The 2017 Honda Civic is the brand’s four-door staple, perennially pulling in awards for its looks and features. This year, those awards are specifically being granted to the Civic’s technology.
The 2017 Civic (starting MSRP $18,740) has won several Kelley Blue Book awards. Most recently, the sedan won the title of “Best Auto Tech” in the “Value” segment, for the features attached to the Civic EX trim ($21,140 MSRP) fitted with the optional Honda Sensing (an additional $1,000, according to the Honda website).
At that trim level, the Civic is fitted with a variety of impressive technologies. First, there are standard features, such as the Civic’s continuously variable transmission, a capless fuel filler system and automatic climate control.
There are also more advanced features available. Bluetooth® services like HandsFreeLink allow you to connect calls using steering-wheel-mounted controls so you can keep your eyes on the road. Streaming Audio connects to your phone’s audio streaming services to play your favorite music while you drive. On top of that are features like push-button start and an eight-speaker, 180-watt audio system.
The EX trim level adds even more interesting bonuses, such as a remote start system for those cold mornings, a smart entry system, heated side mirrors to help thaw out the car, a 1.0-amp charging port in the center console to add to the existing front 12-volt power outlet, automatic headlight control and a suite of software, such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and HondaLink.
The Honda Sensing package adds to that already-impressive vehicle with active safety systems, such as the Collision Mitigation Braking System™, the Road Departure Mitigation System and the Lane Keeping Assist System, all of which use sensors to keep an eye out for imminent problems while you are driving. These safety systems react on their own to keep you from colliding with any of the objects around you. Plus, the automatic systems are supplemented by driver-controlled systems like adaptive cruise control and Honda’s Lane Watch system, which uses a camera mounted on the passenger side of the vehicle to display a view of the driver’s blind spot.
Given all of these impressive technology features in only the second trim level, it couldn’t be clearer why KBB.com chose the 2017 Civic as its Value Best Auto Tech award-winner.
This article is presented by Colonial Honda of Dartmouth in N. Dartmouth, Massachusetts.