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The Daily Drivers Update: 2017 Honda Civic Touring sedan

After last year's redesign, Honda keeps expanding the Civic family for 2017. There's now a hatchback, for example, joining the coupe and sedan, and we can't wait to drive the sporty Si and high-performance Civic Type R models.

As for the regular coupe we drove, Honda still strives for a sporty look and driving experience through its four trim levels. There are two engines — including the 1.5-liter, 174-horsepower turbo we drove in the top Touring trim. It's excellent, with stout acceleration and no turbo lag. The two bottom trims have a traditional 2.0-liter 158 horsepower inline four-cylinder. The base LX has a 6-speed manual gearbox while the rest of the line gets a CVT.

The CVT in general used to be our least favorite transmission, but Honda (as well as many other manufacturers) has refined its performance and noise level to make it a competent option.

We really like the handling of the Civic and the turbo gives the average commuter enough pep to indulge their sporty side. (Complementing the performance are a few look-at-me paint colors such as Energy Green Pearl.)

The interior is roomy for a compact coupe, and we like the digital instrument cluster. Unfortunately, the controls are on the touchscreen are still problematic with the sole physical volume control on the steering wheel.

Lyra and Peter say: We have very few quibbles with the Civic — in any of its forms. It's one of our favorite small cars. That said, we would opt for one of the turbo models — the mid EX-T trim, which has a manual version, offers good bang for the buck — for its performance and better mpg (3e city, 42 highway).

Also, look for the Honda Sensing feature, which includes collision mitigation and road departure mitigation. It comes standard in the Touring trim and optional on the others.

2017 Honda Civic Touring sedan

Price: $18,740 start, $27,475 as tested

Powertrain: 1.5-liter turbo 4-cylinder, continuously variable transmission, FWD

Horsepower: 174 at 6,000

Torque: 162 lb-ft at 1,750-5,500

Curb weight: 2,923 pounds

Dimensions

in inches:

Wheelbase, 106.3

Length, 182.3

Width, 70.8

Height, 55.7

Seats: 5

Fuel economy: 32 miles per gallon city, 42 mpg highway

Fuel type: Regular unleaded

Safety features: Honda Sensing, includes collision mitigation and road departure mitigation, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, LaneWatch, ABS, BA, vehicle stability assist, airbags and curtains, LED daylight running lights, ACE body structure

Website: automobiles.honda.com/civic-sedan

The Daily Drivers Update: 2017 Honda Civic Touring sedan 07/05/17 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 5, 2017 6:33pm]
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