Fuel economy isn’t exactly the first thing you think of if you’re looking at the fastest front-wheel drive car to circle the Nürburgring, but perhaps it should be. The EPA has released the official fuel economy ratings for the 2017 Honda Civic Type R and they’re quite respectable with a combined 25 mpg rating.
Breaking the numbers down, the EPA is throwing out 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway, which yields the 25 mpg combined average. Those numbers are coming from a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that’s churning out a healthy 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque through a six-speed manual. All in all, it’s surprisingly frugal.
Comparing the car to its closest competitor, the 2017 Volkswagen Golf R is rated at 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway, which yields a 25 mpg average as well. Despite the parity, the Civic offers more power and is quicker on the track.
The Civic Type R will be launching in the U.S. very shortly. For 2017 only a higher-end Touring trim will be offered, meaning the base price will be in the mid-$30,000 range. There is speculation that Honda will launch a lower-priced base model Type R in 2018. A lower base price and these fuel economy ratings mean that the Type R could ultimately appeal to your frugal side just as much as your enthusiast side.
That seems like a win to us.