Fans of hatchbacks, rejoice! The much loved Honda Civic hatchback is returning to American showrooms for 2017 after a ten year absence. The new model will be assembled in the UK (assuming Brexit doesn’t kill it) using the same global chassis that underpins the current Civic sedan and coupe.
When the next version of the Honda CR-V is introduced next year, it will be built on the same platform as the 10th generation Honda Civic that went on sale last fall. It will also offer a plug-in hybrid option according to multiple news sources, including Digital Trends and Left Lane News. The popular crossover vehicle from Honda is expected to take its styling cues from the new Civic as well.
Honda CR-V Hybrid Rendering
Japanese website Response reports the CR-V will be offered with an optional plug-in hybrid drivetrain consisting of a 2.0 liter four cylinder gas engine and at least two electric motors. The 2.4 liter gasoline engine found in the current AWD CR-V will continue to be offered as well as a smaller turbocharged four cylinder engine.
It is expected the new CR-V will be available with front wheel drive and four wheel drive powertrains. There are also rumors that a long wheel base version with seating for 7 passengers will be offered, although whether that configuration will be available in the American market is not known at this time. All CR=V’s will be equipped with automatic transmissions.
Since it was first introduced, the CR-V has been identified with vertical tail lights mounted high at the rear of the car. In line with its new Civic based architecture, the 2018 car will have more conventional tail lights with C shaped LED inserts. All manufacturers are focused on building as many models as possible on a single platform. That reduced development costs and maximizes flexibility at the factory to meet shifting trends in the marketplace.
Honda likes to reveal its next genearation cars as lightly disguised concepts shortly before they go into production. That way, it can benefit from any feedback it gets from the public and the press to make any changes it deems necessary before final production values are confirmed. Expect to see a CR-V concept either at the Los Angeles auto show in December of this year, or else the Detroit auto show in January of 2017.
This story was originally carried by Indian Autos Blog.
Last night, Honda took to YouTube to reveal the 2016 Honda Civic sedan. We’ll summarize, in case some of our readers do not have 51 minutes and 6 seconds to wallow in all of the new Civic’s official deliciousness.
Honda says this 10th generation car is the most important new Civic ever. (Of course, Honda would say that!) The new car is longer, lower, and wider than the current car and has a strengthened A pillar for higher ratings in the IIHS small frontal offset crash test. It is also 68 lbs lighter than the old car. Disc brakes are now used on all four wheels on all models.
Honda is introducing V-Tech engines (previously reserved for its Si high-performance models) to the Civic line for the first time. LX and EX models will get a 158 hp 2.0 liter DOHC engine mated to either a 6 speed manual or CVT transmission. EX-L, EX-T, and Touring models will get a 174 hp turbocharged direct injection DOHC engine. It will be available with the CVT transmission only. Although official EPA numbers are not in yet, Honda expects both engines to be rated at 40 mpg highway or better.
The styling of the new cars has already drawn howls of protest across the internet. Somewhere in Japan, there is a senior designer who believes we all want our cars to look like MIG fighters from the 50s. The Toyota Mirai features enormous air scoops at the front, and Honda has taken that same idea and grafted it onto the rear of the new Civic.
The sooner this unfortunate fad goes away, the better. The rear of the new car looks like it has been bashed with a large sledgehammer in each corner. It is just dreadful, and that is being kind. The new Civic is expected in showrooms this fall.
Honda says a Type R version of the new Civic is on its way soon, but won’t say exactly when. Let’s hope it has all the goodness baked into the European Type R cars and is not just some insipid four-wheeled lump with limp suspension and huge Type R badges glued to the flanks.
Image Credits: Honda
If you were to look at just about any parking lot anywhere in the world, you’d be almost guaranteed to find at least a single Honda Civic there. Few, if any cars have won as many awards and acclaim year after year, and for the 10th generation of the Honda Civic, the Japanese automaker is finally going global…which means America finally gets its Civic Type-R.
