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
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.