The 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback has always been a favorite within the compact class thanks to its snappy driving dynamics and sporty styling, but last year’s extensive refresh took things to a whole new level.
Returning to the market boasting turbocharged power, increased passenger and cargo space, and a staggering array of top-tier technologies, these models represent both the next generation of the Civic Hatchback and a whole new standard for rival models to strive towards. We wish them luck — they’re going to need it.
Even as standard, the 2017 Civic Hatchback is able to harness up to 174 hp from a turbocharged, direct-injected, and intercooled DOHC 4-cylinder engine. If you need a little extra firepower beneath the hood, upgrading to a Sport model will take your output up to 180 hp thanks to a reoptimized powertrain.
All Civic Hatchback models come with dial exhaust, but Sport models enjoy the addition of a center-mounted exhaust system. Exhaust gases then come streaming out from under the center of the bumper, letting drivers behind you know that your ride is a cut above. Sport models also offer 180 hp — slightly more than the 174 hp of other Civic Hatchback models.
The Civic Hatchback’s long-awaited fusion of turbocharged power and a manual transmission has proven every bit as exciting as we expected. The shifter is one of the lightest around, and you’ll quickly get the impression that the whole setup has been designed around the needs of the driving enthusiast. Better yet, you can expect to make up to 30 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.*
A CVT is ideal for drivers who want to enjoy the ride of the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback while letting shifting take care of itself. Unlike a regular automatic, CVT systems use an innovative belt-and-pulley system, which delivers far superior fuel efficiency ratings. Honda predicts up to 31 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.*
The Eco Assist system represents an innovative new way to keep track of your fuel economy and improve the way you drive. Colored coaching bars sit alongside the speedometer to indicate just how your current driving style is affecting fuel consumption, allowing you to improve your behavior behind the wheel over time whenever you want to put efficiency before performance.
The 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback is smart as well as powerful. When it detects that you are on an incline, the clutch will be automatically held down until you have a chance to hit the gas, so you’ll never have to worry about awkwardly holding the brake down yourself to prevent rolling forwards or backward.
It doesn’t matter which trim level of the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback you end up choosing, all models feature a top-of-the-line rearview camera. With the ability to cycle between three viewing modes (Normal, Wide, and Top-down), plus guidelines to help you see your intended path, this is one of the top rearview cameras on the market.
Honda has developed a sterling reputation for superior safety, and a big part of that comes down to their celebrated ACE (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) body structure technology, which you’ll find forming the core of every Civic Hatchback. Upon impact, the body will crumple intelligently to direct harmful impact energy away from you and your family.
One of the Civic Hatchback’s advanced driver-assistance features, this function keeps to your preset cruising speed while maintaining a set following interval for highway driving. It can even bring you to a full stop, after which a simple tap on the throttle will set you moving again to maintain the desired interval.
When you’re taking a long drive or are feeling a little fatigued, it can be all too easy to start inadvertently veering into another lane. If the Civic Hatchback detects deviation without an accompanying signal, it will provide an alert to let you re-center your vehicle before an accident occurs.
The available Honda Sensing suite represents the cutting-edge of safety technology. Taken together, these features can scan the area around your vehicle to alert you to trouble and then act autonomously to bring the car to a stop or take you out of a dangerous situation.
The 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback, like all major models introduced to the American market, was tested exhaustively by the NHTSA during a challenging battery of crash simulations. Unlike most other models, it achieved a 5-star overall safety rating.** If you prioritize protection, few cars will come close to matching the new Civic Hatchback.
Honda was one of the earliest adopters of smartphone synchronization technology, so you’ll find Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ come with EX and EX-L Navi models. That means being able to connect your smartphone to the Civic Hatchback to use a range of apps and features through onboard systems.
The HondaLink system has been added to the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback in order to keep even more smartphones connected. If you lack a cell that is compatible with either Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™, you’ll almost certainly be able to use it through the HondaLink system, which also comes as standard with the EX and EX-L Navi models.
A modern vehicle is expected to keep drivers and passengers connected on the go, which is why every last trim level of the 2017 Civic Hatchback comes with Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and streaming audio as standard. You’ll be able to take and make calls using voice commands; when you’re done, go ahead and stream music directly from your phone’s library.
The new Civic Hatchback is available with a string of top-tier features, including a 12-speaker sound system. Delivering 540 watts of sound and employing a state-of-the-art subwoofer, your cabin will be filled with stunning concert-level sound during every journey.
If you need to get from Malin to Keno without hitting traffic, just use your satellite-linked navigation system. You can enter information either through the touchscreen or using voice-recognition software, and Honda HD digital traffic comes standard with each unit to keep you ahead of current roadblocks. You’ll find the system with the EX-L Navi trim level.
The temperatures can really start to plummet once Oregon heads into the winter months, but the Civic Hatchback allows you to meet such conditions without breaking a sweat — or a shiver. With heated front seats in the EX and EX-L Navi, you’ll be able to stay warm and cozy throughout the year.
As an entry-level model, you might expect the LX to carry only the bare minimum, but you’d be wrong. Far from just an A-to-B standby, the LX offers such upscale features as a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines, Electric parking brake with automatic brake hold, LED Daytime Running Lights, and automatic climate control as standard.
The Sport retains the unexpectedly generous selection of LX features, even while upgrading your four-cylinder engine with a dual-exhaust and CVT system for an output equal to 180 hp. Further features include a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, textured aluminum pedals, 18-inch alloy wheels, and an underbody spoiler kit.
The EX reverts to the standard engine set-up while inundating drivers with a score of additional fittings and features. A Honda LaneWatch system kicks safety up a notch, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ allows for smartphone integration, heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control system enhance comfort, and SiriusXM radio delivers commercial-free entertainment.
As the name might well suggest, the EX-L Navi comes with Honda’s premium satellite navigation system as standard, but that’s far from all that it has to offer. Further upgrades include an automatic-dimming rearview mirror, an 8-way power driver’s seat, leather-trimmed seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and a leather-trimmed shift knob. If you’re looking for first-class comfort and styling, look no further.
The 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback is available in a wide range of eye-catching colors. White Orchid, Lunar Silver, Sonic Gray, Polished Metal, Crystal Black, Aegean Blue, and Rallye Red are among your options. No matter which you choose, your Civic Hatchback will cut a striking figure on the roads on Malin, Keno, and beyond.
If you’re going to be filling the trunk with muddy boots and outdoor gear, try adding the cargo liner, or carry the cargo net to keep all your shopping in place while you’re cruising around town. If you’d like to bring an extra dash of styling, install body side moldings, or add the wireless phone charger to make sure all your devices can stay topped up while you’re on the go. These are just a few of the new Civic Hatchback’s available accessories.
* Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
** Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).