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New look, new tech for the Honda Civic in its 10th generation (pictures)

Honda gives the Civic a major work-over for its 10th generation, introduced to the US as a 2016 model-year vehicle.

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Honda gives its venerable Civic model a major update for its 10th generation, changing everything from platform to cabin tech.

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The new Civic sits lower than the previous model, but is also 2 inches wider and 3 inches longer.

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This available 1.5-liter turbocharged engine makes 174 horsepower, yet gets the same mileage as the lower-powered 2-liter engine from lower-trim Civics.

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The roofline takes on a fastback design, giving the new Civic a modern look.

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Honda benchmarked European cars for the new Civic, leading to a tight handling feel.

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A multilink rear suspension provides good stability and damping.

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The rear of the new Civic rises high, allowing for a capacious trunk.

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LED headlights come in the top Touring trim Civic.

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This taillight design looks like a buttress supporting the high trunk lip.

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Touring trim brings in leather-covered, power-adjustable seats.

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The rear seat area feels roomy and comfortable.

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Honda completely redesigned the dashboard.

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The electric power steering exhibits direct response and a natural feel.

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An LCD instrument cluster shows a variety of driver-selectable information.

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A continuously variable transmission comes standard on higher trims, while a six-speed manual is only available on the base LX trim.

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This new infotainment system looks good and presents its menu items in easily accessed format.

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The navigation system, with its colorful and detailed maps, comes from Garmin.

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These menu options will be familiar to Garmin navigation users.

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Audio sources include USB drives, satellite radio, HD Radio, iOS devices and Internet streaming.

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HD Radio stations include multiple channels.

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The current track screen design is attractive, but does not show album art.

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With Apple CarPlay activated, the current track screen takes on a different look.

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Apple CarPlay provides similar music library access as the Civic's native software.

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The main Apple CarPlay screen supports navigation, text messaging and audio.

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Third-party apps for Apple CarPlay appear on this second screen.

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Of course the Civic includes a Bluetooth hands-free phone system.

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Honda offers three different audio systems for the Civic, the top using a 450-watt amp and 10 speakers.

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The backup camera provides multiple views.

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Honda's LaneWatch system serves as a blind-spot monitor, showing a camera view down the right side of the car.

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