What's the difference between the hatchback and sedan?

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What’s the difference between the 2017 Honda Civic hatchback and the 2017 Honda Civic sedan?

There’s one clear and obvious difference—body style. But other than the way you get at your gear and your groceries, the two trims appear nearly identical.

Since the mid-2000s, the small, boxy, two-door hatchback Civic has morphed into a larger two- or four-door vehicle you’ll find as either a hatchback or sedan. Both come with the solid Honda reputation, the responsive, fuel-sipping engine options, and the comfort features Honda fans have increasingly come to love since the first Honda hatchback Civics landed in the U.S. in the 1970s.


2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Overview

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback | CarMax

It’s all in how the hatch hinges for this Civic model. And for some Honda owners, access is everything. In trims like the four-door 2017 Honda Civic Sport hatchback, you get nearly 26 cubic feet of storage space. With the back seats folded down, you’ve got 46.2 cubic feet of usable cargo area.

Honda Civic Hatchback Trims (but aren't limited to):

CarMax Average Price1

  • 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback: less than $23,000


Honda Civic hatchback trims come with one engine choice: a small-yet-powerful 1.5L, turbocharged four-cylinder. In a 2017 Honda Civic EX, the turbocharged, four-cylinder motor is good for 174 hp. Sport trims have a bit more hp (180). If you like to shift gears, a six-speed manual transmission is available on the 2017 Honda Civic Sport. Otherwise, you can opt for a smooth, auto-shifting CVT on all 2017 models.

If you opt for the 2017 Honda Civic Type R hatchback (and bravo if you do!), you can snick through a manual six-speed gearbox and make the most of this trim’s 306 turbocharged horsepower. That’s a lot of oomph for a Civic!

Fuel Economy: What Can You Expect?

A 2017 Honda Civic four-door, with a turbo four-cylinder engine and CVT transmission, delivers an estimated 32 city mpg and 42 highway mpg.2 A 2017 Honda Civic two-door coupe, with a manual six-speed and turbo engine, gives you an estimated 30 city mpg and 41 highway mpg.2

Entertainment Features

Upper-trim packages for the Civic hatch include glowing-red dash illumination for nighttime driving and brushed-aluminum foot pedals. Otherwise, features for all trims include navigation, smart device integration that includes Bluetooth® compatibility, and a rear-view camera.

Safety Ratings

The 2017 Honda Civic hatchback features the Honda Sensing® camera-and-sensor features that include lane-keeping assistance and lane-departure warning.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2017 Honda Civic hatchback a five-star overall safety rating. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

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2017 Honda Civic Sedan Overview

2017 Honda Civic Sedan | CarMax

Now we get to the big difference between the hatch and the sedan—available storage space due to the difference in body style. While seating space and legroom dimensions are virtually the same between the hatch and the sedan, a 2017 Honda Civic sedan gives you 15.1 cubic feet of cargo area. That’s a good bit less volume than the 2017 Civic hatchback’s nearly 26 cubic feet (seats up)/46.2 cubic feet (seats down).

Honda Civic Sedan Trims (but aren't limited to):

Average Price1

  • 2017 Honda Civic Sedan: less than $21,000


While the 2017 hatchbacks only offer a turbocharged engine, the EX and LX sedans come with a naturally-aspirated, 2.0L four-cylinder engine. If you’re itching for the extra boost of power you feel from a turbo, sportier trims like the 2017 Honda Civic Sport sedan do come with the 1.5L turbo motor.

Fuel Economy: What Can You Expect?

The non-turbo 2017 Honda Civic EX sedan gives you an estimated 31 city mpg and 40 highway mpg; in the turbocharged Sport models with both CVT and manual, six-speed transmissions, you can expect an estimated 31 city mpg and 40 highway mpg.2

Entertainment Features

In addition to the Civic sedan’s Bluetooth-friendly compatibility, there’s a quick-and-ready link to Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM via the large touchscreen panel on the dash.

Safety Ratings

As with the hatchback, the 2017 Honda Civic sedan, in all trims, comes equipped with Honda Sensing, a suite of sensors and camera that can act as an additional set of eyes on the road. Adaptive cruise control is an additional feature of this package.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2017 Honda Civic sedan a five-star overall safety rating. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.


The Bottom Line

Whether to choose a Honda Civic hatchback or sedan shakes out to what you’re looking for in storage capacity and how you want to access your cargo. All the features that Honda owners love are present in both body styles.

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1Based on prices on carmax.com in September 2018. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include taxes, tags, titles, and any applicable fees.
2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
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