I’ll admit I was surprised when the Honda display rotated around to reveal the kind of sporty, lime-green Civic you’d expect to see in one of the Fast & Furious franchise movies. And you know what? I really liked it. From the 1.5 liter Earth Dreams turbo engine under the hood to the swept-styling that gives it an almost hatchback feel. Speaking of hatchbacks, Honda will finally be bringing a hatchback Civic stateside, making plan sport compact fans much happier.
The new look is a decidedly edgy direction for the Civic, a car not exactly known for taking chances in a traditionally-conservative industry, but for me what really sold it was the back end. I highly doubt that centered single exhaust tip will make it to production, but the across-the-trunk taillights are a great, aggressive look for a car with limited sport credentials.
Honda is taking a risk here though, as it attempts to unite the global Civic brand into a single chassis architecture. As it stands, the Civic in Europe is different from the Civic in America that’s different from the Civic sold in Asia. Honda will save millions in manufacturings costs if it can streamline the building process by not having a multitude of different versions to piece together. This means all varieties of the Honda Civic will be available in America, including the long-venerated Type-R, the ultimate in Civic performance. Long kept at arms length, Honda will finally bestow the Civic Type-R on American consumers.
That is reason enough to get excited for the 10th generation Civic. The rest of the concept is just icing on the cake, and if Honda manages to make a production car that looks even somewhat like the Civic Concept, they’re going to have a winner on their hands. Again.
While showing off some press pictures of the Europe-only Civic diesel, Honda fan site “All About Honda” claims to have received word that the 2016 Honda Civic and Civic Si will be 100%, all-new for 2016 – and that the company has plans to move all Civic production to the US.
Presumably, that means that all Civic variants (not just the sedans) will be built in East Liberty, Ohio. A move that would, in theory, free up Honda’s Alliston, Ontario plant to focus on the exploding small-SUV segment and production of Honda’s Civic-based CR-V.
Parsing the Engrish over at All About Honda seems to indicate that the next-generation Civic will be a global car without a dedicated “US” and “Euro/JDM” version. That’s the same thinking behind the new-for-2015 Honda Fit, as well, lending credibility to the idea that a 4-door turbocharged hatchback Civic Si is, indeed, coming to America.
Time will tell, I guess.
In the meantime, let us know what you’d think of a turbocharged 2016 Honda Civic Si that’s made in the USA (and, of course, how much extra you’d pay for a McLaren version) in the comments section at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!
The 2014 version of Honda’s CNG Civic sedan debuted quietly in Chicago this week, with very little of the pomp and fanfare that accompanied, say, the Kia Soul EV’s launch. Despite being a Honda fan, I’m OK with that. The cool kids know what it is, and that’s what matters. Right?
For 2014, the CNG Civic features an upgraded interior and bright blue badge work that does a better job of playing up Honda’s Earth Dreams motif than, say, the NGV stickers did on the 2011 model. Additionally, where the previous version(s) of the CNG Civic have felt a little bit like they were built as fleet specials for companies who didn’t want to save money, the newest version seems to have embraced the idea that “going green” isn’t a punishment. As such, Honda has seen fit to upgrade the interior materials and plastics of their new alt-fueler, and have added leather and alloy wheels to the mix, as well …
… the trunk space, however, is still radically compromised by the addition of the CNG tanks. While that’s not much of a problem for a company car that’s meant to shuttle project managers between job sites, it does mean that someone shopping for a clean-burning city car to put their growing family in (*ahem!*) can’t consider the CNG Civic a realistic option. Not if they’re trying to get a baby stroller into this …
… so, that kinda sucks.
Still, the continuation of the CNG Civic is great news for drivers who care about their carbon footprint and want that legendary Honda reliability. While I might lament the lack of, say, an AWD CNG Honda CR-V, however, I’m sure Honda knows what they’re doing. Expect to see more CNG Hondas in the future, then- especially if President Obama’s comments about expanding America’s natural gas infrastructure turn out to have legs. In the meantime, check out some excerpts from Honda’s official press release, below, and a few more CNG Civic pictures under that.
