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Versatility & Performance: 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback

Introduced to the American marketplace last year, the Civic Hatchback becomes the third body style in the 10th-generation Civic lineup. Combining striking, Euro-inspired styling and five-door hatchback versatility with the world-class driving dynamics and Honda direct-injected turbo engine technology, the Civic Hatchback is designed for buyers seeking an even more expressive, sporty and versatile Civic.

Built on the same world-class platform as the Sedan and Coupe, the Civic Hatchback offers an appealing combination of sporty styling, efficiency, interior utility and premium features. The Civic Hatchback is available in five trims: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L Navi and Sport Touring.

Power is generated by a 1.5-liter DOHC direct-injected and turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Sport and Sport Touring trims feature a center-mounted dual exhaust system and are designed to benefit from premium unleaded fuel for an additional six horsepower. The turbocharged engine can be mated to either a sporty CVT (continuous variable transmission) automatic (all trims) or a quick-shifting six-speed manual gearbox (LX and Sport trims).

Mated to the Civic's rigid and lightweight body and sophisticated chassis design, is a fully independent suspension system with liquid-filled bushings, and sport-tuned electronic power steering (EPS) with variable gear ratio.

Inside the passenger cabin carries through on the modern, sophisticated and premium quality of the 10th-generation Civic lineup, with high-grade materials and finishes applied liberally throughout. In terms of packaging, the Civic Hatchback delivers class-leading volume and cargo capacity, including a roomy interior, best-in-class rear seat legroom, and the largest cargo carrying capacity with rear seats up in the competitive set.

Dimensions & specifications
Wheelbase: 106.3; overall length: 177.9; width: 70.8; height: 56.5
All vehicle measurements are in inches.

Engine: 1.5L four-cylinder turbocharged – 174 hp at 5500 rpm and 167 lb-ft of torque at 1800-5500 rpm (manual), 174 hp at 6000 rpm and 162 lb-ft of torque at 1700-550 rpm (CVT); Sport/Sport Touring - 180 hp at 5500 rpm and 177 lb-ft of torque at 1900-5000 rpm.
Transmission: six-speed manual, CVT automatic
EPA Fuel Economy: 29 city/38 hwy. (manual); 31 city/40 hwy. (automatic); 30 city/36 hwy. (automatic – Sport/Sport Touring)
Cargo capacity: 46.2 cubic feet

Safety features
Dual front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, dual side curtain airbags with rollover sensor, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, brake assist, electronic brake force distribution, vehicle stability assist, traction control, rearview camera, LED daytime running lights, automatic headlamps, automatic door locks, Bluetooth hands free phone system, and tire pressure monitoring system. Sport adds fog lights. EX adds Honda LaneWatch, HondaLink, push-button start and Smart Entry system. EX-L Navi adds navigation system. Sport Touring adds forward collision warning, lane departure warning, collision mitigation braking system, lane keeping assist system, adaptive cruise control with low speed follow, automatic LED headlights, automatic high-beam headlights, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Basic: 3-year/36,000 mile Bumper-to-bumper
Powertrain: 5-year/60,000 mile
Corrosion: 5-year/unlimited

The base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2018 Honda Civic hatchback starts from $20,050 for the LX manual upto $28,650 for the Sport Touring CVT. Destination charges add $890.

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Ken Chester, Jr.

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