IT’S A BEST BUY BECAUSE:
The Honda Civic lineup offers a broad range of trim levels and body styles to suit a variety of tastes and budgets, and all of them are practical, economical, refined, and fun to drive.
The Civic’s infotainment system trails some class rivals (and annoyingly lacks a traditional physical audio-volume knob), and despite the broad model lineup, not all trim levels are offered in all body styles.
Honda also sells a super-performance Type R version of the Civic that has a 306-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and racetrack-focused equipment inside and out. The Civic Type R comes only as a hatchback and is priced at $33,900.
WHAT IS IT?
The Civic is Honda’s popular compact car. It was redesigned for 2016 in coupe and sedan form, and gained a 4-door hatchback body style for 2017. Trim levels differ a bit by body style, but mainly stick to Honda’s traditional LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring models. The base engine is a 158-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that is offered in sedans and coupes. The step-up engine choice is a 174-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter four that is available on all body styles. The Sport and Sport Touring models (which have a 180-hp version of the 1.5-liter turbo engine) are exclusive to the hatchback body style, and the sporty Si models (which rejoined the lineup for 2017 and have a 205-hp turbo 1.5) are offered only as coupes or sedans. Available on most models is the Honda Sensing suite of safety features, which includes lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, forward collision warning and mitigation, and adaptive cruise control.
The Civic lineup sees no significant changes for 2018.
Regardless of trim level, the Civic has commendable EPA fuel-economy estimates for its respective levels of performance. The base 2.0-liter engine is rated at 28 mpg city/40 highway with the 6-speed manual transmission, and 32 city/40 highway with the CVT automatic. The turbocharged 1.5-liter engine is rated at 31 mpg city/42 highway with the 6-speed manual transmission, and 32 city/42 highway with the CVT automatic. EPA ratings for the coupe and hatchback body styles are 1-4 mpg lower across the board. The manual-transmission-only Si is rated at 28 mpg city/38 highway. In Consumer Guide® testing, a Touring sedan with the automatic averaged 33.8 in 60-percent city driving, a Sport Touring hatchback (which is automatic only) averaged 30.7 mpg in 55-percent city driving, and an Si sedan with the manual averaged 32.5 mpg in 70-percent city driving.
VALUE IN CLASS
The rollout of the redesigned Civic lineup that started two years ago reached full fruition with the mid-2017 introduction of the versatile hatchback body style and the sporty, affordable Si trim level. In any of its numerous permutations—from penny-pinching commuter to satisfyingly spicy sportster—the Civic offers excellent all-around refinement, an engaging driving personality, and laudable real-world fuel-economy numbers.
|BASE PRICE RANGE||$18,840 – $28,500|
|BODY STYLES||4-Door Sedan, 4-Door Hatchback, 2-Door Coupe|
|AVAILABLE ENGINES||158-HP, 2.0-Liter 4-Cyl.; Turbocharged 174/180/205-HP, 1.5-liter 4-cyl.|
|DRIVE WHEELS||Front-Wheel Drive|
|BUILT IN||USA, Canada, England|
|EPA FUEL-ECONOMY RANGE||28-42 MPG|