The 2016 Honda Civic Coupe is here and TFLcar puts the 10th generation compact car through its paces with a series of performance tests. Every Civic comes loaded with style, performance and the latest in advanced technology. After watching the Civic Coupe perform on the track and 0-60 mph test, you decide if the new 2-door Civic is hot or not.
The first Honda Civic reached American soil for the 1973 model year and it had everything the current domestic cars didn’t have — front-wheel drive, a fully independent suspension, cute styling, and a fun to drive spirit. Forty-three years later, the Civic may have grown in size and sophistication, but it still delivers capable handling characteristics and enough power that feels robust and responsive.
“This new Civic Coupe exemplifies Honda’s focus on fun-to-drive character with two powerful engine options and a chassis tuned specifically for driving fun,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. “As the second model in our sportiest and most ambitious Civic lineup ever, the coupe sets the bar for performance, refinement and connectivity in the compact coupe segment.”
Virtually everything about the 2016 Civic Coupe is new – all-new vehicle architecture, sporty and sophisticated new interior and exterior styling, a more spacious and high-quality cabin, two advanced new engines, and a host of new premium features and technologies.
Based on an all-new platform, the 2016 Civic is longer, wider and sleeker than the model it replaces. The Civic’s wheelbase is up by 1.2-inches, netting an extra 2.2-inches of rear seat legroom. Meanwhile, the Civic’s front overhang has been reduced by 1.2-inches while rear overhang has grown by 3.0-inches, allowing for a more flowing roofline and bigger trunk. The Civic’s roofline has come down by 0.8-inches while the hood and cowl are down by 1.6-inches, adding to the car’s sporty look.
Driving the front wheels of our test car is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 174 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The standard powertrain for the Civic is a 158 horsepower 2.0-liter i-VTEC mated to a CVT. The entry-level LX trim is the only model available with a 6-speed manual, which is paired with the 2.0-liter. EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2016 Civic Coupe are 31/41/35 mpg (city/highway/combined) for 1.5-liter turbo models with CVT, 30/41/34 mpg for 2.0-liter models with CVT and 26/38/31 mpg for the LX with 2.0-liter engine and manual transmission.
Honda fans should expect a four-door hatchback to debut during the first half of 2016 as a ’17 model, followed by the sporty Si coupe and sedan. Look for the high-performance Type R four-door hatch, with some 300 horsepower, to bow in late 2016 as a ’17 model or in early 2017 as a 2018 model.