2017 Honda Civic Overview
Pros & Cons
- Quiet, upscale cabin
- Roomy seats
- Ample cargo space
- Smooth ride and crisp handling
- Excellent fuel economy for the class
- Frustrating audio controls with touch screen
Notable for 2017
- Civic hatchback introduced
- Civic SI and Type R models available later in 2017
Honda Civic Rankings and Research
The 2017 Honda Civic ranking is based on its score within the Compact Cars category. Currently the Honda Civic has a score of 8.8 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 34 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.
2017 Honda Civic Pictures
2017 Honda Civic Review
The Honda Civic sets the standard for the compact car class. It is comfortable, well-equipped, elegantly styled, and has excellent safety ratings. The 2017 models only improve on that legacy, thanks to a new hatchback variation.
Is the Honda Civic a Good Car?
The 2017 Honda Civic isn’t just a good car, it’s a great car, and one that makes few compromises. The Civic returns some of the best fuel economy estimates in its class (up to 32/42 mpg), provides nimble yet comfortable handling, and offers a superb array of standard and high-tech features at a reasonable price. Even in lower trim levels you can find a large touch screen and add options like adaptive cruise control or forward collision warning. It’s very safe as well: It was named a 2017 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The Civic is also now available as a hatchback – a new addition for the 2017 model year – and it boasts a sizable 46.2-cubic-foot cargo space with the rear seats folded. The Civic sedan and coupe were fully redesigned for 2016. If there is a blemish, it's that the Civic’s touch-screen audio controls aren’t as easy to use as conventional knobs and buttons, but this is a minor annoyance. There’s a reason the Civic is one of America’s best-selling cars.
Should I Buy the Honda Civic?
The Honda Civic offers great features at a good price, especially in its midrange EX and EX-T trim levels. Just know that it’s not the cheapest compact car in the class.
Base model Civics start at $18,740 and come equipped with a rearview camera, Bluetooth smartphone connectivity, and a 5-inch LCD screen. A 7-inch touch screen with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is available in EX sedan models that start around $21,140. By comparison, the sporty Mazda3 offers its touch screen at a much lower price ($17,845), but it doesn’t support either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The base Chevrolet Cruze sedan does, and includes all the aforementioned items for as little as $16,975 – an excellent value.
It’s a different story once you add optional safety features. The Civic’s full suite of active safety features (collectively called Honda Sensing) is optional even in base models, which is unusual for the class. This means you can buy a 2017 Civic sedan with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and lane departure alert – all for as little as $20,540. Comparatively, the Cruze and Mazda3 make you spring for a higher (and pricier) trim to get similar features – $25,130 and $26,145, respectively.
Looking to pay as little as possible? The Mazda3 and Chevy Cruze get you more for your money at the low end, but if you’re planning to tally up the options list – you'll be hard-pressed to find a better all-around package or price than the 2017 Honda Civic.
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How Much Does the Honda Civic Cost?
The 2017 Honda Civic is available in sedan, coupe, and hatchback body styles. Pricing for the base Civic trim (LX) starts at $18,740 for sedan models, $19,150 for coupes, and $19,700 for hatchbacks. In each, you’ll find a rearview camera, a 5-inch LCD screen, Bluetooth, remote entry, automatic climate control, power door locks, and power windows as standard.
Considering its upscale interior, standard features, and fun-to-drive personality, this is a pretty attractive price point for the Civic. However, it’s far from the cheapest in the class. The Kia Forte starts at just $16,490. It’s the base Chevrolet Cruze that truly shines, however. At just $16,975 it includes an infotainment system, a rearview camera, and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Climb up through the Civic’s multiple trim levels and you’ll find features like heated front and rear seats, leather upholstery, a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, and Honda Sensing (a suite of active safety features). Want them all? They’re standard in the tip-top Civic Touring (sedan and coupe) and Sport Touring (hatchback) trims, which all carry price tags of $26,000 or more. For a detailed look at each trim level and its features, check out the “Which Honda Civic Model is Right for Me?” section below.
Honda Civic Versus the Competition
Which Is Better: Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla?
The Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla are the two biggest names in the compact car segment. Both offer good value for the money, great safety features, fuel-sipping efficiency, and strong reliability ratings. The Corolla is a better value, however, because it offers several advanced safety features standard in all models. That’s unheard of in the compact car segment. These include forward collision alert and adaptive cruise control, which are intended to avoid or lessen the severity of crashes. The Corolla starts at $18,500; you’ll pay $20,540 for a similar setup in the Civic.
