|Engine Size:||2.0 L|
|Transmission:||Automatic or manual|
The return of the Civic Hatchback for 2017 is a welcome event for many car shoppers. We haven’t seen a lot of hatchback action in the past few years so this is going to be something new for a lot of young drivers, and a nostalgic experience for those who’ve been around a bit longer. It’s a sedan, but it opens up to a garage-like cargo space in the back. This hatchback version of the Honda Civic is particularly appealing as it offers the added utility of extra cargo room in the back that car shoppers are looking for in crossovers, and more pep for spirited driving. And since it’s a Honda, fuel economy comes as part of the package.
The Honda Civic Hatchback was always a popular body style, and for 2017 they’ve got a brand-new version, this one is a bit more performance-oriented than the Honda standard coupes and sedans. The 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback can be had in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, or Sport Touring trim levels.
You’ll find that there is the more mainstream LX, EX, EX-L trims and the Sport, Sport Touring trims taking slightly different approaches. The latter have gauges illuminated in red instead of blue, faux-carbon trim, aluminum pedals, and leather wraps for the gearshift and the steering wheel. Honda’s new and increasingly utilized turbocharged and direct-injected 1.5-liter four-cylinder is the only engine available, but peak horsepower rises from 174 hp in the mainstream models to 180 hp in the Sport. A six-speed manual transmission can be ordered but only on the base LX and Sport.
You will find the Sport with a six-speed is a joy to drive, the 1.5-liter making strong torque across the rev range. The Civic Hatchback has smooth intake letting the vehicle fly out like a dart with no hesitation. On winding roads, the Civic keeps a tenacious grip on the road, braking is solid and body motion is well controlled. The largest wheels available are on the Sport and Sport Touring at 18 inches. The controls have the usual Honda allure in their weight and precision, and the gearshift slips tightly with a gratifying feel.
Inside the roomy cabin, an electric parking brake and automatic climate control are standard - dual-zone control is available on higher trims - and parts of the interior are accented with LED lighting touches. Overall, the interior feel is far more upscale than previous iterations of the Honda Civic; the 2017 Civic Hatchback also features Honda’s new Android-based infotainment system, with a 7-inch touchscreen display and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.
The 2017 Hatchback comes with 122.9 cubic feet of interior space throughout and you’ll find 36 expansive inches of rear legroom. The available Honda Sensing suite of radar-based safety countermeasures brings to the Civic many features that have only been in the domain of luxury cars, including automated emergency braking, lane-departure mitigation, and adaptive cruise control.