Honda’s are known and need no introduction since their Japanese economy and reliability struck the U.S markets 45 years ago, with the Honda Civic making its first landing back in 1972, helping Americans realize the potential of economic Japanese compact sedans.
Now the Honda Civic is about to embark on its 10th generation with a new look and a braver platform than sees the civic a bit larger than any of the earlier incarnations. The new 2016 Honda Civic Sedan comes in three different disguises: Coupe, high-performance Si Models, 5 Door hatchback, a compact sedan and of course for the first time ever in the U.S markets – the 2016 Honda Civic Type R.
The 2016 Honda Civic rides on a new platform that is 1.2 inches longer, 1 inch lower and 2 inches wider than previous 9th generation Civic. With the departure of the old styling which quite frankly sucked like a chewbacca fart. We get a new bold look that steers Honda in the right direction, there is only one problem though – I’m not seeing any major strides in making an effort to provide me with a product worth my money, and I’l get into that later.
By now, we are all too familiar with the new Honda look that takes a lot of inspiration from Acura with the chrome grille that spans throughout to the headlights and the LED accents that complement the light unit. Sharper bolder styling carries throughout the front bumper but more importantly; all the real work happens in the rear end with C-shaped LED tailights inspired from the Civic coupe concept and a slender sleek coupe-ish roofline.
As for the engine that powers the new 2016 Honda Civic – a first-time turbocharged engine is included to the options and to the U.S market available on the higher trims (EX-T and EX-L) that would be a direct-injection 1.5 liter I-4 pot with an expected 206 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque, although Honda has refrained from releasing any figures yet. It wouldn’t be a Honda without the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter i-VTEC I-4 engine would it? Of course, Honda adds that option to the Civic and says it will be the most powerful NA engine offered in a Civic. Transmission is set to either a boring CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) or a six speed manual transmission (Only in the LX trim) while the tuned CVT is offered only with the turbocharged 1.5-liter I-4 engine. Expect economy figures of around 40-42 mpg, Honda also refrained from releasing any numbers yet.
The interior seems to be the most dissapointing part of the all new 2016 Honda Civic, and that’s what got me so upset in the start. It’s clear looking at the pictures that Honda is using the same washed-up interior analogy they used in all their previous cars including the cheap plastics and the horrendous steering wheel, the seats seem to have gotten a stripe in the middle and the instrument cluster has been improved with a new boxier design but the same old civic still resonates within the 10th generation offering.
The rear isn’t working for me either, to be honest I prefer the new 2015 Toyota Camry exterior and interior but that’s personal taste.
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