Honda’s all-new 2016 Civic is a fine car, as we’ve stated in our brand-new reviews of the 2.0-liter and 1.5-liter turbo models. But let’s face it: most people shopping this segment have one thing at the top of their minds: price. And so we are happy to report the official, just-released prices of the all-new Civic, which starts at $19,475 for the base LX with its 158-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and sweet six-speed manual transmission and $20,275 when equipped with the CVT. The more deluxe EX starts at $21,875. Civics powered by the new 174-hp 1.5-liter turbocharged four-banger start at $23,035 and rise to $27,335 for the loaded Touring model.
The complete range is comprised of 11 models, plus four PZEV models. Here’s how the pricing stacks up (none include the mandatory $835 destination charge):
As with the outgoing model, the new Civic’s price of entry starts at the higher end of the crowded compact-car field, which also includes the Ford Focus, the Volkswagen Jetta, and, our favorite, the 10Best-winning Mazda 3. Worth noting is that the Civic is offering the Honda Sensing bundle of driver-assistance features for a grand on all CVT-equipped models except for the EX-L Navi—which thus equipped would wind up so close in price to the Touring model (which gets Honda Sensing standard) that Honda figures customers wanting it all will just go ahead and upgrade to the top-shelf model.
Honda also has revealed estimated EPA fuel-economy ratings for the various 2016 Civic models, all of which meet or surpass the magic 40-mpg mark for highway mileage. Not surprisingly, the base LX with its 2.0-liter four-pot and the manual transmission scores the lowest, with a still-impressive 27/40 mpg city/highway rating. CVT-equipped models do better, at 31/41 city/highway with the 2.0-liter, while the more powerful 1.5-liter turbo models do 1-mpg better on the highway (31/42 mpg), making yet another case for engine downsizing.