2016 Honda Civic Coupe Preview
By Christian Wardlaw, November 17, 2015
- Based on same new platform as redesigned Honda Civic sedan
- Larger interior with added rear-seat room compared with previous Civic Coupe
- Shorter in length than new Civic Sedan
- Standard 158-horsepower 4-cylinder engine with manual gearbox or continuously variable transmission (CVT)
- Available 174-horsepower turbocharged engine with CVT
- Upgraded safety structure and new Honda Sensing safety technologies
- Next-generation infotainment system supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto platforms
- On sale in March 2016
The redesigned 2016 Honda Civic Coupe doesn’t look quite as terrific as the concept car that preceded it, but they never do. What has translated to production is a new compact 2-door coupe with the same styling as the sedan from the windshield forward and completely new bodywork from the windshield rearward.
When the new 2016 Civic Coupe goes on sale in March of 2016, expect LX, EX, EX-T, EX-L, and Touring trim levels, with a racy Si version slated to join the lineup soon after.
Honda equips the new Civic Coupe with a longer wheelbase, wider body and stance, and a shorter front overhang than the boomerang-shaped 2015 Civic Coupe that it replaces.
Compared to the sedan with which it shares its powertrains and platform, the new Honda Civic Coupe is equipped with a faster and lower roofline, shorter overall length, and a trimmer rear overhang that almost makes the car look stubby.
Standard equipment includes automatic headlights, LED running lights, and LED taillights. Unlike the Civic Sedan, the Civic Coupe’s C-shaped taillights arch up and across the top edge of the trunk lid, visually connecting both sides of the car. The coupe’s front and rear bumpers also display more aggressive detailing than does the sedan.
Inside, Civic Coupe owners will enjoy a larger and reportedly quieter interior with more rear-seat room, improved materials, and added standard equipment.
When you buy a Honda, you pick the trim level that has the equipment you want. Only in rare circumstances can you add a factory option to a Civic.
A top-of-the-line Touring model is new for 2016. Honda has yet to explain exactly what this version of the new Civic Coupe includes, but the Civic Sedan Touring has LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, premium sound system, and a full suite of Honda Sensing safety technologies. One can safely assume the Civic Coupe Touring will be similarly equipped.
Under the Hood
A new, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard for the Civic LX Coupe and EX Coupe. It makes 158 horsepower and 138 lb.-ft. of torque and is paired with a standard 6-speed manual gearbox or an optional CVT.
The EX-T, EX-L, and Touring get a turbocharged, 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine making 174 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine comes with a unique CVT.
Either way, Honda promises class-leading fuel-economy ratings. The Civic Sedan is expected to get 35 mpg in combined driving with either engine, a rating that may ultimately hold true for the Civic Coupe.
Thanks to its next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, the Civic Coupe is engineered to achieve top safety ratings from the federal government and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), according to Honda.
A multi-angle reversing camera is standard equipment, and Honda offers an available LaneWatch system that shows the driver what is in the car’s right-side blind spot. To see in the left blind spot, the driver must use the side mirror.
All versions of the 2016 Civic Coupe are available with the new Honda Sensing suite of safety technologies. They include an adaptive cruise control system, forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist system, and road-departure prevention technology.
Except for the LX, all versions of the new Civic Coupe will offer a 7-in. touch-screen infotainment system equipped for compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone-integration platforms. With this Display Audio system, the Civic Coupe also provides HD Radio, satellite radio, streaming radio, text-messaging support, and HondaLink connected services. A navigation system is available.