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January 7 , 2016 /

Honda Civic

Overall: NEW_for_2016_3Honda classes up its compact-car act with sharp-looking 10th-generation sedan and coupe models, available with a plethora of high-tech gear. Coupe arrives mid-season; hatchback and Si versions arrive later, followed by potent Type R.

Drivetrain: A non-turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder is standard on lower trim levels; turbo four-cylinder on up-level models makes more horsepower and torque and will also be the fuel-economy champ; six-speed manual, or optional continuously variable transmissions.

Honda introduced the 2016 Civic coupe and sedan during a live-streaming press conference in September, only to leave out pretty much every significant detail, from power and options, to price. That info will come out in due course, but for now it’s known that a 2.0-liter four-cylinder will be the standard engine on Civic LX and EX models, while a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder (the first turbo engine in a Honda product to be sold in North America) will find its way inside the premium EX-T, Ex-L and Touring trim levels. A six-speed manual transmission and optional continuously variable unit (CVT) can be matched to the 2.0, while the 1.5 turbo gets its own unique CVT. That engine will also reportedly achieve a highway fuel-economy rating of 40 mpg. The Civic sedan grows by 1.2 inches in wheelbase, is 2.0 inches wider and sits an inch closer to the ground. These changes will make the Civic the roomiest in the compact-sedan class, says Honda. The coupe’s dimensions should similarly increase, but Honda isn’t launching it until mid-way into the 2016 model year. At that time it’s expected that an all-new Civic hatchback will also arrive and hot Si coupe and sedan will also return. Meanwhile, the sedan’s new platform is now 25 percent stiffer while dropping a bit of weight. Among the list of available new features is a full range of crash-avoiding software that falls under the Honda Sensing label. These include forward-collision and road-departure warnings and adaptive cruise control that slows down or stops the vehicle in stop-and-go driving situations.

Base price (incl. destination): $19,300
Type: Four-door sedan; two-door coupe
Base engine (hp): 2.0-liter DOHC I4 (158, est.)
Optional Engine: 1.5-liter DOHC I4, turbocharged (170, est.)
Layout: Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Transmissions: Six-speed manual; continuously variable
MPG (city/highway): 35/42
Weight (lb.): 2,600 (est.)

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