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Review: 2016 Honda Civic Coupe on Everyman Driver

2016 Honda CIvic Coupe Review on Everyman Driver with Dave Erickson

The creation of this new 10th-generation Civic represents one of the most comprehensive and ambitious new-model developments ever undertaken by Honda, requiring an unprecedented commitment of R&D resources and Honda engineering prowess. While the development of the Civic Coupe, together with the Civic Sedan, was led by a North American team – a first for Honda and Civic – the overall Civic series involves design and engineering teams from Honda R&D, as well as sales and manufacturing operations from around the world, especially in North America and Japan, but also in Europe, South America and Asia.


In seeking to realize a “dynamic rejuvenation” of Civic and create a new interpretation “in a league of its own,” as the development team defined its mission, Honda engineers set out early during platform development to benchmark the world’s best C-segment vehicles—not only products in Civic’s traditional competitive set, but luxury compact class vehicles as well.

2016 Honda CIvic Coupe Review on Everyman Driver with Dave EricksonTheir evaluation of the world’s best products involved extensive real-world testing, ultimately targeting European luxury vehicles for the new Civic’s ride, handling, steering and NVH (noise, vibration and harshness), and also its interior quality and refinement.

Achieving these lofty aims while meeting requirements for an affordable compact car, in terms of cost, fuel efficiency and manufacturability, stretched the limits of the global Civic team’s engineering capability and demanded new thinking and new approaches to body construction, vehicle aerodynamics, powertrain and chassis design. The result of these efforts is a completely reimagined and reinvented new Civic, the sportiest Civic ever, and a new benchmark in the compact class in terms of spaciousness, fuel efficiency, safety features, interior quality and dynamic performance.

With many design features introduced on the Civic Sedan, the Civic Coupe takes the sporty styling and dynamic capabilities of the sedan even further for a unique performance coupe experience that is both stylish and fun to drive, but also surprisingly spacious for its compact exterior and feature packed. The new Civic Coupe is athletic, charismatic and connected.

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What’s New?
Virtually everything about the 2016 Civic Coupe is new – an all-new vehicle architecture, sporty and sophisticated new interior and exterior styling, a more spacious and high-quality cabin, two advanced new engines, and a host of new premium features and technologies.

2016 Honda CIvic Coupe Review on Everyman Driver with Dave EricksonFurther, with the addition of Honda Sensing™ safety and driver-assistive technologies on the Touring trim and the first application of Honda turbo engine technology 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.

Major new technologies, features and capabilities of the 2016 Civic Coupe, depending on trim, are as follows:


  • Turbocharged 1.5-liter DOHC direct-injected engine
  • 2.0-liter DOHC port-injected i-VTEC engine
  • Class-leading anticipated EPA fuel economy ratings of 31/41/35 mpg (city/highway/combined)1 for models with 1.5-liter turbo and CVT, 30/41/34 mpg1 for models with the 2.0-liter engine and CVT and 26/38/31mpg1 for the LX with the 2.0-liter engine and manual transmission.


  • Ultra-rigid body with 63 percent application of high-strength steel and 12 percent application of ultra-high-strength steel (up from 55 percent and 1 percent, respectively, in the previous model) – the most extensive use of high-tensile steel ever in a Civic
  • 76 pound reduction in unibody weight versus the previous Civic Coupe, despite its larger size and greater stiffness
  • ACE™ body structure with new crash stroke design (Honda and Civic first) for improved collision performance in a sportier, more compact front frame design
  • Ultra-rigid 590-MPa high-strength-steel floor for enhanced collision performance and improved ride quality (Civic first)
  • Most tightly sealed Honda body ever, with a 75 percent improvement in air leak performance over the previous model
  • Premium noise isolation materials and design features that combine with the tightly sealed body for cabin quietness that challenges luxury-class compact-segment products


  • New multi-link independent rear suspension
  • Hydraulic compliance bushings for premium levels of ride quality and road vibration isolation (Civic first)
  • Larger stabilizer bars with bonded bushings for more refined body control (Civic first)
  • Rigid aluminum rear damper brackets for improved ride quality (Civic first)
  • Agile Handling Assist brake torque vectoring for cornering precision and stability (Civic first)
  • Dual-pinion electric power steering with variable gear ratio for improved steering feel and maneuverability (Civic first)


  • Available LED exterior lighting
  • Complete underbody covering for fuel efficiency and cabin quietness
  • Flush mounted, acoustic glass windshield
  • Capless refueling


  • 91.0 (LX) and 88.6 (EX-T and above) cubic-feet of passenger volume (+7.8 cubic feet vs. previous Civic Coupe) – amongst the most spacious cabins in the compact class
  • New ultra-thin A-pillars for enhanced forward visibility
  • Premium, soft touch cabin materials exceeding current class standards
  • Available Display Audio touchscreen with Android Auto™2 and Apple CarPlay™3
  • Available Premium comfort and convenience features including Remote Engine start, Smart Entry with Push Button Start, electronic parking brake, dual-zone automatic climate control and rain-sensing wipers

Safety and Driver Assistance

  • Honda Sensing™ safety and driver-assistive technologies
  • Next-generation ACE™ body structure
  • New crash stroke front frame design
  • Ultra-rigid 590-MPa high-strength steel floor for enhanced collision performance
  • Targeted 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.

