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2017 Honda Civic Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Honda Civic was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.3

With the Civic's 2016 redesign came an improved interior with better-quality materials. Upper trims are particularly luxurious, comparing favorably with more expensive Honda or entry-level Acura models. The Civic's cabin is also remarkably quiet. Up front, the seats are comfortable, and both body styles offer a good amount of space in the back. The infotainment system, while better than previous systems, responds slowly and has confusing menus. The lack of an audio volume knob is also frustrating. Cargo space is above average in all body styles.

  • "This latest-generation Civic is longer than the previous model, and it now boasts some of the best interior volume among compact cars, an interior enveloped in premium materials and top-notch plastics." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The cabin itself is well crafted, with a marked improvement in materials quality. In Touring trim, the interior rivals that of the Accord or even some entry-level Acuras." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "Wind and road noise levels are really low. … In fact, in every scenario but the hard-charging canyon carving, I found the interior to be astonishingly quiet for a $20,000-something car. Hell, it's astonishingly quiet for a $40,000 car." -- Autoblog (2016)

Seating

The 2017 Honda Civic seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery. It's available with leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, and heated front and rear seats.

The 2017 Honda Civic's front seats are pleasant and offer a decent amount of support. In sedan and hatchback body styles, the Civic's back seats have more than enough legroom for adults with taller frames. The hatchback model offers slightly more legroom than the sedan. However, the hatchback model's low roofline somewhat hinders headroom, and rear-seat occupants should be aware of the Civic's wide doorsills.

The Honda Civic sedan’s LATCH car-seat system features lower anchors and upper tether anchors in the rear outboard seats. There’s an upper tether anchor in the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the Civic's LATCH system as Acceptable, the second highest score, with IIHS saying the lower anchors are buried too deep in the seats.

  • "The front seats are comfortable with a modicum of support, and the driver side helm has 8-way operation at its top trim level. Overall, it's ergonomically sound and well screwed together for its price point." -- Automobile Magazine
  • The sedan and hatch both ride on an identical wheelbase. However, the rear-seat experience isn't entirely the same -- the hatch offers about a half-inch more headroom but trims legroom 1.4 inches. Still, even our long-legged 6-foot-2-inch co-pilot found enough comfort in back." -- Autoweek
  • "Rear-seat legroom is impressive in the sedan, but beware of the wide sills when entering and exiting." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2017 Honda Civic include a multi-angle rearview camera, automatic climate control, a four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Options include a moonroof, hands-free text messaging, proximity key, push-button start, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, an eight- or 10-speaker audio system, a 7-inch touch screen, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, and navigation. Available safety features include a passenger-side blind spot camera (LaneWatch) and a Honda Sensing package with forward collision warning, automatic pre-collision braking, active lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

Reviewers are pleased with the Civic's new-and-improved instrument panel. Its optional infotainment system is easier to use and read than previous versions, but it it’s still slow to respond, and its menu organization is confusing. Critics would prefer to have an audio volume knob as opposed to the touch screen, which requires you to swipe up and down to adjust the volume. There are, however, audio controls on the steering wheel. Climate controls are easy to operate.

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  • "The smartly designed, single-tier instrument panel is a huge upgrade over the previous Civic and features a center area that displays multiple vehicle functions. The 7.0-inch touchscreen navi/infotainment system is also easier to use than previous Civics, as are HVAC controls just below it." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "We just wish Honda would bring back a volume knob instead of the swipe-up/swipe-down system employed for the touchscreen. You can use the steering-wheel controls instead, and it's … an acceptable workaround, but those are mildly frustrating too. Also a bit irksome is the optional 7-inch touchscreen's functionality. It looks good, sure, but it's often slow to respond and it has a confusing menu structure that takes a long time to learn." -- Edmunds 
  • "The available navigation system runs through a large, easy-to-read screen, which also serves as the control center for audio, CarPlay and climate control." -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

The 2017 Honda Civic sedan has 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space, which is more than most compact sedans have. The Civic Coupe has a 12.1-cubic-foot trunk. Behind its back seats, the Civic hatchback has 25.7 cubic feet and 46.2 cubic feet with them folded, which is a bit better than average for a compact hatchback. Civic Sport trims have about 3 cubic feet fewer than other models, due to their center-mounted exhaust.

In both hatchback and sedan body styles, the Civic has a wide trunk opening, so it can accommodate broad items.

  • "At 25.7 cu. [ft.] of cargo room with the rear seats up (46.2 with them down) for most models, it bests the likes of the Golf, Focus, and Mazda 3, and its opening is wide and tall to better accommodate bulkier items." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "With these measurements, utility for the Civic is at an all-time high." -- Edmunds
  • "The hatchback opens wide, and the cargo area is reasonably deep even with the rear seats up, creating just under 26 cubic feet of luggage space (23 cubic feet in the Sport trims)." -- Car and Driver

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