2017 Honda Civic

MSRP $19,540 - $26,600

Ranked #2 in Compact Sedan

8.5

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2017 Honda Civic Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 23, 2021

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Redesigned for the previous model year, the 2017 Honda Civic is an excellent all-rounder and will offer a coupe and sedan with the new powertrain combining the powerful and efficient 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with a six-speed manual transmission. The base engine 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine carries over with a standard manual transmission, while both engine options can be paired with the available CVT. The compact sedan has excellent fuel economy and class-leading acceleration, both at the same time. The 2017 Civic comes with a starting price of $18,740 and goes all the way up to $26,600, which is $100 more than the previous year's pricing.

The Civic nameplate has re-established itself as the best-selling compact sedan and there are multiple causes to it. From a city drive to a highway cruising, Civic offers a composed ride quality and engaging driving dynamics. The 2017 Honda Civic sedan will be offered in multiple trim levels from LX to Touring, all packed with the latest technology, from smartphone integration to advanced safety features. The Civic's interior is roomy, comfortable, and filled with upscale materials. For buyers looking for something livelier than the sedan, Honda offers a new Civic hatchback for 2017, plus the new performance focussed Si and Type R models. The Civic sedan competes with Chevrolet Cruze and Ford Focus S.

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Pros

Class-leading Fuel Economy

Exceptional performance from the turbocharged engine

Comfotable Ride Quality and handling

Large cargo space

Roomy cabin with high-quality material

Cons

The touchscreen interface is difficult to use

Forward collision system is little too frustrating

What's New?

Standard 6-Speed manual transmission for EX-T

New hatchback body style

Sportier Si model returns for 2017


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24800

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

170 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

91 cu.in.

horsepower

174 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

162 lb.-ft. @ 1700 rpm

transmission

Continuously variable speed Automatic

dimensions

wheelbase

106 in.

length

182 in.

width

71 in.

height

56 in.

curb weight

2917 lbs.

ground clearance

6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

95 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

32/36/42 mpg

highway range

520.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

LX$19,540 onwards

EX$21,140 onwards

EX-T$21,500 onwards

EX-L$23,800 onwards

Touring$26,600 onwards

Colors and Styles

2017 Honda Civic in Aegean Blue Metallic color
Aegean Blue Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.6

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

8.2

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.5

8.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.5

Overall Rating


The 2017 Honda Civic is a part of the 10th generation introduced in 2016. With this redesigned model, Honda has revived its Civic status to an excellent all-rounder which is exciting and practical. The redesigned exterior sparks interest while the interior offers more passenger and cargo room. The improved Civic offers more space in the rear seat but the sloping roofline makes it slightly harder to get in and out for tall passengers.

With above-average EPA Fuel Economy ratings, the Civic's engines deliver a modest punch with spirited driving experience. Though some complaint about Civic's light steering, the 2017 Honda rises to be the top contender in the compact segment.


8.0/10
Features

8.6/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.2/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.5/10
Safety


2017 Honda Civic Features

8.0/10

The 2017 Civic sedan comes in five trim levels: LX, EX, EX-T, EX-L, and Touring. The MSRP for the base Civic starts at $18,740 and goes up to $26,600 for the top-end Touring trim. Honda offers varied configurations of the front-wheel-drive Civic, having a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. You can upgrade to a zippier turbocharged four-cylinder option and/or CVT automatic transmission.

