2016 Honda Civic Review
The Honda Civic is in its 10th generation. Massively refreshed, the 2016 Civic was named "Best of the Best" by the Canadian Automotive Jury earlier this year. In response, Jean Marc Leclerc, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Honda Canada Inc., said in a statement: "We’re grateful to this esteemed group of automotive journalists for selecting the 10th generation Honda Civic from a fiercely competitive group of contenders as the best car for Canadians. The all-new Civic is the most innovative, ambitious and advanced iteration Honda has ever produced, setting a new benchmark in the compact car segment and we’re thrilled that the Canadian Automotive Jury shares the sentiment"
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The 2016 Honda Civic is one of the long-time leaders in the highly competitive compact car segment. This year's model is longer, wider and lower than the out-going car. Currently it's offered in sedan and coupe body styles; a hatchback and sporty Si are planned. A new Civic Type R is also in the works.
The LX is the entry trim into the sedan lineup which is then followed by the EX, EX-T and the Touring. For coupe models, it's the LX followed by the EX-T and the Touring. Like most Hondas, each one comes with its own exclusive set of standard features and equipment. Options are minimal and are primarily confined to dealership accessories and the Honda Sensing safety package.
Engine and Transmission
Two engines are offered on the Civic. Both are four-cylinders. The first, a 2.0-litre, is the base engine. Horsepower and torque are 158 and 138 respectively. A 1.5-litre is the second. It's turbo-charged and pours out 174 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. Transmission is either a six-speed manual or continuous variable transmission (CVT) depending on the engine and trim level.
Fuel consumption with Civics equipped with the manual is 8.9 L/100km in city driving, 6.1 L/100km when cruising along the highway and 7.7 L/100km combined. Those figures drop with the CVT as low as 7.5 L/100km city, 5.6 L/100km highway and 6.7 L/100km combined.
Wheels.ca had the following to say after putting the new Civic through its paces: "Readers will note, not only do you get more power with the turbo, but better economy too. The power part my co-driver and I found out during an impromptu 0-100 km/h test where the turbo was two seconds faster.
More to the point, the 2.0-litre and 1.5-litre drove like two very different cars. The former was very comfortable, but the latter felt much more stiffly sprung and more responsive at higher speeds."
Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.