After a massive redesign for 2016, the 2017 Honda Civic returns with a package that has been refined even further. The exterior is possibly the most interesting sheet metal ever provided for a Civic, with a streamlined profile and expressive, angular character lines. The long, fastback-styled roofline translates well, regardless of if you opt for the four-door Sedan, four-door hatchback, or two-door Coupe. An angular front fascia is a trademark across the model selection, featuring projector-beam halogen headlights with auto on/off, as well as available LED headlamps. Fog lights can be set in below the headlights, straddling the lower grille. Body-color trim is standard, with an available rear spoiler. A wealth of wheel styles and exterior colors are available for personalization, while a one-touch power moonroof is great for the passengers looking for a breeze and a better view. Hatchback versions are also available in Sport models that add a center-exit exhaust.
Each 2017 Honda Civic offers different interiors. All Civic models offer similar front seats, with 42.3 inches of legroom across the line-up. Sedan and Hatchbacks offer 37.4 inches in the second row, while the Coupe only has 35.9 inches. Headroom in the Coupe is also similarly affected, offering an inch less throughout. The structure of each car also alters the available cargo space - the Hatchback leads the way at 16.9 cubic feet, while the Sedan offer 15.1 cubic feet and the Coupe is reduced to 12.1 cubic feet of cargo space.
In terms of features, all three vehicles are similar. The fit and finish is durable and clean, with everything having a solid feel. Cloth is standard as upholstery, with available leather-trimmed seats. Front seats and outboard rear seats can be heated, while a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob make for comfortable and attractive surfaces year-round. Remote Entry is standard, while Smart Entry and Remote Start with Push Button Start are standard on all trims above the base LX trim. Automatic climate control is standard, with dual-zone climate control offered.
Honda has always been an industry leader when it comes to integrating the latest technology, and the 2017 Honda Civic continues to push the evolution of the brand. Even at the base level, a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines is standard, along with a four-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system, a five-inch color LCD display, and a front USB Audio Interface port. Stepping up to the next trim level, a 7.0-inch High-Resolution Touch-screen is paired with an 8-speaker system, while standard and available features include:
- Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- SiriusXM Satellite Radio with HD Radio
- Honda Sensing Suite
- Satellite-linked Navigation System with voice recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic
- 450-watt premium audio system featuring 10 speakers
Drivers lamenting the demise of the manual transmission will be overjoyed to find that the 2017 Honda Civic has reinstated the six-speed manual, available on the LX and EX-T trims of both the Sedan and Coupe. This means it can be paired with both the 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine of the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine. The base 2.0-liter produces 158 horsepower and 158 lb-ft of torque, while the 1.5-liter engine makes 174 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy varies - the worst you'll find is 28 MPG city and 40 MPG highway, in the 2.0-liter with a manual transmission.
Snappy handling and a comfortable ride are the highlights of the compact 2017 Honda Civic. It is just as comfortable on rolling, winding back-country roads as it is on city streets, thanks to the MacPherson Strut front and multi-link rear suspension. Eco-Assist and Hill Start Assist are just two of the performance aids for drivers.
Features such as the Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure and numerous advanced crash-prevention features provide drivers with a sense of safety, regardless of which version of the 2017 Honda Civic they are driving. Dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags provide smart protection for front passengers, while side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor provide protection for all occupants. Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control and anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution and Brake Assist provide for control in evasive maneuvering, helping to keep the Civic out of harm's way. Optional features include:
- Lane Keeping Assist System
- Honda LaneWatch
- Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow
- Collision Mitigation Braking System
- Road Departure Mitigation System
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