The all-new 2023 Honda Civic Type R is almost on sale, and we can almost tell you what it’s like to drive the hot hatchback. For now, we can definitely tell you how much the Civic Type R will cost: $43,990. That’s quite a jump from the old car’s $38,910 base price. As before, it’s the most expensive Civic Honda sells, with a suggested retail price about $10,000 higher than the second most expensive Civics from 2023, but it’s also the most powerful Civic you can buy. In fact, at 315 horsepower, it’s the most powerful Honda you can buy in America.
More critically, the Civic Type R isn’t hugely more expensive than the very first Toyota GR Corolla. While the 300hp Corolla boosts the standard four-wheel-drive Civic, it’s also one cylinder lower than the four-cylinder Honda (yes, the GR Corolla has a three-cylinder engine!) seat. Hey, these are hot hatchbacks – practicalities are just as important as performance! An entry-level GR Corolla Core model starts at $36,995, while the next-level (and one-year-only) Circuit Edition starts at $43,995, nearly the same price as the Honda. Equip the GR Corolla Core the same way as the Civic Type R (which essentially comes one way: you pick the paint color and that’s it), and the price difference is nearly a few thousand dollars. However, it undercuts the $45,385 Volkswagen Golf R.
View all 26 photos
Honda’s standard equipment includes a front differential lock, Bose audio system with 12 speakers, 9.0-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two-zone automatic climate control, 19-inch wheels, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane assist and automatic emergency braking system. The Type R’s signature crimson front seats and carpeting are also included.
Currently there is no Civic Type R that can rival Toyota’s wacko GR Corolla Morizo Edition that costs $50,995 and loses its rear seats in favor of extra torque and wild Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires. Up to now, every Civic Type R comes with four seats (there’s no center belt for the rear seats, so while you could technically hold someone there, it wouldn’t be safe or legal) and, at least in terms of MSRP, stays under fifty grand, no matter what.
The rich suggested retail price of the Honda also brings it to an interesting sporty company. There’s the BMW 230i coupe for $38,395, the Toyota Supra 2.0 for $44,635, and the less powerful but much cheaper Hyundai Elantra N for $33,245, all of which can plausibly be paired with the Type R. We can’t wait to see the Type R and some of these competitors and compare and test them.