Honda goes practical, upscale with new Civic Hatchback

August 15, 2016

Honda hasn't sold a hatchback version of its Civic compact car range in the United States in more than a decade, but that's all set to change this fall when a decidedly more upmarket Civic Hatchback arrives in dealers as a 2017 model.

This latest Civic hatch isn't a dowdy 3-door like its predecessors. Instead, this latest model is essentially the American market version of the Civic Hatchback that has been primarily sold in Europe. Although its front fascia is closely related to the sedan, its stubby tail falls more in line with the last couple of Civic hatchback models not offered in the U.S.

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To that end, all Civic hatchbacks will be built not alongside their sedan brethren in Honda's American assembly plants but instead in Swindon, England, where the last hatchback—the short-lived Civic Si 3-door–was assembled. 

The lineup
The Civic Hatchback will be offered in a wide range of trims that don't quite mirror its sedan counterpart: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Sport Touring, and it will initially feature a single turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with two different outputs: 174 horsepower/162 pound-feet of torque and 180 hp/162 lb-ft, the latter of which will be reserved specifically for the Sport and Sport Touring models, which will include a center-mounted exhaust pipe.  

Honda hasn't confirmed the higher-output, 180 horsepower 4-cylinder for the Civic sedan, but its eventual arrival seems like a safe bet. 

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Both a CVT automatic and a 6-speed manual transmission will be on offer and Honda says to expect fuel economy as high as 31 mpg city, 40 highway, and 34 combined.

Honda says to expect the new Sport Touring trim level to come loaded to the gills with heated front and rear seats, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, power front seats, and LED headlamps, among other features. 

The Civic hatch will square off against 5-door versions of the Chevrolet Cruze, the Mazda 3, and the Ford Focus, among others.  

Look for more details about the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback to make their way online after the 5-door officially debuts at next month's Paris Motor Show. 

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