Trim LX EX EX-T EX-L Touring
MSRP (Manual/FWD) $18,740 - $21,500 - -
MSRP (CVT/FWD) $19,540 $21,140 $22,300 $23,800 $26,600
Key Features LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) A multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines Underbody spoiler kit Center outlet dual exhaust system Automatic-dimming rearview mirror Dual-mode paddle shifters 18-inch alloy wheels
  One-touch turn indicators Projector-beam halogen headlights with auto-on/off Honda LaneWatcH Heated front seats and side mirrors Fog lights Textured aluminum pedals Driver’s seat with 8-way power adjustment Side mirrors with integrated LED turn indicators
  Rear window wiper/washer with heated wiper zone Fog lights One-touch power moonroof with tilt feature The automatic climate control system Leather-trimmed seats Leather-wrapped steering wheel Underbody spoiler kit Center outlet dual exhaust system
  A body-colored rear roofline spoiler Smart Entry with push-button start Power windows with auto-up/down driver’s and front passenger’s windows Leather-wrapped shift knob Honda Rain-sensing windshield wipers LED headlights (low & high beam) with auto-on/off
  Fin-type roof-mounted antenna The dual-zone automatic climate control system illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls Satellite-Linked Navigation Textured aluminum pedals Heated outboard rear seats
  An automatic climate control system USB Audio Interface (front and center console) Tilt and telescopic steering column A system with voice recognition and Front passenger’s seat with 4-way power adjustment 540-watt premium audio system with 12 speakers, including subwoofer
  Power windows with auto-up/down driver’s and front passenger’s windows 7-inch Display with touch-screen Capless fuel filler Honda HD Digital Traffic Standard Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive features
  Illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls HondaLink®15 5-inch color LCD screen One-touch power moonroof with tilt feature  
  Tilt and telescopic steering column Apple CarPlayTM16 Bluetooth to HandsFreeLink and streaming audio USB Audio Interface (front) Smart Entry with push-button start Dual-zone automatic climate control system  
  Capless fuel filler 5-inch color LCD screen Android AutoTM3 SiriusXM Radio17 HD Radio   USB Audio Interface (front and center  
  Bluetooth to HandsFreeLink and streaming audio USB Audio Interface(front)        

Talking of the tech and convenience features, the base LX trim has LED daytime running lights, automatic climate control, cruise control, a rearview camera, a four-speaker audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth, and a 5-inch infotainment screen.

Moving onto the EX and higher trim levels upgrade to a 7-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The mid-level EX-T adds the turbocharged engine and dual-zone automatic climate control. Next-in-line EX-L further adds leather upholstery, and the most equipped Touring gets the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety features, as well as satellite-linked navigation.

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Honda Civic EX-T trim offers the best equipment for the money and is the most valuable option. It is available with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces more power and also scores well in the EPA fuel economy test. It also comes with a six-speed manual transmission as standard or an optional CVT. The EX-T trim is packed with many standard features like automatic climate control, tilt and telescopic steering column adjustment, and different exterior styling.

2017 Honda Civic Engine and Performance

8.6/10

"A big part of the 2017 Honda Civic's winning formula is the way it combines practicality, efficiency and everyday comfort with 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." – Kelley Blue Book  

2017 Civic Engine and Transmission

The 2017 Honda Civic's 2.0L four-cylinder engine makes 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel-drive and 6-speed manual transmission is standard while an automatic CVT is available. Honda offers a new powertrain for 2017, the 174 hp turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine available or standard on all but the base LX trim. The engine is powerful and fuel-efficient, proving to be worth the extra money.

Honda's engine is powerful, refined, and efficient, more so in each case than in nearly every competitor. There is little to no engine vibration, while the CVT is the best ever and barely makes its presence known.

Models 2017 Honda Civic LX 2017 Ford Focus S 2017 Chevrolet Cruze L 2017 Kia Forte LX
MSRP $18,740 $16,775 $16,975 $17,600
Engine 2.0L I-4 DOHC 16-Valve 2.0L I-4 GDI Ti-VCT Flex Fuel 1.4L turbo DOHC 4-cylinder 2.0L I4 DOHC D-CVVT MPI
Transmission 6-speed manual 5-Speed Manual 6-speed Manual 6-Speed Automatic
Horsepower 158 hp 160 hp 153 hp 147 hp
Torque 138 lb-ft 146 lb-ft. 177 lb-ft. 132 lb-ft.

Comparing the Civic sedan with its obvious American rival, Chevrolet Cruze, results came out to be pretty impressive and in favor of the JDM hero. Although the Civic comes with a window sticker price a couple of grand more than the Cruze, Civic proves its worth with more power, better acceleration and engaging driving dynamics While the 6-Speed manual transmission seems standard in this category of cars, Focus S falls under others’ shadow with its 5-speed manual transmission.

