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2016 Honda Civic production news update [Photos]

Honda-Torque News had the opportunity to spend some one on one time with 2016 Civic at the Honda Dream Garage event. Here’s what we learned about 2016 Honda Civic.

As photogenic as 2016 Honda Civic coupe may be, in person, its styling is inspirational and thought provoking. Honda is head and elbows into a reinvention of its entire lineup. 2016 Civic’s body language punctuates the future-forward design direction of the company, with more than just a hint of greater performance to come. Honda Design has ‘killed it,’ with 2016 Civic.

On our personal radar for the Honda Dream Garage event was the measurable refresh of the 2016 Honda Accord, it did not disappoint. Honda -Torque News knew that everything in American Honda’s lineup, from power generators to boat engines, side by sides, robotics and motorcycles, would be present.

However, we weren't anticipating a cameo appearance of the New York International Auto Show revealed 2016 Honda Civic concept, but there it sat in its day-glow green glory, blocking the entry to what was arguably a 5-star dining experience.

2016-Honda-CivicAuto review journalism is a tough job, but somebody has to do it!

Suddenly, for us, dinner took a back seat to this photo opp, with (hopefully) a handful of questions to follow. And yes, 2016 Honda Civic is visually stunning in person. In-fact, it inspires this hard corp Honda Fan to build yet another exceptional ‘Tuner.’ Unfortunately, the show concept sported black-out windows; so we didn’t gain a view of the interior.

Nonetheless, on returning home to Eugene, Oregon, I did receive an email from this guy, will just call him Jason, he's definitely in the know.

2 new engines, 2 transmissions = more, or is that greater?

Technically, for Honda to develop the 10th generation Civic world car is very doable. The largest engine builder on the planet most likely has the resources at hand. The challenge for Honda is to present a visually appealing Civic, featuring greater power, greater fuel economy, greater standard features and greater ease of expanded person to auto connectivity.


We predict that when 2016 Honda sedan comes to market in late October 2015(educated guess) it will sell in unprecedented numbers, as 2016 HR-V has. If Civic’s body styling is any indication of handling and performance, Honda will once again hit a home run with the timely release of 2016 Civic.

What we know

For 2016 Honda Civic base-trim variants will come standard equipped with a next generation 2.0 Liter EarthDreams ™ direct injected, normally aspirated 1-VTEC 4 cylinder gasoline engine.

We anticipate the horsepower output of this engine to approach 150+, with combined driving fuel economy approaching 40 mpg. a 6 speed manual and CVT transmission option will be available throughout the lineup. According to our sources, a 1.5 liter turbocharged EarthDreams ™ direct injected 4 cylinder gasoline engine will perform power duties throughout the balance of the lineup; with CVT transmission technology standard throughout the premium sedan variants.

Superior_Wheel_designHow about a 2016 civic Si

As to Si , or a performance coupe variant, they’re promised; but will follow the initial sedan arrival in Q2 2016; all in good time! As to the power output of the 1.5 Liter turbocharged engine, that specification remains cloaked in secrecy. However, looking to Japan, the current 1.5 liter turbo produces a meek 148 horsepower, but where it truly performs is in the midrange torque.

Less rev, more power

looking to the numbers: Honda-Torque News discovers that the turbocharged 1.5 liter EarthDreams ™ gasoline engine produces an impressive 150 lb-ft torque from 1600 rpm and doesn’t stop until it hits the revlimiter.

To put that number into perspective, the current 1.8 liter Civic engine produces 143 horsepower and 129 lb-ft torque, coming on line at 4300 rpm. Honda’s turbo engine will produce copious amounts of usable torque from the low-range on up. Gone is the high-rev sweet-spot search.

When and how much?

That we don’t know, but we can tell you this: Honda historically holds the MSRP of a new model year within $300 of current MSRP. Also, we note that Honda preserves affordability at the entry-portal to a lineup be adding a Touring edition to the top of the lineup; we expect the company to follow suit with the introduction of 2016 Honda Civic.

Cool-Digital-LightingIn short, your basic Civic will come to market with an MSRP slightly below $19,000

We further look to 2016 Honda Civic to be the most technically advance sedan and coupe in the cars 3 + decade history. Look for an expansion of active safety features, touch screen, and personal cell phone integration connectivity. Where's the hatchback? That’s another story.


Parks McCants    August 2, 2015 - 2:56AM

Yes, thanks for the heads-up Jeffrey. it's reassuring to know that readers like yourself take the time to carefully read as well as critique the article. Perhaps you'd be interested in an editing position. Take care...

JeffS (not verified)    August 3, 2015 - 8:34AM

Hi there Mr. Parks. Hopes this finds you well. Been a while I know, (been side tracked by Life stuff lately), but been following your articles. I'll consolidate a few comments on your most recent ones here.
Accord Sedan: Not a big fan of design, based on the pics. Looks a little mish-mosh to me and not, "fluid" in nature. The pic of the, "coupe" looks better and more promising. Granted, based on a few pics and oft times I know pics do not always give the full sense of how car looks in person or do it justice. Dynamically, I would imagine both have been improved significantly and that can only be a good thing as both are, "solid" choices within their niche and obviously players in a crowded field. I'm sure Mfgs. of alternatives are sitting up and taking notice. As to Honda's SUV line up, sales, a majority of the reviews I have read, seeing in person, has me believing their SUV offerings has leapfrog them to the top of the food chain. Now to the Civic; what once was, will be again, Honda setting the bar for compact affordable, reliable transportation to bargain priced and dynamically superior Pocket Rocket fun. Just the unique design language alone looks like it will be worth the price of admission. As all Honda aficionado's know just a pretty face does not a Honda make. So based on its, "Killer" looks as you put it, (I couldn't agree with you more), the promise of something, "special" through out the Civic line up can be taken as a given. If it is a Rice rocket one is looking for, my guess is the SI will deliver
"smiles per gallon" in spades at a flaming bargain price. If one is looking to step up to a full fledged
Track car out of the box, just wait for the Type R, which my guess will set that niche on its ear and send other Mfgs. scrambling back to the drawing board to catch up. I think it can safely be said, "Welcome back to the future" where to a large extent Honda will once again be setting the bar for others to follow. Don't know what they have been putting in the Water coolers over at Honda/Acura, all I can say is what a refreshing COOL Drink of water it is. Be well there Parks and keep spreading the, "Gospel" according to Honda. All Best.

