The Honda CIvic, redesigned in 2016, is back in 2017 with a hatchback. In addition, Honda is introducing two performance Civics: Type R and the popular Si, now with turbocharged power. The Type R will make your heart race at 306 horsepower.
The Civic is such a well rounded car. I only test drove this little hatchback for a week but I could own this one and be a happy Honda camper. I truly do not say that about every car I test drive, so why this one? Great fuel economy for starters. The Civic Hatchback Sport Touring model received around 28 mpg/city and 38 mpg/hwy. The interior was comfortable with quality materials, the acceleration was impressive and it was packed with technology.
Here are your choices if you are in the market for a Honda Civic. The sedan, offered in six different trim levels. The hatchback specific trims are the Sport, Sport Touring and Type R.
The hatchback-only Sport Touring comes equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, a center-outlet dual exhaust, a rear center armrest with two cupholders, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, LED headlights, foglights, automatic wipers, heated rear seats, a four way power passenger seat and a 12- speaker audio system. Standard with this model is the Honda Sensing Safety package that includes lane departure warning, lane departure intervention, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.
The one thing I can say I was not immediately fond of was Honda’s touchscreen interface system, but as the week wore on, I quickly accustomed myself to liking it just fine. It is easy to use once you sit still and play with the menu options. I found myself trying to turn the volume up using a knob that only made my temperature go up (not just the car temp but mine as well). The knob is for the temperature only. There is a button clearly labeled with a “+” or “-” for volume control. As I said, as the week went on, I began to use the “+” and “-” on the steering wheel so I wouldn’t be tempted to touch the temperature knob.
I did love the visibility in the Civic. The standard rearview camera always helps but my favorite thing is when you use your right turn signal the camera comes on and shows you what is in the lane to the right of you. This is called Lane Watch and helps tremendously with blind spots.
The Honda Civic hatchback is offered in seven different exterior colors. Pictured above is Sonic Gray Pearl. If the numbers of times I was asked what the color was is any indication of its striking appearance, I’d say this is going to be a popular color choice.
Go by your local Honda dealership and give this one a spin. The Honda Civic hatchback begins at $19,900.