The pair differ by a mile when it comes to driving dynamics, however. The Corolla is comfortable yet uninspiring to drive. By comparison, the Civic balances on-road comfort with athletic handling in a very enjoyable recipe. Both are good cars, but you’re bound to have a lot more fun in the Civic.
Which Is Better: Honda Civic or Mazda3?
While fun to drive, the Honda Civic falls a tad short of the athletic Mazda3 in a contest of smiles per hour. The nimble Mazda sets the benchmark for how compact cars should handle. It’s also rather well-equipped in standard trim – you get a 7-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, internet radio access, and text message assist for just $17,845. The least expensive Civic with a touch screen starts at $21,140 (Civic EX). That said, the Mazda3 doesn’t offer support for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, which the Civic EX does.
The Civic gets better fuel economy – a best of 32/42 mpg city/highway versus 28/37 mpg from the Mazda3, which factors out to around a $100 difference annually in gas costs, according to EPA estimates. The Civic also offers its suite of active safety features at base trim levels, something Mazda only offers in the fully loaded Mazda3 Grand Touring trim. It’s a tough choice, but if you’re after driving thrills and the best bang for your buck at lower trim levels, the Mazda3 is the way to go.
Which Is Better: Honda Civic or Chevrolet Cruze?
The Chevrolet Cruze absolutely shines when it comes to its huge number of standard features. For just $16,975 you can buy a base model Cruze with a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a rearview camera. Simply put, no Civic is even offered at that low price, much less competes. It’s a different story as you head up the trim levels, though – the Cruze’s value proposition drops.
The Cruze’s full suite of active safety features (including forward collision warning) is only available in its top trim level, starting at $23,475, and then only as options. Comparatively, the Civic’s Honda Sensing suite is a $1,000 option even in base sedan trims, which start at just $19,540. If you’re looking for a hatchback, the Civic is the better deal too. The Cruze hatchback starts at $21,240, while the Civic hatchback starts at $19,700. Features aside, the Honda Civic delivers sportier handling and also offers slightly better fuel economy.
In essence, while the Cruze is a great compact car and a greater value at the base level, the Civic is often the better buy once you start adding features.
Which Is Better: Honda Civic or Ford Focus?
The 2017 Ford Focus handles well, packs a standard rearview camera and voice recognition, and costs as little as $16,775. If you’re on a tight budget it makes a lot of sense, but if you’ve got a bit more money to spend, there are plenty of better options – the Honda Civic included.
The Focus’ higher trim levels can’t match the Civic’s interior fit-and-finish. Rear-seat legroom and cargo space both fall short of the Civic too. You won’t find options like adaptive cruise control or forward collision warning in the Focus, and unless you spring for the Focus’ available three-cylinder engine, fuel economy is marginal at best. The Focus may be less expensive than the Civic, but you get less car for the money.
Which Is Better: Honda Civic or Honda Accord?
In the past, the reason to upgrade from the compact Civic to the midsize Honda Accord was simple. The Accord had better stuff, or at least, more of it. That’s not really the case anymore. The 2017 Civic can match the Accord’s creature comforts with comparable infotainment abilities, Honda Sensing safety features, heated front and rear seats, and great interior quality. Not surprisingly, you get less cabin space in the Civic.
The big difference is the price. The Civic starts at $18,740, whereas the Accord starts at $22,355. Unless you want a V6 engine, additional passenger space, or the Accord Hybrid’s superb fuel efficiency (49/47 mpg city/highway), the 2017 Civic is the better choice.
How Many People Does the Civic Seat?
The 2017 Honda Civic seats five in each of its three body styles: sedan, coupe, and hatchback. The Civic's front seats are comfortable, even for taller passengers, and they offer a decent amount of support. It’s a similar story in the back. The Civic coupe and hatchback both provide about 36 inches of rear legroom. Sedan models add an extra inch and a half, which taller passengers will appreciate. Either way, all three Civic models can comfortably seat two in the back, and three for shorter trips.
Need a lot of rear-seat space? Consider the Toyota Corolla sedan. It boasts a vast 41.4 inches of rear legroom – a measurement that beats plenty of midsize cars, including the Honda Accord (38.5 inches), Ford Fusion (38.3 inches), and even the Toyota Camry (38.9 inches).
Civic and Car Seats
The 2017 Honda Civic features two lower anchors and one upper tether anchor at each of its outboard rear seats for installing car seats. The middle seat features an upper tether only. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Civic an Acceptable rating for its LATCH car-seat system, but noted that the lower anchor connectors are buried deep within the seats, making them awkward to reach.
