2017 Honda Civic Review
Edmunds' Expert Review
- Excellent fuel economy and performance from turbocharged engines
- Ride quality expertly balances comfort and athleticism
- Many available advanced technology and safety features
- Roomy cabin with high-quality materials
- Touchscreen interface is confusing and slow to respond to inputs
- Overly vigilant forward collision warning system is frustrating
Redesigned just a year ago, the 2017 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 coupe and new hatchback body styles on offer for 2017, plus the new performance-focused Si and Type R variants.
An excellent all-arounder, the newest Civic drives well no matter which version you pick. Out on the highway, the Civic offers 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. No matter how you look at it, the 2017 Honda Civic is one of the best cars in its class.
What's it like to live with?
The Honda Civic has long been one of the better compact cars, but its 2016 redesign was nothing short of game-changing. Not only did it help revitalize the Civic nameplate, it shifted our expectations of what a compact car could be. This generation Civic is well regarded for its spacious cabin, excellent ride quality, upscale interior materials and superb handling. We're also smitten with its powerful and efficient turbocharged engine. We liked it so much, in fact, that we plunked down our own money to buy one. To read about our experiences with a top-of-the-line Touring sedan, read our long-term Civic test. Note that while we tested a 2016 Civic, all of our observations still apply to the 2017 model.
Edmunds' Expert Rating4.5 / 5
|Overall||4.5 / 5|
Noise & vibration3.5
Ease of use2.5
Getting in/getting out3.5
Which Civic does Edmunds recommend?
2017 Honda Civic models
The 2017 Honda Civic is a compact car offered as a sedan, coupe or hatchback. The sedan is available in six different trim levels: LX, EX, EX-T, EX-L, Touring and Si. There are also three hatchback-specific trims: Sport, Sport Touring and Type R.
Though it may be the base trim, the standard Civic LX comes with a lot of equipment for the money. Standard equipment includes a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (158 horsepower, 138 pound-feet of torque), a six speed manual transmission (a continuously variable transmission is also available), 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.
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 standard LX is nice enough, but if you'd like a bit more in-car tech and a few more basic creature comforts, then step up to the EX. The EX builds off the base LX, but it adds the CVT as standard along with a sunroof, heated side mirrors, a rear center armrest with cupholders, an eight-speaker audio system with dual USB ports, Honda's LaneWatch blind-spot camera, dynamic guidelines for the rearview camera, keyless ignition and entry with remote start, and a 7-inch touchscreen interface with satellite radio, Pandora compatibility, HondaLink smartphone integration and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration (including app-based navigation).
Stepping up to the EX-T gets you one of the Civic's best items, the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine (174 hp, 167 lb-ft). It also comes with a six-speed manual transmission as standard or an optional CVT (174 hp, 162 lb-ft). Thanks to impressive acceleration and big fuel economy numbers, the turbocharged four-cylinder is enough reason alone to buy an EX-T Civic or above, but the EX-T also adds foglights, dual-zone automatic climate control and heated front seats.
Right near the top of the heap is the EX-L, which gets the CVT and upgrades to leather upholstery, an eight-way power driver seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and an integrated navigation system.
The hatchback-only 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. You can get the Honda Sensing safety package as an option on the other Civic trim levels.
The Touring trim level (for the sedan) essentially comes with the same equipment as the Sport Touring hatchback, but the stereo has 10 speakers instead of 12.
The Si is a midlevel performance version of the Civic that comes as a coupe or sedan, both with a more powerful version of the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine (205 hp, 192 lb-ft). A six-speed manual is the only transmission offered. Standard equipment is similar to what Honda has on the EX-T trim, but you also get a sport-tuned suspension with adaptive dampers, bigger front brakes, a limited-slip front differential, a unique rear spoiler, Si branded seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, the 10-speaker stereo, and a unique instrument panel with faux carbon-fiber surfaces.
For detailed Civic Si information and driving impressions, please read our First Drive Si review.
At the top of the performance ladder for the Civic is the hatchback-only Type R. It is equipped much like the Sport Touring trim level, but it gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (306 hp, 285 lb-ft). Like the Si, it is only available with a six-speed manual transmission. Other additions include 20-inch wheels with high-performance tires, bigger front and rear brakes, a massive rear wing, a Type R-specific suspension with adaptive dampers, and special interior and exterior styling enhancements.
You can also learn more about the new Type R in our First Drive Type R review.
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Features & Specs
Our experts like the Civic models:
- Honda Sensing
- A safety package that adds adaptive cruise control, lane departure intervention, and forward collision warning with emergency braking.
- Top Safety Scores
- Both the government and the independent IIHS safety tests resulted in top ratings for the Civic in every possible category.
- Honda LaneWatch
- A blind-spot camera for the passenger side of the car, Honda LaneWatch helps you see the right side of your car for passing and merging maneuvers.
NHTSA Overall Rating5 out of 5 stars
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverall5 / 5
- Side Barrier RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront Seat5 / 5Back Seat5 / 5
- RolloverRollover5 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover9.5%
- Side Impact TestGood
- Roof Strength TestGood
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintGood
- IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front TestGood
Used 2017 Honda Civic Overview
The Used 2017 Honda Civic is offered in the following submodels: Civic Sedan, Civic Coupe, Civic Si, Civic Type R, Civic Hatchback, Civic Si w/Summer Tires. Available styles include LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), EX-T 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX-L 4dr Hatchback w/Navigation and Honda Sensing (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX-L 4dr Hatchback w/Navigation (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), LX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Si 2dr Coupe w/Summer Tires (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Si 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Si 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Si 4dr Sedan w/Summer Tires (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Type R 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), LX 4dr Hatchback w/Honda Sensing (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX 4dr Hatchback w/Honda Sensing (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX-T 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M), EX-L 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX-L 4dr Sedan w/Navigation (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX-T 4dr Sedan w/Honda Sensing (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), LX 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M), Sport Touring 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), LX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), LX-P 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl CVT), LX 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl CVT), LX 4dr Sedan w/Honda Sensing (2.0L 4cyl CVT), Touring 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX-T 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX-T 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), EX 4dr Sedan w/Honda Sensing (2.0L 4cyl CVT), and EX-L 4dr Sedan w/Honda Sensing (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT). Pre-owned Honda Civic models are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine or a 1.5 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 174 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2017 Honda Civic comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: continuously variable-speed automatic. The Used 2017 Honda Civic comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What's a good price on a Used 2017 Honda Civic?
Price comparisons for Used 2017 Honda Civic trim styles:
- The Used 2017 Honda Civic LX is priced between $16,477 and$25,998 with odometer readings between 4470 and142866 miles.
- The Used 2017 Honda Civic EX is priced between $19,990 and$26,998 with odometer readings between 25087 and127068 miles.
- The Used 2017 Honda Civic EX-T is priced between $19,998 and$26,998 with odometer readings between 8437 and112972 miles.
- The Used 2017 Honda Civic EX-L is priced between $18,900 and$27,998 with odometer readings between 12930 and121027 miles.
- The Used 2017 Honda Civic Touring is priced between $17,995 and$26,998 with odometer readings between 26666 and127692 miles.
- The Used 2017 Honda Civic Si is priced between $22,499 and$28,998 with odometer readings between 19368 and84670 miles.
- The Used 2017 Honda Civic Sport is priced between $19,999 and$25,998 with odometer readings between 26501 and91605 miles.
- The Used 2017 Honda Civic Sport Touring is priced between $23,391 and$27,998 with odometer readings between 30230 and85761 miles.
- The Used 2017 Honda Civic LX-P is priced between $20,998 and$22,590 with odometer readings between 38978 and82740 miles.
- The Used 2017 Honda Civic Type R is priced between $42,990 and$44,990 with odometer readings between 3300 and30498 miles.
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Should I lease or buy a 2017 Honda Civic?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.