I’m not sure if the driving force for me to trade in my 2-door for a 4-door was when we began toting my daughter, Cayla’s, friends around or if it was the daily back-breaking task of moving the car seat in and out via maneuvering it through the tight crevasse leading to the back seat! Either way, my 15 years of owning only coupes and convertibles took a hike. The truth is, I did not know how much I missed the sportiness of a coupe until I slipped behind the wheel of the 2016 Honda Civic Touring.
Even though this article focuses on the Coupe model, I should mention that the 2016 Honda Civic comes in both 2 and 4 doors both with LX, EX and Touring trims.
Now in its 10th generation, the 2016 Honda Civic is a ground-up revision of the 9th generation, and according to Honda, it’s their most comprehensive and ambitious new-model development ever undertaken.
The development of the Civic Coupe and Sedan was led by Honda’s North American team—a first for Honda. The Civic is a major part of Honda’s legacy and the first car for many kids and young adults. Luckily, the Civic has grown-up in both features and size, compared to the original, cute, tiny box on wheels.
Virtually everything about the 2016 Civic Coupe is new. It has an all-new vehicle architecture, sporty and sophisticated interior and exterior styling, a more spacious and high-quality cabin, two advanced new engines, and a host of new premium features and technologies.
Further, with the addition of Honda Sensing™ safety and driver-assistive technologies on the Touring trim and the first application of Honda turbo engine technology applied to Civic on the EX-T and above trims, the 2016 Civic Coupe offers buyers a wider range of options than ever before. Civic models powered by the new 2.0-liter i-VTEC™ engine are designated as the Civic LX and LX-P trims. Civic models powered by the new turbocharged 1.5-liter engine are designated as the EX-T, EX-L (with leather-trimmed interior) and new line-topping Civic Touring, which reaches higher into the upper end of the compact car market than ever before.
Class-leading EPA fuel economy ratings of 31/41/35 mpg (city/highway/combined) for models with a zippy 1.5-liter turbo mated to a CVT and 30/41/34 mpg for models with the 2.0-liter engine tagged with the CVT and 26/38/31mpg for the LX with the 2.0-liter engine and manual transmission. Not bad at all!
Sporty truly describes the coupe with its swoop-like sheet metal. The roof has been lowered approximately an inch, while the shoulder line below the rear windows rises up a few inches. The tail and rear overhang have been tucked in another five inches. Since the Coupe and Sedan share a wheelbase, the Coupe’s shadow becomes more aggressive, with the wheels pushed out to the ends of the car, sports-car style.
The interior feels upscale with techy features throughout. The seats are comfortable and the seating position is low. It has gained more rear legroom now totaling 37.4-inches and the trunk space is 11.9 cubic feet (Coupe). The dash lights up like a video game and the controls are easy to operate. There is no radio volume knob, however, instead, a touch-slide bar. I preferred the old fashion knob for ease of use.
The handling of the 2016 Civic Coupewas very sporty and confident, thanks in part, to the new multi-link independent rear suspension and larger stabilizer bars with bonded bushings for a more refined body control. The Civic Coupe is agile thanks in part to the assist brake torque vectoring for cornering precision and stability. A dual-pinion electric power steering with variable gear ratio helps improved steering feel and maneuverability delivering a fun-to-drive experience.
- Push Button Start
- The Honda LaneWatch feature, which uses a camera on the right-side mirror to put a picture of your right-hand blind spot on the display screen whenever the right turn signal is activated
- Available Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™
Safety on the 2016 Honda Civic features the Honda Sensing™ safety and driver-assistive technologies, next-generation ACE™ body structure, new crash stroke front frame design, and ultra-rigid high-strength steel floor for enhanced collision performance. Ranked highest-available collision performance safety ratings – a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score in the NHTSA’s NCAP, a TOP SAFETY PICK from the IIHS for the LX through EX-L trims and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the IIHAS for the Touring trim. Airbags include dual-stage front airbags, front side airbags, and side curtain airbags with rollover sensor.
In Summary –The 2016 Honda Civic Coupe is a blast to drive. Honda set out to prove it could still build a conventional compact vehicle that leaves its competition in its shadow. The touring is loaded with high-tech features, performance and handling, and a beautiful, sporty interior and exterior that is fun to drive. The passenger-side seat button creates the easier loading of both children and car seats in the back too!
2016 Honda Civic 1.5T Touring Coupe
Base price: $26,125as driven: $26,960 (including destination & optional
Engine: 1.5-liter Turbocharged DOHC4-cylinder
Horsepower: 174 @ 6,000 RPM
Torque: 162 @ 5,500 RPM
Transmission: CVT automatic
Drive: FWD Drive
Turning circle: 35.7 feet
Cargo space: 11.9 cubic feet
Curb weight: 2888 pounds
Fuel capacity: 12.4 gallons
EPA mileage: City 30/Hwy 41
Wheel Base: 106.3 inches
Warranty: 3 years/36,000-miles powertrain limited
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