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 is expected this 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. The 1.5-liter engine develops 174 hp, 180 hp, or 205 hp depending on model. (See engine chart below.) 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

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