Everything in this car that is Civic is indicative of an A-rated car: excellent fuel economy, responsive handling, a comfortable ride, a well-built cabin and ample feature content. Everything that is Coupe deserves a C: no headroom, a tiny back seat and awkward styling. The sedan is a better Civic, and rivals are better coupes.
PerformanceThe Civic isn't quick, but the well-executed continuously variable transmission (CVT) is a benefit, not a hindrance. Handling is hampered by tires, but this is still a nimble and responsive car with a good braking distance.
A 0-60 time of 9 seconds from the 143-horsepower four-cylinder is at least a half-second slower than other compacts. CVT's sport mode and paddle shifters maximize what power there is.
Stopping distance from 60 mph in 115 feet is exceptional for a compact car equipped with all-season tires. Minimum brake fade, unlike past Hondas. Car did squirm under hard braking, though.
Perhaps not the runaway benchmark in feel it once was, but still more responsive than most. Tiny go-kart steering wheel makes the car feel a bit sportier than it is.
Feels lightweight, goes where it's pointed, but limited by grip (0.80g on skidpad). The chassis is a home run, always demonstrating the utmost control, especially on mid-corner bumps.
Around town, the Civic met all of our needs as a comfy daily driver. The sportily tuned steering and suspension added a dash of fun to the mix, even though it's low on usable power.
ComfortThe Civic Coupe is an impressively comfortable and quiet car, displaying a refinement that other compact coupes from Scion, Hyundai and Kia simply cannot match. Some four-door compact cars match or surpass it, however.
Height-adjustable driver seat could go down lower and slide rearward more. Some found unadjustable lumbar overly aggressive. Still, firm seats were supportive during four-hour drive.
Though certainly on the firm side of the spectrum, everything is perfectly damped, and undulations that set some other cars bobbing about are instead met with the utmost control.
Honda used sound-deadening to elevate the Civic to the top of the class in noise suppression. Road, wind and tire noise are all significantly muted, but CVT drones under heavy throttle.
InteriorThe Civic Coupe is an otherwise highly functional, easy-to-use car, but the passenger space really kills it. The back seat is comically cramped in every direction (a Scion tC is much more spacious) and front headroom is compromised when equipped with a sunroof.
The Civic's new touchscreen feels hit-or-miss. Functions are buried in sub-menus, but the response is fast and the folders are logical. All other controls are very simple.
This is a coupe, so it's inherently compromised versus the sedan. Rear access by "walk-in" feature on the passenger side; no memory so seat doesn't return to previous position.
Not enough front seat travel for tall drivers, and even those of average height found their heads grazing the roof thanks to the sunroof. The backseat is almost unusably tight. For short rides only.
A standard rearview camera and the EX-L's LaneWatch blind spot camera make up for limited rear-quarter sightlines. View out front compromised slightly by high dash.
Big armrest bin, cupholders, media-holder tray, door pockets and glovebox. Lots of places to put your stuff. The 11.7-cubic-foot trunk has a big opening and can easily hold two golf bags.
ValueHonda hasn't always provided as much equipment as competitors, but that's no longer the case. Even the base model is well equipped. Fuel economy is excellent and the Honda reputation for reliability is hard to ignore.
Build Quality (vs. $)
Materials are matched by other compact cars, but construction is beyond reproach.
$18,190 base Civic standard with rearview camera, Bluetooth phone/audio, USB audio interface. $24,830 EX-L has climate control, heated leather seats, LaneWatch, touchscreen and sunroof.
Hard to ignore that the Civic Coupe costs the same as the Sedan, but is a less useful car without any driving or (arguably) style advantage. Kia offers more power and available equipment.
EPA estimates 33 mpg Combined (29 City/38 Highway) with CVT. We achieved only 32.5 mpg on the highway-heavy 116-mile Edmunds evaluation route, but still very efficient.
The Civic comes with 3-year/36,000-mile basic, 5-year/60,000-mile drivetrain and 5-year/unlimited miles rust and corrosion warranties.
No complimentary maintenance or roadside assistance are offered. But Honda has a long-standing reputation for reliability.
Fun To DriveA great coupe should be more stylish than its sedan counterpart, and preferably more memorable to drive as well. We're not sure the Civic Coupe fits this description, but what it lacks in flair, it makes up for in general competence.
The Civic's nimble feel makes up for its lack of power. The presense of paddle shifters allows for more involvement than you'd get with a typical automatic.
The Civic Coupe lacks the style of its competitors both inside and out, nor are there fun cabin elements (multi-color interior lights, for instance) to make things interesting. It's a safe, quiet space.