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2017 Honda Civic KBB Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating 9.5 / 10
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KBB Expert Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By Matt Degen


Just one year after introducing an all-new Civic sedan and coupe, Honda isn't resting. Instead, it's doubling down on this best-selling compact car. The 2017 Honda Civic lineup expands with a stylish and practical hatchback, and Honda is broadening its appeal to driving enthusiasts with the availability of manual transmissions for the up-level turbocharged engine in standard models as well as the new performance-focused Civic Si and Civic Type R variants. All these factors help the Honda Civic maintain its benchmark status as it fights competitors ranging from longtime-archrival Toyota Corolla to newer nameplates like the Chevrolet Cruze and Kia Forte. With its variety of models, excellent-yet-efficient driving manners, and an enviable history of reliability and resale value, it's little wonder the Civic was crowned KBB.com's 2017 Best Buy Award overall winner.

You'll Like This Car If...

Whether you're a student looking for an inexpensive, efficient and reliable commuter car or an enthusiast seeking a turbocharged, manual-transmission hatchback, there's a 2017 Civic to meet your needs. Throw in stylish design and the latest tech and safety features, and you have a real winner.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Marks against the Civic are few, but it you need all-wheel drive, look to a Subaru Impreza. If you're seeking a diesel sedan or hatchback, Chevy promises one in its latest Cruze. If the Civic's styling is a little too out-there, you might favor the Toyota Corolla, Kia Forte or Volkswagen Jetta.

What's New for 2017

Just one year after debuting the all-new Civic sedan and coupe, the Civic hatchback arrives for 2017. Across the lineup, models with the 1.5-liter turbo engine can be had with a manual transmission. Need more reason to salivate? The hot Civic Si and even hotter Civic Type R have just started rolling into showrooms.

Driving It Driving Impressions

A big part of the 2017 Honda Civic's winning formula is the way it combines practicality, efficiency and everyday comfort with modest to maximum dashes of sportiness. Like a vein of caramel running through an already-delicious ice cream, the 2017 Civic adeptly blends dollops of zeal with overall suppleness. Even a base model with the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and 6-speed manual transmission is highly satisfying. The smaller but more powerful turbocharged 1.5-liter used in higher trims of the sedan and coupe and all versions of the new Civic hatch offers good if not blistering acceleration and nary a hint of turbo lag. Most buyers will prefer an automatic transmission, and the Civic's CVT (continuously variable transmission) is among the best at mimicking a traditional one. A standard Civic can't quite match a Mazda3 in cornering dynamics, but it's still among the best in its class, as is its steering feel. The Civic Si takes things to a new level of corner-carving exhilaration, complementing its 205-horsepower engine and slick shifting 6-speed manual with a limited-slip differential and a full sport suspension that includes the first-ever use of driver-adjustable, 2-stage adaptive dampers on any Civic.

Favorite Features

HONDA SENSING
This suite of safety features and driving aids includes adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, road-departure mitigation, forward-collision warning, lane-keeping assist and the Collision Mitigation Braking System, which can automatically apply the brakes if a frontal collision appears imminent.

MODEL VARIETY
With the Civic hatchback joining the existing sedan and coupe, Honda has created a trifecta of sorts for its compact car. Throw in two transmission and engine choices, and its appeal only broadens. Even that powertrain aspect will grow as performance-oriented Civic models are introduced down the line.


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