10th gen Honda Civic to Debut Sept 16

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  1. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    Wards Auto interviewed Honda's Keiji Ohtsu, chief technology strategy officer, recently. He mentioned that Honda will introduce a turbo-charged 2.0L VTEC engine next spring. This ends months of speculation over what engine the Civic Si model will get. The new turbo 2.0 VTEC is practically a lock for the Si.

    Lots of interesting stuff over the long-term stategy for Honda regarding hybrids, FCVs, BEVs, turbo-charging and more in the article: http://wardsauto.com/engines/honda-powertrain-overhaul-targets-weight-emissions?page=1
     
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  2. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    As seen in our #NAIAS Detroit Auto Show Press Days coverage, the all-new 2016 Honda Civic won "North American Car of the Year" first thing on day 1.

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    MX-5, Civic and Malibu were the finalists.​

    The all-new 2016 Honda Civic was awarded the 2016 North American Car of the Year Award. This is Civic's second for the model in the award's history, following a win in 2006. In total, eleven Honda models have been named "finalists" for NACOTY awards since their inception in 1994, the most of any brand outside of the Detroit Big 3 automakers.

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    The North American Car of the Year Award is given by a group of 53 North American automotive journalists. The award is unique because instead of being given by a single publication, radio or television station, it is given by automotive journalists from the United States and Canada. Presented each year at the opening of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, it recognizes the most outstanding car of the year based on factors including innovation, design, safety performance, handling, driver satisfaction and value.

    The all-new, the 2016 Civic features a new vehicle architecture; sophisticated interior and exterior styling; a more spacious and high-quality cabin; two advanced new engines; and a host of new available premium features and technologies, including the first application of both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in a compact car sold anywhere in the world. With the addition of Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive technologies and the first application of Honda turbo engine technology to Civic, the 2016 Civic offers buyers a wider range of options than ever before.

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    The 10th-generation Civic Sedan and Coupe are built in Indiana and Ontario, Canada. The majority of Civics sold in the United States will be produced and assembled using domestic and globally sourced parts in the United States and Canada. The Civic 5-door, set to debut in the near future, will be produced at Honda's Swindon Plant in the U.K.

    Wayne
     
  3. Mendel Leisk

    Mendel Leisk 2010 Prius (CAN Touring) Staff Member

    That sounds interesting. :)
     
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  4. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    The new Civic Coupe should be on sale March 15. That's Honda's claim, at least, but most dealers don't know anything about it. Some info on the coupe is starting to show on Honda's website, but no detailed specs yet.

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  5. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    26/38 EPA ? That's a bit weak , compared to the 2.0 LX sedan.
     
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  6. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    The sedan is a bit longer and more aero than the coupe. I believe the coupe is lighter, though. We'll have to wait for the specs. The LX 2.0L mileage is shown. The turbo 1.5L gets 31/41mpg.
     
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  7. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    If these photos are accurate , this is one awkward son-of-an-ugly-duckling. The sedan is over-wrought , the coupe is just plain goofy.
     
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  8. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    To my eyes, the sedan is too long in the back which is why the coupe looks better. It's shorter in the back. Both are much prettier than previous generation Civics and that's because American stylists influenced the final shape. European cars look best to my sensibilities.
     
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  9. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    The sedan's rear overhang is the direct result of Honda needing to work 15 cu.ft. of cargo volume back there. I am a fan but I know many others that are not.

    When you load that trunk, you will be glad they made it as large as they did. The 10 to 12 cu. ft. trunks of previous gen Civic's was always tough when you had a load.

    Wayne
     
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  10. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    I saw a few sedans on the road this week, and they look better in person than in photos.

    If the rear glass lifted up in a hatch instead of a tiny-opening trunk I might consider one. You just can't do BIG object hauling with a trunk.
     
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  11. Prozac

    Prozac Well-Known Member

    The sedans are starting to spring up around here. I think that they are very good looking car. The improvements should make it a contender for quite a while, or at least until the next iteration of compacts come out.
     
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  12. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    I also like the look, it is sleek and vaguely similar to an Audi A7 from certain angles. The catch is that rear headroom was lower than I would like, but I am comparing to a hatchback with a minimally sloping roofline.
     