2017 Civic 0-60 mph and Quarter-mile Acceleration

Some may dislike the traditional CVT but the 1.5-liter turbo-four enables the Civic to a best-in-class 0-to-60 mph time of 6.7 seconds. It has ample low-end power and feels consistent while the 2.0-liter paired with the CVT is a bit sluggish. With 8.6 seconds 0-60 mph time, the base Civic LX isn't that impressive in terms of acceleration.

Models 2017 Honda Civic LX 2017 Ford Focus S 2017 Chevrolet Cruze L 2017 Kia Forte LX
0-60 MPH 8.6 sec 6.2 sec 8.1 sec 6.6 sec
Quarter mile 15.8 sec 14.9 sec 16.2 sec 15.2 sec
Top Speed 125 mph 121 mph 130 mph 122 mph
Engine 2.0L 2.0L 1.4L 2.0L

For even sportier acceleration, Honda's Civic Si enhances the turbocharged engine output to 205 horsepower. The new Type R features a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine making 306 horsepower, which takes the thrill to the next level.

2017 Civic Ride and Handling

The driving experience in the Honda Civic feels just right, not too harsh not too stiff. The 2017 Civic sedan's steering has less feedback than the past Honda steering but it is very good as per current class standards. The steering is precise with consistent writing. Around the corners, the body roll is under control. Driving a Civic sedan offers an athletic experience with a well-tuned stability system. 

The Civic is pretty easy to drive and its CVT simulates traditional gears. In Sport mode, the car could hold revs better up and downhills. To sum up the driving experience, the car is enjoyable in many other ways.

2017 Civic Braking Distance and Performance

The new Honda Civic comes with 11.1-inch front brake rotors and 10.2-inch rear brake rotors, establishing a new norm of powerful Honda brakes that do not fade quickly. The Civic's panic braking from 60 mph to a complete stop came in a short 117 feet. In town, the brakes are firm, and the pedal has an excellent feel.

Model 2017 Honda Civic LX 2017 Ford Focus S 2017 Chevrolet Cruze L 2017 Kia Forte LX
Brake Front 11.1" 10.9" 10.8" 11"
Brake Rear 10.2" 9.0" 10.5" 10.3"
Curb Weight 2742 lbs. 2935 lbs. 2835 lbs. 2804 lbs.
60-0 MPH Distance 117 ft. 117 ft. 121 ft. 120 ft.

The Civic sedan has one of the lowest curb weights in the segment and almost the biggest rotors. Honda has improved the Civic's braking performance which now does not result in early fading. Starting from the 2016 model, Civic is a no-brainer choice for those who want an all-around performance.

2017 Honda Civic Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The Civic’s fuel economy ratings are superlative, besting even the Corolla and Elantra in Eco modes. The base 2.0-liter engine in the first two trim levels gets a rating of 31/41 mpg with the CVT and 27/40 with the manual while the more powerful 174 hp turbocharged engine gets 31/42 mpg. One thing that Honda can be proud of in its Civic Sedan, apart from great sales in the American market, is its fuel economy.

Model 2017 Honda Civic LX 2017 Ford Focus S 2017 Chevrolet Cruze L 2017 Kia Forte LX
MPG (city) 27 25 28 29
MPG (highway) 40 34 39 38
MPG (combined) 32 28 32 32

Honda Civic Sedan gets a fuel tank capacity of 12.4 gallons. This brings the combined fuel economy to 32 mpg, which is one of the best in this comparison. Although Cruze and Forte also manage to offer a combined fuel mileage of 32 mpg, Focus S again falls behind others with its 28 mpg combined.

2017 Honda Civic Interior

8.2/10

“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.”- Edmunds

2017 Civic Seating and Comfort

The 2017 Civic sedan can accommodate 5 people comfortably. Thankfully the longer wheelbase than the previous generation manages to provide amazing space inside the cabin. The Civic's large rear seat offers enough room for even 6-foot-tall adults to sit while both the rows have sufficient leg- and headroom. If you opt for the available eight-way power driver seat, the front seat room increases. There's plenty of front headroom even if you get the Civic with the sunroof.

