Honda Civic Hatchback Pricing Announced and the Chevy Equinox Gets a Diesel Engine: The Evening Rush

Plus, Nick Offerman will now read Mark Twain to you.

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The Honda Civic has always been affordable, but nowadays, it also packs enough niceties that it doesn't feel like a compromise. Case in point: the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback is loaded to the gills with nice little features, yet it starts at just $20,535.

General Motors has announced the 2018 Chevy Equinox will offer a 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel engine good for 136 horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. of torque. The choice to go oil-burning is a bigger move than you might think, as the Equinox is one of Chevy’s most popular vehicles. Expect highway mileage to come in around 40 miles per gallon.

The Dodge Challenger Hellcat is one of those cars that enthusiasts either love or hate. So don't read a review about it from just one gearhead—read a dialogue between a bunch of them about the rear-wheel-drive monster. Y'know, like our Slack review of the 2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat.

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Reading is hard, don’t bother trying (wait, please do, otherwise I won’t have a job). Instead of flipping the pages of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, let the soothing voice of Nick Offerman take you through this iconic American love. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll most likely want a scotch (neat, of course).

Recycling does more than save the planet; it can help you relax, too. The Yukon SomniSmart Hammock is a U.S.-made hammock made out of recycled plastic bottles. For just $79.99, you can turn that super-unhealthy Diet Coke into a laid-back lounging device.

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Lifestyle

Sometimes a simple leather work glove can be your best friend. Rather than constantly ripping up your hands and turning them into something others dread to shake, protect them with Marmot Work Gloves. For only $40, these leather gloves are perfect for everything from chores around the house to holding the reins of a noble steed.

Tomorrow is the Harbor Island Beer Festival in Mamaroneck, New York. If you opted not to go to the Ferrari Challenge at Lime Rock Park this weekend as I recommended yesterday, then head straight to Harbor Island and enjoy some ultra-rare beers from all over the world, along with killer food to boot. Just remember: don’t drink and drive.

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