Honda Civic Hatchback

The current generation Honda Civic was offered initially only in sedan form, but a coupe version appeared later in the model year, and now finally a hatchback version has appeared. With plenty of trim levels and a variety of body styles, there's a Civic for nearly every need.

The base LX comes simply equipped but leaves nothing out, and includes anti-lock brakes, power-adjustable mirrors, a 160-watt CD/MP3 stereo with Bluetooth, power windows and locks and remote keyless entry.

Coupe models offer an additional trim level, LX-P that adds a sunroof and keyless ignition to the LX model.

EX models add 16-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, an upgraded 8-speaker stereo as well as LaneWatch blind spot monitoring as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. Leather seats, steering wheel and shift-knob are optional as are an 8-way power-adjustable driver seat.

The Touring Civic has 17-inch machined alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, a 450-watt audio system that also includes a 7-inch touchscreen that also includes all of the modern smartphone connectivity. Leather seats are standard on the Touring and they are heated and power-adjustable. Dynamic cruise control and dual-zone climate control are also included.

On LX and EX Civics, a 158-horsepower, 2.0L i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine is standard. The LX is the only trim that offers a 6-speed manual transmission. All others come with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The EX-T and Touring come with a 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine makes 174 horsepower and 162 lb-feet of torque.

Civic Hatchbacks are also available in the Sport Touring trim. Sport Touring adds LED headlights, heated rear outboard seats, an aero kit and sport pedals.

Safety takes a strong presence in the new Civic. Of course it includes front and side airbags, but low tire pressure warning, backup camera and stability control are also standard on every Civic. Starting with the EX, a blind-spot monitoring system is included.

Honda Sensing system, is optional across the board. It's a suite of safety features that includes Lane Keep Assist, which will monitor and can even nudge the vehicle back into its lane, Blind Spot sensors and Collision Mitigation that will detect an impending accident and can even apply the brakes if needed.

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This, dear readers, has been a long time coming. The 2017 Honda Civic Type R is finally here. Honda's been making lightweight, race-ready Type R versions of its cars for about 25 years now, with the Civic first getting the nod in 1997. Those cars have shown up in Japan, Europe, Australia and... basically everywhere but the US of A.

Finally, finally, that's changing. For the 10th-generation Civic, Honda decided to throw America a bone -- a 306-horsepower, turbocharged bone. It's the fastest Civic ever, the fastest production front-wheel drive car on the planet, the most powerful Honda ever released in the US and it's really, really good.

Fifth time's the charm

R is for racing and so when the humble, sixth-gen Civic received the "Type R" nameplate back in 1997, it seemed like a bit of a curiosity. But as any fan of Japan's Best Motoring program will tell you, or indeed anyone who's ever obsessed over Gran Turismo, the Civic Type R has always been something worth respecting. And, for those of us in the US, something worth coveting.

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