For 2014, the sophistication and value of the … Civic Natural Gas is enhanced with a host of new standard features, including new Display Audio with 7-inch touchscreen that allows users to pinch, swipe and tap just like a smartphone to access audio, phonebook, media, vehicle information and available navigation features. The touchscreen display is also the interface for the next-generation HondaLink™, an application-based platform that allows a seamless integration between a user’s smartphone and the car, providing access to online and cloud-based content and information both inside and outside the car.
New for 2014, the Civic Natural Gas Leather Navi model gains additional premium features such as leather seats, heated front seats, heated side mirrors and a six-speaker audio system. The Civic Natural Gas’ standard interior has also been upgraded with more premium seating materials and door panel trim.
The 2014 Civic Natural Gas will be available at Honda dealers in 37 states on February 15 with an MSRP starting at $26,640 ($29,290 for the “Navi” model) and a combined EPA rating of 31 MPG.
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For most of the past 20 years, the Honda Civic has regularly been among the top 10 best-selling vehicles in America, and millions of Americans proudly call themselves Civic owners.I am convinced these are the only people who will buy the Honda Civic Hybrid, a car that delivers very good fuel economy in a very droll way.
This isn’t a knock on the 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid, which I recently spent a week with. Rather, it’s merely recognizing that this isn’t a car with car enthusiasts in mind. There is a very specific customer that Honda built the Civic Hybrid for, and that is current Civic owners.
While the 2014 Civic Model did get the updated looks, the 2013 model is far from ugly. The backend is by far the most exciting aspect of the car, with the still-innovative double gauge cluster design a close second. For a mass-market car, the I still think the Civic has one of the best cockpits. The leather seats could have been better, though the heating elements were a welcome addition with fall quickly giving way to winter here in the Northeast.
Unfortunately, the rest of the interior is lacking. The back seats offered adequate space, though one of the major drawbacks is the small trunk. The hybrid’s battery takes up a big chunk of space in the storage area, and the loss is noticeable. I’m the kind of person who regularly pushes storage space to the brink. and the Civic Hybrid doesn’t leave a lot of room for cramming.
The materials also felt subpar for a vehicle with a $27,060 price tag, with a lot of hard plastics and a cheap-feeling headunit that felt out of place in the Civic. If felt very aftermarket, rather than OEM, and the center stack had some very small buttons that could be frustrating to deal with. That said, I appreciate how Honda has kept the number of buttons and knobs to a functional minimum.
But if you’re a Civic owner, you’re used to limited trunk space, barely-adequete horsepower, and lesser interior materials. The 2013 Civic Hybrid uses a 110 horsepower 1.5 liter engine with Integrated Motor Assist, or IMA, for a total output of 157 horsepower and 163 ft-lbs of torque. Sounds decent enough, but for one problem; the Civic Hybrid weighs a hefty 3,417 lbs, and the already-slow car feels downright sluggish without the electric motor to help motivate it.
Acceleration is not an area hybrids are known to shine in though, and many former Civic owners have gotten by with far less power. The regenerative braking, however, is something that takes a lot of getting used to, and there is still the issue of the brakes going from no stopping power to grabbing and slamming you against the seat belt. I live in a hilly area with a lot of stop signs, and even after a week I was still getting used to the system.
When it works though, the Civic Hybrid’s IMA system delivers some damn good gas mileage. Officially rated at 44 mpg across the board, I regularly went above and beyond that by pressing the ECO button and driving with a light foot. The best mileage the Civic told me I was getting was 47 mpg while cruising through downtown from stoplight to stoplight (most of which were green, I’ll grant you).