Design and Packaging
In designing the new Civic, Honda designers and engineers sought to deliver a sportier and more premium-quality Civic that recaptures the sporty proportions and athletic stance of earlier Civics while thoroughly advancing Civic design into the future. The 2016 Civic Coupe is lower and wider with short front and rear overhangs and larger wheels and tires that create a more sporting wheel-to-body relationship.

Exterior Design
Engineering and design merged to develop the Civic Coupe body, embracing both fundamental physics such as inertia and a sporty character like a hot three-door hatchback. The taut, tidy and sporty overall proportions of the new Civic Coupe are complemented and accentuated by its performance inspired design details, including its sleek, swept-back bodylines, its sharp and aggressive face, and its bulging wheel arches. The hood features sharply defined character lines that draw the eye forward and down to the Civic’s aggressive new face, highlighted by a chrome-plated Honda “wing” that runs the full width of the front fascia and is flanked by available new LED headlights in an in-line configuration.

The new Civic’s ultra-thin A-pillars lend the cabin an open, airy feeling with excellent forward visibility, while the aggressively sloped roof line connects seamlessly with gracefully arching C-pillars that carry the curvature of the roof rearward to the outside rear corners of the long deck, where they intersect with distinctive C-shaped “light-pipe” LED taillights forming a continuous line across the rear.

The sharply creased and curving upper-body side line swells over the rear wheel arches and curves aggressively inward to join the upper bend of the distinctive LED taillights, while the upswept lower-body side line is bisected by the bulging rear wheel arches before bending inward to meet up with the rear bumper’s upper surface. The overall effect is one of dynamism and premium quality with an unmistakable and yet thoroughly modern Civic design aesthetic.

Interior Package
Honda’s vehicle packaging expertise, along with the Civic’s longer wheelbase and wider body, results in the most spacious interior in the competitive class. With 91.0 cubic feet of available passenger space (LX) and 88.6 cubic feet (LX-P and above trims), the 2016 Civic Coupe delivers top-of-class comfort by giving its occupants a sense of spaciousness and premium comfort beyond the compact class with ample headroom, legroom, shoulder clearance and side head clearance.

A class leading 84.3 degrees of forward visibility is aided by a new, ultra-thin A-pillar design, 18.2 mm (0.72 inch) narrower than the A-pillar in the outgoing 2015 Civic. Even the forward visibility of rear-seat occupants is taken into account, as the new Civic features newly shaped front seatbacks and a smaller head restraint.

More legroom for the driver is made possible by the reduced intrusion of the instrument panel into the driver’s knee space, while rear-seat foot room is improved by a 27 mm (1.1 inches) wider space between the front seat rails. Trunk room has also been significantly increased, by 0.2 cubic-feet to 12.1 cubic-feet (LX), among the largest in the compact class, with a lower lift over height, larger rear opening, and wider and taller cargo area than the outgoing model. An all-new reconfigurable center console, with up to 7.2 liters of storage space, can hold multiple full-size tablets or an oversized water bottle with the console lid closed.

Interior Design
The completely new interior of the 2016 Civic Coupe is designed to have the same exciting, modern and sophisticated exterior styling while providing enhanced comfort, leading-edge technology and class-leading quality. The 2016 Civic Coupe takes Civic interior quality to a new level. High quality, soft-to-the-touch materials are applied liberally—to the instrument panel, front door sash and door inserts and the larger, more thickly padded center armrest. Fit, finish and materials quality throughout the cabin have been thoroughly modernized and upgraded in keeping with the more premium and sporty compact coupe character of this all new Civic.

Interior Comfort, Convenience and Connectivity
The new Civic is designed to be the most comfortable, convenient and connected Civic ever. In addition to its more spacious interior, the 2016 Civic Coupe incorporates new, available premium comfort and convenience features – all Civic firsts – as follows:

  • Remote engine start
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Walk away door locking
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • Rain-sensing wipers

Display Audio with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto
Raising intuitive operation and digital connectivity to the next level, the 2016 Civic Coupe in EX-T and above trims incorporates a new 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen that serves as the nerve center for control of audio, HVAC and other functions. The new Display Audio is integrated with new Apple CarPlay™3 and Android Auto™2 platforms, providing seamless integration of smartphone features and functions, including app-based navigation, streaming audio, voice-controlled search capabilities, and access to a host of Apple- or Google-approved smartphone apps.

