The 9th generation Honda Civic which was released in 2011 was a huge miss in the market. Even consumer reports failed to offer recommendations for the car. Many people complained about its dull interior and poor quality ride.
Learning on their mistake, Honda has released the 10th generation Civic dubbed the “ 2016 Honda Civic ” and has been touted as the most comprehensive development ever undertaken by Honda. The new model has undergone a complete restyling and will feature two new drive-trains. The vehicle is offered in three body styles which are sedan, coupe and hatchback. In addition, Honda will offer the Type R hatchback and a performance-oriented Si models.
The highly regarded Civic Type R will be making its maiden debut in the U.S. Though the 9th generation lost some credibility in this highly competitive compact segment, the new 10th generation is set to propel Honda to take its place as one of the market leaders in the segment.
2016 Honda Civic Sedan
2016 Honda Civic Exterior
The new exterior which is based on a new platform features an advancement of the Civic model. At the front, the sedan features an aggressive aerodynamic styling. There is a new grille design flanked by LED headlights and LED daytime running lights. It also features a high-tension side styling that rises from the front wheel arches and stretches rearwards.
The 2016 Honda Civic also has a unique character line that runs from behind the front wheels, across the doors all the way to the rear wheel arches which complements its dynamic design. It also features short overhangs and a sweeping cabin greenhouse. It has a swooping line roof line and a flush-mounted rear window which looks sleek and adds to its aerodynamics. The headlights feature a wing design motif while the light pipe LED taillights continue with the headlight styling its redesigned rear lip spoiler adds a sporty flair on EX-T and above trims.
Just like the sedan, the 2016 Honda Civic sedan is based on a new platform with a longer, lower and wider new stance. Its wheelbase expands by 2.9 inches compared to the outgoing model. The coupe is also 1.9 inches wider and with a roof that is an inch lower. Its front overhangs are 1.4 inches shorter while the rear overhangs are 5.5 inches shorter resulting in a sportier profile. The vehicle also features a more raked A-pillar. The coupe carries over the C-shaped LED taillights and LED headlights. The sedan roof-line is also transferred to the coupe. The lower trims of the sedan and coupe will ride on 16-inch alloy wheels and 17-inch wheels for high trim models.
The 2016 Honda Civic hatchback also features a sporty exterior profile. It features a stylish grille flanked by redesigned LED lights and small fog lamps to improve night vision that accentuates the hood. The rear features a sporty spoiler. On the sides, the Civic hatchback features a black-gloss privacy glass to add to its aura. The hatchback will ride on 17-inch alloy wheels.
2016 Honda Civic Hatchback
2016 Honda Civic Interior
All models of 2016 Honda Civic have received an updated interior styling. Their cabins will accommodate five passengers. Premium clothing is the standard upholstery but there is an option for leather upholstery in higher trim levels. There is also an option for power adjustable, heated and ventilated seats. Standard features across the models will include automatic climate control, rearview camera, a 4-speaker stereo system, Pandora internet radio, Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port.
Higher trims will have an option for push-button start, Apple CarPlay, Android auto Smartphone integration, a seven-inch touch screen system, a 8-10 speaker sound system depending on the trim level, dual-zone automatic climate control, HD radio and satellite radio among others.
All models will have a larger cargo space which can be expanded by folding the rear seats which have a 60/40 split-folding capability.
When it comes to safety matters, the Honda is well equipped and comes with an Advanced Compatibility Engineering body and design and a full suite of Honda Sensing capabilities. It includes forward collision warning, lane departure warning, collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, multi-angle rearview camera, adaptive cruise control and Honda lane watch.
Engine Specs and Performace
The 2016 Honda Civic will feature a number of engines. The base LX trim will feature a new 2.0 l 4-cylinder engine which the automaker says is the most powerful standard power-train in the Civics’ history.
This engine delivers 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque. The engine will be paired with a 6-speed manual transmission system and a CVT as an option. However, the CVT will be standard in the EX trim. The EX-T, EX-L and Touring trims will feature a 1.5 L, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine and will be paired with a different kind of CVT system. This engine is capable of producing 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. The above two engines will be offered both on the sedan and coupe. In terms of fuel economy, official EPA ratings are yet to be released.
However the 1.5 L engine is expected to return 31 mpg city, 42 mpg highway and 35 mpg on combined drives. The 2.0 L engine on the other hand will return 31 mpg, 41 mpg and 35 mpg for city, highway and on combined drives respectively.
Price and release date
The sedan is already on sale. The Civic Coupe and hatchback will be released in winter while the Si and the Civic Type R will follow later in 2016.
When it comes to prices, the base LX trim of the sedan with a manual transmission starts at MSRP $ 18,640 while the one with a CVT goes for $ 20,440. The top EX-L trim attracts a $ 24,700 price tag. Details on the prices of the hatchback, coupe, the Si and Type R will follow later.
The new Civic lineups will face rivalry from the Mazda 3, Ford Focus and Toyota Corolla