It's just the latest in a long line of gradual price bumps for Honda's hottest Civic model.
Sad news for fans of attainable performance cars: the Honda Civic Type R – Honda's hottest, most high-performance compact car – is getting a price increase as it slides into 2021.
The base MSRP of the Civic R has nudged upward by $400, at the same time that Honda has increased its destination fee by $40 for cars, and $55 for trucks and crossovers, spelling out a total price increase of $440 compared to the 2020 model year.
That may not seem like a whole lot for a car that costs nearly $40k in the US already, but it's better than half of an entire extra monthly payment, depending on how long a given customer might be financing for. It's also far from the only price increase that the Civic R has had since its introduction.
While year-to-year price adjustments are by no means unusual in the automotive industry, it's not clear you're actually getting any more for your money. The 2021 Honda Civic Type R soldiers on with the same 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder, good for 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, and six-speed manual as it's always had.
But the Type R isn't the only Civic getting a price increase heading into 2021; most of the lineup is nudging upward by $200 to $300. Interestingly, the top-of-the-line Limited Edition Type R is exempted from the $400 base price increase. Only the Type R Touring is getting a bump.
The Honda Civic Type R was already one of the most expensive cars in its segment, starting some $5k higher than the Hyundai Veloster N, and nearly $10k higher than the Volkswagen Golf GTI. When it was sold new, the 250-hp Ford Focus ST started well over $10k lower than the Type R, although it shipped with loads more oversteer and significantly less performance.
With an all-new eleventh-generation Honda Civic on the way for the 2022 model year, a brand new version of the Civic Type R is expected to follow, although it might not be ready until 2023 or later. Rumors of a hybrid powertrain abound, which could conceivably push the base price well beyond the $40k mark.