2016 Honda Civic Revealed, Type R To Follow

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.

2016 Honda CivicThe 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

2016 Honda Civic

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Steve Hanley

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