2017 Honda Civic Expert Review

4.7 Overall Score
Performance 4.6 Comfort 4.4 Styling 4.6 Value 4.7

Editor's Overview

One year after introducing an all-new Civic sedan and coupe, Honda isn't resting on its laurels. Instead, it's doubling down on this best-selling compact car. The 2017 Honda Civic lineup expands with a stylish and practical hatchback, and Honda is broadening its appeal to driving enthusiasts with the availability of manual transmissions for the up-level turbocharged engine.

You'll Like The 2017 Honda Civic If...

Whether you're a student looking for an inexpensive, efficient and reliable commuter car or an enthusiast seeking a turbocharged, manual-transmission hatchback, there's a 2017 Civic to meet your needs. Throw in stylish design and the latest tech and safety features, and you have a real winner.

You May Not Like The 2017 Honda Civic If...

Marks against the Civic are few, but if you need all-wheel drive, look to a Subaru Impreza. If you're seeking a diesel sedan or hatchback, Chevy promises one in its latest Cruze. If the Civic's styling is a little too out-there, you might favor the Toyota Corolla, Kia Forte or Volkswagen Jetta.

What's New

Just one year after debuting the all-new Civic sedan and coupe, the Civic hatchback arrives for 2017. Across the lineup, models with the 1.5-liter turbo engine can be had with a manual transmission. Need more reason to salivate? The hot Civic Si and even hotter Civic Type R have just started rolling into showrooms.

Interior Features

This latest-generation Civic is longer than the previous model, and boasts some of the best interior volume among compact cars -- an interior enveloped in premium materials and top-notch plastics. The available navigation system runs through a large, easy-to-read screen, which also serves as the control center for audio, CarPlay and climate control. Rear-seat legroom is impressive in the sedan, but beware of the wide sills when entering and exiting. At 15.1 cubic feet, the Civic sedan's trunk is huge. Hatchback Civics boast 25.7 cubic feet of space with the rear seats up and some 20 additional cubic feet with them down. Although the well-appointed but strictly mono-spec Civic Si doesn’t offer navigation in coupe or sedan form, both come with HondaLink and a sweet pair of highly supportive front sport buckets.

Exterior Features

With three distinct versions of the 2017 Civic come three distinct shapes. Sedan and coupe models are arguably the most beautiful, though the new hatchback stands out. Ironically, the sedans and coupes could be mistaken for fastbacks with their elegantly sloping rear roofs. The fresh Civic hatchback -- a configuration we haven't seen in nearly two decades for the U.S. market -- features a nubbed tail and rather bulbous rear end. It also stands out with a high-mounted spoiler and gaping fake vents on each side of the rear bumper. Sport and Sport Touring hatchbacks can be spied via their center-mounted dual-exhaust outlets, while the new Si boasts its own edgier exterior cosmetics.

Driving Impressions

A big part of the 2017 Honda Civic's winning formula is the way it combines practicality, efficiency and everyday comfort with modest to maximum dashes of sportiness. Like a vein of caramel running through an already-delicious ice cream, the 2017 Civic adeptly blends dollops of zeal with overall suppleness. Even a base model with the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and 6-speed manual transmission is highly satisfying. The smaller but more powerful turbocharged 1.5-liter used in higher trims of the sedan and coupe and all versions of the new Civic hatch offers good if not blistering acceleration and nary a hint of turbo lag. Most buyers will prefer an automatic transmission, and the Civic's CVT (continuously variable transmission) is among the best at mimicking a traditional one. A standard Civic can't quite match a Mazda3 in cornering dynamics, but it's still among the best in its class, as is its steering feel. The Civic Si takes things to a new level of corner-carving exhilaration, complementing its 205-horsepower engine and slick shifting 6-speed manual with a limited-slip differential and a full sport suspension that includes the first-ever use of driver-adjustable, 2-stage adaptive dampers on any Civic.

