The 10th generation of the Honda Civic already made some waves in the North American market for being the first Honda model on the continent to feature a turbocharged engine available. Now, for the 2017 model, there’s a new first: a turbo paired with a manual transmission.
Whether you opt for the turbocharged engine or go with the 2.0L 4-cylinder, however, you’ll have one of the most powerful and efficient small cars.
Power: Civic LX and EX models are powered by a 158-hp 2.0L 4-cylinder engine while the EX-T, EX-L, and Touring carry the new 174-hp 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder.
Torque: Civic LX and EX trims crank out 138 lb-ft of torque from the 2.0L engine, but drivers looking for a more energetic feel will love the 1.5L turbocharged engine’s available 167 lb-ft of torque (CVT models have 162 lb-ft).
Transmission: Honda’s continuously variable transmission has been engineered to find the right gear ratio for a given scenario, always shifting smoothly into the most efficient option. But some drivers prefer the control of a manual transmission, and the Civic is one of the few modern small cars that still offers it—a 6-speed stick shift, available on LX, EX, and EX-T models.
If you’re the kind of driver who needs to hear the sound of their engine, you owe it to yourself to sit behind the wheel of an EX-T or higher model for a new experience. Honda’s sound isolation techniques allow you to enjoy a calm-sounding cabin without compromising that feeling of power—you’ll still feel the purr of the engine as the car vibrates, but it won’t impact your driving soundtrack a bit.
If the 2017 Honda Civic Sedan performance and fuel-efficiency specs are a top priority, then your trim level may be decided by your engine. Here are our thoughts on who each engine is for:
2.0L 4-Cylinder: The standard Civic engine, the 2.0L 4-cylinder offers more power than many of its competitors while remaining efficient and giving drivers the choice of manual or automatic transmissions. Its only real competition is the other Civic engine, and if you are on a tighter budget or don’t see the need for the extra power or fuel economy, the Civic LX or EX is a great choice.
1.5L Turbo: Drivers who can afford the upgrade to the EX-T should go with the 1.5L turbocharged engine; it’s more powerful and more efficient. Performance-oriented minds should stick with the EX-T, though, as it’s the only turbocharged trim with the 6-speed manual transmission available.
We hope this gives you an idea of which engine may be for you, but we also hope you take them both for a test drive. When it comes to cars, experiencing them firsthand is better than just comparing specs.