Why Is The Honda Civic Type R The Best Car of 2017
After nearly two decades of looking at it from afar, the American public was finally introduced to the Honda Civic Type R. Their newest model, however, has made it to these shores at a time when the Subaru WRX STI, together with the Volkswagen Golf R, and Ford’s own Focus RS entered the race, giving all of them a run for their money.
With its iconic scarlet H emblem, the new Honda Civic Type R has been ranked by Digital Trends as the best car of 2017, and for good reason too. What sets it apart from the rest of the competition is its way of perfectly balancing out speed, comfort, body control, and its smooth cornering capabilities, thus making it one of the best and accessible tuners on the market.
As a front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, and 4-door hatchback that it is, the Type R has a base price hovering at around $35,000. With the turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood, its 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque will get you from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. Yet, despite the fact that it has stiffer springs and dampers than previous models, it, nevertheless, glides over pockmarks better than most other cars of its class.
You’ll find the Type R to be equally as confident on the track as it is on your way back home. After all, it’s still a Civic and has a decent amount of space to comfortably carry four passengers, and some cargo behind the rear hatch. But don’t let yourself be fooled into thinking that it can’t run like hell if it wants to.
The engine’s computer gives it an optimal launch by carefully balancing the throttle and clutch, allowing it to rev freely to only 3500 rpm and avoid bogging every single time. The Type R is, without a doubt, one of the fastest front-drivers out there, with the possible exception of the more-expensive, four-wheel variants. Nevertheless, the R handles itself wonderfully in a corner, turning smoothly, never taking you by surprise. With a top speed of 170 mph, it can come to a full stop in 142 ft at 70 mph. When talking fuel efficiency, it has a 22 to 28 mpg consumption, either in the city or on the highway, respectively.
Design and Features
When it comes to its features, everything that makes the Type R great already comes standard, so you won’t need to make compromises or sift through various options. Nevertheless, you will have to get used to the color red, if you aren’t so already. That’s because its seats, the trims on the dashboard and steering wheel, its 7.0-inch gauge display, the four seatbelts, and the exterior’s stripes are all in that color.
It, nevertheless, comes fully equipped with a dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, LED headlights, a 540-watt premium stereo, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Its overall exterior design is defined by its many fins and external vents, giving it a sort of Fast and Furious look.
The Type R is, by most standards, a well-balanced tuner and something that you may have been waiting for all these years. Despite its few drawbacks, mainly in the design department, it feels great driving. Its grace and agility are what make it the best car of 2017. But these can’t be experienced by reading its technical specs alone. You will definitely need to test it out and feel it for yourself!