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INSPIRING HATCHBACK JOINS 2017 CIVIC ROSTER

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
You already have the sedan and the coupe. Now add the impressively designed hatchback to the 2017 Honda Civic lineup. Obviously, it shares the powertrain with the other brethren: a 1.5-liter DOHC direct-injected and turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine putting out 180 horsepower @ 6000 rpm and 162 pounds-feet of torque @ 5500 rpm. The five-door ride is coupled to a continuous variable transmission or the 6-speed manual. A fully independent suspension is handled via a MacPherson strut but the rear gets an all-new multi-link independent system. And leading the car to its destination is the electric power steering with variable ratio.
Slim projector-beam halogen headlights border the centered Honda insignia in the grille while the rear shows off LED fog and brake lights and spoiler. Space abounds in the Civic with 15.1 cubic feet of trunk area and a mammoth center console to hide precious belongings. Other standard goodies in our Sport Touring trim included eight-way power driver and four-way passenger leather seats and tilt/telescopic steering column, 7-inch audio touch display, aluminum pedals, dual auto a/c, remote engine start, electronic parking brake, dual auto a/c, heated front and rear seats and door pocket bins.
EPA mileage estimates are impressive at 30 mpg city, 36 highway and combined 32. We averaged about 35 in city/highway driving. The ECON button serves its purpose for sure.
Standard safety features include dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag with rollover sensor, stability assist and traction control, four-wheel antilock brakes, rearview camera, forward collision and lane departure warnings, lake keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking, tire pressure monitoring system and daytime running lights.
With trendy styling, commendable performance and fuel-sipping capabilities, the useful Civic hatchback makes for a remarkable package. Honda reputation for durability and dependability should help seal the deal for the indecisive ones.

CIVIC SPORT TOURING
Wheelbase: 106.3 inches
Length: 177.9 inches
Height: 56.3 inches
Width: 70.8 inches
Weight: 3,003 pounds
Fuel capacity: 12.3 gallons
Base price: $28,300
Web site: www.honda.com

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