Price: $20,600

Year 2017




Drivetrain FWD

Transmission AUTOMATIC

Engine 4-CYL, I-VTEC, 2.0 LITER

Mileage 62,356

Doors 4

Exterior Color GREY

Interior Color GREY


Stock No. 4886

Vehicle Equipment

Vehicle Description

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This year the Civic has evolved into a five-door hatchback and its chunky exterior won't appeal to the mainstream. We like that. The sedan shape and proportions are all there, but from the rear door back, it has a verve all its own.

The exterior styling is exciting, maybe to a fault, but the cockpit is more tame and just as effective in correcting past miscues. It adopts a broad, horizontal theme, not unlike recent BMWs in the bow and swell of the major trim pieces. Thick at the driver side, it tapers as it moves toward the passenger door, paneled with embossed metallic trim. The old two-tier dash has been banished to some third-world automaker's future design notebook; in the Civic, the clutter of screens is now focused on one area, where a 5.0-inch base color screen grows into a 7.0-inch touchscreen on the nicer trim levels.

The base Civic gets its power from a 2.0-liter inline-4 rated at 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. It's the base engine in LX and EX trims for the coupe and sedan, and delivers power to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual or an automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT). Though the engine is relatively new for Honda, the delivery is the same: it's a commuter special without much to make it remarkable. It fades into the background during most commutes.

The CVT may be relatively unfamiliar for car buyers who haven't purchased or driven a new car recently. That type of automatic transmission doesn't use gears, rather pulleys and a belt that can mimic an infinite number of "gears" to keep an engine running as efficiently as possible. Accelerating through a CVT means wading through a slurry of infinite gear possibilities, which can feel imprecise and may be noisy. Honda's CVT is a little quicker and quieter than many others, but unlike Subaru's unit—which we also like very much—there are no paddle shifters to simulate gears.

By the numbers: The Civic sedan wraps up 112.9 cubic feet of space in its 182.3 inch long body. That's bigger than the Mazda 3 (108 cubic feet) and the Ford Focus (103.2 cubic feet), but smaller than the Chrysler 200 (117.4 cubic feet).

The numbers matter, but so do how Honda uses the available space. The slimmer, tailored front bucket seats sit much lower than before, and for some of our taller editors had to be adjusted higher to find a good driving position—a rarity for our long-legged payroll. The dash structure is less pronounced than before, and the tilt/telescoping steering has a longer stroke, so finding an ideal driving position is easy for a wide range of body types, though the prominent headrests might push too far forward for some. There's excellent leg room and a comfortable incline to the footboard—most won't find any issue with available head room either.

*This vehicle is Certified Pre-Owned and is eligible for our third party warranty program. 

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