More than just a compact car

Currently in its tenth generation, the Honda Civic is redefining the compact car segment. While compact cars have traditionally been simple and economical, the Civic imparts a level of style, performance, and technology previously reserved for midsize cars. The Civic is not a car that you settle for. It’s simply a car that should be on your shopping list.

Performance

Over the years, the Civic has built up a reputation as one of the sportiest compact cars available, and the current generation doesn’t disappoint. Honda put particular emphasis on performance with more powerful engines that are also more efficient than before.

Base models use a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with Honda’s i-VTEC variable valve timing system. With 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque, it’s the most powerful engine ever offered in a Civic base model. All Civic models are front-wheel drive with a choice of six-speed manual or CVT automatic transmissions.

The Civic is also available with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine—the first turbocharged engine offered in a U.S. Civic. Featuring direct injection and an electronic wastegate, this engine produces a stout 174 hp. It also produces 167 lb-ft of torque when paired with the six-speed manual transmission, or 162 lb-ft with the CVT.

The 2.0-liter engine gets an EPA rated 34 mpg combined (31 mpg city, 40 mpg highway) with the CVT in the Civic sedan, and 32 mpg combined (28 mpg city, 40 mpg highway) with the manual.* Sedans with the 1.5-liter turbo get 36 mpg combined (32 mpg city, 42 mpg highway) with the CVT and 35 mpg combined (31 mpg city, 42 mpg highway) with the manual.* The Civic coupe features the same engine and transmission options, but with slightly different EPA fuel-economy ratings.

Features

The 2017 Honda Civic is available as a four-door, five-seat sedan, a two-door, five-seat coupe, or a new five-door hatchback model. The Civic coupe and sedan are available in five trim levels, priced starting from $18,740.**

Standard equipment on the base LX model includes automatic climate control, taillights with integrated LED light bars, automatic headlights, tilt-and-telescopic steering column, 5.0-inch LCD screen, and more.

The Civic EX incorporates the applicable standard features from the base model and adds a power moonroof; pushbutton start; eight-speaker audio system; Display Audio infotainment system with 7.0-inch central touchscreen display and Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility; and HD Radio®, SiriusXM® satellite radio, and Pandora® compatibility.

The EX-T model builds on the LX and EX, adding features like fog lights, a decklid spoiler, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors, and more. The EX-L adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, leather seats, and a power driver’s seat.

The top Civic model is the Touring, which encompasses all of the applicable features from the other models plus rain-sensing wipers, heated rear outboard seats, and a navigation system with voice recognition.

Design

Introduced for the 2016 model year, the current-generation Honda Civic carries forward into 2017 with a dynamic design that leaves the old “econobox” stereotype behind. The Civic also offers more choice than most other cars, with available sedan, coupe, and—new for 2017—five-door hatchback body styles.

The current Civic is actually a bit larger than the model it replaces, but its proportions are tighter and sportier. The front and rear overhangs are shorter, the hood is lower, and all body styles have a cab-rearward, fastback shape. Dramatically styled headlights and taillights give the Civic a distinctive look whether coming or going.

The interior has a decidedly upscale feel, thanks to generous use of soft-touch materials and a level of fit and finish that’s impressive for a compact economy car. The Civic is also available with Honda’s latest Display Audio infotainment system, which includes Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone compatibility.

It may be classified as a compact car, but the Civic is actually pretty big. It’s nearly 2.0 inches wider and 1.0 inch longer than the outgoing model, which in turn was bigger than the version it replaced. A 1.2-inch longer wheelbase than the previous Civic opens up more interior space, and all Civic models come with a center console that offers 7.2 liters of secure storage space.

Safety

Standard safety equipment on the 2017 Honda Civic includes anti-lock brakes, stability and traction controls, a rearview camera, and a full array of airbags. Optional features include forward collision warning, lane departure warning, collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

Verdict

The 2017 Honda Civic brings a new level of sophistication to compact cars.

For more information or to schedule a test drive of the 2017 Honda Civic, contact us online or visit Patty Peck Honda at 555 Sunnybrook Rd, Ridgeland, MS 39157.

*2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

**Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) excluding tax, license, registration, $875 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

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