By on August 15, 2016

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback front three quarter

American Honda has wisely revealed studio images and announced a level of detail regarding its 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback. After pictures (from an unfortunate angle) of the new car’s early shipment filtered to America last week, the tenth-generation’s third body style looks significantly better in Honda’s official shots.

Honda’s 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will power all U.S.-bound Civic Hatchbacks across LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Sport Touring trims. The LX, Sport, and EX will be available with a six-speed manual transmission. Until now, the 1.5T upgrade in the tenth-gen Civic was linked exclusively to a continuously variable transmission.

Both the Sport and Sport Touring models add six horsepower, for a total of 180, to the 1.5T’s usual 174-horsepower output.

2017 Honda Civic hatchback

Honda revealed an aggressive but thinly veiled prototype version of the Civic Hatchback this past spring in Geneva. It’s clear that the hard points of the prototype are mirrored in the production car, including a bifurcated rear window and winglets at the roof and on the decklid. The Sport and Sport Touring models both feature the Geneva prototype’s center-mounted exhaust.

Honda furthered the promise of the first North American Civic Type R with the overnight reveal of Civic Hatchback imagery, as well. The Civic Hatchback, Honda confirmed, “will serve as the basis for the radical new Civic Type-R launching in the U.S. in 2017.”

Although the hatchback takes the place of the tenth-generation Civic’s third body style, following the North American-assembled sedan and coupe, the hatch makes its way across the Atlantic from Honda’s UK plant in Swindon, Wiltshire.

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback ship loading

Sound familiar? American Honda last sourced a Civic from the Swindon plant when a two-door Si hatchback accompanied the markedly different North American seventh-generation Civic for a four-year run between 2002 and 2005.

Times have changed. The 2002 Honda Civic Si’s naturally aspirated 2.0-liter produced 160 horsepower. Like the rest of the auto industry, Honda is into turbochargers now, and the standard 2017 Civic Hatchback now produces an extra 14 ponies with 25-percent less displacement.

The 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback will arrive at U.S. dealers in September.

[Images: American Honda, Honda Europe]

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69 Comments on “2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Gets Official: All Turbos, Manual Availability, Type R Promised...”

  • avatar

    With the current excuses that automakers try to pass off as trunk openings, I am in favor of more hatchbacks of any size and price point.

    • 0 avatar

      I agree. I find it hard to say anything bad about anybody trying to bring in another hatch. All I want these days is to keep my big MKS around for my highway cruising, and then just keep getting these little hatches for my daily crap.

      My only worry here is that rear. Is that weird Prius like design going to intrude on the vision? And the lower rear 1/4 area on the bumper….what are those HUGE black areas? Are they for future rocket exhaust? Are they for a great speaker system for picnics?

    • 0 avatar

      I’m always happy for more choice in the market, but I think that rear bumper is a steep price to pay for a practical cargo opening.

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    Hmm, not the finest looking car Honda have produced. Still, thanks to the Pound tanking against the Dollar post Brexit, it should at least be cheap.

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    The standard Civic engine is now a 2 liter that produces five less horsepower than the 2 liter from over a decade ago. Yippee. I’d still rather have that than a compliance compromise built to serve misanthropic bureaucrats’ agendas instead of car owners.

    • 0 avatar

      The new 2.0 also delivers about 25% better overall gas mileage and 43% better highway mileage… so there’s that.

      But why look beyond whatever allows you to be a poor man’s Pete DeLorenzo…..

      • 0 avatar

        32 in 05, 32 in 15…….

        16s are so far a bit higher. Who knows if it holds up as the fleet ages and the hooners buy them second hand, from the high school preppy girl initial owners.

        Gaming childish government tests and stealing candy from kids have something in common: Both are pretty simple to do for anyone with the intellectual capacity to build a car.

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    yeah, I’m not interested in turbo charged cars either. Not interested in direct injection, or CVT as well. I view these as dead-end technologies compared to hybrid cars, and will just lead to headaches as the car ages.

