It’s one of the most popular vehicles ever made. Honda sells more Civics each year than the combined sales of some automakers’ entire vehicle portfolios. Despite losing its way for a brief period in the early 2010s, the Civic has always been a reasonably attractive, fun-to-drive, reliable, and affordable compact vehicle.
The 2016 redesign introduced bold aesthetics to a traditionally modest vehicle, but Honda’s risk has paid off handsomely. Sales continue to rise and buyers who once considered the Civic boring have given the vehicle a second look. The debut of the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback adds a third body style to the Civic lineup, expanding the car’s practicality and design flexibility.
But the Civic hatch is more than just a more versatile model – it’s also sportier. A modest bump in output paired with a manual transmission in the Hatchback Sport trim turns the more practical Civic into the enthusiast’s Civic – at least until the Si and Type R variants go on sale.