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2016 CIVIC LIKE AN ALL-NEW CAR IN HONDA LINEUP!

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
Honda could very well have removed the Civic name on the 2016 model and replaced it with another. After all, this is like an entirely new vehicle added to the Japanese carmaker lineup.
For starters, the 2016 Civic length is up by 2.9, width by 1.9, wheelbase by 1.2, front and rear headroom by 0.31 and 0.4 inches respectively. Trunk volume sees a hike of 2.6 to 15.1 cubic feet and passenger space by 3.2 to 97.8 cubic feet. Lest we forget, this year’s version is 68 pounds lighter than its predecessor. Honda also has enhanced the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure with additional high-tensile steel to absorb force in a front collision. Noticeably lowered are noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels. 
And there are changes under the hood with a fresh power train: a 1.5-liter DOHC turbocharged engine that develops 174 horsepower @ 5500 rpm and 162 pounds-feet of torque @ 5500 rpm. The sedan is coupled to a continuous variable transmission. The fully independent suspension is handled via a MacPherson strut but the rear gets an all-new multi-link independent system. And leading the car to its destination is the dual-pinion electric power steering with variable ratio.
The freshly styled, 10th-generation sedan shows off sleek, swept-back body lines to portray an aggressive appearance. The chromed Honda “wing” all across the front fascia fits in with the LED headlights while the rear shows off C-shaped “light-pipe” LED tail lamps and a body-colored deck lid spoiler. A first for Civic is cap less refueling. So is the mammoth center console that can now hold 7.2 liters of belongings. Other standard features in our Touring trim included eight-way power driver and four-way passenger leather seats, tilt/telescopic steering column, 7-inch audio touch display with 450-watt sound system, remote engine start, electronic parking brake, dual auto a/c, heated front and rear seats and door pocket bins.
EPA mileage estimates are impressive at 31 mpg city, 41 highway and combined 35. We averaged about 38 in city/highway driving, while fetching nearly 44 on highway.
Dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag with rollover sensor, stability assist and traction control, four-wheel antilock brakes, forward collision and lane departure warnings, lake keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking, tire pressure monitoring system and daytime running lights are standard.
With its cheeky styling in and out, smooth but solid ride and frugal fuel consumption, the overhauled Civic is a no-brainer. Honda’s reputation for durability and reliability only adds to the compact car’s value.

CIVIC TOURING
Wheelbase: 106.3 inches
Length: 182.3 inches
Height: 55.7 inches
Width: 70.8 inches
Weight: 2,923 pounds
Fuel capacity: 12.3 gallons
Base price: $26,500
Web site: www.honda.com

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