Civic (New for 2016)
Overall: Honda classes up its compact-car act with sharp-looking 10th-generation sedan and coupe models, available with a plethora of high-tech gear. Coupe arrives mid-season; hatchback and Si versions arrive later, followed by potent Type R.
Drivetrains: A non-turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder is standard on lower trim levels; turbo four-cylinder on up-level models makes more horsepower and torque and is also the fuel-economy champ; six-speed manual transmissions, or optional CVT.
Honda introduced the 2016 Civic coupe and sedan during a live-streaming press conference in September over the Internet and has followed that up with all the details. In general, the sedan significantly better looking and larger in nearly every respect, including passenger volume (now the most spacious in the compact sedan class, says Honda) and trunk space. The coupe’s dimensions should similarly increase, but Honda isn’t launching it until mid-way into the 2016 model year. At that time the all-new Civic hatchback should also arrive, along with a hot Si coupe and sedan. A high-performance Type R model with 300-plus horsepower on tap is due out for the 2018 model year. Despite the increased size, Honda’s designers managed to remove nearly 75 pounds from the finished product. Also upped is both base and optional engine output. Lower trim levels run with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder that makes 158 horsepower, which represents a 15-horsepower increase from the previous base engine’s 143 horses. The top end of the Civic lineup is equipped with an all-new turbocharged 1.5-litre I4 that pumps out 174 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the Civic LX, while a continuously variable unit is optional, but standard on all other models including the turbocharged engine. The sedan’s new platform is now 25 per cent stiffer while dropping a bit of weight. The base Civic DX remains fairly basic (e.g. air conditioning is optional), however the standard content lists climbs steadily as you move up through the LX, EX, EX-T and Touring trims. Among a lengthy list of available features is a full range of crash-avoiding software. Forward-collision, road-departure warnings and adaptive cruise control that slows down or stops the vehicle in stop-and-go driving situations are all part of what’s called Honda Sensing.
Base price (est., incl. destination): $17,800
Type: Four-door sedan
Base engine (hp): 2.0-litre DOHC I4 (158)
Optional engine (hp): 1.5-litre DOHC I4, turbocharged (174)
Layout: Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Transmissions: Six-speed manual; continuously variable
L/100 km(city/hwy): n.a.
Weight (kg): 1,270
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