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REVAMPED 2016 CIVIC COUPE IS A NO-BRAINER

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
A few weeks ago, Honda had dispatched over the 2016 Honda Civic sedan for us. And recently, we had the opportunity to test out the coupe in the Japanese carmaker lineup. Both share the same power train, transmission, suspension and steering: a 1.5-liter DOHC turbocharged engine putting out 174 horsepower @ 5500 rpm and 162 pounds-feet of torque @ 5500 rpm; continuous variable transmission; MacPherson strut front and multi-link independent rear suspension; and dual-pinion electric power steering with variable ratio.
But it is in the exterior and interior dimensions that the two are different. The coupe length and height is down by 1 and 0.1 respectively, wheelbase and width up by 3.1 and 1.8 inches respectively. Trunk volume sees a hike of 0.2 to 11.9 cubic feet and passenger space by 6 to 88.6 cubic feet. Lest we forget, the car is 76 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. 
Like its sedan sibling, the 10th-generation Civic coupe sports a chromed Honda “wing” across the front fascia while the rear shows off C-shaped “light-pipe” LED tail lamps. A first for Civic is cap less refueling. Other basic 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.
Standard safety features include 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.
If in the market for a roomy coupe, this revamped ride is a no-brainer. It is durable, reliable, fuel efficient and inexpensive. All these and an aggressively-styled stance make a strong case for parking the Civic in your garage. 

CIVIC TOURING
Wheelbase: 106.3 inches
Length: 176.9 inches
Height: 54.9 inches
Width: 70.8 inches
Weight: 2,899 pounds
City: 31 mpg
Highway: 41 mpg
Fuel capacity: 12.3 gallons
Base price: $26,125
Web site: www.honda.com

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