CARS.COM — For $23,000, which was the price cap of Cars.com's 2017 Compact Sedan Challenge, the 2017 Honda Civic EX came with a surprising number of features. They didn't come free, however, considering the Civic EX with Honda Sensing crash avoidance technologies was the most expensive car in our Challenge. It was priced at $22,975 with destination, barely coming in under the price cap, though the field was only separated by $1,615 from least to most expensive.
Like the Chevrolet Cruze, the Civic included two USB ports. Both ports can read a phone or music device for music, though only the USB port located in front is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which project navigation from compatible smartphones on the car's display, along with other applications; CarPlay and Android Auto are included on Civic EX trims and higher.
The Civic also came with a smart entry system that only requires the key fob to be near the car (in a pocket or purse) for the door to automatically unlock when you pull the handle, and to lock when the button on the door handle is pressed. A moonroof is also standard on the EX trim level. Honda Sensing, which came equipped on our test car, includes numerous crash avoidance technologies.
Half of the eight cars tested came with heated seats, but the Civic wasn't one of them. Heated seats on a Civic start on the EX-T trim level and above.
Editor's note: Cars.com's What You Get series is a component of our multicar comparisons where we spend a week testing a class of vehicles to find the best one. Each car meets a price limit, which is set by Cars.com, for the comparison. The 2017 Compact Sedan Challenge tested the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze, 2017 Honda Civic, 2017 Hyundai Elantra, 2017 Kia Forte, 2017 Mazda3, 2017 Subaru Impreza, 2017 Toyota Corolla and 2017 Volkswagen Jetta.