ACURA Sport Car | Honda Civic Hatchback Automatic

With the 10th-generation Civic, Honda brought dorsum much of what American fans of the storied compact loved through the years, equally good equally added a few novel wrinkles—hello, Type R! But equally excited equally nosotros are for America’s kickoff always Civic Type R, it’s the render of the hatchback body style to the lineup that makes that fifty-fifty possible. Having already had positive experiences behind the wheels of the Civic sedan in addition to coupe, it’s fourth dimension for us to strap our gear to the hatchback, which nosotros tested hither inward its top-of-the-line Sport Touring cut back level.

   A Different S.T.

Despite at that topographic point beingness multiple racing serial dedicated to touring cars, the words sport in addition to touring aren’t typically paired together on vehicles yous tin genuinely purchase (except for around Buicks—go figure—and grand touring is a whole other thing). That’s because touring conjures thoughts of comfort in addition to space, piece sport centers on a to a greater extent than dynamic driving experience, ofttimes at the sacrifice of daily comfort or convenience. The Civic Sport Touring hatchback manages to reconcile these seeming incongruities, however, combining fun to drive, comfort, ease of use, in addition to practicality inward i package.

The Civic Sport Touring nosotros tested (and the Sport, which offers a six-speed manual unavailable on this trim) does non differ much at all inward its chassis tuning from the ease of the lineup, equally Honda is saving the meaning treatment upgrades for the Si in addition to Type R models. In fact, only 2 things alter most the driving experience when the Civic goes Sport Touring or Sport: the steering (which has a barely quicker, 11.1:1 ratio versus 10.9:1) in addition to its shoes. The Sport models larn 18-inch rolling stock compared amongst the sixteen inchers on the LX in addition to 17s on the EX in addition to EX-L Navi. All-season safe is criterion on all cut back levels.

   1.5 Alive

Under the hood of all Civic hatchbacks lives a 16-valve 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four engine. Although non required, premium fuel is recommended for the Sport in addition to the Sport Touring, which both accept upgraded knock sensors. Honda claims the higher octane—as good equally the center-exit dual exhaust criterion on the Sport in addition to Sport Touring—will render a tiny boost inward power. Running premium, the Sport in addition to Sport Touring amongst the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) brand a claimed 180 horsepower at 6000 rpm in addition to 162 lb-ft of torque from 1700 to 5500 rpm. Burning regular unleaded, the turbo iv paired amongst the CVT makes a claimed 174 horsepower in addition to 162 lb-ft at the same peak rpm, only equally it does inward the LX, EX, in addition to EX-L, which accept the criterion knock sensor in addition to single-pipe exhaust.

Although nosotros prefer a manual transmission for vehicles amongst the discussion sport inward their names, the CVT is the only pick on the Sport Touring trim. However, Honda’s CVT is i of the best currently on the market, in addition to it is a willing partner inward getting the engine to rev in addition to is responsive to bound applications across the rev range. In our testing, the CVT in addition to turbo iv combo powered the automobile from null to lx mph inward 6.9 seconds, completed the 30-to-50-mph dash inward 3.9 seconds, in addition to ran the quarter-mile inward 15.4 at 93 mph.
While at that topographic point are many hatchback competitors to this Civic, at that topographic point are 2 main benchmarks: the Volkswagen Golf in addition to the Mazda 3. We’ve awarded both of those cars amongst multiple 10Best Cars awards for their superb chassis tuning, well-designed interiors, in addition to practicality. In price of driving feel, the Civic hangs inward amongst those standard-bearers, in addition to it slightly bests them inward objective performance. An automatic 2016 Mazda 3 hatchback went from null to lx mph inward 6.8 seconds and a 2017 Golf TSI we latterly tested did it inward 7.3 seconds.
Stopping from seventy mph inward 166 feet, the Civic also excelled inward our braking test, amongst the work solid in addition to progressive pedal returning a halt 2 feet shorter than did the Golf (which has a reputation for rigid brakes) in addition to 5 feet shorter than the Mazda 3.

