2017 Honda Civic Review Apr 17, 2017 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)

The Honda Civic has always been a consumer favorite, and the 2017 model year is no exception. We love that the hatchback body style has made a return for 2017, meaning that drivers can now choose from a sedan, coupe, and hatchback.

Efficient Powertrains

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The latest model increases efficiency above expectations for its class. Even without a hybrid currently available, drivers can expect 35 mpg combined. The LX does the worst of the bunch with the base engine and a manual transmission but still, delivers 40 mpg on the highway while the turbo engine with the CVT gets 42 mpg on the highway. There isn’t even a lack of power like you find in some vehicles. The base 158-horsepower 2-liter 4-cylinder is more than enough to power a model the size of the Civic. That said, the relatively new turbocharged engine gives you 174 horsepower and is more fun to drive.

The New Hatchback

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The coupe and sedan versions of the 2017 Honda Civic were already spacious and stylish, but the hatchback is a more versatile addition to the lineup. The trunk on the sedan is 15.1 cubic feet, a figure that is very impressive for its class. Of course, the Civic Hatchback is the favorite of anyone who truly needs cargo capacity, with its rear body styling enhancing cargo volume and headroom. There are 25.7 cubic feet with all five seats occupied or an impressive 46.2 cubes with the rear seat down—without the added costs of a crossover.

Honda Sensing and Safety Features

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Another aspect of the 2017 Civic that helps it stand out from the competition is the Honda Sensing suite, which is optional across the lineup and standard on the top trim. With Honda Sensing, you get the latest safety features that are still growing in popularity among concerned drivers, including a Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control, a Collision Mitigation Braking System, and Road Departure Mitigation System.

Connectivity at Your Fingertips

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The Civic has a high level of standard features at such a low price point. Although you have to pick the EX trim or higher to get the 7-inch display, HondaLink, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and other similar features, this is still a great bargain. We feel that those who are on a tight budget will be able to get by with the base LX’s tech, such as the 5-inch LCD screen, Bluetooth for audio and phone, and various input methods. That said, we recommend upgrading to at least the LX to take advantage of the quick, intuitive infotainment system and all its features. Discover for yourself why the Civic is one the best-selling cars in America.

 

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