2017 Honda Civic Type R
- 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
- Overly vigilant forward collision warning system is frustrating
- Touchscreen interface is confusing and slow to respond to inputs
Which Civic does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4.5 / 5
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.
Trim levels & features
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.
Noise & vibration3.5
Ease of use2.5
Getting in/getting out3.5
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.
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Civic safety features:
- 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.
2017 Honda Civic Type R for Sale
Redesigned just a year ago, the 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 a sporty coupe, a new Civic hatchback, and the performance-focused Civic Si and Type R on the way, too. No matter how you look at it, the 2017 Honda Civic is one of the best cars in its class.
We also think you'll like the way the newest Civic drives. Around turns, you'll feel as if you have great control through the car's steering and grip; it's an entertaining car to drive and have some fun. Out on the highway, the Civic earns high marks, too, with 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.
Before going all-in on a new Civic, though, there are still some excellent competitors to consider. The 2017 Mazda 3 is also one of our favorites. Like the Civic, it offers a classy interior, excellent fuel economy and sporty driving characteristics. If in-car tech is one of your top priorities, the 2017 Ford Focus with its superior Sync 3 infotainment system is worth a look. And if you want to eschew all those and go with something inexpensive that's packed with value, take a look at the 2017 Kia Forte. Overall, though, the 2017 Honda Civic sits right at the top of our list. No search for a compact car will be complete without it.
Performance and MPG
The front-wheel-drive 2017 Honda Civic comes with a four-cylinder engine, but the exact type varies depending on the trim level you pick. The base engine for the sedan and the coupe is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 158 hp and 138 pound-feet of torque. It's paired to either a six-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that functions like an automatic.
With the coupe, EPA-estimated fuel economy stands at 32 mpg combined (28 city/39 highway) for the manual, while the CVT gets an estimated 34 mpg combined (30 city/39 highway). In the sedan, when the 2.0-liter engine is paired with the manual, it's rated at 32 mpg combined (28 city/40 highway) and with the CVT it's rated at 34 mpg combined (31 city/40 highway).
Optional for the coupe and sedan but standard for the hatchback is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder paired to either a CVT or a six-speed manual transmission. Horsepower and torque vary depending on the transmission pairing and trim level.
In the hatchback, when paired with the CVT in the LX, EX and EX-L, the 1.5-liter engine is rated at 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. With the manual transmission in the LX, horsepower remains the same, but torque goes up to 167 lb-ft. Go with the CVT in the Sport and Sport Touring and the 1.5-liter engine makes 180 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. The Sport hatchback with the six-speed manual transmission is rated at 180 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque.
In Edmunds testing, a Civic Touring coupe with the 1.5-liter engine (and CVT) sprinted from zero to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds, while a Touring sedan with the same engine was able to do it in 6.7 seconds. Both times are very quick for a small car in this class.
Fuel economy for the turbocharged Civics is actually slightly better but also varies slightly depending on whether you go with the coupe, sedan or hatchback. There is a different EPA fuel economy estimate for each engine/transmission combo and for every body style (coupe/sedan/hatchback). Generally, though, EPA combined fuel economy estimates range from 30 to 36 mpg combined with the 1.5-liter engine.
Standard safety equipment on the 2017 Honda Civic includes stability control, antilock disc brakes, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and a rearview camera. Starting with the EX trim, a right-side blind-spot camera (LaneWatch) is also standard, as is the HondaLink system, which also includes emergency crash notification.
Optional safety equipment for the Civic includes the Honda Sensing safety package, which adds adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane departure intervention, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
We've found the forward collision warning system to be a bit oversensitive in real-life driving; it frequently sets off the dashboard "Brake!" alarm in instances where other such systems aren't as prone to react. The adaptive cruise control also feels a bit too quick to react, putting on the brakes, too slow to speed back up again and generally not very good at maintaining a constant speed.
In Edmunds testing, a Civic Touring sedan came to a stop from 60 mph in 117 feet, a few feet shorter than average. A Touring coupe did the same simulated panic stop from 60 mph in just 113 feet, which is much shorter than class averages and closer to the performance of a sports car than a compact economy car.
In government safety testing, all three Civic models (the coupe, sedan and hatchback) received five stars (out of a possible five) for overall crash protection. The Civic coupe received four out of five stars for front-crash protection and five stars for side-crash protection. Both the hatchback and the sedan received five stars for front- and side-crash protection.
When the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the Civic, both the sedan and the coupe received top marks for safety. Both models received the IIHS' top score of Good for the small-overlap and moderate-overlap front-impact tests as well as a Good score for the side-impact, roof strength and head restraint/seat (whiplash protection) tests. Notably, the optional safety equipment on the Civic received the IIHS' top score of Superior for front-crash prevention.
Now in the second year of its most recent successful redesign, the 2017 Honda Civic has once again proven that it is a go-to choice among compact sedans. Not only does the Civic offer a roomy cabin, great highway comfort and lots of standard features, it also has class-leading acceleration and excellent EPA fuel economy ratings.
Contrary to what you'd expect in a small car, the 2017 Civic's interior is quite spacious, with plenty of room in the trunk to handle whatever you throw in it. The interior feels more upscale than most compact cars, with excellent cabin construction and high-quality materials, all of which are pleasing to the eye.
Just like the beautiful interior design and build quality, the 2017 Civic's ride quality and handling have also been well thought out. The Civic expertly rides that fine line between a composed ride and superb handling around corners. The steering feedback is great too, allowing for an enjoyable experience when you get it on a winding back road.
True to the brand’s reputation for value, the 2017 Civic returns excellent fuel economy. The six-speed manual and automatic versions of the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter engine provide an EPA estimated 32 mpg combined (28 mpg city/40 mpg highway) and 34 mpg combined (31 city/40 highway), respectively. The available 1.5-liter turbocharged engine provides more power and boasts even more impressive ratings, with the manual returning 35 mpg combined (31 city/42 highway) and the automatic 36 mpg combined (32 city/42 highway).
On the technology front, Honda has packed in great options, including smartphone integration and the Honda Sensing forward collision warning system. There are some tech quibbles, however. The adaptive cruise control is slow to respond and that forward collision warning system is slightly oversensitive, both of which can be frustrating for drivers. The touchscreen interface proves to be less intuitive than desired and can lag in response to input.
Despite a few minor technological drawbacks on the inside, the 2017 Honda Civic is a great car overall. It's at the top of its class when it comes to acceleration and fuel economy, and the interior comfort, ride and excellent overall build quality more than make up for any downsides the car may have. Any seasoned Honda buyer will consider this a no-brainer.
If you're considering the 2017 Honda Civic and the sedan isn't really your speed, Honda has some great options for you. There’s a sporty coupe, a new Civic hatchback and the performance-oriented Civic Si. And the racy, much anticipated Type R is on its way. Clearly, there is a Civic for everyone.
Aside from the different body styles, the Civic also comes in a few different trim levels depending on personal preference and budget. The LX is the base trim, continuing onward to the EX, EX-T, EX-L and Touring trims. The EX offers more features than the standard base trim, while the EX-L moves toward a more luxury package. Edmunds can help you find the perfect 2017 Honda Civic to suit your needs.
2017 Honda Civic Type R Overview
The 2017 Honda Civic Type R is offered in the following styles: , and Type R 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M).
What do people think of the 2017 Honda Civic Type R?
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