2016 Civic Coupe offers value and fun

by Dan M | Posted on Friday, June 24th, 2016
2016 Honda Civic Coupe

2016 Honda Civic Coupe

By David Goodspeed
Special Contributor

On the heels of winning North American Car of the Year, Honda
launched the new 2016 Civic Coupe to join the honored sedan sibling in
its showrooms.
For coupe fans, Honda did more than just hack off a couple of
doors in delivering its new two-door to the market, but can it live up
to the high mark already set?
In a word, yes. The 2016 Honda Civic Coupe, to me, almost
redefines the segment. This is one of the most enjoyable little coupes
I have driven in quite some time.
Agreed, the two-door segment has shrunk a bit over the years but
there is still some formidable competition when shopping this segment
and a couple of the key determining factors when making a purchase
have to be value and fun. The 2016 Civic Coupe delivers on both and
then some.
The new Coupe sees all new styling both inside and out but for me
the best news was the introduction of the turbocharged 1.5-liter
direct injected four-cylinder engine. It produces 174hp and at launch
is mated only to Honda’s CVT gearbox but the powertrain combination
works very well and provides spirited, economical driving all day
Fuel economy during our week remained at or above the posted 31
mpg city and 41 mpg highway and trust me, we were not attempting to
set any fuel economy records the way I drive.
Engine response is smooth across the powerband and the CVT seems
to be re-engineered to provide a more traditional feel with shift
points built in. In sport mode it will hold the engine revs higher
allowing the Civic Coupe to pull harder exiting corners. And speaking
of corners, this new Coupe is solid on both straightaways and through
the turns. I was extremely impressed with the handling and total
driving experience. The car just feels so well balanced yet very
comfortable and quiet.
Honda engineers were able to shave some weight from this new
Coupe versus the previous model and they have increased body rigidity
at the same time. They also boast a much tighter body seal and
improved noise isolation with the improvements they have made.
There is a new multi-link independent rear suspension, upgraded
body bushings, larger stabilizer bars, enhanced rigid aluminum rear
damper brackets, dual-pinion electric power steering with variable
gear ratio and new Agile Handling Assist brake torque vectoring for
better cornering precision and stability. I concur.
Slipping inside the new Civic Coupe and one realizes the new car
is roomier and all controls are well located within easy reach or view
of the cockpit.
Some of the new technology includes 7-inch display audio with
electrostatic touchscreen operation so your fingers only have to get
close to activate a control. The system includes premium audio and
navigation along with multi-view camera display, blind spot view
camera display, and rearview display when backing.
Our Touring trim level tester also arrived with Honda Sensing
safety package that adds adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation
braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane
keeping assist, and road departure mitigation – in other words, nearly
autonomous driving.
Designers have given the 2016 Civic Coupe very modern styling
with a very sporty flair and feel. Sitting still it appears to be
cutting through the wind.
We found it very easy to access the rear seat area and there is
ample space in the cargo area beneath the trunklid.
The 2016 Coupe is available in LX, EX, and Touring trim levels
and Honda promises an Si version next along with a hatchback variant.
No manual gearbox for the new turbo engine this year but perhaps it
will arrive with the Si.
Pricing for the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe begins at $19,050 for the
LX with 2.0-liter I-4 and 6MT. Our Touring model starts at $26,125
with a final sticker of $26,960 and each powertrain with the CVT
boasts EPA ratings up to 41 mpg highway.
As popular as the Civic coupe has been over the years, the 2016
may be the one everybody has been waiting for. It offers sporty
styling, is fun yet easy to drive, is comfortable and quiet, features
all the latest safety technology, brings infotainment by the carload,
and yes, offers very good value. This is your jam.


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