As for standard equipment, the seats are highly adjustable, while the tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel enables a good seating position. The top-of-the-line Touring trim looks expensive from the inside, though all trims have upscale materials used. 

Model 2017 Honda Civic LX 2017 Ford Focus S 2017 Chevrolet Cruze L 2017 Kia Forte LX
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.3/57.0/42.3 38.3/55.6/41.9 38.9/54.9/42.0 39.1/56.1/42.2
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 37.1/55.0/37.4 38.0/53.7/33.2 37.3/53.2/36.1 37.3/54.9/35.9

 Interior Features

  • Automatic Climate Control System
  • Power Windows with Auto-Up/Down Front Passenger's Windows
  • Cruise Control
  • Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column
  • Center Console with Sliding Armrest
  • Rear-Seats Heater Duct
  • Rear Window Defroster with Timer
  • Illuminated Steering Wheel-Mounted Controls
  • Push Button Start

2017 Civic Infotainment system and Features

Honda Civic comes with a standard 5-inch touch screen infotainment screen with a four-speaker audio system, a USB port, and Bluetooth. The EX and higher trim levels have a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The available touchscreen is large and offers clear graphics. However, the touch-based volume controls are slow to respond. Honda’s infotainment systems are a problem for most buyers. There’s no physical volume button however, the steering mounted controls come in handy.

Key Infotainment Features: 

  • 160-Watt Audio System with 4 Speakers
  • 5-Inch Color LCD Screen
  • Bluetooth HandsFreeLink
  • Bluetooth Streaming Audio
  • SMS Text Message Function
  • MP3/Windows Media Audio (WMA) Playback Compatibility
  • Radio Data System
  • Speed-Sensitive Volume Control

2017 Civic Trunk Space

The 2017 Civic offers excellent cargo capacity in its class. Rated at 15.1 cubic feet, the trunk space has vastly improved after the redesign last year. The opening of the trunk is wide, which makes it easier to load large items.

Model 2017 Honda Civic LX 2017 Ford Focus S 2017 Chevrolet Cruze L 2017 Kia Forte LX
Trunk Volume 15.1 ft.3 13.2 ft.3 14.8 ft.3 14.9 ft.3

For those looking for the most cargo space in Civic, should opt for the Civic Hatchback which has 25.7 cubic feet of space behind the backseat. In comparison to the sedan rivals, the Civic is the top contender while the Ford Focus has the lowest cargo space of 13.2 cubic feet.

As for the small storage options, Civic has it covered with an ergonomic and configurable center console that has movable cupholders and an area for smartphones. There are large pockets on all four doors for small item storage as well.

2017 Honda Civic Exterior

8.0/10

“Sedan and coupe models are arguably the most beautiful, though the new hatchback stands out. Ironically, the sedans and coupes could be mistaken for fastbacks with their elegantly sloping rear roofs.” – Kelley Blue Book

2017 Civic Exterior Design, Dimensions, and Weight

The 10th generation Civic Sedan comes with a longer body length than before, which is even longer than a few of its competitors. At 182.3 inches, Civic is almost 4 inches longer than the Focus and 3 inches longer than the Kia Forte while it still stands an inch and a half shorter than the Chevrolet Cruze. The body Width of all these cars stays similar within the range of 70 to 72 inches, offering more than enough room inside the cabin. The redesigned Civic sedan’s shape and styling have a high turn-around quotient and even reminds me of elegant four-door Germans like the Audi.

The body height of the Civic is 55.7 inches, again it is similar to other cars in the range but its sloping roofline impedes the rear headroom. The Civic comes with a long wheelbase at 106.3 inches to support its long body. Honda Civic Sedan with relatively large dimensions than before results in a better cabin and cargo space. 

