Return Of The Civic Hatchback

Ever since the debut of the new 10th generation Civic last year, Honda enthusiasts have been awaiting the official reveal of the Civic’s new hatchback body style. Today, Honda finally showed off some images and specs on the 2017 five-door Civic, and it looks and sounds quite promising.

Built by Honda of the UK, this car represents the first five-door Civic ever sold in the United States and the first USDM hatchback Civic since the EP3 Si of the early 2000s.

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback

Here in America it will be equipped exclusively with Honda’s new 1.5-liter DOHC turbo four cylinder with either a 6-speed stick shift or a CVT transmission, and it will make 174 or 180 horsepower depending on the version.

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback

In the US the hatchback will join the existing sedan and coupe models, with the Si and Type R models yet to come.

Coincidentally, I just picked up a sedan version of the basic turbo Civic for my wife, and I’m extremely impressed by what Honda has done with the new car. In fact, I think I’m going to write up some more detailed impressions and thoughts after living with the car for a bit, and share them here.

I know not everyone will dig the look of the new car and the departure from the high-winding naturally aspirated motors the company is known for, but hats off to Honda for tapping into its potential and adding some excitement to the affordable car market again.

Mike Garrett
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mike@speedhunters.com

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1

Styling grew on me so fast I forgot what I was going to hate on.

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awesomefearwave

now i just want honda to create something rwd exclusive. right now their entire lineup is either fwd or awd, fwd biased. i mean the new civic looks great, but i want honda to create something rwd, either with 2 or 4 doors. like an s2000 successor. that would make me very happy.

3

i personally dont like it, dont get me wrong the old gen hatchbacks id own in an instant, but something wiht modern hatchbacks as a whole i cant really absorb. I really did the new civic, doesnt really work in hatchback form. Now thats my opinion and i can totally understand why someone would love this car, especially for the memories, because im sure mostly any car guy has owned a honda at one point in their lifes and they are amazing cars, but this one though... it just doesnt click.

4

maybe too modern for my taste

5

The design is a bit too fussy for me

6

" I know not everyone will dig the look of the new car and the departure from the high-winding naturally aspirated motors the company is known for, but hats off to Honda for tapping into its potential and adding some excitement to the affordable car market again. " Too easy

7

Just on looks I get a heavy cumbersome impression. Cabin, doors/windows look large.
How much does it weigh though?
Well it's got a turbo for torque now so I guess that offsets it.

8

I was thinking it looks a bit ugly initially but with some decent aero, some low and better wheels (default honda mods) it'll probably look alright. The lines remind me a bit of the 2007-2010 Impreza hatch.

9

They're selling to the American market with these. Look at those giant draping body panels, and that cvt transmission. Not even a car it's a mobile transit module. Taking that subaru/nissan approach with an economy-car icon... jeez

10

It looks like an SUV.

11

God I miss my first Civic.

12

An MX-5/124 and BRZ/GT86 competitor with the new civic engine would be awesome!

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Dill Pickle indeed it would. but of course that civic engine would need to be longitudinal. but something light, nimble, and plenty powerful for its weight would be nice.

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That is one ugly heavy looking car. I think they might have beaten even Audi in the race of adding as much grille as possible. Next generation is probably going to have some added grilles (faux of course) on the doors too.

I've never been much of a Honda fan, but I did appreciate their minimalistic approach to making well performing economical cars in the 90s. This new one seems to be the opposite.

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Im a huge honda nerd, but damn the new ones are getting uglier every gen. Ill stick to my 92 eg8

20

Still better looking than the EU version

21

And again... A new mainstream car without personality. Put a lot of angles on a car like you do doesn't do the job. It's just horrible, it's not for that Honda lovers love Honda. We want something special, a lightweight car with a good and simple conception, complicated only when it's necessary (vtec, mcpherson...). I'm sorry for my bad english but i'm very bored about that thing :/

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That rear bumper though

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"...this car represents the first five-door Civic ever sold in the United States..."


Wait... what? 


The 1988-1991 Civic station wagon would disagree. Sold in the United States. Had five doors. Is a Civic.


Did someone fact check this article?

25

Too much going on with those bumpers. Hopefully a tasteful aftermarket option becomes available. Otherwise the car looks like a gundam abortion.

26

gcvphoto What do you know. My wagovan apparently doesn't exist. Well that frees up some space in the garage I suppose.

27

It looks a bit like a 5 door mazda3, low roof, long nose. it may not pluck the heart strings of the eg purist but I'll hazard a guess that they will sell a full boatload of these. Once these hit the used market im sure a bit of extra boost and a little chassis tweaking will make them really fun. and i cant believe the complaining about a 5 door turbo civic that makes shy of 200 hp with a six speed manual no less.

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gcvphoto Ah yes. The wagon slipped my mind. I just sold my '85 4WD wagon actually haha. For some reason my mind separates wagons and hatchbacks but you are indeed correct. It's a five-door, along with the first and second gen hatchbacks. Oversight on my part.

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Hoo my...

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Needs a 3 door version with a more verticle backside.

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Mike Garrett gcvphoto

No big deal, I was just giving you a hard time. I certainly do understand your point.

However, that brings up another issue: would this new civic technically be considered a "hatchback" as Honda has been advertising it as. From my experience, a 5-door hatchback is technically just a station wagon. If this was a true "hatchback", shouldn't it only have 3 doors. 

Honestly, these names all confuse me now. BMW sells a car with Gran Coupe in the title and it has 4-doors. I thought coupes were 2-door cars??

Don't even get me started on shooting-brakes...

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LouisYio Fake plastic grill on the rear bumper of a front engine car :-)

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Factory turbo Civic. I'll take 3 please.

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So Ricey

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all cars look the same now so boring , this could be an accord and I wouldn't know the difference. they need to bring out a simple 90's style hatchback

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They need to fire their design team and herald in a new heir to the CRX.

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Why do people always think the design team is at fault? The design team is given an engineering package with overall dimensions, engine placement, etc. etc. The bad decisions come from MARKETING. Most designers have desks covered in amazing designs like the Honda 2&4. Their hands are tied.

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i build these at honda uk...they look cool in person better than 9th gen

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I have a gen 10 and it is pants, big time pants and I see honda have put the same shitty pants on this 1 too and add this too the electric steering and you have 1 hell of a shitty car. RIP civic.

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D1RGE EXE lol you'll need 3 as 2 will be broke down at a time.

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i23sonny my gen 10 weighs 1800 odd kgs or nearly 2 tons

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