Your 2017 Honda Civic Sedan Performance and Fuel Efficiency Ratings

  • 2017 Honda Civic

    Now that it’s arrived for Detroit area drivers, we think it’s time we break down the 2017 Honda Civic Sedan performance and fuel efficiency numbers. With two engines and two transmission options, Honda gives Civic drivers four powertrain choices, and we don’t think there’s a bad pick among them. Learn more about the performance and fuel economies of the modern Civic Sedan and decide which engine and transmission is right for you.

Performance Breakdown

The 10th generation of the Civic was the first American Honda vehicle to feature a turbocharged engine, and this second year of the model brings more variety. The turbo powertrain caused the experts at Car and Driver to declare that Honda “got it right” with the latest Civic, which they timed at 6.8 seconds to reach 60 mph from a dead stop (on CVT models).

Here’s what you can expect from each engine as far as performance is concerned:


Honda Civic Engine

Power: The Civic offers small-car drivers two of the most powerful engines in its class. The standard 2.0L 4-cylinder is rated at 158 hp and is featured on the LX and EX trims, while the available 1.5L turbo engine delivers 174 hp on EX-T, EX-L, and Touring trims.

Honda Civic Power

Torque: Launch from a dead stop with plenty of force thanks to the 138 lb-ft of torque on the 2.0L 4-cylinder. The turbocharged engine brings up to 167 lb-ft of torque (when equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission; CVT models get 162 lb-ft).

Honda Civic Transmission

Transmissions: Drivers can now choose between the 6MT and the CVT on both powertrains, allowing driving enthusiasts the control of a manual transmission on the turbo and bringing the fuel efficiency of the CVT to the standard engine.


We can’t quantify the feeling of a vocal engine—you just have to experience it—but rest assured that drivers who prefer an engine note they can feel will appreciate the turbocharged engine. Accelerate from a stop and feel the turbo rumble to life—though it’s a grunt that’s more felt than heard thanks to the extensive sound isolation technology that brings a peaceful driving experience to the Civic cabin.

Fuel Efficiency

Honda has a reputation for efficient cars, and no matter which of the Civic powertrains you decide on, you’ll have one of the most economical small cars on the road. But with two engine options and two transmissions, you have four different sets of fuel economy specs, so we broke them down to make the decision a bit easier for our Detroit drivers:

2017 Honda Civic
  • 2.0L 4-Cylinder with 6MT: The standard powertrain and transmission, the 2017 Civic LX and EX Sedans with 6-speed manual transmission are rated at an EPA-estimated 40 mpg highway, 28 mpg city, and 32 mpg combined.*
  • 2.0L 4-Cylinder with CVT: Stepping up to the available CVT brings the fuel economy numbers up, with Civic LX and EX Sedans earning an EPA-estimated 40 mpg highway, 31 mpg city, and 34 mpg combined.*
  • 1.5L Turbo with 6MT: Believe it or not, the more powerful engine also brings greater efficiency. The 2017 Civic EX-T 6MT offers the control of the manual and the power of the turbo, bringing an EPA-estimated 42 mpg highway, 31 mpg city, and 35 mpg combined.*
  • 1.5L Turbo with CVT: Efficient and powerful Civic EX-T, EX-L, and Touring models with CVT earn an EPA-estimated 42 mpg highway, 32 mpg city, and 36 mpg combined.*

It’s a tough choice, deciding among the engines and powertrains that best fit your needs, but you won’t have to decide until after you’ve had some time with both powertrains and both transmissions.

Choosing the Right Civic

We can’t make the choice for you, but we have a few suggestions to make it easier to decide which to test drive.

  • 2.0L 4-Cylinder: The 4-cylinder offers plenty of power and brings the choice of manual control or CVT efficiency, giving it an edge over many competitors already without requiring upgrades beyond the basic trim level. It’s a smart choice for a driver on a budget who may not have the flexibility to upgrade to the EX-T.
  • 1.5L Turbo: Drivers with some wiggle room in their new car budget, owe it to themselves to check out the turbocharged engine and discover its 6MT and CVT variations. It brings more power and greater fuel economy, and if you can afford the upgrade, we think it’s the right choice for you.
Honda Civic

So, which one do you want to test drive first?

Find Your Civic

We’ve shown you the 2017 Honda Civic Sedan performance and fuel efficiency numbers and offered a bit of advice on which one you might be better suited for, but now it’s time to put them to the test. Visit a Detroit Area Honda Dealer near you today to get behind the wheel and experience one or more of these Civic powertrains for yourself.

*Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
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