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2017 Honda Civic: High style, driving sophistication, and everything else for less

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The 2017 Honda Civic is one of the members of the 10th generation Civic line-up of cars and while it is a small car, it is no way smaller than others and in some cases even bigger than the big cars out there.

Over the years the Honda Civic family of cars has garnered a fan following like no other and year-after-year it was won awards and accolades that put other cars in the shade. The latest award that the Civic family in general and 2017 Honda Civic in particular has won is the Kelley Blue Book Best Buys of 2017 in the Small Car segment.

According to folks at the KBB, 2017 Honda Civic packs high style, offers excellent driving sophistication and if that’s not all, the Honda Civic does everything better, for less. The latest Honda Civic has a visual impact thanks to its bold design, styling sophistication and the price  of only about $19,500 makes it a must buy in the small car segment.

The Civic’s 1.5-liter, 174-horsepower turbocharged engine paired with continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) offers much better performance than its rivals – the Hyundai Elantra and Chevrolet Cruze. Longtime fans of the Civic will feel a wave of nostalgia for their first Honda when they turn the small steering wheel, feel the feedback and power the Civic through a corner.

Newcomers to the car will finally understand what their friends have been talking about. While the ride is a little stiffer than the Elantra and Cruze, it’s hardly disagreeable, and the payoff in handling is worth it. And don’t think that you have to spend big to get this kind of chassis sophistication; the base-model Civic LX, with its manual transmission and its non-turbo 2.0-liter 158-horsepower engine, sacrifices nothing when it comes to driving pleasure.

Read: 2017 Honda Civic Si shown off at the LA Auto Show.

Kelley Blue Book Co. points out that modern small cars are becoming increasingly sophisticated and bringing to the table features that were never being offered in this segment. Features such as collision warning, automatic braking, lane keeping assist, and active cruise control are now becoming standard set of features in many small cars, but the 2017 Honda Civic manages to make those features work better than any other cars out there, notes KBB.

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According to the judges for the award, active cruise control is available in the Hyundai Elantra also, but in the case of the Honda Civic, it provides full stopping and brake holding in traffic, making commuting in heavy traffic a snap.

If we look at the lane-keeping assist, the Chevy Cruze has the feature, but the Civic’s system kept the car in a straight line, while the Cruze was content to “bounce” between the lane markers like a pinball. If we look at the blind-spot detection, both the Elantra and Cruze offers this feature, but the judges note that the Civic offers Lane Watch, a camera that lets you look at what’s in your blind spot, rather than just a yellow light warning you.

Then there are other little features such as Civic’s logical arrangement of cupholders, nooks, the center console bin, the sliding armrest, adjustable cupholders, and deep storage that put the others to shame.

To top it off, the Civic managed to accomplish all this while still being the least expensive car in our test, even though all three cars were fully loaded top-line models, notes KBB.

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