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Edmunds' Expert Review
Travis Langness has worked in the automotive industry since 2011. He has written thousands of car-related articles and tested and reviewed hundreds of vehicles over the course of his career.
- 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
After a complete redesign just last year, the 2017 Honda Civic is back with a few key additions. A hatchback variant has been added to the lineup, and the available turbocharged engine makes a bit more power in that model. Honda is also bringing out two performance-focused Civics this year: the popular Si, now with turbocharged power, and the even more powerful Civic Type R, which boasts a tire-roasting 306 horsepower.
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.
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Cost to DriveCost to drive estimates for the 2017 Honda Civic LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) and comparison vehicles are based on 15,000 miles per year (with a mix of 55% city and 45% highway driving) and energy estimates of $3.56 per gallon for regular unleaded in Virginia.
Monthly estimates based on costs in Virginia
$133/mo for Civic LX
Avg. Midsize Car
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
The 2017 Civic has daring looks, turbocharged power and a spacious, technology-rich interior for you and your friends or even a few kids. In almost every configuration, the 2017 Honda Civic is one of our favorite vehicles in the small car class.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions, although trim levels share many aspects. The ratings in this review are based on our Full Test of the 2016 Honda Civic Touring Sedan (1.5L 4-cyl. turbo; CVT automatic). You can also get separate and detailed impressions in our First Drives of the Civic Si and Civic Type R.
|Overall||4.5 / 5|
The 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, available or standard on all but the base LX trim, is unusual in its sound and power delivery for a Honda engine, but it delivers best-in-class power and fuel economy. It's worth the extra money.
Some may dislike the nontraditional aspect of the CVT, but with the 1.5-liter turbo-four it contributes to a best-in-class 0-to-60 mph time of 6.7 seconds. It feels quick in real-world driving thanks to ample, steady low-end power. In contrast, the 2.0-liter paired with the CVT is a bit sluggish.
The days of underpowered, quickly fading Honda brakes are over. When we tested the Civic's emergency braking from 60 mph to a complete stop, it did it in a short 117 feet. In traffic, the brakes are firm and easily modulated, and the pedal has excellent feel.
There's less feel and feedback in this Civic than with past Honda steering, but by current class standards, it is very good. The steering wheel feels precise and natural, with spot-on, consistent weighting.
Around turns, body roll is controlled and left-right transitions are handled nicely. It feels playful, and there's a lot of freedom and control for the driver — its well-tuned stability system doesn't quash the fun. Grippier tires would make it even better.
The Civic's CVT simulates gears only in foot-to-floor acceleration (we didn't feel it otherwise), and its Sport mode could hold revs better up and down hills. Honda Sensing's collision warning system is hyperactive. Otherwise this car is pretty easy to drive.
Previous Civics were known for their loud cabins, firm rides and less-than-friendly seats for tall folks. No more with the newest Civic, which suddenly feels like a shrunken Accord. The improvements make it more well-rounded and as well-suited to long trips as short ones.
The available eight-way power driver seat offers a huge range of motion, making it very comfortable for a wide variety of driver heights. They are a bit firm, but they hold you in place well during cornering and they're good over long distances.
Like a German car, you feel every road imperfection in the Civic, but impacts are very well damped. Big undulations, especially mid-corner, are handled with impeccable control. Not one iota of float. It feels like a bigger, more refined car.
Noise & vibration3.5
The turbocharged engine has a very un-Honda-like growl to it, and the CVT causes a light drone when accelerating. Otherwise, wind and road noise is kept in check far better than the overly loud Hondas of the not-so-distant past.
Honda's touchscreen interface can be annoying to use, and those of most competitors are better. Beyond that, the Civic delivers a large, versatile cabin for both people and their things. The front center console design is extremely clever.
Ease of use2.5
The 7-inch touchscreen on most trims is easily reached (as all controls are), but it can be a bit maddening. There are confusing menus, too-small buttons and slow response times. Also, the transition between Apple/Android controls and the Honda system is convoluted.
Getting in/getting out3.5
The rear doors are wide and open wide, making it easy to climb in — or install a child seat. This most recent Civic sedan has more of a sloped roof than before, so be mindful of your head. We found no issues getting in or out up front. All of the doors are very light and open and close easily.
Thanks to highly adjustable seats, a standard tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and generally good seating position, it's easy to find a comfortable place to sit inside the Civic.
