Honda showed a mildly conceptified version of the tenth-gen Civic hatch in March, and just last week a production model was caught being loaded onto a ship. Now it’s finally here and official, and we can tell you that a hatchback Civic will once again be sold in the US starting this fall. Utility lovers rejoice.
This new body style joins the somewhat-hatch-looking sedan and the coupe Honda has been selling for about a year. It will be available in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Sport Touring trims, with that last one being a new addition. All will get Honda’s 1.5-liter turbo four offered in upper trims of the sedan and coupe, but they won’t all get the same amount of power: LX, EX, and EX-L models will use a 174-hp version, while anything that says Sport on the back gets bumped up to a 180-hp tune, thanks in part to the sweet center-exit exhaust you see on the car above. Torque doesn’t vary between the trims – it’s 162 lb-ft on all of them.
The other exciting bit of news is that the hatchback (along with other 2017 Civics) will be available with the turbo engine and a manual – in the same car. (For 2016, turbo coupes and sedans were sold exclusively with the CVT, and the manual was offered only on lower trims with a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four.) The six-speed stick will be standard on LX, Sport, and EX models, while the CVT will be available on those trim levels and standard on the others. The turbo engine is a charmer, and we have said from the start that it would be that much better with a stick, even though most people will choose the CVT anyway. But yay for freedom of choice.
Equipment should pretty well mirror what’s available on the same trims in the two- and four-doors, with the exception of that new Sport Touring trim. It sounds like that will be Touring equipment – including the Honda Sensing suite of safety tech (available on other trims), Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, and LED headlights – plus some more sport-like looks and the power bump. Civic hatches will be built exclusively at Honda’s plant in Swindon, England. Fun fact: The last Civic hatch to be sold in the US, the oddball 2002–2005 Si, came from the same factory.
Big changes come in the rear, obvs, and include a hatch with glass that’s bisected (something Honda lovesto do) by a spoiler spanning the taillights. And in case you’re worried all of the air back there won’t be properly spoiled, there’s a small body-color spoiler at the top of the hatch, as well. The Sport’s center-exit exhaust sits within a pretty angular rear fascia, and we expect that angularity will be continued in front like it is on the other Civic bodies.
The Sport Touring model shown here looks pretty good, but we’re just a little more excited for the Type-R that’s coming next year and will be hatch-only. And don’t forget the upcoming Si model. The latest Civic lineup is shaping up to be the fullest offered in the US yet.