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2016 Honda Civic Coupe First Look Review

More room, more style, and more power.

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Nov 18, 2015
Writer: Jason Udy

Although the tenth-generation 2016 Honda Civic sedan made its debut in September, the Japanese automaker kept the coupe under wraps until now. Honda pulled the sheet off the new two-door model at a private event just ahead of the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. The new 2016 Honda Civic Coupe will be on display at the automaker's booth alongside the Clarity Fuel Cell sedan.

Like the four-door variant, the new 2016 Honda Civic coupe is built on a new platform and features a longer, wider, and lower stance. Its wheelbase grows 2.9 inches over that of the ninth-generation coupe. The new model is also 1.9 inches wider. The roofline is 1 inch lower than the new sedan's roof, which is already 1 inch lower than the last generation sedan's. The Civic Coupe's 1.4 inch shorter front and 5.5 inch shorter rear overhangs give it sportier proportions than the sedan. A more raked A-pillar and windshield combined with a greenhouse that is pulled in at the quarter windows emphasize the wider rear haunches. The hip point is also lower.

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Although the coupe's styling is toned down from the concept shown at the New York show earlier this year, it is more aggressive than the sedan. The new coupe retains the concept's full-width C-shaped LED taillights across the arched trunklid. It's not surprising that the sedan's new coupe-like roofline transfers to the two-door bodystyle. The LED taillights are standard and LED headlights are available.

Honda also blessed the new coupe with same powertrain options as the sedan, including a base 2.0-liter i-VTEC I-4 (158 hp, 138 lb-ft of torque) mated to a six-speed manual or CVT. The step-up engine is a new turbocharged 1.5-liter I-4 making 174 hp and 162 lb-ft. The turbo is mated to a CVT with unique tuning. Both engines make significantly more power than the outgoing 1.8-liter I-4 engine's 133 hp and 129 lb-ft. The 2.0-liter is the most powerful base engine ever offered in a Civic and the turbo 1.5-liter is the most powerful non-Si engine offered in the Civic. Fuel economy ratings for the 2.0-liter engine are said to be 31/41/35 mpg city/highway/combined, while Honda anticipates the turbo 1.5-liter will return 31/42/35 mpg. Official EPA ratings are still pending.

2016 Honda Civic Coupe rear three quarter Photo 3/11   |   2016 Honda Civic Coupe rear three quarter

In addition to more power, the tenth-generation Civic gets an all-new chassis with more ultra-high-strength steel that gives it more torsional rigidity than the outgoing car. The new coupe is also quieter than before thanks to better sealing that reduces air leaks by 58 percent.

The new 2016 Honda Civic Coupe gains the sedan's redesigned front strut suspension and multilink rear suspension that should provide a sportier ride. The rear suspension is mounted to an ultra-rigid subframe. Other suspension updates include hydraulic compliance bushings and larger front and rear stabilizer bars. We expect the sedan's standard four-wheel disc brakes and new, agile handling-assist brake-torque vectoring system to be available on the coupe.

2016 Honda Civic Coupe interior view Photo 4/11   |   2016 Honda Civic Coupe interior view

Inside, interior space grows by a not insignificant 8.4 cubic feet. Rear seat legroom increases by more than 5 inches. Like in the sedan, a more traditional instrument cluster replaces the love-it-or-hate-it two-tiered dashboard. Higher quality materials should give the cabin a more premium look and feel. Interior highlights include molded stitching on the soft-touch dashboard and real stitching on the door panels. The black interior features contrasting gray and beige inserts. An available 7-inch high-definition Display Audio touchscreen dominates the center stack.

Standard features include auto on/off headlights, LED daytime running lights, auto-up/down windows, an acoustic glass windshield, automatic climate control (dual zone in upper trims), an electronic parking brake, walk-away auto door locks, and 60/40 split seats. Available features include LED headlights, remote engine start, heated front seats and side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, full-color TFT center meter, and 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration is available. Like the sedan, the new 2016 Civic Coupe is available with the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies.

2016 Honda Civic Coupe interior Photo 5/11   |   2016 Honda Civic Coupe interior

The 2016 Honda Civic Coupe is the second of five Civic models the automaker will reveal over 18 months. The five-door Civic hatchback is next and will be followed by Si and the new-to-the-U.S. Civic Type-R model. Once the sporty models are revealed, Honda will have an array tenth-generation Civic models to meet almost any compact car shopper's need. Except, of course, an all-wheel-drive offering.

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