    A few other gripes about the car:
    1. Don’t like digital speedometer.
    2. No volume knob for music.
    3. Touch screen climate controls that should have buttons or knobs.
    4. Plastic headlight lenses. (my fit headlights are already getting scummy, and the car is only 2.5 years old. whereas my 28 year old accord headlights are still clear)
    5. Not a fan of the styling. Who’d a thought there’d be a day when Honda fan bois like myself would wax nostalgic about the nice clean lines of the Crossturd?

    Anyways, nice that they have a hatch now. It’s about time.

    Every car I’ve bought new, has been Honda (4 Honda, 1 Acura), but my next new car will likely go to Toyota, as Honda continues to move in directions I don’t like.

    • 0 avatar

      The problem with hybrids is they don’t work in places with draconian displacement taxes/penalties. I agree that they are the more rational/effective solution; however I’m not sure that they will deliver the performance needed with a small engine. I would much prefer the base 2.0 with a mild hybrid setup pushing the HP to the 1.5T’s levels personally but I’m sure the 1.5T will be popular in Europe and Asia.

      • 0 avatar

        I can’t get over the crowded appearance of the 1.5t engine bay. I service my own vehicles so this aspect is incredibly important to me. Honda’s have always been “easy” to service and this engine seems to be the antithesis of this. Compare it to the 2017 Elantra Sport engine bay for example.

    • 0 avatar

      I am in the same boat as you

      1. Don’t like digital speedometer. – 1985
      2. No volume knob for music. – I like to wear gloves in the winter
      3. Touch screen climate controls that should have buttons or knobs. – exactly

      Actually, recent motor trend review says that controlling things in dashboard/console in Civic is bad.

      Civic may be larger now but in my view it is 2 steps forward, and 2 steps back. Taking crowd by size. Isn’t it 1995?

      • 0 avatar

        I have an ’08 Civic, which I like a lot. It’s my second Honda. I really hate that they’ve gotten rid of knobs for music and climate, and I think this Civic is quite ugly. The stylists did not know when to stop. And yes, headlight lenses should not be plastic.

        • 0 avatar

          I have been thoroughly enjoying my 09. I can’t believe it’s been nearly 2 years already. It has aged like the E60 5 series…. I truly hated it when it came out, but it has really grown on me like a fungus, and in the company of current cars it looks downright attractive… especially lowered nearly 2″ with freshly washed black paint. Every drive is a dynamic revelation as well. Every bit as fun as the old early 90s DWB Hondas I had a decade ago.

    • 0 avatar

      /translation/ GET OFF MY LAWN!

    • 0 avatar

      Toothpaste will clear up those hazy plastic headlights.
      The lack of a volume knob is highly irritating, though.

    • 0 avatar
      Trucky McTruckface

      Isn’t a 28 year old Accord a ~1988 model with the pop up headlights? Of course they aren’t yellowed when they’re hidden from the sun all day…

      Glass lenses are long gone, and there are numerous ways to prevent/repair yellowed plastic lenses.

      All kidding aside, I agree with your points. Even if I could look past the terrible styling, the cheesy ’80s-looking tech (complete with ’80s-style ergonomics) is a total turnoff.

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    From an unfortunate angle – ? EVERY angle is unfortunate. Looks like they can’t get the hood to close all the way…WTF is up with that?

    Hard to believe that a person or persons actually signed off – intended a vehicle to look like this.

  • avatar

    I’m still not a fan of the massive black plastic pieces on the rear bumper, but overall I think it looks pretty good. Getting it in black or dark grey would work to minimize the visual impact of them anyway. I could see myself considering an EX-T manual if it’s quiet enough inside.

    • 0 avatar

      The black plastic inserts in the rear quarters have me rather confused?…alarmed?…. In any event, I doubt they are necessary to the function of any part of the vehicle, so why? I think I like this car in principle particularly if a hotter version could break the 200hp mark without breaking the bank. Lack of a normally aspirated engine option is sort of a downer, but not a deal breaker.