The Civic hatchback has exemplary route manners, amongst quick in addition to lite steering that helps the automobile experience nimble. The MacPherson strut forepart in addition to multilink nurture interruption in addition to well-tuned dampers tumble out body motions nicely inward depository fiscal establishment jibe during spirited cornering piece soundless providing a ride character that’s daily-driver livable. Aside from an occasional coarse depository fiscal establishment annotation coming from the engine bay at higher speeds, the cabin is tranquility in addition to good insulated from exterior noises.
The EPA estimates the hatch Sport Touring should attain 32 mpg combined, but during our drive time, it achieved only 27 mpg. That’s 1 mpg less than what nosotros recorded for the Golf in addition to 2 mpg less than nosotros achieved amongst the Mazda 3.

   The Rundown

Compared amongst the Civic sedan, the hatchback’s wheelbase is the same, piece overall length is downwards past times 4.4 inches. But the five-door offers 23 cubic feet of stowage behind the folding nurture seats, a marked improvement over the sedan’s 15-cubic-foot trunk.

Our automobile wore an MSRP of $29,175, amongst the major differences betwixt the Sport in addition to the Sport Touring beingness technology scientific discipline in addition to interior upgrades extensive plenty to warrant a toll $6200 to a greater extent than expensive than a CVT Sport. All Sport Touring hatchbacks include proximity entry in addition to push-button start (as good equally remote start), an eight-way powerfulness driver’s topographic point in addition to four-way powerfulness passenger’s seat, in addition to navigation amongst vocalism control. It also gets the Honda Sensing grouping of security technologies (lane-keeping assist, automated emergency braking, in addition to adaptive cruise control), plus moving guidelines on the backup-camera display, LED lighting amongst automatic high-beams, heated side mirrors amongst LED turn-signal repeaters, in addition to rain-sensing windshield wipers. This Civic also packs heated forepart in addition to nurture leather seats, a 12-speaker good system, dual-zone automatic climate control, in addition to a 7.0-inch touchscreen amongst Apple CarPlay in addition to Android Auto capability.

   Inner Thoughts

The cabin is good built, comfortable, in addition to offers practiced overall visibility, but the interior’s multiple layers, textures, in addition to materials brand for a somewhat disjointed aesthetic that mightiness move an acquired taste. (As mightiness move the exterior styling. Many of us dig the racer-mech-meets-practical-box look, but nosotros empathize how it may move equally good much for around folks.) That said, the Civic offers many of the small, practical items that score modern Hondas, such equally a configurable centre console cleverly designed amongst multiple stowage areas in addition to smart organization. The placement of i of the USB ports underneath the centre tunnel tin brand for an awkward reach, however.

The infotainment concealment splits the divergence betwixt beingness fully built-in in addition to the trendier facial expression of a stand-alone tablet, resulting inward a blueprint amongst a minor empty infinite behind the upper one-half of the concealment that looks similar a house for dirt in addition to dust to accumulate. Operation of around infotainment functions is a source of frustration; we’re non big fans of Honda’s book impact slider at the side of the screen, but that tin move avoided amongst the clicking book buttons on the steering-wheel hub. (The Civic’s interior was designed only prior to Honda returning a book knob to its vehicles; await a mid-cycle update to address this flaw.) In addition, around concealment menus are non intuitive, in addition to the scheme lacks the powerfulness to display functions such equally good in addition to maps side past times side. The concealment does employ Honda’s LaneWatch system, displaying the persuasion from a photographic tv set camera on the passenger-side mirror when the plow signal is activated. You tin cancel this persuasion amongst i impact at the terminate of the stem or plow off the characteristic altogether; around of our drivers establish it annoying when the display replaced an active navigation map.
Like the Golf in addition to the Mazda 3, the Civic hatchback is a practical machine offering a ease of enthusiast-sating driving enjoyment in addition to laid-back cruising ability. Of those iii models, the Civic makes the boldest exterior blueprint controversy and, inward this Sport Touring trim, packs a charge of features for the cost. Just a few points separated the iii in our recent comparing exam of manual-transmission models—which the Honda won—providing farther evidence that the Civic has its mojo back.

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