Civic Interior Quality
The 2017 Civic sports a top-flight cabin. Materials – including plastics – are of good quality, and many feel soft to the touch. The interior is also exceptionally hushed, capable of keeping out wind and road noise just as well as cars that cost twice as much. Overall, the Civic’s fit-and-finish mirrors what you would find in more upscale Honda models or entry-level Acuras.
Base Civic models are treated to fabric upholstery, while all Civic EX-L models add leather. Heated front seats come standard in Civic EX-T trims (EX for hatchbacks) and heated rear seats are included in all Touring and Sport Touring trims.
There are a few cars in the class with cabins that rival the Civic’s, including the plush Mazda3. Alternatives like the Chevrolet Cruze also look the part, however, some of its interior plastics don’t quite feel as solid or as well-built as those in the Civic.
Civic Cargo Space
Regardless of body style, the 2017 Honda Civic provides ample cargo space. The Civic sedan has 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space, which is great for the class. The Honda Civic coupe offers 12.1 cubic feet of trunk space.
Looking to haul lots of cargo? The Civic hatchback is a sound option with 25.7 cubic feet of space behind its back seats (Sport and Sport Touring models offer 22.6 cubic feet), which is more than enough room for a couple golf bags. Fold the rear seats down and you’ll find 46.2 cubic feet of space – enough to fit a few dining room chairs, a bookcase, or a small sofa. By comparison, the Mazda3 and Chevy Cruze hatchbacks offer nearly the same with up to 47.1 and 47.2 cubic feet, respectively. The Volkswagen Golf and Subaru Impreza hatchbacks are slightly roomier with 52.7 and 55.3 cubic feet of cargo space.
On top of having lots of space, the Civic sedan and hatchback's cargo areas also have wide openings, making them easy to load and unload.
Civic Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation
If you’re looking for features, the 2017 Honda Civic offers nearly all the latest. Base Civic LX models are equipped with a rearview camera, Bluetooth smartphone connectivity, a USB input, automatic climate control, and a 5-inch LCD display screen. Higher trim levels add satellite radio, HD Radio, hands-free text message assist, navigation, HondaLink connectivity features (such as weather and maintenance alerts), and a larger 7-inch touch screen, which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto blend the features and functionality of iPhone and Android devices with Honda’s infotainment system, making it easier and safer to stay connected on the road. This can include hands-free calling, selecting music using voice recognition, or receiving turn-by-turn directions (through Apple Maps or Google Maps). Notably, the Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla don’t support either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The Chevrolet Cruze supports both, even in base models, which start at $16,975. The comparable Civic starts at $21,140.
The Civic’s available touch screen is large and easy to read, and it absorbs many of the dashboard’s controls and functions. Much like a smartphone, you can swipe, pinch, and tap on the screen to navigate through the menus. That said, some of the menus aren’t very intuitive.
One of the Civic’s more obvious annoyances is its touch-based volume control, which can often be slow to respond to inputs and isn’t very easy to use on the go. Luckily, steering wheel-mounted audio controls provide a useful alternative. Lower trim levels with the 5-inch LCD screen feature a simple volume knob.
Civic Engine: All the Zip You’ll Need
Honda offers two engine and two transmission options for the 2017 Civic. All Civic models are front-wheel drive.
Lower-trim sedans and coupes are equipped with a 158-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which can be paired with either a six-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which acts like an automatic. Higher-trim sedans and coupes (plus all Civic hatchbacks) feature a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine with 174 horsepower. The Sport Touring model adds an extra 6 horsepower. As before, this engine is also available with a six-speed manual or CVT.
The Civic’s standard 2.0-liter engine moves the car with relative ease, and acceleration is more than suitable for most situations. Step up to the turbocharged engine for much stronger acceleration at low speeds and great passing power on the highway.
The six-speed manual transmission is the best option for those who want to maximize either engine's power and have a bit more control behind the wheel. Shifts are impressively crisp and direct. That said, the CVT is one of the best available. CVTs are typically criticized for providing sluggish acceleration and a disengaged driving experience, but the Civic's CVT works so well that you’re unlikely to notice much difference between it and a traditional automatic.
The Mazda3 is available with a 184-horsepower engine, and even that slight bump in power over the Civic is enough to give it a zestier, more energetic feeling on the road. For truly swift pick up, the 252-horsepower Ford Focus ST and 210-horsepower Volkswagen GTI command much higher performance, albeit at higher prices as well ($24,775 and $25,595, respectively).
A sporty Honda Civic Si will arrive later in 2017 (available as a sedan or coupe), followed by a high-performance Honda Civic Type R. Full details have yet to be released for these models.
Civic Gas Mileage: Truly Excellent Fuel Economy
Regardless of engine or transmission choice, the 2017 Honda Civic earns some of the best fuel economy estimates in its class.
