Civic Touring reestablishes Honda as go-to firm for ‘I-am-not-stupid’ cars

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#NAIAS: Acura TEASES Its Next-Gen Sedan That Will Preview Its All-New Design Language.

It is the perfect small car — large enough to comfortably serve a family of five, small enough to move well in a crowded city, affordable enough in purchase price and overall operating costs to flatter common sense. Honda is working on a Type S version of the all-new Civic, but it won’t be out for the 2016 model year as the guys from the CivicX forums have managed to find out it’s going to be a 2017MY.With the all new 10th generation 2016 Civic Sedan pushing Civic sales to near record levels, North American Civic fans embrace the most technically advanced, European design inspired Civic in the history of the mark, with the first Civic to be turbocharged in the U.S. selling faster than the maker can deliver them, and that’s just the sedan.It was all the buzz when the 2016 Ford Focus RS debuted, and though there was an initial scare that the hot hatch would not make it to U.S. dealerships, that rumor has been firmly put to bed.

It also comes with the necessary tangibles — more than enough power for competent expressway motoring, highway fuel efficiency (I averaged 41 miles per gallon) that merits bragging rights and a full suite of advanced electronic safety equipment that rivals anything offered in more expensive automobiles. The ground breaking SUV was the first family sized SUV to be built on an efficiency sized platform, setting the gold standard for SUV fuel efficiency that the industry follows to this day. The 2016 Honda Civic Touring sedan, the subject of this week’s review, reestablishes Honda as the go-to company for what I have long called “I-am-not-stupid” automobiles. In this application, the engine will develop somewhere in the region of 220 – 230 hp and it will come exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission. As for the fully-fledged Civic Type R, the same source points towards a spring – summer 2017 market launch, but other details are not available at this point.

We wanted to raise the style quotient and the fun-to-drive factor.” Trying to be more like a BMW or Audi, and less like a Camry or a 2015 Civic, the reborn sedan is longer, lower and wider. The reason for the torque differential between the current Si and the 2016 Civic world-car is how the 1.5 Liter turbocharged gasoline engine delivers torque from 1800 rpm throughout the shift range, in this case Via CVT transmission and FWD. It may not feature the kind of AWD that the Focus RS possesses but is good for 305hp and 295lb-ft torque from its 2.0L Earth Dreams engine, capable of touching 60mph in 6 seconds. In the meantime, the regular Civic Sedan and Coupe will be a 2016MY and Honda apparently has plans to sell all three body styles (sedan, coupe, hatchback) in all markets. Dubbed “Earth Dreams,” the technology in Honda’s 3.5-liter V6, when paired with the EX-L’s solid 6-speed transmission, helps the pilot achieve nearly 27 miles per gallon on the highway.

It’s readily apparent that the 2016 Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS) will mark the debut of an all-new design language the company will bring forward in its next-generation products. Under the hood is something sportier too — a new 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, the Civic’s first turbo, which makes 174 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, up from the earlier vehicle’s 133 and 129. Though the “A” brand only released a shadowy side profile image of a sedan, there’s no question it certainly looks more edgy than what we’ve seen from the automaker in recent years. While base LX and EX models of the new Civic sedan can still be had with a non-turbo, four-cylinder engine, the turbo improves horsepower and torque while also getting slightly better fuel economy. It will add to that and this four-door sedan three more models, the hatchback, SI, and R versions. (The latter will probably come with a 2.0-liter turbo engine, Willrich said.) The coupe comes in three trim levels, the sedan in five, from the entry-level LX to the top-of-the-line Touring.

This system not only distributes power between the wheels, but also redistributes the engine’s 262-foot-pounds of torque between the right and left rear wheels in the all-wheel drive model, allowing Pilot to go places most other SUVs can’t. TORRANCE, Calif. (Dec. 18, 2015) – Acura will unveil the Acura Precision Concept at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 12 at 8:00 am ET, the brand announced today. Though it has held the line on price — the 2016 LX model costs only $150 more than the 2015 — Honda has dropped into the Civics a number of amenities usually associated with more expensive cars. But that concession and the valid arguments that prompt it miss the point, which is this: Honda is back, and back with an apparent rededication to reality, a commitment that I humbly suggest other car manufacturers would be wise to follow.

Acura is on track to post its fourth consecutive year of U.S. sales growth in 2015, and best sales since 2007, with sales up 6.9 percent through November. Available only on select models, including the EX-L, this package represents the most comprehensive suite of collision detection and prevention technologies Honda – and the auto industry – can offer. As promised earlier by Honda’s John Mendel, North American Honda sport-enthusiasts will have the opportunity to not only purchase a made for North America Civic hatchback, but the longed for Civic Type-R. For people who — like me — are too old, too stiff-necked or simply too lazy to turn around when they make a lane change, the 7-inch display screen even broadcasts a side- and rear-view picture when you hit the right-turn signal.

According HondaPro Jason, Canada and The U.S. will witness the arrival of the built in Surrey Civic Hatchback and Civic Type-R sometime in 2017. ‘looking to the timeline, I believe the Civic hatchback will arrive in the spring of 2017. A road mitigation system helps keep Pilot on the road between 45 and 90 miles per hour, first with vibration warnings and then with engine torque and brake adjustments that can veritably steer the Honda away from danger. To wit: The current average transaction price for a new car in the United States is $33,566 — comfortably affordable, meaning without sacrificing housing or food money, in four regions of the country. Over the past 12 years, Honda’s innovative spirit with the Pilot earned the brand a reputation as one of the most brand-loyal models in Honda’s lineup – over 60 percent of Pilot owners choose the Pilot again for their next vehicle. There might be too much happening on the steering wheel, where tiny buttons to operate the audio system compete for space with even tinier buttons for making phone calls, sending texts and changing the information on the dashboard display.

Honda says the Civic is “bi-modal,” which according to Willrich means it is expected to appeal both to young consumers who might be buying their first automobile and older buyers who might be emptying the nest and downsizing to a smaller vehicle. Willrich declined to name nameplates, but he said he hoped the remade Civic would steal some customers not just from traditional rival Toyota but also from some European brands. “It was always a two-horse race between us and our competitors up the street, but we do believe we are going to catch buyers from other manufacturers,” Willrich said. “There is a bigger buyer pool out there.” Decades ago, Civic was Honda. There is another Honda reality, one that is key to the company’s long-term popularity worldwide and its resurgence after a stumble in 2011-2014 (Japan’s earthquake-tsunami damage and the Takata air-bag supplier woes).

It remains to be seen whether buyers still attracted by the great fuel economy will be impressed by the Civic’s new European wardrobe, or whether the chic exterior will attract buyers who care more about styling than economy. It positively answers a variety of family transportation needs and wants — construction quality, safety, fuel economy, comfort, appearance and zippy driving.

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