Sporty and Practical

2017 Honda Civic Coupe seduces with style

BYAlan Rider
The commonly accepted wisdom is that sporty cars are not practical, and practical cars are not sporty. While there may be some truth to this, the all-new Honda Civic Coupe is clearly an exception.
 
On the sporty side of the equation, the tenth generation of this compact coupe gets a body that’s lower, wider, and shorter than its sedan and four-door hatchback siblings. The result is a car with a hunkered-down look that makes it seem speedy even standing still.
 
Backing up those racy good looks is a choice of two engines, including the 174-horsepower, turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder beneath the bonnet of the top-of-the-line Touring model I drove. Between its strong acceleration and outstanding fuel economy, this motor manages to deliver the best of both worlds. 
 
The new Civic Coupe’s retuned suspension gives it sharper handling than the outgoing model. More impressive is the fact that it manages to do that while providing pleasantly smooth ride quality.
 
From a practical perspective, the car’s nicely turned-out interior offers roomy and comfortable accommodations up front. Rear seat headroom is minimal, but it’s fine for kids or shorter adults. Gauges and controls are easy to see and use, with the exception of the all-touchscreen audio system, which could benefit from a couple of good old-fashioned volume and tuning knobs.
 
Figure in a high fun-to-drive factor and top crash test scores and you have a car that’s both sporty and practical.
ALAN RIDER has been writing about the intersection of automobiles and adventure travel for more than two decades.

2017 Honda Civic Coupe

Vehicle Type: 
Coupe
Base Price: 
$19,150
Price as Tested: 
$26,960
Fuel Economy: 
31 MPG City
40 MPG Highway
Key Safety Features: 
  • 5-star NHTSA safety rating
  • Brake assist
  • Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control
  • Front, side, and side curtain airbags with rollover sensor
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines
The Good: 
  • Responsive handling and a refined ride
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Quality interior materials
The Bad: 
  • Sloping roofline cuts into rear-seat headroom
  • Audio system needs an actual volume knob
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