A 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback LX With Manual Is The Right DecisionMar 16th, 2017
The latest tenth-generation Honda Civic is a different breed than the Civics we’ve become accustomed to over 44 years. This version is larger, heavier, more complicated and refined. However, its return to a more compact vehicle and a hatchback is a welcome change.
The LX trim hatchback features a 1.5T engine both in manual or a CVT. You have the ability to opt for a hatchback Civic Sport for more power and speed. The Civic Sport offers six extra horsepower and 15 lb-ft of torque. So how does the turbo engine stack up with the manual gearbox? Perfectly. The shifter is fantastic, it’s precise, easy to use, fun to move around and has a pleasant rubber-like grip around it that makes shifting gears addictive. The clutch is engaging and light while the turbo engine is still pristine, no matter how much you push it.
Since the engine is a 1.5-liter, there isn’t much action under 3,000 RPM, but once the boost kicks in, you feel the same power delivery as in past Hondas. The benefit of the turbo is that you don’t have to rev it so much to get past vehicles on the road. It can rev all the way up to 6,500 RPM and has the typical Honda four-cylinder engine note. As you shift through the gears, you can feel the mechanical components within vehicle working together to deliver the power to you.
With a 0-60 time of 6.5 seconds, this Civic hatch does not slack when it comes to performance. The handling is impressive as you can throw it around a corner in a jiffy. Since it is larger than past Civics, you can feel the weight shift more from side to side. Steering is light like most Hondas with minimal feedback. The suspension does a good job absorbing tough roads and the brakes are nothing short of excellent. Overall, it’s a very fun and energetic car to drive.
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