At $27,060, there are plenty of other hybrid options within a potential buyer’s price range, but I really don’t think the Honda Civic Hybrid was built as a “conquest car” to lure over Prius buyers. Rather, it’s a car to upsell to a lifelong Civic buyer, a person who has steadily increased their buying power over the years, but remains loyal to the Honda Civic even if they can afford something nicer.
With a full suite of infotainment, navigation, and satellite radio technologies, along with heated leather seats, the 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid is the nicest Civic you can buy save for the Civic Si. And if you’re not the kind of person into going fast and being flashy, the Honda Civic Hybrid is a low-key green car that is every bit as luxurious as the Civic Si. It’s the ultimate upsell, and with studies indicating that chicks dig guys who drive green cars, it might even be the better option for a bachelor with a bachelor’s degree.
The Honda Civic Hybrid is still a safe bet, one that won’t save the world, but won’t hurt it much either.
Honda provided the Civic Hybrid and a full tank of gas for this review.
Three years ago auto reviewers panned the then-new 2012 Honda Civic as a not-so-good car, and Honda responded with a sudden and unexpected makeover. The improvements carried on in 2013, and in 2014 Honda has made even more changes to the Honda Civic that have resulted in improved horsepower and fuel economy, keeping America’s favorite compact competitive.
Honda revealed the 2014 Civic in coupe guise, one of the few automakers still offering a two-door model for America;s compact market. Honda made some fairly significant changes to the exterior to enhance the overall look of the 2014 Civic, and it certainly feels bolder and more aggressive than the outgoing model’s softer look.
The big change to the drivetrain is the availability of an all-new CVT transmission, which improves fuel economy marginally. With the 1.8 liter engine, the 2014 Honda Civic gets 30 mpg in the city and 39 on the highway for a combined rating of 33 mpg compared to the 28/39/32 rating of the 2013 Civic. There were no changes to either the Honda Civic Hybrid or Natural Gas models, alas.
A better exhaust improves power a teensy bit, though most drivers are unlikely to notice the difference. However, the 2014 Honda Civic HF has been tuned to deliver almost hybrid-like fuel economy, with a 31/41/35 rating that is the best-in-class. While not exactly earth-shaking news, the Honda Civic remains America’s most popular passenger car, and it’s the standard to which other automakers build their cars.
As the Civic goes, so goes America? Not quite, but Honda is at the very least making a statement with the third set of upgrades to the Civic is as many years. That statement? We take the Civic, and any criticism directed at it, very seriously, and it will take more than just one bad model year to knock the Compact King off its pedestal.
I’m sorry, I can’t hear you talking about how efficient, reliable and safe your Accords and Civics are over the deafening hotness of this concept car you’ll probably never bring to market. No Honda EV-STER for you, America!
Honda employs designers, so why don’t they let them do any actual design work on the cars they actually sell? Granted, most people have no taste or sense of style, but do their cars actually have to reflect this? Working in the world of high-end fashion design most of my career, with some stints in the mass market, I know it doesn’t cost any more to simply finesse the silhouette to make it more attractive, sexier.
Having friends who play with carbon fiber and sheet metal I know the same goes for these materials. Clearly Honda’s designers know how to design sexy cars, as evinced this season with the EV-Ster (above) which would do a stellar job of filling the void left by the discontinued Tesla roadster. Honda’s other fun little car, the S2000 was so fun to drive I’ve met fellow motorcycle racers who loved it so much they were even willing to give up their street bike.
So while Honda tells us the Civic is fun to drive, this motorcyclist is skeptical. Or was it the Accord? They’re interchangeable to me like their Goldwing and CBR1000RR are to most of you.
Having had the pleasure of giving the Honda Fit EV a proper test drive, I know they know how to make cars that are fun to drive. And the Fit at least has some personality. But I think it’s time the major OEM’s, especially Honda, take note of the rapid sales growth of the more stylish cars coming to the market like the Fiat 500 and the Mini. Honda proudly displayed this wall of trophies, none of which are in design.
