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Why I Love My Vehicle: 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback LX

For family, and fun, Goh wanted a car that could accommodate a child car seat but could still be customized

By Renée Suen Wheels.ca

Apr 2, 2022 4 min. read

Article was updated a month ago

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Enhancing a vehicle’s performance is Daryl Goh’s passion, and his livelihood. Goh is the co-founder and co-owner of Adrena Garage, a tire and repair shop in Oakville that deals in high-end modifications.

Up until the birth of his son last November, Goh drove highly modified 2017 Nissan 370Z. He also raced it in the Canadian Sport Compact Series for three seasons, securing second place at a Calabogie Motorsports Park event last summer. But, with the need to accommodate at child car seat, he wanted a new vehicle that had more than two doors.

Goh decided on a which he picked up from Oakville Honda. Although he opted for a family-friendly car, the new dad still wanted a vehicle that was fun to drive, so Goh customized his new ride the way he wanted. He tells us why he loves his Civic Hatchback.

2022 Honda Civc

“Being a Honda fan growing up drew me back to the Civic,” said Goh. “I needed something that was practical, reliable, good on gas, would get me and my family around safely, but something I could modify and still go out to an occasional track day with. I was looking at a couple different models, but nothing really was quite as spacious as the Civic was.

“I’ve had to put racing on hold for now, but I look forward to getting back into it as my son gets a little bit older and sharing that experience with him. I want him to grow up with me in my shop, learning about cars, racing cars, all of that.

“I was going to get the automatic transmission when I bought the Civic so my wife could have an easier time driving the car, but after a little bit of thought, I figured this might be one of the last opportunities Honda would be making a manual car,” he said. “I got the manual so that my kid can see his dad driving manual – an old school way of doing things that people don't really do anymore.

“When I'm modifying cars, I like to try to keep it within original equipment manufacturer specs. There is usually a good reason the engineers and the designers do things a certain way. I don't want to make modifications that are going to take away from things like comfort or drivability. What I’ve done is taken the base LX model, and I've dressed it up.

2022 Honda Civic Hatchback LX,

“I’ve done a lot of modifications to enhance the driving experience, things like lowering the car, putting on new rims and tires,” Goh said. “I added a custom exhaust for the car because I wanted a little bit of sound, character, and something visual in the back. This spring, I’ll be tackling some power modification. Next year I will be improving the handling even further.

“Honestly, I'm actually enjoying my family car more than my old sports car. A lot of people don't seem to get that the fun doesn’t have to end when you give up your sports car.”

2022 Honda Civic Hatchback LX (Manual)

The look

“Toyota, Honda, and Volkswagen all make very good products for the price,” said Goh of the vehicles within this competitive class he researched before opting for the Civic. “The thing that drew me to the Honda was the esthetic. They really hit the mark for me with the interior and exterior design. It was really the most beautiful option and had everything that I was looking for.”

Autonomous driving

“The Nissan Z didn’t have a lot of the tech, so getting into the Civic was a very refreshing experience for me,” said Goh. “The LX – which is considered the base model – comes equipped with Apple CarPlay and Level 2 autonomous driving. This is only Level 2 so it’s not a full self-driving system.  But the way it intervenes is completely mindboggling for me. I’ve tested the system quite extensively, in poor weather conditions, in aggressive corners and at different speeds. I’ve gone from Stoney Creek all the way to Markham, and I didn’t steer, hit any gas, or brake the car.

Handling and safety

“I love the new Agile Handling Assist (AHA) system,” said Goh. “It basically makes the car unbelievably stable when driving in poor weather conditions. With some of the bad weather that we’ve had recently, it’s great for inexperienced drivers who might not have the same level of confidence correcting in those situations. Having AHA was a big safety feature for me because my wife is going to occasionally drive the car with my kid in the back.”

THE SPECS: 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback LX

  • BODY STYLE: Compact, Hatchback

  • DRIVE METHOD: Front-wheel drive

  • ENGINE: 2.0L DOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder, 158-hp; 138 lb.-ft. torque

  • FUEL ECONOMY (CITY/HIGHWAY): 9.1/6.6 litres per 100 km

  • CARGO VOLUME: 693 litres

  • PRICE: Starts at $28,000

  • WEBSITE: honda.ca


This article was edited for space and clarity. To be featured in Why I Love My Vehicle?, email us at wheels@thestar.ca. Renée S. Suen is a Toronto-based lifestyle writer and photographer. Follow her on Twitter: @rssuen.

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