I've owned many cars and this is not the best, most expensive, biggest, fastest, or sexiest, but it is the most "right". While I'd say nothing about it is perfect, virtually everything is good to great. Truly exemplifies the whole being greater than the sum of the parts. The best features are the outstanding economy with surprising performance when you need/want it.
I have a 2007 Honda Civic. I researched the 2017 Hatchback before purchase. I've had it for a few days and love it! It feels solid and surprisingly the acceleration has pep! I'm not computer savvy but have been able to navigate the computer controls and settings with ease. I got the EX model. Just don't get suckered in at the dealer! Read Edmunds advice on B.S. Fees at the dealer and other new car buying advice. Also don't go over 3% of invoice price! If the dealer doesn't want to negotiate go to another one. I'm a female and went in on my own and told them exactly what I would pay and not pay. I was firm and they knew it. I got my new Hatchback with the price I wanted to pay!
Paying attention to what the mainstream reviewers focused on: 1) It's a CVT and you'd only notice the tone/feel if you were waiting for a normal upshift during light acceleration. If you stomp on it, it GOES. If you're looking for the turbo lag, you'll find it - but you'll also hit 60 in 7 seconds. There's just no downside to the normal needs of daily driving in this car. 2) "No volume knob". Yeah, you get used to the steering wheel controls. It was a non issue for me. I do compare it to our Ford Edge though. The Synch 3 has a multi-display (like radio and map at the same time) and the Honda's only shows one thing at a time. Both have advantages. 3) Lane Watch is better than looking backwards over your shoulder to your right side blind spot. I'm afraid the new habit will kill me when driving another car. 4) Styling: Never mind the opinions. Handwashing all the nooks and crannies is a pain. The number of textured features is incredible when you're sponging out seasonal pollen. 5) There's a lot of commentary about lack of lumbar support in the seats. Yup. I'm used to Accord level leather seats and these civic ones sometimes 'give' like an old recliner cushion. I have had no discomfort on my regular long commutes though. They also look great. 6) Handling: Sweet. When you start turning too hard/fast on a highway ramp, you can feel the dampeners take over and start subtracting G-force. It gives me the impression I'm being seduced into going faster when perhaps the car should be telling me to behave. I've gotten nothing but wild compliments and jealousy in this car. It's a lot of fun.
I'm glad I bought this car! I like all the gizmos (such as keyless entry, pushbutton start, brake assist, auto parking brake, hands free cell phone, ECO mode, backup camera, & more. . ). My old car was 10 yrs old - a lot has happened in 10 years! The car's handling can be described in one word - NIMBLE! My mileage is great - a couple of 36.5 readings (Mostly city). I just got back from a highway trip -Denver - Glenwood Springs CO. I got 44MPG!! I used only Drive and Drive with ECO button engaged, and used a light foot on the gas pedal. The main reason I bought the car was for mileage, and I didn't want a hybrid. I'll report again when I use more Sport mode and see what mileage penalty there is. One year later - I got 43mpg to Albuquerque in Drive - no Eco mode (Eco mode on freeway driving lacks power). I continue to get great mileage in town - 35 - 39 mpg, where I'm mostly using Eco mode. I haven't used Sport mode much - pickup in D is more than adequate.
Why anyone would spring for the sport or sport touring version of this hatch for an extra 6 horses is beyond me as you're signing up for having to purchase premium fuel for the life of your ownership, as well as getting inferior fuel economy. You can't even feel the modest increase. Yeah, the exhaust setup looks nice but imo it's too aggressive looking - save that for the type R or Si. Anyway - overall very happy with purchase - fuel economy in mixed driving hitting a little under what it's rated for - I'm hoping that changes. Not a huge fan of the honeycomb faux vents on the rear bumper but I bought black so they blend in better than other colors. I love the overall design of this hatch, and although typically prefer a good M/T over an automatic, I'm pretty impressed by the CVT on this car.