There’s a good reason the Honda Civic is one of the best selling small hatchbacks and sedans on the market. It’s affordable, reliable, practical, decently powerful and overall, one of the best vehicles currently for sale. It is, unquestionably, all the car you’ll ever need, in terms of getting you everywhere and delivering what it promises.
Honda has always managed to keep it one level above its competitors. 2016 was a big year for the Civic. It was a complete redesign, with lots of fresh features and unique details.
Bearing that in mind, Honda didn’t see the need for a major overhaul his year too, so rightfully, they left it nearly intact. The 2017 Honda Accord is therefore mostly a carryover from the 2016 model, but it should still be at the top of your list for small vehicles. For 2017, Honda introduced the hatchback, that in itself being a major thing, but they also added a new turbocharged engine to the lineup, for anyone looking for more power. The Civic Si and Type R are worthy of a separate mention on their own, as they differ from the standard Civic greatly.
On the outside at least, the Civic is currently one of the best looking cars in its rightful segment. Now, styling is subjective, but overall, it’s a really good looking motor. Previous Civics struggled with boring and dull looks, but not this one. See, it’s understated still, but it isn’t in any way bland. Who says you can’t have understatement without some charm and character? The hatchback version is especially handsome, with its sawn off rear-end and its sloping roofline. The front is slightly mean, especially with the angry looking headlights, but it’s nicely proportioned. There’s no two ways about it: it’s a looker.
If you’re talking about trims, the Civic has a lot of offer. Perhaps too much even, as there are eight trim levels to choose from: LX, LX-P (coupe), Sport (hatchback), EX (hatchback and sedan), EX-T (coupe and sedan), EX-L, Sport Touring (hatchback) and Touring (sedan and coupe). Even the base LX gets automatic headlights, power-assisted everything, LED DRL (daytime running lights), cruise control, automatic climate control, as well as few other gadgets. If you’re not particularly worried about sunroofs, keyless ignition and all the other associated electronics, the base LX has a lot to offer for being a base model.
The base Civics (sedan and coupe) come with a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine developing 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque. It’s mated to a six-speed manual or a CVT, which does its job more than adequately. The coupe returns 32 mpg in manual trim, and 34 in auto. The sedan gets the same numbers, and so does the hatchback.
The hatchback version gets a 1.5 liter four-cylinder turbocharged unit as standard. It’s mated to the same six-speed manual or a CVT if you prefer an automatic. It’s good for 174 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The Sport and Sport Touring bring that number up to 180 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque (177 in manual form). That transforms the car into a pocket rocket, reaching 60 mph in 6.7 seconds, a very fast time. It also returns around 34 mpg.
Base prices are around $21,000, depending on exact model, trim, and area.