The 2017 Honda Civic Hatch Sport, with its powerful turbo engine and six-speed manual, makes us wonder if Honda needs a Civic Si anymore.
What is it?
The Honda Civic is a mid-sized, five-passenger car that now comes in sedan, coupe, and hatchback configurations. Its arch-rival is the Toyota Corolla, which comes only in a sedan, and only in a sedate commuter-car formula. Honda has gone well past that point with its Civic line and offers multiple quick and nimble vehicles that rival the most enjoyable vehicles at this price. The Hatch Sport is just like it sounds – sporty, but with manual cloth seats and no safety or infotainment options. This is what the Civic Si trim started out being.
I should know. In the early 1990s I was one of the first U.S. buyers of the Civic Si with the VTEC engine. Mine had manual black cloth seats, a manual transmission, and the newly-upgraded engine. That was a fun and affordable car, just like this new 2017 Civic Hatch Sport.