Honda comes out with sporty-looking Civic Coupe (pictures)
Honda came out with the new Civic as a sedan last year, the 10th generation of this model, and follows it up with a coupe variant.
As the model name suggests, the Civic Coupe drops the rear doors of the sedan.
In suspension tuning and driveline, the Civic sedan and Civic Coupe are almost identical.
Similar to the sedan, the new Civic Coupe represents a big improvement in driving dynamics over the previous model.
The Civic remains a front-wheel-drive car.
New styling in front shows a big chrome bar over the grille.
LED headlights, not shown here, are available at the Touring trim.
The Civic Coupe's steering feels responsive on the road, but not particularly sharp on a track.
This turbocharged 1.5-liter engine produces 174 horsepower, substantially more than the base 2-liter engine.
The Civic Coupe is the first of a few variants based on the Civic sedan, including a hatchback and two performance models.
The side graphic, or window opening, ends in a sharp point.
The rear glass is almost horizontal due to the high rear lip.
Honda's rear tail light design on the new Civic is very distinctive.
Honda's recent design choices tend toward hiding the exhaust tips.
This rear wing is an optional exterior accessory.
With front-wheel drive, the efficacy of a rear spoiler is debatable.
The trunks offers a reasonable 11.9 cubic feet of cargo space.
Modest sport seats are leather covered in this example, and feature nicely padded seat and back areas.
The rear is really only designed for two passengers.
Honda goes with a floating stack design, popular in recent years, opening up storage space below the dashboard.
Honda simplifies the dashboard, limiting the glut of buttons seen on so many modern cars.
The volume control on the steering wheel spoke is a unique touch-sensitive surface.
A digital instrument panel consolidates tach and vehicle speed into one display.
Base Civic Coupes come with a six-speed manual transmission, but this turbo model has a continuously variable transmission.
Honda's new infotainment system shows audio, phone, apps, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Navigation is optional.
The satin-finish touchscreen resists finger prints.