The Civic's large backseat means even 6-foot-tall adults can sit in both the front and backseat with sufficient leg- and headroom. The available eight-way power driver seat aids front seat room tremendously. Even with the optional sunroof, there's plenty of front headroom.
The newest Civic is less boxy than previous generations and the downward roof slant reduces rear quarter views slightly. Still a great view ahead, though. Big side mirrors and a standard rearview camera help out, too.
The Honda Civic we tested in Touring trim actually looks/feels more expensive than it is and challenges even Acura quality. All trims have top-notch materials everywhere (plus cloth or stitched imitation leather on center console) and typically tight Honda construction.
The 2017 Honda Civic has lots of space, and it uses it well. Everything is packaged in a way that you can store plenty of small items in the cabin as well as several large suitcases in the trunk.
The clever, multilevel and configurable center console has movable cupholders (sadly not anti-tip) and a smartly designed area for smartphones. All four doors have large pockets for small item storage as well.
The sedan's trunk measures a whopping 15.1 cubic feet. The opening for the trunk is wide (but not very tall), which makes it simple to load large items.
The Civic's no-knob volume system is always frustrating, and smartphone integration is also disappointing. We've also found reliability issues in our long-term test of the Civic's HondaLink system. What's more, the adaptive cruise control is a bit too quick to react in traffic.
Which Civic does Edmunds recommend?
Any 2017 Honda Civic powered by the superb turbocharged 1.5-liter engine will be a good choice by our standards. If you're looking for the most equipment for your money, the EX-T trim makes for quite a good value. It includes available features for the Civic such as remote start and the LaneWatch blind-spot camera. A base Civic such as the LX is certainly appealing, and the standard 2.0-liter engine is fine, but the extra power and fuel economy gained with the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine are worth the price.
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.
4.3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Former Acura TSX Owner
Dan S, 12/26/2016
2017 Honda Civic EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
My beloved 6-speed manual transmission TSX was over nine years old and enough little things were going wrong with it that it was time for a new car. With a house to remodel and kids in extracurricular activities I couldn't afford a luxury (or even sorta-luxury) performance sedan. So I was looking for a practical, reliable commuter car with an automatic transmission I could hand off to my … daughter in 5 years when it's paid off and she's 16. Being a Honda/Toyota guy this made me think about a Civic. I got the EX-L since I could at least get a nicer Civic in my price range. I was expecting a major step down from my TSX, but this Civic (which I viewed as a necessity/compromise and wasn't really excited to purchase) has slowly been impressing me. In Eco mode it's the gutless wonder you expect a Civic to be but if you really stomp on the gas or take it out of Eco mode or even put it in sport mode that combination of 1.5L turbo and CVT transmission make it go right now. The 6-speed stick shift was one of my favorite things about my TSX but this Civic always seems to be in the right gear and I don't notice any clunky downshifting or lag when I press the gas. Handling is good (Honda always does that better than Toyota IMO) but then of course that makes for a rougher ride. I drove on an old patch of the 57 and got shaken and stirred. That's when you know you're in a Civic the most. The interior is pretty nice. I'm 6'2" and I fit OK but to get the most out of the legroom I have to crank the back of the seat all the way down because it goes down and back at the same time. So I pretty much have to fall down into the seat. In the end I think I'll miss my TSX's driver's seat the most, especially it's lumbar support. Sitting so low is made up for by the excellent rear-view camera and right-mirror camera. I'm using Android Auto with the Civic and the Navi is GREAT, so don't shell out extra for Honda's navi. Google Play Music found my music and playlists on my phone with no work from me but it doesn't play my podcasts. It seems like it's possible, but I haven't figured it out yet (I used Rocket Player and Doggcatcher before but Android Auto won't "channel" them through the car). Speaking of music, I'm iffy on the stereo system. The Civic has lots of speakers and very clear sound but not much oomph on the low end. I've turned down the treble, turned up the bass and shifted the balance rearward but it's still not as good as default settings were on my TSX. Interior storage cubbies are weird but plentiful. There's room for your cups, phone, sunglasses, gum, etc. but it may be down a cave and around a corner and a little dangerous to try to get at while you are driving. Overall I like this car. It doesn't come with a lot of bragging rights (I'm a 42-year old family man, though... In my twenties I probably would have been a LOT more proud of it) but my wife really likes having a fun-to-drive car back in the family for her (she doesn't drive stick and our other car is a minivan) and the best compliment I can give this Civic is that given its relative comfort (as long as my youngest can still fit behind me) and WAY better gas mileage than the minivan, it has become the weekend family commuter car, so long as we're not going to Costco or Home Depot. I wasn't expecting that to happen. I thought the Civic would be too small and too dull to want to drive any more than necessary but it has turned out to be a great not-so-little family car and it's getting lots of use. Two end notes: 1. Sorry this review has no paragraph breaks, the online form is not allowing me to hit enter. 2. Gas mileage includes driving over hills to work every day.
