb-ft of torque when using ethanol. Direct turbo bolt-on kits are also available that will have your Type R achieving 550 horsepower and 438-foot pounds of torque.  The Civic Type R has three driving modes to accommodate your different driving styles.  Comfort, Sport, and +R are available and Each mode adjusts your steering, throttle response, adaptive damper system, and transmission rev-matching. Depending on what mode you have selected while driving, Honda has added active sound which adjusts cabin sounds accordingly and it will make some wish they could disable it but Honda doesn’t give its customers the luxury to do so. The Civic Type R has upgraded 4-piston cross-drilled Brembo Brakes to help keep the brakes efficient and from fading.  

Fuel economy

The EPA has the Civic type R coming in achieving 22 mpg on the city and 28 mpg on the highway. During the weekend I managed to get 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. As long as you stay out of boost the Type R gets great gas mileage when compared to the power it comes with.   

Safety features 

  • Standard adaptive cruise control
  • Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
  • Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking


The interior isn’t going to blow anyone away because you get the typical safe Honda interior style, but throughout the cabin, you get red accents and Type R logos which reminds you that you are riding in something special. The civic’s cup holders are able to fit most sized drinks and are deep enough that you don’t have to worry about drinks tipping over while you commute. A wireless charging area is available as well as two USB ports for charging or linking your phone. There is storage underneath the armrest and the armrest also extends to cover up some of your cupholder’s area. The steering wheel is wrapped in a comfortable red and black Alcantara, but other than the wrap it looks similar to the previous year. The Civic Type R seats come standard trimmed in red suede-effect fabric with double stitching and side supports and already ready for some seat harnesses. It’s a great fit for slimmer people, but if your wide it may be uncomfortable during long commutes.  The interior is nice and spacious and leads its rivals in this category when it comes to space


The infotainment in the previous Type R had a touch screen display that didn’t have any physical buttons like most of the automotive industry is moving towards. This year Honda decided to add a physical volume knob. Honda didn’t just stop there but also added Home, Audio, telephone, and back physical buttons that make it easier to navigate. The Civic Type R comes with a seven-inch display that seems dated and not responsive like other automotive makers system. It does come with Android Auto and Apple car play which gives you integrated apps as well as navigation choices of your liking. The audio sounds great and comes with a premium 12 speaker system that sounds great. A little cool feature that Honda has added is Honda’s Log R app. It allows you to log your Honda and all you have to do is go to your device’s app store and download the log R App. once you connect your Type R to your device it will collect and display accurate information about how your Civic is performing and how well you’re controlling the vehicle. The smoothness and accuracy of your inputs are calculated to give you a driver score. The app is a little difficult to get working, but when it works it’s a great addition to have.


  •  Limited         3 years or 36,000 miles
  •  Powertrain   5 years or 60,000 miles
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