Dynamic Performance
Civic is designed to set a new bar for dynamic performance in the mainstream compact class, surpassing current offerings and even challenging luxury-class C-segment vehicles in critical areas of dynamic performance such as steering feel, handling precision, ride quality and NVH. With respect to its mainstream, compact-class competitors, Civic is designed to deliver superior dynamic performance in virtually every way, including acceleration and braking performance, refined and linear power delivery, fuel efficiency, steering precision, body control, aerodynamics and NVH. Every element of its design and technology has been optimized to this task.

Powering the 2016 Civic Coupe are two all-new engines, first introduced in the Civic Sedan, that were both designed to provide highly refined, responsive and fuel-efficient performance. Civic Coupes in LX and LX-P trim are powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC, 16-valve, port-injected, inline 4-cylinder engine with i-VTEC™ valvetrain producing a peak 158 hp at 6,500 rpm and 138 lb-ft. of torque at 4,200 rpm, making it the most powerful base engine ever offered in Civic. The new 2.0-liter engine is mated to a sporty continuously variable transmission (CVT) with Honda G-Design shift control, or on the LX trim, a quick-shifting 6-speed manual transmission.

Civic Coupes in EX-T, EX-L and Touring trim are powered by an all-new turbocharged 1.5-liter DOHC, direct-injected 4-cylinder engine with variable cam timing (VTC) and electronic wastegate, turning out 174 hp at 6,000 rpm and peak torque of 162 lb-ft. from 1,700 to 5,500 rpm. The 1.5-liter turbo engine is mated to a new CVT that combines with the low-inertia turbo, VTC and electronic wastegate to optimize power delivery across the engine’s full operating range.

Both engines feature a wide array of friction-reduction design and engineering features that support both high performance and high fuel efficiency.  These two ultra-efficient engines, married to the 2016 Civic’s light, rigid and highly aerodynamic body, help the Civic garner anticipated class-leading EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 30/41/34 mpg (city/highway/combined)1 for the 2.0-liter engine with CVT, 26/38/31mpg1 for the LX with the 2.0-liter engine and manual transmission, and 31/41/35 mpg1 for the 1.5-liter turbo with CVT.

The 2016 Civic Coupe’s new powertrains and sophisticated chassis design are underpinned by its entirely new body construction, where engineers went deeper in the study of dynamic body rigidity to realize an ultra-rigid platform architecture that serves as the foundation for its more sophisticated chassis design, its class-leading collision performance, and its powerful and fuel-efficient powertrains.

Global bending and torsional rigidity are increased with specifically localized body rigidity tuning in key areas, especially at suspension and subframe mounting points which are dramatically improved.

Key Elements of Civic Body Design:

  • 63% application of high-strength steel, the highest in Civic history
  • 12% application of ultra-high-strength steel (780 MPa or higher), the highest in Civic history
  • New 590-MPa high-strength steel floor for dynamic and collision safety performance
  • 20mm “short pitch” door seam welds for enhanced collision performance
  • Next-generation ACE body structure with new crash stroke front frame rails (Honda first) for enhanced collision performance in a more compact front frame

Class-Leading Aerodynamics
The new Civic’s sleeker body design combines with aerodynamic features, including nearly full underbody covering, front and rear wheel strakes, optimized rear exhaust silencers and a highly aero-efficient engine compartment, to create the most aerodynamically efficient body in the compact class. The 2016 Civic Coupe’s Cd*A – the combination of coefficient of drag (Cd) and frontal area (A) – is improved by 12.5 percent over the outgoing Civic to best-in-class levels, based on Honda internal test data. The Civic aero design was optimized using a combination of advanced CFD (computation fluid dynamics), and wind tunnel testing of highly detailed 25- and 40-percent scale models and a full-scale model.

Building on the foundation of its ultra-rigid and lightweight body structure, the 2016 Civic Coupe utilizes the most sophisticated chassis design in the history of Civic. Its fully independent suspension includes an all-new multi-link rear design mated to a rigidly-mounted rear subframe for a high degree of lateral stability.

Front and rear hydraulic compliance bushings, a feature typically reserved for larger or more expense vehicles, are also utilized on Civic, improving ride compliance and reducing road vibrations without compromising sporty handling feel. The new Civic Coupe also applies bonded front and rear stabilizer bushings for smoother and more progressive anti-roll behavior. And Civic’s new dual-pinion electric power steering with variable gear ratio provides for more precise steering control and feel—with only 2.2 turns lock-to-lock (vs. 2.87 turns on the previous model) for greatly improved low-speed maneuverability.

