2017 Honda Civic vs. Its Competition

2017 Honda Civic Si First Drive
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

If you're in the market for a Civic, you're in the right place—the options in this class are some of the best we've seen in a lifetime.

First among those is the Mazda 3, which is a very fun car to drive, if not wholly fast.

We like the Mazda's more organic shape, but admit that some may find the Civic more attractive.

The Focus has very good value in lower trims, although it may not be as fun to drive.

The Elantra excels at a value proposition, although that may be suffering mission creep lately.

The Chevy Cruze has a baffling new powertrain, and one that we're not wholly sold on, but it's interior layout is a little more straightforward than the Civic's edgier designs.

The Volkswagen Golf is excellent on all fronts—provided you're OK with a hatchback.

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Quick Specs
The 2017 Honda Civic gains a hatchback body this year, but we were already sold. It's a very good compact car.
The 2017 Chevy Cruze adds a hatch to the family that retains the same good ride and ample space, without being boomy or loud.
The 2017 Ford Focus has great road manners and scorching high-performance editions, but it's compromised by a small back seat.
We miss the brash, buzzy looks, for sure—but the 2017 Hyundai Elantra is now one of the most refined economy cars on the road.
The 2017 Mazda 3 is near the top of our favorite compact cars on sale today. Its good performance, good fuel economy, and good value make for a very good car.
There's a Golf for nearly every taste and need—Golf, Golf GTI, Golf SportWagen— and don't forget about the EV eGolf, which is very balanced and fun to drive.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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