This is the all new, completely redesigned 2016 Civic Coupe. And in due time, it can be yours. It goes on sale sometime soon with pricing closely matching that of the Civic Sedan And with that in mind, there are 5 classes to choose from and they’re as follows. And yes, this is my 2016 Civic Coupe review.
If you haven’t noticed by now the rear of this Civic, unlike the Sedan version – which mind you also saw a complete and notable overhaul – has a massive and distinct tail light on its rear. See it there? Honda, like many other car companies today, believes this will make it easy to spot from afar. But more importantly, the hope is that this kind of styling – a sort of less “fitting in look” – will appeal to the target market; millennials. After all, those folks care about looks, and looks alone. Provided of course they’re not bailing on the whole car things all together and opting for Uber or variations there of.
And if you look a bit closer, at the front no less, you might have noticed the Coupe’s stance. Which is to say it stands wider than the outgoing model. Hip points, or how you sit in the car, is slung fairly low, giving it a very sporty feel analogous to that of Audi TT. Which literally, just before I started writing this, showed up at my front door. And I’d have to agree.
The top end of the Coupe line up is the Touring. Which will feature the sportiest ride, though you’ll be stuck on the same CVT gear box that is found across the entire Civic line up. Or will you?! Surprise! Honda has seen fit to provide a 6-speed manual version. And if I were you, which I’m not, but you know what I mean, I’d opt for that over their automatic variant. Don’t get me wrong, the CVT is fine for the Sedan and those that aren’t seeking spirited driving. But those of you that don’t want to apathetically drool to work behind the steering wheel should most certainly go with the six shooter. However, and for full disclosure, I didn’t get to drive the 6-speed manual turbo.
What I did drive, though, was a mid-level Coupe with a 2.0L (not Turbo) and a step up, which included a 1.5L turbo that boasted Apple Car play and Android Auto by default (just make sure to plugin using the front USB port otherwise neither smartphone car system will activate). Because I didn’t get that much seat time it’s hard for me to say how much stiffer the springs were from class to class.
At this point, NHTSA hasn’t had a chance to rate the Coupe for safety, but Honda is expecting 5 stars; the best you can get. So rest assured that this vehicle is safe. Though this is probably only top of mind for interested parents. And speaking of safety, there are the usual array of safety features on board. Spend some additional coin and you can dip your tow into a bastardized version of automated driving, generally referred to as ACC, or adaptive cruise control. Using sensors the Civic Coupe can monitor the car in front of you and adjust the speed accordingly. It also comes packed with a lane assist and cross lane detecting, allowing the Coupe to steer itself or warn you if you leave the lean without intention, respectively. Note: you’ll need to step up the class to get the aforementioned.
There are also some other handy features that are nice to have a car of this price point to have. This includes keyless entry and start with walk away locking; just touch the door handle. There is also a capless fuel system. Which isn’t the most remarkable of features, but is a nice convenience to have since it’s less to fiddle with at the gas station and one less thing to remember to put back in its place. You know how those millennials can be with their personal objects.
Provided you’re not in the two lowest tiers, you’ll enjoy a 7-inch infotainment system. All models with enjoy Honda’s dreadful touch capacitive volume switch, though with some acclimation it becomes more bearable. Fortunately, the infotainment system is fairly straight forward and easy to use. With my iPhone 6 plugged in Car Play was fairly snappy and didn’t lag or give me too many problems. That being said, if you step into the Ex-t model (3rd tier), you’ll by default score a 450-watt 10 speaker audio system.
So what else should you know? MPG is off the chain. Seriously. I drove the 1.5L T sedan home and achieved 45 mpg. Sure, I had cruise control on, but I was averaging 70 mph. 41 mpg is something to write home about, but 45!!! That’s bordering on Prius territory sans battery. This was probably my biggest take away driving this car (and the sedan) as I didn’t think this level of efficiency could be achieved without some wizard (or batteries). That, and it’s comfortable, easy to drive and well positioned giving its price point.
And last, but not least, there will be a metallic green paint option, similar to what we saw last April at the New York Auto Show.