5 out of 5 stars
The 2017 EX-T Manual is a fun to drive car!
Roger W., 01/01/2017
2017 Honda Civic EX-T 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
This is a great car! I prefer a manual transmission, and I was happy to see that it was available in a middle of the line vehicle. I test drove a CVT version of EX-T and I liked it. I told the dealer I'd prefer a manual and they located one for me. When I got to drive the manual version, it felt much lighter, and felt like it had a lot more power than the CVT version! It snowed in my … area the day after I purchased the vehicle and this car did great in the snow and ice without traction devices! I think that the manual transmission gives me a lot more control and that with front wheel drive really helps in snow/ice conditions. I am impressed with the interior of the car, the controls, and the information/entertainment display. I use Andriod Auto and that allows me to use Google Maps on the cars display, use Pandora or other apps, take/make phone calls, get weather reports, and other information through my phone on the car's display, or with automated voice! I really like the camera mounted on the passenger side mirror, when I turn on the right turn signal the camera shows me what's on that side of the car eliminating any blind spot! I highly recommend this car, I think the EX-T is the best value in the Civic line, and I would buy it again! Accessories I got include All season floor mats, 2 cargo hooks, trunk tray, body side molding, wheel locks, illuminated interior, and rear bumper applique. Update: I have had the car for almost 7 months now, and I still give the car 5 stars! I use it as a daily driver, and I have taken it on a few vacation road trips. One of them was more than 500 miles each way. It did great through the desert, the mountains, and everything in between. I would buy this car again. If you are looking for a economy sedan that's fun to drive (especially the manual transmission version) , this might be exactly what you're looking for! Update: I have had the car for almost 19 months now, and I again give the car 5 stars! I still use it as a daily driver, and I would buy the car again. Highly recommended!
4 out of 5 stars
2017 Honda Civic LX Sedan 6sp Manual
Paul Carrion, 09/05/2017
2017 Honda Civic LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M)
So far I have put on 1100 plus miles and have no complaints. The car handles well and is roomy (I'm 6'2") with plenty of space for passengers. I think the price I paid was fair and I would do business with my dealer again. Lots of cargo room too. The 6sp manual transmission is quick and responsive and fun to drive. Update: so now I have put close to 7500 miles on the Honda without any … problems. It has snowed several times and my Civic handles it great. Using full synthetic oil means I still have 30% of oil life left at 7500 miles. One complaint is that after getting a car wash (power wash) my capless gas door got water inside and froze shut. I did not notice this until I needed gas. I had to force the gas nozzle into my tank. No damage and I have not had any additional problems with it once the weather warmed. Overall, I am still very happy with my Honda Civic and would but it again. Update: I now have 13,500 miles and have no complaints. Everything is working great and nothing has failed. After thinking about my one complaint about the gas door, I think it was because of the type of car wash I went through, a high-pressure water wash. I think a normal wash will not have this issue. We will see this coming winter. Update: at 19800 miles I'm still not having any issues with my Civic. Everything works and I've had no issues. Update: at 41000 miles I'm not having any major issues with the Civic. The only thing that is a problem is the factory tires are not very good and slip in snow and wet conditions. I plan on getting a new brand before winter 2020 and hopefully get better results. Update: 55,000 miles and the car is running strong. I did get new tires about 9 months ago and it performs better but still has problems in heavy rain or snow. Otherwise, everything is tip-top. I may just have to get snow tires in the winter. Update: Just hit 70,000 miles and have not had any major issues. Replaced the battery about 2 years ago. Maybe at 55,000 miles. Not because it died just a dealer test / recommendation. The car still sucks in the rain or snow, but you just have to slow down. I haven't had to put any big money into it. Still on my original brakes. Still fun to drive. Would buy it again. Funny how it was "worth" $17,300 a couple of months ago but that's just the current market. Update: 76,500 miles. No issues. Would buy it again. Still have the original brakes.