The new Civic Coupe’s wider track, by 1.9 inches at the front and 2.5 inches at the rear, and 0.39 inch wider tire tread, compared to previous Civic Coupe, aid flat handling and lateral grip, while its 3.1 inch longer wheelbase improved ride quality on undulating or rough road surfaces. The Civic also applies Agile Handling Assist for the first time, using the VSA4 system to apply the brake of the front inside wheel at the entry to a corner, improving cornering attitude, stability and precision.

Key Elements of Civic Chassis Design:

  • Dual pinion electric power steering
  • Variable gear ratio steering
  • Multi-link independent rear suspension
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Agile Handling Assist
  • Wider track (+1.9 inch front, +2.5 inch rear)
  • Wider tire tread (+0.39 inch)

Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH)
Engineers for the new Civic adopted premium noise-isolating materials and design features to achieve a new level of cabin quietness in the compact class. This includes the adoption of new methods to measure and reduce air leaks in the Civic body that, based on Honda’s internal test data, is the most tightly sealed body in the competitive class. Full body air leaks have been reduced 75 percent compared to the previous Civic Coupe.

Premium noise reduction features include:

  • Acoustic glass front windshield
  • Triple door sealing
  • New hood seals
  • Sound-absorbing heat baffles and body undercovers
  • A and B pillar separators
  • New rear wheel house liners
  • Formed fiber carpeting

Safety and Driver Assistance
The 2016 Civic Coupe is designed to provide a high level of collision safety performance in a wide variety of collision scenarios, including offset and oblique-angle frontal collisions as well as side and rear impacts. The Civic’s safety performance starts with its class-leading forward visibility and precise, stable and predictable steering, handling and braking performance. Standard four-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)4 with traction control and Agile Handling Assist further enhance dynamic stability and emergency maneuvering and braking performance.

Honda Sensing™
Standard on the Civic Touring Coupe, Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive technology can further reduce the potential for a collision and mitigate the consequences, alerting the driver and taking emergency action when a collision is determined to be imminent. Honda Sensing™ uses both millimeter wave radar and a monocular camera to sense and respond to detected road hazards. The Civic Honda Sensing technology suite includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow. Honda Sensing features include the following:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)5
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)6 integrated with RDM
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)7 integrated with CMBS
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow8
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)9
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)10

Advanced Safety Body
The 2016 Civic utilizes its advanced body structure – including its next-generation Advanced Compatibility Body Structure (ACE), new crash stroke technology and a 590MPa high-strength steel floor – to provide a high degree of occupant protection while minimizing weight and aiding fuel efficiency.

Engineers were challenged not only to create a body that supported their goals for dynamic performance, but also for top-in-class collision performance. The adoption of a more compact front end and shorter front overhang proved to be an exceptional challenge to achieving their goals, effectively shortening the front frame’s crash stroke (the area available to absorb and redirect frontal collision energy). To overcome this challenge and maintain the sporty proportions of the new Civic, engineers developed a new crash stroke design for frontal collisions. A new subframe linked attachment creates a mechanical hinge effect that directs the engine downward in a frontal impact, effectively increasing the front “crash stroke” by 80 mm (3.0 inches).

Advanced Airbag Technology
The Civic utilizes advanced front, side and side curtain airbag technology, including a driver’s front airbag with new spiral stitching for an improved deployment profile; SmartVent® technology for the driver and front passenger side airbags; and a new front passenger airbag with safety vent technology that can mitigate the possibility of injury from airbag deployment when the passenger is “out of position.”  These systems work in conjunction with the advanced body structure and optimally tuned interior components to help mitigate injuries in a collision.

Utilizing these design features and safety technologies, the 2016 Civic Coupe targets the highest available crash protection ratings – a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score in the NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), with top ratings in all test modes; and a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for LX through EX-L trims with a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating for the Touring trim, with a score of GOOD in all test modes

The 2016 Civic Coupe for the U.S. market will be produced at Honda’s plant in Ontario, Canada, using domestic and globally sourced parts. Its two new engines are produced in Anna, Ohio, at the largest automobile engine plant in Honda’s global production network, and its highly precise CVT transmissions are assembled in Russells Point, Ohio, where two on-site wind turbines provide for upwards of 10 percent of the plant’s power needs.

The new Civic also benefits from numerous advancements in manufacturing technology and process that enhance efficiency, quality and performance, as well as associate ergonomics.

Inner Frame Weld System
The 2016 Civic body is welded using Honda’s new inner-frame weld process, first utilized in construction of the 2015 Fit. This new process produced a more rigid, lightweight and higher quality body.

Modular Front Sub-Assembly
A new modular front sub-assembly, a first for Honda, improves ergonomics for assembly-line associates, giving them unfettered access to critical interior and front end components before the front sub-assembly is joined to the body. This process also helps to ensure a higher level of quality in the assembly process.


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