2016 Honda Civic Coupe

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At the 2015 New York Auto Show, Honda surprised us with the 2015 Civic Coupe Concept , which looked oddly production ready. The accompanying press release went on to confirm our suspicions that this was the preview of the 10th generation Civic, which will hit the streets in the fall of 2015. With this news in hand, we created a rendering and turned on the speculation machine to see just what the 10th-generation Civic Coupe may offer buyers.

This new Civic isn’t a revolutionary redesign when compared to the 2015 Civic Coupe, but it certainly is a great improvement. And improvement is something the current Civic needs, as its last redesign was not well received and its almost immediate refresh didn’t help much.

So, does the 10th-generation Honda Civic Coupe have what it takes to regain the interest of buyers?


Next-Generation Honda Civic Coupe Caught Testing: Spy Shots


The 2016 Honda Civic Coupe will retain many of the awesome features we saw on the concept version. Granted, certain parts of the production model will require a little toning down, like the fascia and the large rear wing, but you can expect many similarities.

The most obvious carryover from concept to production will be that sleek roofline. Almost resembling a liftback, the 2016 Civic Coupe will be sportier looking that it has been in recent history. The addition of Si goodies will only enhance this sportiness.

One huge downside to this design, which is evident if you look closely at a rear shot of the concept, is that the trunk opening is pretty tight. This will make fitting anything large in an exercise in patience, if not futility.

Then again, who buys a coupe with the expectation of hauling tons of cargo? If you want cargo hauling, you can always opt for the soon-to-return-to the-U.S. Civic Hatchback, or maybe even the Type R for those who like a little speed with their groceries.


Then again, who buys a coupe with the expectation of hauling tons of cargo? If you want cargo hauling, you can always opt for the soon-to-return-to the-U.S. Civic Hatchback, or maybe even the Type R for those who like a little speed with their groceries.

The interior remains a relative unknown for now, but this coupe and its raked rear glass pose a big issue for rear-seat passengers. Rear headroom will likely be a bit limited by that sleek roofline, which will make it a tough place for taller folks to sit.

The rest of the interior will likely be standard Civic. In the lower trim levels, look for plenty of plastic, a basic audio system and cloth seating. Moving into the more upscale trims, like the EX-L, you can expect premium audio systems, leather upholstery, navigation, and other goodies. The Si model will take the sportier route with larger bolsters on the seats, a sports steering wheel and special gauges.


Honda was a little secretive on the drivetrains that it will offer with the 10th-generation Civic, but it did make mention of a 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo engine with direct injection. Chances are that Honda will offer this engine is various states of tune to match various models. For example, the Civic Coupe Si’s 1.5-liter engine could have its juice cranked up to 225 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque, whereas a non-performance model’s 1.5-liter may only have 160 horsepower.

The tradeoff between the states of tune will likely go beyond just power. They will likely have different fuel economy too. While the base Civic could possibly turn in 28 mpg city, the Si model’s hotter state of tune may drop that rating to 25 mpg.

On the other hand, there is always the chance that Honda will continue offering non-turbo engines to fill gaps between models. It’s also a possibility that the 1.5-liter turbo may be an optional engine, leaving the base model with the same 1.8-liter that the 2015 Civic Coupe uses. It’s really hard to say at this point.

Transferring the power to the wheels will be two transmission options. The base transmission will be a six-speed manual and the optional unit will be a CVT on everything but the Si. On the Si model, I couldn’t imagine Honda offering anything other than the six-cog manual.


Though the Civic Coupe will undergo a thorough overhaul in the 10th generation, don’t look for pricing to get out of control. As of 4/15/2015, the Civic Coupe starts at $18,290 and I wouldn’t expect much more than a $1,000 increase over this price. This will be especially true if Honda uses various versions of the same 1.5-liter engine across multiple trim levels.


Kia Forte Koup

Kia Forte Koup SX

The Forte Koup – Kia-speak for coupe – is one of the main competitors for the Civic Coupe. Though you cannot get the Forte Koup in the lower LX trim level, the better equipped EX trim is available for just a few hundred bucks more than the base Civic Coupe. This gives the Forte an advantage in terms of bang for the buck.

Powering the Forte Koup EX is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces a respectable 173 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque. This engine turns in fuel economy ratings of 24 mpg city and 33 mpg highway with the manual transmission. Those ratings may sound low, but in my Forte5, I usually beat the EPA ratings by 2 to 3 mpg. The SX trim uses a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque.

Scion tC

Scion tC Sports Coupe

The Scion tC is more of a liftback coupe than a traditional coupe, but it still warrants mention as an alternative to the Civic Coupe. The tC’s recent redesign makes the model sexier than ever, but its $19,980 base price tag may put buyers off a little. However, its standard features, which include power windows and door locks, keyless entry, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a panoramic glass roof, 18-inch alloy wheels and more, make it well worth the extra cash.

Powering the tC is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 179 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of twist. The engine mates to either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed auto with rev matching. The tC does suffer a little in fuel economy at 23 mpg city and 31 mpg highway with either transmission.


The Civic is in desperate need of change. For far too long, Honda has rested on its laurels and let the Civic lineup become stagnant. Sure, the Si is still an exciting car to drive, but its competition has started overshadowing it. With this redesign and movement to turbocharged engines, I think Honda has solid gold on its hands. I just hope it doesn’t find a way to mess this up…


  • Looks far sportier than before, while still looking like a Civic
  • Turbocharged 1.5-liter is sure to inject some fun
  • Legendary reliability


  • Headroom may be an issue
  • MPG numbers in these small, turbo engines are unreliable
  • 1.5-liter engine may be just an option

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