Those of us who have missed having a hatchback choice in the Honda Civic lineup now have reason to cheer. That’s because the Civic hatchback is finally returning for 2017. This all-new hatchback follows the newly redesigned Civic sedan and coupe that were introduced last year, and fills a gap that has been missing in the Civic lineup for more than a decade.
The hatchback design was actually popularized by Honda in the early Civic designs, so this is somewhat of a homecoming celebration for the Civic brand. With a look that’s both sporty and aggressive, this new sport-hatch is certainly the best-looking Civic hatchback ever made. But looks alone won’t get the job done, which is why this new Civic 5-door offers performance and power to match.
Civic Hatchback Performance
The 2017 Honda Civic hatchback will be powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that will put out up to 180-horsepower in Sport trim levels. Minimum power output will be 174-horsepower in the LX, EX and EX-L trims. But maybe the most exciting news is the pairing of a 6-speed manual transmission that is standard in some models, and available as an option on others. In models where the manual gearbox isn’t standard, Honda’s continuously variable transmission will be used instead. For fuel economy, we expect similar numbers to the current Civic sedan with the same engine, meaning highway mileage north of 40 MPG.
Civic Hatchback Trims
The sporty new 2017 Civic hatchback will initially come in five trim levels; LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring**. The Sport and Touring** models will receive special tuning that increase output to the 180-horsepower level, while the LX, EX and EX-L are tuned for 174-horsepower. The 6-speed manual will be standard on LX, Sport and EX models, and the CVT will grace the EX-L and Touring** trims.
Other feature differences between the trim levels will likely include the suite of safety features as standard equipment on the upper trims like Touring** and EX-L. There are also a range of available features that you’d probably not expect on a value-priced car like heated rear seats, LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, premium audio and more.
There’s a lot to love about the new 2017 Honda Civic hatchback, including its spacious cargo area. We expect it will be around 120-plus cubic feet. We also hear the rear seat legroom is expected to be best-in-class. As far as tech goodies, look for a big touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation and more.
We’re excited to see the new Civic hatchbacks when they begin arriving here at Honda World. We think they’re going to be a huge hit with both families and sport-hatch admirers. And we’re also hearing rumors of a Type-R and an Si version in the near future. So, if you want to learn more about the new Civic hatch, stop by or call and let us know. We’ll put you on the list so that you’re among the first to see this exciting new 5-door when it arrives.
MPG based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.
**Touring edition not yet available