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2017 Civic Hatchback Set to Kill

The new 2017 Civic Hatchback is set to kill the game.

By Aaron Gaghagen

Photos courtesy of Honda


Patience, young grasshopper. Yes, it seems like FOREVER that Honda has teased us with the prospect of getting a turbocharged, world-beating Civic Type R, but there may be a light at the end of the tunnel now. What am I talking about? I’m talking about the announcement this week of the 2017 Civic Hatchback complete with pictures of the production version.


2017 Civic Hatchback

This turbo 1.5 liter Civic Hatchback isn't the Si or Type R, but it will out accelerate any stock non-Civic Si in US history. That's going in the right direction.


“But that’s naaaawt the Type R, dude! Honda has lost it’s way.”

If bringing the turbo 1.5 liter Civic Hatchback with manual 6 speed transmission to market is “losing their way,” then I wish they “lost their way” a generation earlier. This chassis is the foundation that the upcoming Type R is built upon. We all know that Honda is methodical when it comes to releasing new models. So, the lower trim models are typically released before the hardcore performance variants. Honda is doing the baby steps and I am all for it when the destination is a 300 plus horsepower Type R.



You won't be able to get a non-turbo 2017 Civic Hatchback, so even the lowest trim model you can get will have boost. Pretty sweet.


The real question is: Should I trade my FA5 for the new Civic Hatchback this Fall? It’d be a killer daily. Hmmm…


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Aaron Gaghagen
Multimedia Editor at VTEC Academy
Aaron Gaghagen is a veteran video editor and longtime Honda enthusiast. All told, he’s owned seven of them, and has enjoyed every single minute of wrenching on every single one. Except for that automatic one. That was probably a mistake. In 2010 Aaron teamed up with Brian Gillespie who along with another partner launched Nacho Speed Garage, a venture that capitalized on Aaron’s video expertise to do its part in entertaining and educating the Honda masses. Nacho Speed Garage took everything to the next level. Instead of reading magazines and cruising forums for content, Aaron and Brian were generating it themselves. The demise of Honda Tuning magazine in 2014 was the impetus for Aaron to do something even more impactful, though, which led to the creation of VTEC Academy and aims to carry that Honda torch forward in the same spirt of not just Honda Tuning but Nacho Speed Garage.