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2017 Honda Civic Review

Outstanding safety scores, a spacious cabin and cargo hold, and driving dynamics that are both engaging and comfortable land the 2017 Honda Civic near the top of our compact car class rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy for class
  • Spacious seats
  • Large cargo capacity
  • Quiet, upscale cabin
  • Wide array of features
  • Frustrating audio controls with touch screen

New for 2017

  • Civic hatchback introduced
  • Civic Si and Type R models became available

Rankings & Awards

The 2017 Honda Civic's #2 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Compact Cars category. It was a finalist for our 2017 Best Compact Car for Families award. Currently the Honda Civic has a score of 8.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 34 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 10.0
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2017 Honda Civic Overview

Is the 2017 Honda Civic a Good Used Car?

The Civic is a great option if you’re shopping for a used compact car. The well-rounded Civic is available as a coupe, sedan, or hatchback. It provides nimble but comfortable handling, superb fuel economy estimates, and a large array of convenience and safety features for a reasonable price.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve researched 34 Honda Civic reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and total cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars since 2007, and our team has more than 75 years of automotive industry experience combined. While we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To ensure our reviews remain impartial, we refuse expensive gifts and trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Honda Civic?

Based on more than 1,200 listings for this vehicle on our site, you can expect to pay between $16,800 and $25,000 for a used 2017 Honda Civic. The average price is $20,200. Keep in mind that your price may vary depending on the mileage, condition, location, and features of the car you are interested in.

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How Much Does the 2017 Honda Civic Cost to Own?

Fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Civic will cost you an estimated $20,550 over five years. That’s about average for the compact car class. By comparison, the 2017 Kia Soul’s expenses will cost around $19,700, while the 2017 Volkswagen Golf’s are expected to reach nearly $24,600.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Civic?

Honda made no major changes to the 2018 Civic. While the base price for a new 2018 Civic LX is about $1,250 cheaper than the average price of a used 2017 Civic, the new Civic may not have as many features at that price point. Outside of a new car warranty, there’s no reason to buy a 2018 Civic over the 2017 model.

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You can find a few new compact cars priced competitively with an average-priced 2017 Civic. For example, the 2018 Kia Soul starts at $16,200. While the Civic is already spacious by class standards, the Soul is even more so, especially in the rear seats. The Soul also claims a perfect predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power. You can even upgrade to a midlevel 2018 Soul and still be within a few hundred dollars of the average 2017 Civic.

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Which Model Year of the Honda Civic Is Best?

Honda redesigned the Civic for the 2016 model year. While some models from the previous generation score similarly, they won’t have the Civic’s updated styling, stronger and more fuel-efficient engines, expanded rear-seat space, or Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. The 2016 Civic is an excellent choice. However, if you’re looking for the hatchback body type or a sportier performer with the Civic Si or Civic Type R, you’ll need to look at 2017 and newer models.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Honda Civic?

J.D Power gives the 2017 Honda Civic a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five. That’s above average for the automotive industry, but it’s a fairly typical rating within the class.

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2017 Honda Civic Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are two recalls issued for the 2017 Honda Civic. The right half shaft may break, preventing the engine from moving the car and potentially increasing the risk of a crash. In fewer than 100 models, the seat-mounted air bags may not deploy properly. If you’re interested in a model affected by these recalls, be sure the problems have been addressed before you buy.

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Which Used Honda Civic Model Is Right for Me?

Honda offers the 2017 Civic in sedan, coupe, and hatchback body styles. The sedan comes in five trims: LX, EX, EX-T, EX-L, and Touring. The coupe is also offered in five trims: LX, LX-P, EX-T, EX-L, and Touring. Both the coupe and sedan also feature a more spirited model: the Civic Si. The hatchback’s five basic trims include the LX, Sport, EX-L, EX-L Navi, and Sport Touring, plus another high-performance trim called the Civic Type R. Despite some name overlap, the features found in these trims differ somewhat from one another.

For most shoppers, we recommend the Honda Civic EX trim. It comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless access, push-button start, a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, and Honda LaneWatch. The hatchback’s EX trim includes all of these features, as well as a zippier 1.5-liter turbocharged engine. If you want those features with the coupe, you’ll need to look at the EX-T trim or higher.

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What Does Honda's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Honda offers two levels of certification for its certified pre-owned vehicles: HondaTrue Certified and HondaTrue Certified+. Both levels come with a seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance, up to two oil changes within the first year of ownership, and a 90-day SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription.

The vehicle’s model year determines which program and repair coverage it qualifies for. HondaTrue Certified covers vehicles from the 2014 through 2020 model years. For vehicles still under the new-car warranty, Honda extends coverage to four years from the original sale date or 48,000 miles. For vehicles outside the new-car warranty, Honda offers a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. HondaTrue Certified+ is for 2018 to 2020 Hondas still under the new-car warranty. Honda extends these warranties to five years from the original sale date or 86,000 miles. Additional benefits may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Honda’s CPO program is better than that offered by many other affordable carmakers. Still, Chevrolet, Kia, and Hyundai have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Civic?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the 2017 Civic sedan and hatchback with five out of five stars in overall, front, side, and rollover crash testing. The coupe received only four stars in its frontal crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave all three body styles Top Safety Pick designations, as they earned the highest score of Good in all five areas tested, plus a Superior rating for front crash prevention.