Pricing Notes

With the Civic's expanding lineup come a range of prices, though all three current basic versions -- sedan, coupe and new Civic hatchback -- follow a similar climb as you step up trim levels. The least expensive new Civic is an LX sedan with a manual transmission. Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $19,575. Civic coupes start at $19,985, and the new hatchback Civic bows at $20,535. Top-line Civic models can reach the upper $20K range. While the Civic's starting prices aren't the lowest (the Ford Focus, Kia Forte, Hyundai Elantra and Mazda3 start less), they are in line with the Toyota Corolla. Both the Civic Si coupe and sedan share a $23,900 MSRP, with their sole option being a $200 set of “summer” performance tires. Be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their new Honda Civic. As for the Civic's resale value, Hondas in general hold their value exceptionally well, and the Civic is no exception.

Notable Equipment

The 2017 Honda Civic is offered in an array of trims that range from LX on the low end to Touring variants at the top of the basic range as well as the enthusiast-oriented Si and Type R halo models. The least expensive Civic LX sedan includes automatic climate control, rearview camera, folding rear seat, and a 4-speaker AM/FM audio system with USB port, Bluetooth connectivity and 5-inch screen. We think most buyers will prefer stepping up to at least an EX model, which includes an automatic transmission (optional on LX models), remote engine start, moonroof, 60/40-split folding rear seat and upgraded infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen that is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible.

Notable Options

Climbing to the Civic EX-T in the sedan or coupe, or any Civic hatchback, brings the smaller but more powerful turbocharged engine as standard. Other features vary with trim level, including leather interior, heated front and rear seats, navigation system, Honda's LaneWatch camera-based blind-spot monitoring system, power driver's seat, and dual-zone automatic climate control. One package we recommend for any Civic (as long as it has the required automatic transmission) is the Honda Sensing system. This suite of active safety features and driving aids described in "Favorite Things" is well worth the extra $1,000.

Favorite Features

HONDA SENSING

This suite of safety features and driving aids includes adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, road-departure mitigation, forward-collision warning, lane-keeping assist and the Collision Mitigation Braking System, which can automatically apply the brakes if a frontal collision appears imminent.

MODEL VARIETY

With the Civic hatchback joining the existing sedan and coupe, Honda has created a trifecta of sorts for its compact car. Throw in two transmission and engine choices, and its appeal only broadens. Even that powertrain aspect will grow as performance-oriented Civic models are introduced down the line.

Under the Hood

Two engines and two transmissions are used in the high-volume members of the 2017 Honda Civic. Base sedans and coupes use a 158-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder available with a 6-speed manual transmission or an excellent continuously variable automatic transmission. Higher trims and all 2017 Civic hatchbacks employ a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that is more powerful and efficient. In a move that "Save the Manuals" fans will cheer, this engine can now be connected to a 6-speed manual transmission. Sport and Sport Touring Hatchbacks also get a power bump. The Civic Si pairs its 205-horsepower/1.5-liter turbo engine with a 6-speed manual. All 2017 Civics remain front-wheel drive, but while the baseline models burn regular unleaded gasoline, the Si and Type R require premium gas to fully exploit their full performance potential.

2.0-liter inline-4

158 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm

138 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 28/40 mpg (manual, sedan), 28/39 mpg (manual, coupe), 31/40 mpg (automatic, sedan), 30/39 mpg (automatic, coupe)

1.5-liter turbo inline-4

174 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm (automatic & manual; sedan, coupe & hatchback)

177 horsepower @ 1,900-5,000 rpm (manual hatchback Sport, Sport Touring)

180 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm (automatic & manual hatchback Sport, Sport Touring)

162 lb-ft of torque @ 1,700-5,500 rpm (automatic; sedan, coupe & hatchback)

167 lb-ft of torque @ 1,800-5,500 rpm (manual; sedan, coupe & hatchback)

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 31/42 mpg (manual, sedan), 30/41 mpg (manual, coupe), 30/39 mpg (manual; Hatchback & Hatchback Sport), 32/42 mpg (automatic, sedan), 31/40 mpg (automatic, coupe & hatchback), 30/39 mpg (automatic, Hatchback Sport)

1.5-liter turbo inline-4 (Si)

205 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm

192 lb-ft @2,100-5,000 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 28/38 mpg (manual transmission only)

Note: Due to changes in EPA testing to more effectively reflect real-world conditions, some 2017 models show slightly lower fuel-economy scores than their 2016 versions.