So, about that Accord Plug-in Hybrid… For Model Year 2014, Honda has announced a PHEV Accord with 115MPGe, which is higher than any in the mid-size class. The Accord PHEV will go on sale in New York and California January 15th with an MSRP of $39,780.That’s before tax incentives.
The Accord has 47/46/46 mpg (city/hwy/combined) and is the first production car in America to meet the more stringent new LEV3/SULEV20 emissions standard. It will also qualify for single-occupant carpool-lane access in California. But it most certainly won’t get you laid. Even if you’re Brad Pitt.
Here in America, a car is stolen somewhere in the country every 33 seconds. While anti-theft devices have grown ever more complicated, the tools used by thieves have not. Anybody can be the victim of a random automotive theft, but drivers of the Toyota Prius apparently have less to fear; the Prius is one of the least popular cars among car thieves.
According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, on average 1 out of every 78 cars for any particular model are stolen on an annual basis. But just 1 out of every 606 Toyota Prius hybrids are stolen. Meanwhile perrnial thief favorites like the Cadillac Escalade and Honda Civic continue to top the list as the most popular targets. In California, where the Prius is the best-selling vehicle, Prius thefts are more common. But everywhere else? You’re pretty dang safe.
This is one of the few popularity contests where being the winner really means being the loser. So why might thieves not be too interested in plucking a Prius off of the streets? For one, there isn’t a large black market for parts; most Prius owners are the well-off, service-only-at-dealership types.
More pratically thinking though, the Prius is both slow and highly visible, two no-nos for anyone considering the GTA lifestyle. You aren’t outrunning anything in a Prius. For those two reasons, the Prius also has a very high recovery rate of nearly 97%. To me this says that most Prius thefts were more for fun than profit.
Just another reason why driving a Toyota Prius might not be a bad idea…especially if you live in a high crime area.
Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau
The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, or in this case, the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. For 2013, the Honda Civic i-DTEC will boast a 1.6 liter diesel engine offering 221 ft-lbs of torque, and a 78 mpg rating on the UK testing cycle, which roughly translates to 65 mpg on the U.S. standard. Naturally, it’s only for Europe.
Going on sale in january of 2013, the new Honda Civic diesel will debut an all-new Earth Dreams diesel engine called the i-DTEC. As with all Civic models, this one will be front-wheel drive, and will be offered with a six-speed manual transmission. While the 1.6 liter diesel engine offers just 118 horsepower, the 221 ft-lbs of torque will allow for some spirited driving to be sure.
In the UK, this diesel Honda Civic will cost £19,400 , or about $31,000 in U.S. dollars. That’s a pretty expensive car, especially a Civic, but I have no doubt Honda could bring the price down a bit if production were shifted to the U.S. Alas, for now this engine and Civic are destined only for Europe, leaving the diesel market wide open for a usurper like say, the Chevy Cruze diesel, to step up and claim a place at the table.
Realisticly, the Civic diesel’s mpg rating would probably be between 50 and 60 mpg on the U.S. testing cycle. But that would still make it competitive with hybrid cars like the Toyota Prius and the 2013 Ford Fusion hybrid. Alas, diesel also costs more in the U.S. than a gallon of regular petrol. But I’d make the jump to diesel if I could, especially if the Civic were offered with both a diesel, and hatchback setup like the one pictured above. Would you?
As the only natural gas car you can buy from a major automaker, you would think the Honda Civic NGV would have the market for alternative fuels cornered. But Honda executives are resorting to some classic tricks to move these vehicles off of dealership lots, including offering a $3,000 fuel card with the purchase of any Civic NGV.
The $3,000 fuel card can only be used at one of the 150 Clean Energy CNG stations around America (of which 40 are in California). Granted, California is the largest car market, and gas prices have crept over $4.50 a gallon in many places in the Golden State. With CNG prices hovering around $2.00 a gallon, you can save a lot of money, and the Honda Civic NGV even won the coveted Green Car of the Year award.
