The Honda Civic has been the best-selling car in Canada since the 1990’s, which explains why it went relatively unchanged for years. But in 2016, with its competitors–the Mazda 3, Hyundai Elantra, Ford Focus, and Kia Forte–improving dramatically, the Civic got a much-needed makeover. The 2017 Civic continues those improvements and adds a few of its own to deliver one of the best value buys on the market. In fact, it’s such a good buy that we’re producing a 2017 Honda Civic review even after the 2018 model was released. It’s not all about the new hotness, folks. The 2017 Civic is still well worth a look.
With the 2017 Honda Civic you’re getting terrific fuel economy (7.4 L/100km City/5.6 Hwy) and best-in-class acceleration. You’re getting a comfortable interior with an upscale touch. If you’re looking for something with a bit of an edge, the Civic does that too. The coupe and hatchback body styles deliver something a little different, while the Si and Type-R trims have all the pop you’re going to find in a car this affordable.
To put it bluntly, the 2017 Civic is a no-brainer of a purchase for anyone looking to spend less than $25,000. This is an all-around stud, no matter the trim you pick (and it has seven of them). The Civic offers a smooth ride and all the tech you’re looking for, from smartphone integration to safety features to a great sound system.
Regardless of how you look at it, the 2017 Honda Civic is one of the best cars in its class.
- Class-leading fuel economy and acceleration
- Smooth, comfortable ride with impressive maneuvering
- Several advanced tech and safety features
- Sizable cabin with above-average materials
- Touchscreen responds with slight delay
- Forward collision system can be a little too eager
VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY
I don’t know about you, but for me a vehicle begins and ends with the centre console and display. It’s literally the centre of your attention and entertainment, so it needs to be good.
The 2017 Civic has a 7″ display (about as good as you’re going to get in a vehicle under $30,000) and hooks right in to your audio system, settings, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and more. It’s a touch screen, too.
You’ll be thankful for Honda’s LaneWatch (more on that below), proximity key entry, and Satellite-Linked Navigation with bi-lingual voice recognition. The Nav is pretty great. It offers improved graphics (always a plus), 3D landmarks, highway sign notifications, speed limits, lane guidance, and more. It’s packed with features.
Adaptive Cruise Control will completely transform the way you drive between Edmonton and Calgary, trust me. Adaptive Cruise keeps you at your set speed, but can increase or decrease that speed if it notices that you are out of step with the flow of traffic. If the vehicle ahead of you speeds up, your Adaptive Cruise can do the same. If slows down, so will your Civic. Without you doing anything.
Best of all … the sound system is fantastic.
No 2017 Honda Civic review would be complete without showing off its 10-speaker, 452-watt sound system (and it comes with a sub-woofer). For a better display of what you’re getting, check out our video review below.
When it comes to performance, there’s really three key metrics that everyone is looking for:
- How many horses does it have?
- What’s the fuel efficiency?
- How does it handle?
From a power perspective, the Civic delivers what you’ve come to expect from Honda sedans. It has a 4-cylinder with 174 HP on the higher trims, and a 4-cylinder/158 HP output on the lower trims. Nothing to sneeze at, but nothing to write home about, either.
Fuel-efficiency is really where the Civic starts to look good. On the highway, it gets a reported 5.6 L/100KM, but I can report that I’ve seen it get as low as 5.2, personally. In the city you can expect 7.4 L/100 KM, but again, 7.0 isn’t out of the question. It lines up pretty well with the Mazda 3, which is probably the best performing model in the segment.
But if you’re looking for a car that moves, then you’re looking for the 2017 Civic. This car is flat out fun to drive. It’s incredibly well balanced thanks to the independent front strut and multi-link rear suspensions. It takes turns like a coupe (even when you’re driving the sedan), and it does it all in ECON mode.
Eco Assist will conserve fuel by automatically shutting down non-essential systems whenever they aren’t in use. Meaning the 2017 Civic runs as efficiently as possible at all times.
The 2017 Civic’s new safety advances are all about Honda’s new “Sensing” technologies. The 2017 model delivers a safer drive, full stop.
Due to some intuitive technologies, the Civic can actually cover for a lot of your mistakes. Whether you’re driving or sitting in the passenger seat, you’re bound to feel confident.
Safety in the Civic starts with the Collision Mitigation Braking System. It is engineered to apply your brakes if you’re not slowing down enough to avoid a collision. It will apply extra braking as you slow down (if needed), and if it senses an accident, it will brake firmly.
Honda’s Lane Keeping Assist doesn’t just warn you if you’re going off course. If it detects you leaving your lane without signaling, it will actually apply torque to help you steer back into your correct lane. The same thing happens if your Civic is hitting the shoulder of the road. The Road Departure Mitigation System will gently maneuver you back into your lane, preventing an accident.
Finally, there’s the Forward Collision Warning. This works in tandem with the Collision Mitigation system to detect vehicles in front of you alert you if it senses that you’re getting too close. If it senses danger, the Collision Mitigation will kick in all on its own.
This probably sounds terribly obvious, but you really have to sit in the 2017 Civic to experience it fully. It doesn’t do anything revolutionary, but what it does it does it so well.
Take, for instance, the heated seats. Every new car has heated seats. At this point, it’s a ridiculous thing to brag about. But it’s how quickly the Civic heats up that will surprise you (both front and rear seats). The leather-wrapped steering wheel looks fairly standard, but it feels fantastic. It’s a big part of what makes a comfortable ride, and the wheel-mounted controls are pretty intuitively placed. Very easy to use.
The leather gives the car a pretty luxurious feel on the higher trims. The driver gets an 8-way power driver’s seat (no memory, however). And with the available 60/40 split-fold rear seats, you’ll be able to fit a lot more cargo than you’re used to in a sedan. With the introduction of small crossovers like the Mazda CX-3 (and even Honda’s HR-V), sedans have had to adapt. The 2017 Civic definitely has.
In short: the Civic offers a premium touch without the premium price.
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