All 2017 Civic models have a standard multi-angle rearview camera. Many advanced safety technologies are available. The Honda Sensing suite delivers forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning and lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. Honda LaneWatch, which functions as a passenger-side blind spot camera, is also offered.

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2017 Honda Civic Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Honda Civic or 2017 Mazda3?

The 2017 Civic offers a number of advantages over the 2017 Mazda3. It has higher safety scores, better fuel economy, and more cargo and rear-seat space. The Mazda also lacks the Civic’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto offerings. However, the Mazda3 has one of the highest performance scores in the compact car class, thanks to its precise steering and excellent cornering ability. That said, the Civic’s high-performance Si and Type R models are unmatched by anything in the Mazda3’s lineup. The Mazda3 does have a slight edge in price; on average, used models are around $2,500 less expensive. But if you can afford a higher price tag, the Civic is the way to go.

Which Is Better: 2017 Honda Civic or 2017 Volkswagen Golf?

Both the Civic and the 2017 Volkswagen Golf are excellent compact cars. The Golf offers more cargo space than the Civic hatchback, while the Civic claims higher fuel economy ratings. The Civic also has higher safety scores and a few more safety features. On the other hand, the Golf offers a 6.5-inch touch-screen infotainment system, as well as features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as standard equipment. You’d have to seek out higher trims to get those in the Civic. The Golf’s cabin is also of a slightly higher quality. Overall, you can’t go wrong with either of these cars.

Which Is Better: 2017 Honda Civic or 2017 Toyota Corolla?

The 2017 Toyota Corolla received a number of updates, including several standard advanced safety features. It’s one of the few compact cars with more rear-seat legroom than the Civic, and it offers a slightly higher predicted reliability rating as well. However, the Civic still comes out ahead. It’s a better performer, offering strong engines and a playful nature that best the Corolla’s lackluster handling. You also won’t find Apple CarPlay or Android Auto in any Corolla.

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2017 Civic Performance

How Does the 2017 Honda Civic Drive?

The 2017 Civic’s four-cylinder base engine makes 158 horsepower. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission are standard, while a CVT (a type of automatic transmission) is available. There’s also a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 174 horsepower. It comes standard in all Civic hatchbacks and is available in both the sedan and coupe. The Civic Si enhances the turbocharged engine even further, bringing output up to 205 horsepower. Finally, the Type R features a thrilling turbocharged 2.0-liter engine making 306 horsepower. The Si and Type R are only available with a manual transmission.

The Civic strikes a pleasant balance between handling and ride comfort. It is agile around corners, and the turbocharged engine delivers potent acceleration. The high-performance Type R offers a choice of driving modes – Comfort, +R, and Sport – that should satisfy most drivers seeking a thrilling drive. This model may not outperform sportier all-wheel-drive options in the class, but it holds its own among them.

Does the 2017 Honda Civic Get Good Gas Mileage?

With its base engine and automatic transmission, the 2017 Civic gets an EPA-estimated 30-31 mpg in the city and 39-40 mpg on the highway. Those with the turbocharged engine fare even better, getting up to 32 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway. That’s remarkable for the compact car class.

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2017 Civic Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Civic Seat?

The 2017 Honda Civic seats five on cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, and heated rear seats are available. The front seats are plush and supportive, and the sedan and hatchback styles have plenty of legroom for tall adults in the rear seats. The Civic’s cabin is quiet even at highway speeds.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Honda Civic?

The 2017 Civic comes equipped with two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the outboard rear seats, as well as an upper tether anchor on the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the Civic’s LATCH system as Acceptable, the second-highest score possible.

2017 Honda Civic Features

The Civic offers an impressive array of tech and convenience features for the class. Base LX models have LED daytime running lights, automatic climate control, cruise control, a rearview camera, a four-speaker audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth, and a 5-inch infotainment screen. The EX and higher trim levels (EX-T in the coupe) add a 7-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The EX-T adds the turbocharged engine and dual-zone automatic climate control. The EX-L adds leather upholstery, and the Touring gets the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety features, as well as satellite-linked navigation.

The available touch screen is large and easy to read. However, its touch-based volume control can be slow to respond and difficult to use while driving. There are redundant buttons for volume control on the steering wheel, though.

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2017 Honda Civic Dimensions

Honda Civic Cargo Space

The 2017 Civic has excellent cargo capacity for its class. The sedan offers 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space, while the coupe offers 12.1 cubic feet. The hatchback offers 25.7 cubic feet of space with the rear seats up and 46.2 cubic feet with the seats folded.

2017 Civic Length and Weight

Length and curb weight for the Civic vary depending on body style. The sedan measures around 15.2 feet long with a curb weight ranging from 2,742 pounds for the base LX up to 2,923 for the Touring with the automatic transmission. The coupe is slightly smaller at 14.7 feet, and it weighs between 2,739 pounds for the base model and 2,900 pounds for the EX with Leather and a CVT. The hatchback slides in at 14.8 feet long and has a curb weight ranging from 2,815 pounds to 3,003 pounds in the Sport Touring trim. Finally, the Type R clocks in at nearly 15 feet in length and weighs 3,117 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Honda Civic Built?

Honda built the 2017 Civic in Greensburg, Indiana; Ontario, Canada; and Swindon, England.


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