EN­GINE HORSE­POWER TORQUE DRIV­E­TRAIN TRANS­MIS­SION 2.0L I4, 1.5L I4 158 hp, 174 hp 138 lb-ft, 162 lb-ft front-wheel drive 6-speed man­ual, CVT

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There’s still no in­de­pen­dent sus­pen­sion all around, but af­ter a few lack­lus­tre makeovers, the Honda Civic fi­nally emerges as a car that goes be­yond ba­sic trans­porta­tion, with a new level of tun­ing po­ten­tial brought on by a new tur­bocharged 1.5-liter mill that’s the new top en­gine, de­spite its smaller size. A re­cent stop-sale for the ’16 Civic with the 2.0L en­gine due to miss­ing or mis­ad­justed pis­ton pin snap rings pro­vides an in­cen­tive to step up to the turbo, even if the stock power or fuel econ­omy gains aren’t huge on paper, though buy­ers who pre­fer a six-speed man­ual on the Civic sedan is cur­rently only avail­able on the base LX model with the 2.0. Sharper han­dling cour­tesy of a new multi-link rear sus­pen­sion help make this car a plea­sure to spin around. A Civic Coupe ar­rives this spring, and Honda has con­firmed that a five-door hatch­back and hot Type R will fi­nally make it to North Amer­ica at some point.

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