Parks McCants    August 4, 2015 - 2:05PM

In reply to by JeffS (not verified)

Welcome back Jeff. I always enjoy your qualified-through-ownership slant on commentary. Glad to read you. You're spot-on as to the Accord design change. I'll be spinning my first impression drive review of 2016 Accord on Monday Aug 10. Stay tuned, and thanks for reading.

Gary D (not verified)    August 10, 2015 - 9:20AM

I am very excited to see what the 2016 Civic SI coupe will have to offer. I am hopeful that Honda will mature the SI just enough to attract us older buyers (I am 45) with the option of their outstanding 8-speed auto from the Acura line. Leave the hardcore toys for the Type-R. Leather would be nice to have on the options list but if not, those bejeweled LED headlights need to come standard on the SI's. A truly beautiful coupe Honda...well done.

JeffS (not verified)    August 11, 2015 - 3:03AM

In reply to by Gary D (not verified)

Hi Gary, just to confirm what Mr. Parks had to say in reply to your comment; I'm a 60 something and drive a '14 SI coupe in orange and could care less what others may think. Sure it's a, "Boy Racer", but what a fun and well built ride it is. For me, that's the appeal, (been driving Honda/Acura's for decades), it makes me, "Happy" and feel 20 years younger every time I get behind the wheel. You only live once and,"regression" is not always a bad thing. Not ready to go out to pasture an drive a, "Buick", your only as Old or Young as you feel. STAY YOUNG AT HEART! Be Well.

JeffS (not verified)    August 13, 2015 - 3:49PM

In reply to by Parks McCants

Just got my Skunk2 parts, (intake/exhaust) and waiting for a few more parts. The Skunk parts look pretty easy peasy, but as you know more than me, won't know 'till I get to installing. It's been 'bout 10 years since I've done any shade tree tinkering and really looking forward to it. Not going too radical, looking for maybe 40-50 more horse. As far as the suspension, gonna leave that pretty much alone except to add some lightweight wheels and a good set of performance tires. That's another advantage to being a enthusiast, really, regardless of what you drive, later on in life it can take you back to a more innocent time when what you could run the 1/4 mile in, or how fast can you get around a road course was a priority. I have 2 groups of Friends, one through my business for many years, the, "mature" crowd. Then the ones I grew up with and ones I met in college, most car nuts of one kind or another who have very diversified jobs and lifestyles, but still enthusiasts, the "Laid back". Stark difference between the 2 groups. Maybe it is just my point of view, but the car guys just seem more down to earth. Don't worry 'bout every little thing. Seem to be the, "Happier" lot. Now I'm not saying be a car nut and your life will be bliss. I just think that as one gets older and is a car guy/gal, it provides a means to regress and remember/RELIVE what is was like to be Young and unencumbered, (of course there are other ways, but not much else can immediately bring you back like seeing a car of your youth). You can still get behind the wheel and go for a joy ride and leave your troubles behind, for a moment anyway. In this day and age sometimes that is just what the Dr. ordered. All Best to U Parks.

Parks McCants    August 14, 2015 - 12:33PM

In reply to by JeffS (not verified)

Welcome JeffS. I'm a bit envious of your Civic Si project. Our friend Honda Pro Jason has pushed his "Project Orange" 2014 Si past the 300 h.p.mark, with the help of a sponsor or two and a supercharger; no internal engine modifications. I appreciate your analogy, and have met 'very' active gear heads will into their 8th decade through the enjoyment of the life-time pursuit of reasonable sport performance. "Think young, be young!" It starts as a child with that peddle car or a "Big Wheel" (for our children,) we are a society of wheels. Please keep us posted on your project, exciting! Heads up: A week from Tuesday I take delivery of a 2016 Acura RLX sport hybrid." We'll have it for a week, that will be my short term fix.

JeffS (not verified)    August 14, 2015 - 2:25PM

In reply to by Parks McCants

Wow, @ 300 plus HP that's gotta add some serious giddy up. You think it's gonna hold up without beefing up the internals a mite? I also wonder how much wear that will put on the stock clutch and can the tranny take it? I've read that the 1st and second gears can get finicky when adding serious grunt. You bring up a good point, never thought of it, from the time we are born we spend time on, "Wheels", interesting observation that very well may get imprinted in our brain. I am very interested in reading your review on the RLX, kinda a prelude to the NSX. The RLX has always been a nice car, little pricey, and in the past a little underpowered. I imagine the power issue has been addressed with the revamped model. I'm guessing the instant torque the hybrid should offer will give it some serious punch off the line. Talk about envious, I'd be having reoccurring wet dreams if I had your job. Very interested in your seat of the pants take on the RLX. Have a nice weekend there fella.