Redesigned just a year ago, the Honda Civic has re-established its standing as a no-brainer choice for a small car. Think of it this way: Are you interested in impressive fuel economy and/or class-leading acceleration? Yep, the Civic's got that. What about a comfortable, roomy interior filled with upscale materials? Check. Do you want something livelier than the typical sedan? Well, Honda's got a sporty coupe, a new Civic hatchback, and the performance-focused Civic Si and Type R on the way, too. No matter how you look at it, the 2017 Honda Civic is one of the best cars in its class.
We also think you'll like the way the newest Civic drives. Around turns, you'll feel as if you have great control through the car's steering and grip; it's an entertaining car to drive and have some fun. Out on the highway, the Civic earns high marks, too, with a composed ride quality that doesn't get overly floaty or harsh. Honda has also packed in plenty of the latest technology, from smartphone integration to advanced driver aids that can help you avoid accidents.
Before going all-in on a new Civic, though, there are still some excellent competitors to consider. The 2017 Mazda 3 is also one of our favorites. Like the Civic, it offers a classy interior, excellent fuel economy and sporty driving characteristics. If in-car tech is one of your top priorities, the 2017 Ford Focus with its superior Sync 3 infotainment system is worth a look. And if you want to eschew all those and go with something inexpensive that's packed with value, take a look at the 2017 Kia Forte. Overall, though, the 2017 Honda Civic sits right at the top of our list. No search for a compact car will be complete without it.
The 2017 Honda Civic is a compact car offered in sedan, coupe and hatchback styles. It is available in eight trim levels: LX, LX-P (coupe only), Sport (hatchback only), EX (sedan and hatchback), EX-T (sedan and coupe), EX-L, Sport Touring (hatchback only) and Touring (coupe and sedan).
The base LX comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights and taillights, full power accessories, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, cruise control, an expanded-view driver side mirror, automatic climate control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and manual front seats with driver height adjustment. Electronics features include a 5-inch central display screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth (phone and audio) and a four-speaker sound system with a USB port.
The LX-P (coupe only) adds to the standard LX equipment with a sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, and remote start.
For the hatchback, the Sport comes with the LX equipment plus a more powerful version of the turbocharged engine, 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a center-outlet dual exhaust, aerodynamic bodywork, a rear center armrest with cupholders, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
The EX (hatchback and sedan only) also builds off the base LX, but it adds 17-inch alloy wheels (hatchback only), a sunroof, heated side mirrors, variable intermittent wipers, a trip computer, a rear center armrest with cupholders, an eight-speaker audio system with dual USB ports, Honda's camera-based LaneWatch lane-change assistant, dynamic guidelines for the rearview camera, keyless ignition and entry with remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control (hatchback only) and a 7-inch touchscreen interface with satellite radio, Pandora compatibility, HondaLink smartphone integration and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration (including app-based navigation).
For the coupe and the sedan, there's the EX-T. It essentially adds the same equipment as the standard EX (there's no EX for the coupe) but with the turbocharged engine, foglights, dual-zone automatic climate control and heated front seats.
The EX-L upgrades to leather upholstery, an eight-way power driver seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and an integrated navigation system.
The hatchback Sport Touring essentially builds off the regular Sport trim and adds different 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, automatic wipers, a four-way power passenger seat, heated rear seats and a 12-speaker audio system. Also standard is a Honda Sensing safety package that includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane departure intervention, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
The Touring trim level (for the sedan and coupe only) essentially comes with the same equipment as the Sport Touring hatchback, but there are no heated rear seats for the coupe and the stereo has 10 speakers instead of 12.
The Honda Sensing safety package is optional on all other Civic hatchback trims except the Sport, and it adds a basic trip computer to the LX.