The Honda Civic NGV also gives drivers access to California’s coveted HOV lanes. Alas, with a starting MSRP of $26,305 (plus a $790 destination fee), the Honda CIvic NGV is the most expensive Civic model in the lineup. The Civic CNG also makes due with less power and less range, around just 200 miles per tank of natural gas. Also, home refilling can take up to a full day, and the CNG filling systems cost thousands of dollars, leaving some customers to rely on just a handful of public fueling stations.
While many pundits and politicians are touting CNG as the replacement for petrol, consumers seem wary. Nobody wants to get stuck with the 21st century equivalent of Betamax, after all. Throwing $3,000 of free fuel on the hood of a new car doesn’t exactly reek of confidence.
Natural gas could be an important stepping stone in America’s quest to develop domestic energy. The problem right now is that natural gas filling stations are expensive and the home models can take 12 hours to fill your car. But major auto parts maker Eaton could bring a much cheaper, and faster filling unit to consumers homes in the next few years.
Affordable Domestic Fuel Filling Station For Your Home
Oil companies claim there is enough natural gas in shale formations beneath America to provide 100 years of “clean” energy. How true this is, I don’t know, though natural gas does have the potential to wean America off of foreign fuel imports. The problem is that so far there is just one CNG car on the market, the Honda Civic GX, and other automakers have been slow to commit new CNG vehicles outside of commercial and fleet sales. And while natural gas feeds heat into many American homes, those pipes run are an extremely low pressure, which means the $4,500 Phill filling stations Honda was pushing can take 12 hours or more to fill up the CNG tanks.
Eaton is approaching both the time, and cost issue with an innovative solution using a liquid piston to compress the low-pressure natural gas found in many homes. What is only described as “innovative heat exchanger technology” will supposedly improve efficiency and cut costs by as much as 90% over current filling stations. The liquid piston might also turn those 12-hour filling times into something much quicker. Eaton hopes to bring such a filling station to market around 2015 with a target price of $500, which is less than the floormats in some new cars.
…Coming Soon Enough?
A low-cost home fueling station certainly would be a big boon for those wanting to pursue an alternative to petroleum, and by 2015 there should be at least a few more options in terms of CNG vehicles. Yet on the same token, who knows where world energy prices will be by 2015. Oil prices could skyrocket, or they could plummet, major breakthroughs in battery technology could make EV’s more practical and affordable, and hydrogen fuel cells might even make a comeback. It’s too far out to make that call, and for that reason Eaton is also developing everything from hydraulic-hybrids to home charging stations for electric cars. That’s the right call if you ask me.
Who knows what might happen in the next three years? 2015 is a long ways away, though anything that makes alternative fuels more affordable and accessible is OK by me. Hopefully this Eaton project pans out, and by then America will be well on its way to an affordable and sustainable future in alternative fuels.
Source: Green Car Congress
Honda’s 2013 Civic Hybrid may not be the most exciting hybrid Honda builds, or the cleanest car in the Japanese brand’s line-up … but, starting next year, this most mainstream of Honda’s hybrids may become the most “American” hybrid you can buy! Honda has just announced that it will be investing an additional $40 million into its factory in Indiana, adding about 1000 new jobs and expanding capacity by 50,000 units annually.
That increase in production capacity, by the way, means that 90% of the Honda-badged cars sold in the US will be manufactured in North America, which is good for American factory workers and good for Honda’s bottom line!
As a quick reminder, Honda’s Civic Hybrid makes use of a 1.5L 4-cylinder gas engine mated to a continuously-variable transmission and a small electric powerplant, good for a combined 110 hp at 44 EPA-rated mpg. Not bad, in other words … even if it’s not the sexxxiest hybrid you can lay your hands on.
Let us know what you think about all this made-in-the-USA Honda goodness in the comments, below.
Source: Honda, via Motorpasion.