      I want to like this car, I really do. But, gol darnit, that styling is so effing busy. From the side, it is a rather attractive profile I think But from the front or back, what happened? It is unfortunate that the styling is geared for the age 16-22 car buyer. At least that’s what my take on it is, not sure who else likes non-functional “go-fast” plastic tack on’s that interrupt what are otherwise nice looking lines.

    • 0 avatar

      I agree, the rear bumper is the worst part. That, and no 3 door (which is not at all surprising).

      The rest I could live with, but I’d still rather have a new Accord coupe, LX or Sport, I-4, 6mt.

  • avatar

    3 door version? Please?

  • avatar

    The rear bumper is a huge turnoff. I want to like this car because I like hatchbacks, and used to like Hondas, but I’m not quite feeling it. I actually caught myself online shopping last week at the Scion/Toyota iM, which is basic but doesn’t seem terrible.

  • avatar

    Obviously styling is a personal thing, but those big black areas on each corner don’t look good at all to me. I realize they are trying to achieve “distinction” in a sea of generic sedans, but not sure this approach works.

  • avatar

    I remember back in the day when Hondas were attractive in a conservative way, and ricers upped the style with wild body kits. Now that Honda has coopted the crazy, will Aunt Mildred be flipping through the JC Whitney catalogue looking for some less flashy bumpers for her new Civic?

  • avatar

    Yea I think these pictures make it look better. Will wait until I see it in person. Still I’d like to see if Acura does something with it.

  • avatar

    If the CAFE acronym only had an “L” added you could Jumble it to FECAL which would be far more appropriate to how it affects every vehicle format.

  • avatar

    “the tenth-generation’s third body style looks significantly better in Honda’s official shots.”

    Do not concur. It’s still fracking awful.

    Were those 02-05 Si models any good? Seems to me like there might be parts availability issues. The ones I’ve seen on the roads were driven exclusively by males who enjoy both Burgerkingring stickers and saying phrases like “I know what I’ve got.”

  • avatar

    My new pet peeve about press photos. It’s lowered.

  • avatar

    So does this mean that the hatch won’t be offered as an SI model? The manual “sport” trim seems like it would overlap with that car significantly. I was hoping for a direct GTI competitor.

  • avatar

    Anyone concerned with “fine British craftsmanship”?

    • 0 avatar

      Probably about as much as those fine Made in America Hondas. I suspect the same processes, procedures and systems are in place at their English facilities as they are in Ohio or Japan…

      • 0 avatar

        This is not holding true for other products. One time CRV was one of the most reliable cars overall. But then production shifted from Japan to US/Mexico/England, and it is now one of the least reliable models in Honda lineup

        • 0 avatar

          [citation needed]

          • 0 avatar

            Source: Weeabos

            For the record, my Ohio made Hondas didnt “suffer” from American build quality, it was age and some material choices by Honda that made them unpleasant.

            Older CRVs were just Civics that netted a whopping 25mpg, they’d blow up AC compressors too. But obviously the compressors were made in the US where nothing works, ever.

          • 0 avatar


            Interesting… There IS a surprising number of problems reported for 2007-2009…

    • 0 avatar

      My last Honda was an 05 Civic Si that was Swindon UK built. Rock solid reliable – the only part that had to be replaced was a drivers side door lock mechanism ($80). Absolutely no squeaks, rattles, leaks or things going pfftt. Huge contrast to my 2012 German engineered/built GTI. Already I’ve spent over $3000 on parts and labor alone.

      Honda vowed to never repeat the Sterling.

  • avatar

    Note to Honda assembly crew: the front spoiler goes on the bottom of the car, not the top.

  • avatar

    Anyone recall the old Hyundai Elantra GT hatch? No? This is that car if you let Nike style it, and fattened it up quite a bit.

    The back end pinches up too much, the styling obviously copies the grilles in gilles of BMW, I require buttons in my dash, thanks to poor design the engine bays grossly cramped, and with 180hp on tap most drivers will want more power.

    The only “old Honda” in this is the stupid part, charging $$$ for 6hp, not unlike punishing buyers of the 80s base Civic with less hp or the early 90s Accord EX with a whopping extra 5hp.

