2017 Honda Civic Hatchback: Honda Civic made cooler with Euro-styled Hatchback?

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback is easy to spot with its agresive black front grille and equally large side intakes. Copyright Ron Moorhead

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback is easy to spot with its agresive black front grille and equally large side intakes. Copyright Ron Moorhead

Honda’s Civic line of vehicles is arguably the most prevalent and popular compacts in North America. Their reputation as being of high quality and reliable would be difficult to refute.  Hatchbacks are hot today and Honda is set to make their Civic Hatchback the hottest with the all the new design, projecting sportiness from front grille to rear taillights. In Honda’s words, comfortable, soulful and charismatic. In our words; comfortable, sporty, affordable.

A three-spoke leather wrapped steering wheel is only the beginning of the sporty ride the new Civic Hatchback offers.

A three-spoke leather wrapped steering wheel is only the beginning of the sporty ride the new Civic Hatchback offers.

The Civic is known for practical economy transportation. If a compact fun to drive versatile 4-door is the visual you hold in your mind’s eye for your next car, then the wait is over. The 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback offers those attributes and tons more. The hatchback is a perfect fit between the sedan and coupe, offering a sporty profile while providing plenty of storage capacity for your gear.

You might be disappointed if the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is not your idea of moving away from traditional automatics.  We suggest you go for the very satisfying 6-speed manual. This transmission shifts with authority hitting all gears when and where you expect. This is one car we see the percentage of manuals moving up the scale beyond the usual 1% of the model mix.

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The 2017 Civic Hatchback is new to North America and brings new emphasis on sporty driving in the compact category. The hatchback configuration brings a youthful profile along with a full complement of high tech features that add to its personality.

Perhaps it was because we drove the 6-speed manual first, proving the Honda Civic Hatchback to be quite fun. The shifter felt solid through each shift and we had no difficulty finding each gear even during some very quick speed shifting. Power from the engine felt solid as the transition to the pavement propelled me through each gear. We even heard a few tire chirps from the front tires. Ride and handling are positive with just the right amount of stiffness and ability to soak up pavement imperfections. Variable electronic power steering is light at slow speeds and more resistant as speeds increase offering up a good feel through the steering wheel.