5 out of 5 stars
Four Civic Lessons
Larry Y., 03/30/2017
2017 Honda Civic EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
We, my wife and I have always drove Hondas. This is our fourth iteration of the Civic. Test drove the EX-T 1.5L Turbo and the one we settled on was the 2.0 EX Sedan. To tell you the truth, not a huge difference in acceleration and performance between the 1.5T and 2.0. Just a 1mpg difference between the two engines. The 2.0 accelerates well from a stop as well as on the freeway and … passing maneuvers. Never worried about merging with traffic, CVT performs well and always in the correct ratio when needed. Even in ECO mode, performance is diminished some, but transmission/engine will engage when needed for passing etc. The 7.0" Center Dash Digital Display takes a while to understand. A little slow on input response, but works fine. Cloth interior on center console, and armrests etc. gets soiled very easily and material feels a bit flimsy. Not sure how well it will hold up, time will tell. From our first CVCC, to our 1988, then 2002, to our current 2017. Lesson learned, always stick with an reliable, well engineered car! Wife loves it...oh btw, we purchased the white orchid pearl color, nice...
2017 Honda Civic videos
[MUSIC PLAYING] CARLOS LAGO: That's the new Honda Civic Si. It's got a one and a half liter turbo engine and a six speed manual, and we're going to show you how to drive it fast in a straight line. [TIRES SQUEALING] Now you may think doing acceleration tests in the Civic SI would be similar to the Type R, but the only similarity, really, is that we have a six speed in front drive and a turbocharged car. This is an entirely different engine. It's a one and a half liter, and it's an entirely different front suspension design. And we'll see how that changes as we do some acceleration testing. The first thing that we're going to do, as always, is just our baseline acceleration run. Stability control is on, and we'll see what we can do. All right. [TIRES SPINNING] So a little bit of scratch. [TIRES SPINNING] A little bit of scratching to second gear, too. [BEEP] This redlines at 6,500 RPM, but power seems to fall off right past 6,000 so I'm probably going have to short shift. I've got the display for the VBox right here, so I'll check the acceleration. And that is a raw result of 7.6 to 60 and a 16.02 at the quarter mile at 90 miles an hour. I've checked test numbers for this. This should be in the mid six's. We'll see how we can do that, if we can do that. For a number two, I'm going to defeat stability control and traction control as much as it will let me, and we'll see how that helps. I'm going to bring up the revs to, let's say, 2000 RPM, maybe 2,500 RPM so it doesn't bog but we don't get too much wheel spin. And let's see what happens. [TIRES SPINNING] So OK. That felt good. Then I'm going to short shift at six. [BEEP] And that's already made a dramatic improvement. You can really shift this gearbox quick, which is nice. And we'll ease off at 100 indicated there. [BEEP] So run number two, we've already dropped the raw zero to 60 time to 6.9 seconds and the quarter mile to 15.4 at 93 miles an hour. So I've already made some progress. That launch felt really good at about 2,500 RPM thereabouts. I might bump up the RPM a little bit more, but the issue is you may run into some more wheel spin at that time. Overall feels good. You can really shift this transmission quickly. In the type R, I was getting a little bit of hesitation going from two to three if I shifted too aggressively. This I can really shift quick. And though the stability control doesn't come completely off, it is allowing a nice amount of wheel spin at the start. For this run, I'm actually going to turn on sport mode. I totally forgot to do that in previous runs, though I don't think it'll make that much of a difference. All, as I understand, it does is firm up the adaptive dampers, or firm up the range that they work at, and make the gas pedal a little bit more sharp. Let's give it a try. [TIRES SPINNING] Oh, bogged a little bit, but we got sport mode this time. Scratched into second, though it feels like there's a little bit of traction intervention when that happens. And that's something I also remember the Type R doing. A little bit of intervention to quell the wheel spin. [BEEP] And we're just getting slower. So I think that's a combination of the engine bogging by the RPM being like 50 to 100 RPM lower than it was on the best run so far. Sport mode didn't make a difference. And I felt the engine having power pulled from the ECU as I went into second gear, after I scratched the front tires into second gear. OK, I'll do one more run just to see if I can back up the best run I've gotten so far. And it's just a matter of hitting that launch RPM the right way. [TIRES SPINNING] This feels good. [TIRES SPINNING] That feels good. I saw that