    TLDR Its ugly, slow, and poorly designed.

  • avatar

    Civic sedan is noticeably longer and wider than the prior generation– I’m hoping that the hatch will cut off some of that length, but at first glance the distance from the rear wheels to the bumper doesn’t look all that different. A 182″ hatchback would be 6″ longer than a Mazda 3, 10″ longer than a Focus, 8″ longer than an Impreza, and 14″ longer than a Golf. Kind of an awkward size.

  • avatar

    That rear “bumper” honecomb insert, aside from being hideous, is just a gravy train for Honda that will pay back in multiples after poor SOB owners will have to replace them every time some shmuck rubs against that corner with his/her bumper in a parking lot and cracks them. Our car been dinged three times in parking situations, and all three are just at those corners as people navigate their monster machines in tight parking spaces. So I foresee an OEM parts price for each corner in the range of $200. While I really dig Civic, this part alone may take the car off my list. Especially if they make it not as two separate honecomb parts for each corner, but as a single part that transcends the width of the bumper, so that you would have to take the bumper cover off in order to replace them. Considering that they are not even functional by any measure of imagination, Shame on You, Honda!

    • 0 avatar

      Didnt Honda say a few months back they’re letting their stylists run loose? If so, theres your reason as to why those bumpers are going to cost a lot to repair, easily more than $200.

  • avatar

    As much as I think that the current Civic sedan is the best design ever for a Honda compact. I hate this hatchback. It just doesnt seem right. I have never liked Honda design until now and this takes me back.

  • avatar

    It looks like lots of car loaders are doing burnouts on the ramp into the Panamanian registered “Orion Highway”.

  • avatar

    Fix the tail lights and a manual civic hatch might be my next car. As is, I can’t have it.

  • avatar

    Any insights about the type R? How will it compare to the VW GTI?

  • avatar

    Almost universally loathed by TTAC comments. Honda has a huge hit on their hands.

  • avatar

    This is Honda’s revenge on you fops for dumping on the looks of the crosstour and ZDX.

  • avatar
    Trucky McTruckface

    Good God, that rear fascia is hideous…

    So how much longer do we have to wait to find out how disappointing and ugly the new Si will be? Does Honda take such a tediously slow approach to new product rollouts because they know how much enthusiasts are going to be let down, or are they just that clueless?

    On the Honda forums, they’re reading between the lines that the Sport Touring trim means the Si will be coupe/sedan only. I also saw a screenshot of some sort of internal Honda order page indicating the LX and Sport are the only trims available with the manual (no EX like the press release claims – I’ve seen this kind of error from their PR flunkies before). As with the Accord, I’m assuming that the base Sport will be an LX with wheels, fogs, upgraded exhaust and “sporty” upholstery, but with the same crap stereo, etc. That means if you want a stick shift hatchback, you have to go poverty spec or spend top dollar on the Type R (whenever it finally shows up) with what I can only assume will be an even more absurd body kit. I’ve come to expect nothing less from Honda.

    • 0 avatar

      See, to me it opposite. To me, I like all the angles, the way it looks but direct front view where something could of been done to that bar.

      and then – yea, the Honda packaging! Just recently there was article on TTAC – “the ace of base – Mazda3”. That base car is OK to buy. Any Honda LX – not so much. They don’t have split folding rear seat and … intermittent wipers. 2 speed wipers for LX but it has climate control! Climate control is unnecessary but intermittent wipers are. This is Honda in essence. They pack these things into EX but they also force you to buy moon-roof. Moon-roof is like $700 profit for them but for you – it is $1000 spent for useless feature that best functions as headroom limiter. And also that electronic dash… One other thing, is what happening under the hood of those 1.5LT engines – they are way too close to front bumper. I bet that any small collision will require engine work.

      This is why I probably will go straight to Mazda. Although, I need to think. Since Honda constantly sells at deep discounts, I may steal EX with moon-roof for less that Mazda3. I doubt, however. Besides, I still don’t want moon-roof but this is only choice if I want to have rear split-folding seat and intermittent wipers.

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