Civic sedans with the 1.5-liter engine and CVT can hit an exceptional 32 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway (31/42 mpg with the manual). Civic coupes with the 1.5-liter engine and CVT can achieve 31/40 mpg (30/41 mpg, manual), and Civic hatchbacks with this setup can also hit 31/40 mpg (30/39 mpg, manual). Notably however, the Civic Sport and Sport Touring hatchbacks are both rated at a lower 30/36 mpg.
The Civic’s 2.0-liter engine is a bit thirstier on gas, but not by much. Civic sedans with the 2.0-liter engine and CVT can hit 31/40 mpg (28/40 mpg, manual). Civic coupes with this setup can achieve 30/39 mpg (28/39 mpg, manual).
By comparison, the Chevrolet Cruze and Toyota Corolla Eco come close to the Civic’s top numbers but don't surpass them. Both manage 30/40 mpg. The Mazda3 serves up even lower gas mileage, earning up to 28/37 mpg.
Civic Ride and Handling: Equal Parts Comfy and Sporty
The 2017 Honda Civic boasts agile handling and drives like a much smaller car. Around corners the Civic feels secure and athletic, a result of its brisk and nicely weighted steering. Its steering response is also variable depending on speed, which helps the Civic feel composed at highway speeds yet more eager at low speeds for scooting through tight streets.
On top of its agility, the Civic offers a comfortable ride, absorbing bumps and dips well. For the most engaging performance, go with the Civic hatchback's Sport or Sport Touring trims, which provide discernibly zestier handling. The Mazda3 does feel a bit more nimble and exciting than the Civic; that said, both models can be purchased for much less than hot hatchbacks like the Ford Focus ST.
Is the Honda Civic Reliable?
J.D. Power and Associates rates the Civic at four out of five for predicted reliability, meaning it is one of the most reliable cars on the road. However, class rivals, the Toyota Corolla and Kia Soul have almost perfect reliability ratings of 4.5 out of five.
Honda Civic Warranty
The 2017 Honda Civic comes with a three-year/36,000-mile new vehicle warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
In addition to the Civic’s sound history of reliability, this warranty should provide many years of worry-free driving, however competitors do offer more extensive warranties. The Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte are both covered by exceptionally long 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranties.
Civic Crash Test Results
The 2017 Honda Civic sedan and hatchback earn five out of five stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s three crash tests (frontal, side, and rollover). Overall, they earn a perfect five-star crash test rating. The Civic coupe earns the same scores in all but the frontal crash test, in which it earns four stars.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Civic sedan and coupe as 2017 Top Safety Picks. Both earned Good ratings for all safety criteria tested and received Superior ratings for their available crash avoidance and mitigation equipment. Ratings for the Civic hatchback have not yet been published. By comparison, the Toyota Corolla and Mazda3 both earned a higher Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS.
Civic Safety Features
Advanced driver assistance and active safety features are still relatively new to the compact car class. Nevertheless, the 2017 Honda Civic has lots of them and many are available at lower (and less expensive) trim levels.
All 2017 Honda Civic models come equipped with a multi-angle rearview camera as standard, which gives you a wider view of the car’s surroundings. Honda LaneWatch, a passenger-side blind spot monitor, is available in a number of trims as well.
The best features, however, are part of the Honda Sensing system, which is a suite of active safety tools. These include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure alert, and adaptive cruise control. These features work together to help you maintain a safe distance between you and the car in front of you when cruise control is engaged, alert you and gently pull the car back in line should you begin drifting outside your lane, and apply the brakes if a potential crash is detected.
Honda Sensing is standard in Touring (coupe and sedan) and Sport Touring (hatchback) trims; it’s optional in all other sedan trims, as well as LX, EX, and EX-L Navi hatchbacks. Notably, it’s unavailable in lower coupe trims.
By comparison, the Mazda3’s i-Activsense safety package matches the Honda Sensing features and adds traffic sign recognition. The difference is that it’s only available as an option and only in the highest trim, which starts at $24,195. The real star in this category is the Toyota Corolla sedan, which offers all the same active safety features as the Civic, but as standard equipment in all trim levels (starts at $18,500).
Which Honda Civic Model Is Right for Me?
If you’re looking for the best mix of features at a reasonable price, go with the 2017 Honda Civic EX sedan ($21,140). The EX sedan includes a rearview camera, a remote car starter, a moonroof, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a 7-inch touch screen, support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and HondaLink (Honda’s own infotainment setup and connectivity system). The Honda Sensing driver assistance package is optional ($1,000) and includes forward collision and lane departure warnings, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. That’s a lot of value for $22,140, and neither the Mazda3 nor Chevy Cruze can match it.