stability control intervention again. Don't slow me down, car. I'm trying to make you go fast. Don't slow me down. So-- hey. It backed up the fast run. Uncorrected, 6.85 to 60 and the quarter mile 15.29 at 93.6. We'll get those numbers corrected with rollout applied and see what that actually does. And that feels decent. I wish the computer didn't inhibit acceleration to second gear, but overall decent performance from 200 horsepower front drive and a vehicle that's intended to be cornered roughly. Nice stuff. All right. I'm on the Edmund's Handling Test Loop. This is kind of like the Simulate A country back road, so it's not a completely at-the-limit handling experience. Although we might get close. I've got stability control in the least aggressive or the most sporty setting, and I'm in sport mode. We've got about 200 horsepower, 200 pound feet of torque, and we're going to take a handful labs here to-- and talk about the way this front drive little sporty car handles. A couple of things I notice immediately. This is a small displacement turbocharged engine, and it packs the bulk of its power in the mid-range. It seems to be out of thrust by about 6,000 RPM. On top of that, it's a largely quiet engine, especially at low RPMs. You can hear a bit more of it as I get to like 6,000 RPM or so, but it's pretty much a quiet engine. The handling feels really good so far. This feels like a mature coupe, a very stable, controlled body. It's able with dealing with a decent amount of speed fairly well, and it stays balanced. In fact, it induces a little bit of slew. And that means a slight amount of rotation from the rear that feels enjoyable. It's a very small amount, but I can adjust this vehicle's behavior with drop throttle, over steer, or by using the brakes, and that's a nice feeling. I'd say as much as I like the way this vehicle handles, I'm a little bit disappointed with this one and a half liter engine. One is the amount that the revs hang between shifts. That's something I can demonstrate on the back straight as we get to it in a minute. You can hear it, though. It's just this sort of reluctant [WHINE] fall. I'll go down to second gear and I'll full throttle, up shift-- wait. There we go. And it takes seconds in order to drive smoothly to change gear. The issue is Honda's made such a pleasing shifter, and it's such a nice light clutch that you can really rush, that when the engine requires you to wait like that just to hit the right RPM it kind of defeats the purpose of having such a sweet clutch and shifter. The other thing that I am noticing and I'm not a big fan of is the fact that I cannot turn off stability control. It's always there. Even when I have the most aggressive mode I can put it in, there's always a little bit of brake grabbing and stability intervention. And that's something on a philosophical level I disagree with. Honda masks it fairly well, especially in this circumstance. But on roads that are really rough that you're going fast down, you can sometimes get some intervention and it can be quite extreme. I want to be able to turn it off myself. So the Civic Si-- it's got some really good qualities. I think the handling is very, very pleasing. It's almost adult-like in terms of how a sports cars should feel. It doesn't handle as wild as it looks, but it is very enjoyable to throw around. Unfortunately, the engine comes up short if you enjoy the way traditional Honda engines sound. And you may live with that if you enjoy the low RPM delivery of torque this engine has. But the thing that really kills it for me is the undefeatable stability control, and that's something you simply can't fix. Thank you guys for watching. If you want to see more videos like this one, keep it tuned right here and be sure to visit edmunds.com. [MUSIC PLAYING]
2017 Honda Civic Si Track Test
Edmunds' Senior Writer Carlos Lago heads to the test track to see how fast the 2017 Honda Civic Si will go in a straight line! He also takes it through a few corners for good measure, too. How good is the new Civic Si as a complete package and do you really need that Civic Type R?… Watch this video, to get some answers.
2017 Civic Highlights
|Combined MPG||32 MPG|
|Cost to Drive||$133/month|
|Cargo Capacity |
All Seats In Place
|Drivetrain||front wheel drive|
|Warranty||3 years / 36,000 miles|
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
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
- 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%
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
- Small Overlap Front Driver-Side TestGood
- Small Overlap Front Passenger-Side TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front Test – OriginalGood
- Moderate Overlap Front Test – UpdatedNot Tested
- Side Impact Test – OriginalGood
- Side Impact Test – UpdatedNot Tested
- Roof Strength TestGood
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintGood