Next Monday is one of those rare Monday’s you can actually say you’re looking forward to. It marks the official arrival of the new 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback from across the pond.
The 5-door hatchback is the third body style in the 10th-generation Civic lineup. Most importantly, it’s the first time the hatchback version has been offered stateside. Honda is also launching it with new Sport and Sport Touring trims.
It comes in five trim levels and all feature the same engine.
The Civic Hatchback is available in five trims: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L Navi and a new top-of-the-line Sport Touring version.
They’re all equipped with a 1.5-liter turbocharged in-line 4-cylinder engine. It’s good for 174-horsepower in the LX, EX and EX-L Navi trims. The Sport and Sport Touring trims bump it up to 180-horses. Those two trims both feature a dual-outlet center-mounted exhaust (which, by the way, calls for premium unleaded fuel.)
Yes, of course, it offers a manual transmission.
The Hatchback’s engine is mated to either a Continuously Variable Transmission or a quick-shifting 6-speed manual gearbox.
Heated seats come in the cabin.
Inside, the cabin features something we’re always a big fan of, and that’s heated seats. It also offers power driver and front-passenger seats, along with remote engine start.
Honda Display Audio comes with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility on EX and above trims.
The Sport Touring model throws in textured aluminum sport pedals, red-accented instrument illumination and a 540-Watt 12-speaker premium audio system. Honda says it’s the most powerful audio set up ever offered in a Civic.
It’s packed with Honda safety features.
Honda Sensing, the automaker’s suite of safety and driver-assist features is available standard on most of the lineup. That being the LX, EX and EX-L Navi trims and standard on Sport Touring trim.
It includes a Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Auto High-Beam Headlights. Those headlights by the way are a Civic first.
The Civic Hatchback has earned a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.