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Honda's 2016 Civic LX Coupe is a looker with respectable performance

Like its sedan sibling, the Honda Civic Coupe is all-new for 2016, with standout looks both inside and out and a fair amount of performance in base form. What's the real kicker here? The Civic Coupe starts at less than $20,000.

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Unlike the previous generation Civic, the new edition's design is anything but boring and bland.

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In base LX form, the Civic Coupe is powered by a 2.0-liter I-4 with 158 horsepower.

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When connected to the standard six-speed manual transmission, the Civic LX returns 26 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway according to the EPA.

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Through an autocross, the Civic's all-season Firestone tires were holding the car back. Understeer happens early and often, which is a shame because the Civic's suspension keeps body motions nicely controlled. Better tires would do wonders to help improve front end bite.

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The more aggressive exterior is dressed with a good amount of chrome trim.

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Even though the LX is the base model for the Civic Coupe, you're not going to find steel wheels with hub caps here. A set of 16-inch aluminum wheels comes standard.

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The aluminum wheels with black-painted insets help give the Civic Coupe a sharper appearance.

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LED daytime running lights come standard on the Honda Civic LX Coupe.

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The Civic LX Coupe with the standard six-speed manual transmission receives an EPA fuel economy rating of 26 mpg city and 38 mpg highway.

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Being a base model, the Civic LX Coupe's technology hand is a little light. Features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and blind-spot monitoring don't become available on the Civic until you step up to the EX model. However, the LX does get a rearview camera, Bluetooth and auto on/off headlights.

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