Need all that in a hatchback body style? The comparably equipped Civic EX hatchback starts at $22,800 ($23,800 with Honda Sensing) and features the zippier 1.5-liter turbocharged engine.
The Honda Civic was redesigned for the 2016 model year. Aside from its new models, it hasn’t changed much for 2017. Honda offers the 2017 Civic in a variety of trim levels. Below we’ve highlighted the five most important trims and noted key differences between body styles.
The LX trim is the Civic’s base model and starts at $18,740 for Civic sedans ($19,150 for coupes, $19,700 for hatchbacks). Standard features include a rearview camera, a 5-inch LCD screen, four speakers, Bluetooth, a USB port, remote entry, power door locks, power windows, cruise control, automatic climate control, and power-adjustable side mirrors.
Sedan and coupe models are equipped with a 158-horsepower engine and either a six-speed manual or optional automatic transmission (CVT). LX hatchbacks offer the same transmission options but feature a turbocharged, 174-horsepower engine. Honda Sensing is optional only in LX sedans and hatchbacks (a $1,000 package).
This hatchback-only model builds off the LX trim, and starts at $21,300. As its name suggests, it’s sport-tuned. It features Honda’s 174-horsepower engine and offers either a six-speed manual or CVT with shift paddles. Standard equipment includes dual exhaust pipes, fog lights, an aerodynamic kit, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and sport pedals. Honda Sensing is not available in this trim.
Honda Civic EX and EX-T
Honda offers the 2017 Civic sedan in EX and EX-T trim levels. The EX trim starts at $21,140 and adds (to the LX) a 7-inch touch screen, support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an extra USB port, HondaLink, satellite radio, HD Radio, a remote car starter, and heated side mirrors. A CVT is standard. The EX-T trim starts at $21,500 and adds the 174-horsepower, turbocharged engine; fog lights; dual-zone climate control; and heated front seats. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a CVT is an $800 option.
Here’s where things can get confusing. The Civic coupe is offered in EX-T trim only ($21,600), which is essentially a combination of both EX and EX-T sedan trim equipment. The Civic EX hatchback ($22,800) follows this formula as well. Both feature the turbocharged engine and add Honda’s LaneWatch blind spot monitor, but the EX-T coupe offers either a manual transmission or a CVT, whereas the EX hatchback is CVT-only.
This upscale trim builds off the EX-T (and EX hatchback) trim and starts at $23,525 for coupe models. Leather upholstery and an auto-dimming rearview mirror are added. Civic EX-L sedans and hatchbacks ($23,800 and $25,300, respectively) also gain a power-adjustable driver’s seat, while the EX-L hatchback adds a navigation system as well. Honda Sensing is optional only in hatchbacks and sedans. The CVT is standard in all.
These fully loaded Civic trims include EX-L features and add heated rear seats, rain-sensing wipers, and Honda Sensing as standard. The Civic sedan and coupe models (Touring) also add navigation and start at $26,600 and $26,225, respectively. The Civic hatchback (Sport Touring) gets a slight bump in power to 180 horsepower. All feature CVTs.
Where Is the Honda Civic Made?
Honda manufactures the 2017 Civic sedan and coupe at factories in Greensburg, Indiana, and Alliston, Ontario, Canada. The 2017 Honda Civic hatchback is built at Honda’s Swindon plant in England.
The Final Call
The Honda Civic has been an excellent choice for compact car shoppers for years, and that doesn’t change for 2017. The Civic earns praise across the board for its nimble yet comfortable handling, efficient and zippy engines, and upscale interior with great tech features. The Civic also earns great safety scores and provides ample cargo space in each of its three body styles.
While the Mazda3 corners with more verve and the Chevrolet Cruze offers compelling value in its base trim, as a complete package, you simply can’t go wrong with the 2017 Honda Civic. Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.
- "No longer a strong buy on name recognition alone, the 2016 Honda Civic is a genuinely good car that is now leading the compact sedan class. Stylish, agile and peppy (at least in 1.5L guise), with several new tech features to boot, the Civic is the total package." -- Left Lane News (2016)
- "The all-new compact is a return to the kind of car that made the Civic a favorite with generations of Americans: fun to drive, fuel efficient and good looking. After several disappointing years, the new car puts the Civic back where it belongs among the best compacts on the market." -- The Detroit Free Press (2016)
- "Aggressive targets and excellent engineering have wrought a Civic that should be one of the best cars in the segment to drive and live with." -- Autoblog (2016)
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