Editors' Notes

Just one year after introducing an all-new Civic sedan and coupe, Honda isn't resting. Instead, it's doubling down on this best-selling compact car. The 2017 Honda Civic lineup expands with a stylish and practical hatchback, and Honda is broadening its appeal to driving enthusiasts with the availability of manual transmissions for the up-level turbocharged engine in standard models as well as the new performance-focused Civic Si and Civic Type R variants. All these factors help the Honda Civic maintain its benchmark status as it fights competitors ranging from longtime-archrival Toyota Corolla to newer nameplates like the Chevrolet Cruze and Kia Forte. With its variety of models, excellent-yet-efficient driving manners, and an enviable history of reliability and resale value, it's little wonder the Civic was crowned KBB.com's 2017 Best Buy Award overall winner.

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My vehicle is one of my favorite cars because it drives very smooth and is responsive. I love having the three options of driving modes which are econ for efficiency, drive for regular driving and sport for hilly terrain. I use sport when I am in the city and need quick acceleration and I use econ for long freeway drives. The look of the 2017 Civic coupe is very sporty and sleek with just the right combo of curves and angles for a pleasant aesthetic. The turbo is great as it gives me the boost I need to accelerate or climb hills at the a good speed. The interior is very modern and appealing. The touch screen console is perfect and I use the back up camera often. I have found many cars at this price do not come with standard sunroofs. I love this feature and it was one of my top deciding factors. I also enjoy the apple carplay option as well as the seat warmers. My only complaint is the angle of the front seats are far too curved. The seat cups my lower back while thrusting my neck and shoulders forward. This is a very poor posture and has caused me shoulder pain and neck discomfort. I love this car and its wonderful fuel efficiency but the discomfort of the seats would have caused me to buy a different car had I known they would be so poor long term.

- Rachel M

Tech Feature Failures

2017 Honda Civic

I have a 2017 Honda Civic EX 5-door bought new in Dec. 2016. Since new have had failures & malfunctions with the tech features & electrical glitches. Now, 2019, under 32,000 miles the issues are still ongoing. Per Honda Tech, Honda Customer Service (including case management), & Honda Service @ dealer level, as either " unable to duplicate (a way to bypass responsibility for issues) " or, if able to duplicate, no repairs are possible & will never be resolved for life of vehicle. XM tuner, HD radio, HondaLink, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay have never, & still continue, not to operate well. Plus, the passenger airbag will not activate because weight threshold not met ( per Honda the official solution to this is to move seat all the way rearward (airbag still not functional) or have passenger sit in backseat. I will never purchase another Honda nor recommend Honda to anyone ever again. Honda has notified me that both the new vehicle & Honda Care warranties are to be voided due to excessive claims on this vehicle & there is nothing I can legally do & Honda representatives have bragged no US government agency including NHTSA have authority over Honda.

- J. Stewart

The 2017 Honda Civic is a dream car!

2017 Honda Civic

I am totally in love with this car! It really spoils you. The keyless entry and start is so nice. My keys stay in my purse, which means they never get lost. The car automatically unlocks when I open the handle, it is a push button to start, then it automatically locks as I walk away. It is literally impossible to lock your keys in the car, and if you leave a door open, it will beep at you to remind you to shut it. The back up and right hand turn cameras are great too. No more wondering if the lane is really clear. The handy guidelines show exactly how much space you need. The heated seats, in-steering-wheel controls, and voice commands are nice too. I frequently use carplay to send text messages and call people, all without having to look my phone. The only downside is an intermittent issue I had with the radio display beeping at us, or sometimes now working at all. Also, turning your right turn signal on or shifting I to reverse interrupts car play. Oh, I forgot to mention, the car handles like a dream. Rain is no problem! Bottom line, I totally recommend the 2017 Honda Civic!!

- Christy H

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