2017 Honda Civic

The Washington Post Sunday - - CARS -

Bot­tom line: The 2017 Honda Civic hatch­back — Tour­ing or Sport Tour­ing — be­longs on the Top 10 list of any­one shop­ping for a com­pact au­to­mo­bile. It is hard to find a bet­ter small car. Ride, ac­cel­er­a­tion and han­dling: Ride is good for a small wheel­base (106.3-inch dis­tance front to rear wheels) car. It has all the ac­cel­er­a­tion you need for safe high­speed high­way run­ning. The ride is good enough for long-dis­tance driv­ing. Head-turn­ing quo­tient: I was stopped by seem­ingly ev­ery­body. True story: A man in the District driv­ing a new, bright red Corvette with chromed wheels honked fu­ri­ously to get my at­ten­tion. I low­ered my pas­sen­ger win­dow. “Is that the new Honda with the big en­gine?” he asked. “It’s the new Civic hatch­back with the turbo 1.5-liter four,” I replied. “1.5?” he asked, in­cred­u­lously. “You kid­din’ me?” He vroomed away be­fore I could an­swer. Then, I re­al­ized the hair left on his head was as thin and gray as mine. Body style/lay­out: The Civic hatch­back is a com­pact, front-en­gine, front-wheel-drive car with four side doors and a rear hatch. There are two trim lev­els — Sport and Sport Tour­ing.

En­gine/trans­mis­sion: It comes with a tur­bocharged 1.5-liter, 16-valve, four-cylin­der gaso­line en­gine with vari­able valve tim­ing (174 horse­power, 162 pound-feet of torque). The en­gine is linked to a con­tin­u­ously vari­able au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. Ca­pac­i­ties: Seat­ing is for five peo­ple. Cargo ca­pac­ity with all seats in place is 25.7 cu­bic feet. The fuel tank holds 12.4 gal­lons of gaso­line. Reg­u­lar is fine. My mileage: I av­er­aged 40 miles per gal­lon in high­way driv­ing, obey­ing (or try­ing to) the posted speed lim­its. Safety: Stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes four­wheel disc brakes, ven­ti­lated front and solid rear; four-wheel anti-lock brake pro­tec­tion; emer­gency brak­ing as­sis­tance; blind-spot warn­ing ac­ci­dent avoid­ance; trac­tion and sta­bil­ity con­trol; side and head air bags; and three-point rear safety belts. Note: A full suite of ad­vanced elec­tronic safety equip­ment is avail­able. Pric­ing: The 2017 Honda Civic Sport Tour­ing hatch­back starts at $29,175. The price as tested is $30,070, in­clud­ing an $895 fac­tory-to-dealer ship­ping charge. You can bar­gain. Deal­ers are knock­ing as much as $2,500 off this one. Happy Mother’s Day.

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