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Honda Civicis now its 10th generation and had a great redesign, an additional turbocharged engine and great standard safety features, making it a car to consider in the compact class.

The 2016 version of Honda Civic is a game-changer for the line. This year's model boasts clean-sheet design, an improved body, efficient new engines and a healthy dose of safety features. Honda is starting to push the Civic beyond the economy-car image.

The Civic has now adopted an edgy fastback style and is decidedly the best looking Honda in a decade. The body has a lot of sculpting -- slits, creases and intakes giving it a busy appearance. The overall look works well with the chromed grille, flared wheel wells and a roofline that tapers down to the bracket-shaped taillights making for a daring look.

The 2016 model is also available in a shorter coupe version which trades out the bracket lamps for C-shaped LED lights that go full-width across the trunk. Other versions expected to launch soon are the 5-door hatch, SI and Type-R variants. The 2016 Honda Civiccomes in various trim levels such as LX, EX and Touring as well as Honda Sensing Technologies designed to help make your drive safer.

Looks aren't the only improvement on the 2016 model year. Ride and handling are improved with a more complex dual-pinion electric steering setup and hydraulic mounts for suspension. There are also new engine options that are powerful and offer better fuel economy.

Profile

Now in its 10th generation, the 2016 version of Honda Civic has a dramatically different styling. It is more chiseled and has a better sculpted profile than its predecessor. It looks sporty and modern with a lower and wider stance that gives it that athletic feel. The 2016's wheelbase has been lengthened by 3.1 cm


Power and Performance:

The spirit of innovation is alive and well at Honda. Under the hood of the 2016 Civic is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four cylinder engine for the higher trim level. The base model's previous 1.8-liter has been replaced by a 2.0 liter four-cylinder which is powerful at 158 hp yet maintain good fuel efficiency ratings.

2.0-liter inline-4 1.5-liter turbo inline-4
158 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm 174 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy:
8.9/6.1 L 100 Kms
(manual), 7,8/5.8 L 100 Kms (Continuously Variable Transmission)
7.5/5.6 L 100 Kms (Continuously Variable Transmission)

The continuously variable transmission has a smooth linear power delivery and relatively good acceleration going from zero to 96.5 kph in 7.2 seconds. Manual transmission is still available for some models. The six-speed gearbox is paired with a nicely progressive clutch. While Honda Civic is now sportier, it does not compromise ride comfort and continues to be agile and responsive on the road.


Interiors and Special Features:

One of the more appealing factors of the Honda Civicas a competitor in the compact car class is its spacious cabin -- which leans more towards a mid-sized vehicle class. A six-footer can comfortably sit in the back with legroom to spare. It has an overall interior volume of 2690L.

The horizontal themed dash gives it a more mature and intimate look. The infotainment system is a 5-inch colour screen on the base level, which is replaced by a 7-inch touchscreen on higher trim levels. Facing the driver are a set of real dials, which is swapped out by an LCD screen for the Touring model.

Standard features include digital speedometer, automatic climate control, Bluetooth, speed-sensitive stereo volume control, power windows and cruise control. Opting for the EX trim level gives you a full digital dashboard, LaneWatch camera system, remote engine starting, a power sunroof, heated mirrors and Apple CarPlay/Android Audio.


Safety features:

Standard safety features for Honda Civic include stability control, hill start assist, antilock disk brakes (an improvement over the former rear drums), front side airbags, side curtain airbags and a wide-angle rearview camera.

Higher trim levels come with Honda Sensing and Land Watch -- a suite of safety features such as adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, road departure mitigation, forward collision warning, lane-keeping assist, lane departure warning and blind-spot camera.

Honda Civic was rated with "Good" in the IIHS crash tests in every category. For the new front collision category, it even earned the top ranking of "Superior".

Overall, the 2016 Civic has much to offer Honda fans with its exciting new look, turbocharged engine, technology-rich interiors and a bevy of safety features, making it a car to consider for your 2016 purchase.