2016 Honda Civic Coupe Debuts with Sportier Styling, Roomier Interior

We already had time to get behind the wheel of the impressive new 2016 Honda Civic sedan, and now thrill-seekers can look forward to the car’s two-door variant. The 2016 Honda Civic Coupe, debuting at the 2015 Los Angeles auto show, brings a huge portion of sportiness and style to the 10th-generation Civic.
The basic design carries over from the wild (and bright green) Civic Coupe concept shown at the 2015 New York auto show. It’s an aggressive, angular shape, with a stubby nose that features Honda’s new chrome grille treatment and narrow headlights. Prominent fender flares lead toward the greenhouse, which has a more dramatic arched silhouette than any Civic Coupe before. The roof slopes sharply behind the driver and passenger’s heads, producing a large rear window at a very shallow angle.
2016 Honda Civic Coupe Rear End 02

Out back, triangular taillight assemblies sit at each corner of the car, with an LED light strip running across the top of the trunk to connect them. Large, separate parallelogram shapes serve as the reversing lights, while a subtle spoiler sits atop the trunklid. Black plastic dominates the bottom of the rear fascia, with faux-mesh designs meant to simulate air vents and a diffuser.

Dimensionally, the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe has a 2.9-inch longer wheelbase than today’s model, and its body grows 1.9 inches in width. But its overall length is 5.5 shorter than the Civic sedan, and the car’s front overhang has been shortened to lend it a sportier stance. Interior room is, however, up by 8.4 cubic feet, and Honda says legroom for backseat passengers increases be an incredible 5 inches.

2016 Honda Civic Coupe Interior

Inside, the Coupe matches the fresh and modern new design of the 2016 Honda Civic sedan. Gone is the confusing split-level dashboard of the old car, in favor of a new dash layout with a clean instrument cluster, Honda’s latest 7-inch touchscreen infotainment interface, and a straightforward set of climate controls on the center stack.

As in the sedan, the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe will offer two new powertrains. Lower-spec models (likely the LX and EX trims) will use a 2.0-liter inline-four VTEC engine good for 158 hp and 138 lb-ft, with either a continuously variable transmission or a six-speed manual offered. With the CVT, Honda predicts fuel economy of 31/41 mpg (city/highway). Moving up the trim level chain brings a 1.5-liter turbo-four, good for 174 hp and 162 lb-ft. Available only with the CVT, this engine is expected to return 31/42 mpg.

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