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Honda comes out with sporty-looking Civic Coupe (pictures)

It may not be any faster or handle better than the Civic sedan, but the new Civic Coupe certainly adds panache.

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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.

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As the model name suggests, the Civic Coupe drops the rear doors of the sedan.

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In suspension tuning and driveline, the Civic sedan and Civic Coupe are almost identical.

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Similar to the sedan, the new Civic Coupe represents a big improvement in driving dynamics over the previous model.

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The Civic remains a front-wheel-drive car.

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New styling in front shows a big chrome bar over the grille.

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LED headlights, not shown here, are available at the Touring trim.

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The Civic Coupe's steering feels responsive on the road, but not particularly sharp on a track.

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This turbocharged 1.5-liter engine produces 174 horsepower, substantially more than the base 2-liter engine.

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The Civic Coupe is the first of a few variants based on the Civic sedan, including a hatchback and two performance models.

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The side graphic, or window opening, ends in a sharp point.

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The rear glass is almost horizontal due to the high rear lip.

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Honda's rear tail light design on the new Civic is very distinctive.

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Honda's recent design choices tend toward hiding the exhaust tips.

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This rear wing is an optional exterior accessory.

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With front-wheel drive, the efficacy of a rear spoiler is debatable.

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The trunks offers a reasonable 11.9 cubic feet of cargo space.

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Modest sport seats are leather covered in this example, and feature nicely padded seat and back areas.

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The rear is really only designed for two passengers.

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Honda goes with a floating stack design, popular in recent years, opening up storage space below the dashboard.

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Honda simplifies the dashboard, limiting the glut of buttons seen on so many modern cars.

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The volume control on the steering wheel spoke is a unique touch-sensitive surface.

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A digital instrument panel consolidates tach and vehicle speed into one display.

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Base Civic Coupes come with a six-speed manual transmission, but this turbo model has a continuously variable transmission.

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Honda's new infotainment system shows audio, phone, apps, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Navigation is optional.

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The satin-finish touchscreen resists finger prints.

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