Honda Returns to the Drawing Board with 2017 Civic Hatchback Spo
Honda Returns to the Drawing Board with 2017 Civic Hatchback Spo

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Author : Scott Evans>

Every year, cars get more complicated. Be it under the hood or in the cabin, more gizmos keep arriving, especially if you’re willing to open your wallet. As feature saturation continues unabated, though, it’s refreshing to occasionally drive a car that’s kept things relatively simple, and the new 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport is about as basic as you can get.

At just 2,864 pounds, the Civic Hatchback is the lightest hatchback we’ve weighed in years, and it would be difficult to make it any heavier. Our test car was stripped, but there’s still very little you can add via the options sheet. There’s no premium stereo, no navigation, no Honda Sense active safety gear, no leather seats, no dual-zone climate control, no seat heaters, etc., because Honda for some reason still believes people who buy manual transmissions don’t want nice things. Note to Honda: People don’t buy manuals because they’re cheap anymore. They buy them because they want to drive a manual. You’d sell more cars and make more money per car if you’d let manual buyers pay extra for stereos and such.

All that aside, the extra sheetmetal involved in making a sedan into a hatchback does add weight, but it’s less than 100 pounds. That might help account for the difference in performance, too. We clocked a Civic Sedan with the continuously variable transmission at 6.8 seconds to 60 mph. This Hatchback Sport, despite its more fun six-speed manual and an extra six horsepower and 15 lb-ft of torque, needed 7.5 seconds to do the same. It was a smaller gap at the quarter-mile mark, with the Sedan crossing the finish in 15.3 seconds at 93.0 mph and the Hatchback Sport just behind at 15.5 seconds at 91.5 mph. We tried to get a better result out of the Hatchback Sport, but after about 20 launches, the engine heat soaked badly.

Honda apparently didn’t intended for the Sport moniker to denote quicker acceleration but rather better handling. In that department, the Hatchback Sport pulled 0.88 average g on the skidpad to the Sedan’s 0.84 and lapped the figure eight in 27.1 seconds at 0.63 average g to the Sedan’s 27.4 seconds at 0.64 average g. The Hatchback Sport also stopped 5 feet shorter, in just 115 feet.