2017 Honda Civic sedan

Pros: Roomy interior; crisp handling; economical powertrains; new “Honda Sensing” safety features are available on all trim levels

Cons: Touchscreen controls aren’t easy to use while driving; so-so acceleration; noisier than many compact-car rivals; ride can get a bit stiff over rough pavement

CG Says: After its redesign last year, the 2017 Honda Civic adds a 4-door hatchback version. All hatchbacks are powered by a turbocharged engine that is also offered on Civic sedans and coupes. A six-speed manual transmission is now available with the turbo engine. Previously, only the base 2.0-liter engine offered a manual. A performance Si sedan and coupe were added midyear. A high-preformance Civic Type R model was added later in the model year. The new Honda Civic is significantly larger and “swoopier” than its predecessor and offers the choice of a 158-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder or a turbocharged 1.5-liter four in most models. The 1.5-liter engine develops 174 hp, 180 hp, or 205 hp depending on model. (See engine chart below.) The low-production Type R is powered by a 305-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. The Civic Hybrid and Natural Gas models have been discontinued, at least temporarily. Among Civic’s newly available features are remote engine start, rain-sensing wipers, heated rear seats, dual-zone climate control, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality for the infotainment system. A “Honda Sensing” suite of safety equipment includes lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, forward collision warning and mitigation, and adaptive cruise control. The all-new Civic puts Honda back at the top of the incredibly competitive compact-car class. Some of its rivals are quieter, and some offer more features for the money, but the Civic’s spaciousness, available tech features, engaging driving personality, efficiency, and all-around refinement—not to mention its model lineup—make it a compact-car must-see.

The Facts
Class Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan, 4-door hatchback, 2-door coupe
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Honda
Nation of Manufacture USA, Canada, England
Base Prices LX sedan, manual: $18,740
LX sedan: $19,540
EX sedan: $21,140
EX-T sedan, manual: $21,500
EX-T sedan: $22,300
EX-L sedan: $23,800
Si sedan: $23,900
Touring sedan: $26,600
LX hatchback, manual: $19,700
LX hatchback: $20,500
Sport hatchback, manual: $21,300
Sport hatchback: $22,100
EX hatchback: $22,800
Sport Touring hatchback: $28,300
LX coupe, manual: $19,150
LX coupe: $19,950
LX-P coupe: $20,9850
EX-T coupe, manual: $21,600
EX-T coupe: $22,400
EX-L coupe: $23,525
Si coupe: $23,900
Touring coupe: $26,225
Type R hatchback: $33,900

Base Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder (LX sedan/coupe, LX-P coupe, EX sedan)
Horsepower
158
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
CVT
EPA City Range (mpg)
28-31
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
39-40

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
(174 in LX hatchback, EX hatchback, EX-L coupe/hatchback, EX-T sedan/coupe, Touring sedan/coupe) (180 in Sport hatchback, Sport Touring hatchback) (205 in Si)
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
CVT
EPA City Range (mpg)
28-32
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
36-42

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (Type R)
Horsepower
305
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28