Model 2017 Honda Civic LX 2017 Ford Focus S 2017 Chevrolet Cruze L 2017 Kia Forte LX
Curb weight 2742 lbs. 2935 lbs. 2835 lbs. 2804 lbs.
Length 182.3" 178.5" 183.7" 179.5"
Width 70.8" 71.8" 70.5" 70.1"
Height 55.7" 57.7" 57.4" 56.3"
Ground clearance 5.9" 4.7" 6.4" 5.3"
Wheelbase 106.3" 104.3" 106.3" 106.3"
Track width F/R 60.9/61.5 61.2/60.4 60.1/61.1 61.5/62.0

Key Exterior Features:

Last year the Honda Civic has gone through a facelift, and that brought various changes to its body styling and the specs you get to see on its shell. The 2017 Honda Civic gets automatic LED headlamps along with the LED daytime running lights. One-touch power moonroof finds its place on the roof of the Civic to let the ambient light inside of the car. Door handles, electronically controlled side mirrors and decklid spoiler are all body-colored to maintain uniformity.

Here’s the list of other exterior features:

  • 2-Speed/Intermittent Windshield Wipers
  • Integrated Rear-Window Antenna
  • Projector-Beam Halogen Headlights with Auto-On/Off
  • Push-to-Release Fuel Filler Door
  • Taillights with Integrated LED Light Bars
  • One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature
  • Fog Lights
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Body-Colored Decklid Spoiler

2017 Honda Civic Safety

9.5/10

The NHTSA awarded the 2017 Civic sedan with five out of five stars in overall, front, side, and rollover crash testing. The IIHS awarded the Honda Civic its prestigious Top Safety Pick designations, as the sedan earned the highest score of Good in all five crash-test categories.

2017 Honda Civic National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Ratings — Out of 5 Stars

Overall rating 5 star
Overall frontal barrier crash rating 5 star
Frontal barrier crash rating driver 5 star
Overall side crash rating 5 star
Side barrier rating 5 star
Side pole rating driver front seat 5 star
Combined side rating rear seat 5 star
Rollover rating 5 star
Side barrier rating driver 5 star
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger 5 star
Combined side rating front seat 5 star
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat 5 star

2017 Honda Civic Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Ratings

Small overlap front driver side Good
Small overlap front passenger side Not rated
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good
Front crash prevention Superior
Headlights Poor
Child Seat Anchors (LATCH) Acceptable

Key Safety Features

2017 Honda Civic comes with all the safety features to keep you safe from an unfortunate accident. All 2017 Civic trims come with a standard multi-angle rearview camera. Honda offers many advanced safety technologies as extra options. The Honda Sensing suite features forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning and lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. Honda LaneWatch is also offered. Honda has used their Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control. With the presence of features like ABS and Driveline Traction Control, the car stays in control in every situation.

2017 Honda Civic Competition

2017 Honda Civic Vs 2017 Ford Focus

Ford Focus S comes at a lower price tag with an inline four-cylinder engine, which produces more power than the Civic. With a smaller body size than Civic, Focus has a better 0-60 mph time with the base engine but that compromises the cabin and cargo space. Also, the fuel efficiency of the Civic is much better than the Focus. Though Focus S is no doubt a quicker car but it doesn't stand a chance against Civic's utility, overall performance, and mileage.

2017 Honda Civic Vs 2017 Chevrolet Cruze

Chevrolet Cruze offers stiff competition to the 2017 Honda Civic. Both these cars are similar in terms of specifications, dimensions, features, and performance. Even though you get a turbocharged engine in the base Cruze L trim, the same is not the case with the base Civic LX. Though the redesigned Civic offers a new look and better space inside, Honda has proven to be a more reliable choice over others. Moreover, the 2017 Civic brings more value to the table with an all-around package for the compact class buyers.

 

2017 Honda Civic Final Verdict

2017 Honda Civic Sedan is undoubtedly a great entry-level sedan. Driving is a fun experience in the Honda Civic despite its underwhelming performance. Seats are comfortable for long trips. With the presence of the 10-speaker premium audio system, you are sure to enjoy an immersive audio experience. And with the integration of the Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, you can stay connected with your smartphone without taking your eyes off the road. To sum it up, for a sticker price of  $18,740 Honda Civic checks all the right boxes for an entry-level subcompact sedan. 

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