What Is It?
The 2016 Honda Civic Coupe is a fully redesigned version of Honda’s popular Civic Coupe, which offers a sportier alternative to the Civic Sedan. While the new Civic sedan has been in the works for months, this is the first time we’re seeing a production-ready version of the Civic Coupe after the automaker first revealed a concept version earlier this year at the New York Auto Show.
On the outside, the Civic Coupe remains surprisingly true to the concept car, boasting a fastback shape, a bold grille and unusual taillights spanning the entire width of the trunk, a unique feature among compact cars. Inside, the Civic Coupe is more orthodox, largely borrowing its cabin from the upcoming Civic Sedan, save for the (obviously) smaller back seats.
At launch, the Civic Coupe will offer two powertrains. Base models will use a 158-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, while drivers looking for more power can upgrade to a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder capable of putting out 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy numbers will reach as high as 31 miles per gallon in the city and 41 mpg on the highway with the 2.0-liter engine and 31 mpg city/42 mpg hwy with the 1.5-liter turbo.
As for gadgets and technology, the Civic Coupe will be well-equipped, offering the advanced Honda Sensing safety suite, a group of features which includes items like lane-keep assist, forward-collision warning and automatic braking in other Honda models. The Civic Coupe will also offer available LED headlights, automatic headlights, heated front seats and a remote starter.
While Honda has not yet announced pricing, we suspect base models will include only a slight premium over today’s starting price of around $19,100 with shipping.
When Can You Get It?
Add It to Your Shopping List Because…
The 2016 Honda Civic Coupe offers renowned reliability, fuel-efficient engines and plenty of technology. While it isn’t as practical as its sedan stablemate, it touts a much sportier look and feel. Since most automakers have abandoned coupe versions of their compact cars, the Civic Coupe remains one of the few choices available for drivers who want a little performance to go with their small car.
Other Cars to Consider
2015 Kia Forte Koup — The Forte Koup offers handsome styling, strong gas mileage and an impressive 201-hp 4-cylinder rivaling the inevitable Si version of the new Civic Coupe. It touts reasonable pricing, too.
2015 MINI Cooper Coupe — Although the MINI Cooper’s base price is slightly higher than the Civic Coupe’s, it also touts a more practical hatchback design. We also love the MINI’s zippy go-kart-like handling.
2016 Scion FR-S — The FR-S and its Subaru BRZ mechanical twin offer more of a sporty demeanor than the Civic Coupe, largely due to their rear-wheel-drive layout, but they’re not as practical inside or as affordable.
Used Honda Accord Coupe — If you like the Civic Coupe for its sporty demeanor and its reputation for reliability, but you need more space, the larger Accord Coupe is the way to go. Prices are higher, though, so you may have to consider a used model.