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  13. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    Honda now has detailed specs up on their website for the coupe: http://automobiles.honda.com/civic-coupe

    As Wayne noted, the coupe has only 12 cubic ft of trunk room compared to 15 for the sedan. Passenger room suffers as well, 88.6 cubic ft for the coupe vs 95 for the sedan.
     
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  15. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    I'm glad that Car and Driver is trying to " Save The Manuals". It's about the only thing that they and I can agree on.

    And I'd love to drive any Civic with 1.5T/6MT.
     
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  16. brick

    brick Answers to "that guy."

    The new Civic is really growing on me. They're showing up on the road in droves and it's a sharp looking car in person. The interesting thing is that it's now a bigger car in almost every important dimension (equal length, slightly narrower, but bigger on the inside like a TARDIS...) than my S60. It would probably be more fun, too, if they deliver on the 6MT + 1.5T and install it all in a trim level with seats that I fit in. (EX would be fine I imagine.)
     
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  17. Prozac

    Prozac Well-Known Member

    Tim,

    I agree, now that I am seeing these on the streets I am truly impressed. Previous pictures really did not do the new lines any justice.
     
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  18. brick

    brick Answers to "that guy."

    I didn't have a lot going on after work today so I killed 20 minutes at the local Honda showroom. Sitting in the '16 Civic EX-L was an eye-opener. For one thing, I fit in it nearly as well as my S60 and I think a touch better than the '16 Accord Sport that I also sat in. The Civic felt like it gave me an extra 2" of rearward seat travel compared to the Accord and about 1" more than I get in the Volvo. (The Accord was just about right for me at the rear stops, I have a little travel left in the S60, and the Civic was just showing off). The steering wheel had just enough travel that I think I'd be comfortable over long distances, and that's saying a lot. The other notable feature of the Civic is that I could sit behind myself! The numbers weren't lying. I can't really do that in the Volvo...not enough room to get my feet in behind the seat. The only down-side was that, despite being able to get comfortable, the Civic's cabin felt a little tight. The center console sits a couple inches higher than I'm used to and contributed to a bit of a "bathtub" feeling, although it does put the shifter right at hand. (6MT? Yes, please.) Also, it felt short on headroom. (But to be fair, it's about on par with the S60.) Interior quality felt good, though. Very good. And I think the new digital dash is a worthy upgrade from the two-tier setup. I would have gleefully taken the Civic for a test drive if I were actually shopping.

    I came away with a good impression of the Accord, too. For a minute I thought I was sitting in a higher trim thanks to the heated leatherette seats and generally solid feel of the cabin. The giveaways on the Sport (after walking to the back and seeing the word "Sport") were the lack of touchscreen infotainment and lack of sunroof. My reaction was "Who needs a sunroof?" It was refreshing to sit in a big, airy cabin with inches of room between my hair and the headliner. I'm not used to that, and I think I'd probably go that route rather than paying more money for the EX with the few electronic add-ons that it gets you in addition to the sunroof. It was just a pleasant place to be, and the fit felt good with both the seat and the wheel as far back as they would go. Hopefully they'll give both a little more range in the 10th generation to provide some adjustment margin. The back seat was extremely roomy, too. With the driver's seat all the way back I practically had room to stretch out behind it. The one unfortunate thing I did notice, and which Wayne mentioned in his last Accord review, is the reach to the shifter in the Accord feels longer than it should be. That wouldn't be a problem with the CVT but I question how I'd feel about it with the 6MT. I'd have to drive one to know for sure but I didn't want to wake up the sales staff about a car I'm not actually in the market for at the moment.
     
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  19. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    I have a 36" inseam and when I sat in the Civic sedan (I can't remember which trim) I was a little disappointed that the seat wouldn't go back an inch or two further. It certainly had more legroom than the Accord hybrid I test drove last year, though. I was also a little disappointed in the Civic's cloth seats. The cloth seemed very light weight and flimsy.
     
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  20. brick

    brick Answers to "that guy."

    Interesting. It looks like everything from EX-T down has a manual driver's seat while the EX-L and above like I sat in has the 8-way power seat. I wonder if that makes any difference? Fiddling with the seat cushion tilt in both cars was helpful. I have a 34" inseam, too.
     
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