What is it?
2016 Honda Civic Concept
What's New About This Model?
Everything about this Civic is new, from the chassis to the engine to the styling. It represents the 10th generation of Honda's popular compact car.
Honda didn't release many specifics, but it did say that this Civic rides on a longer wheelbase than the current car and is also wider and lower.
This will also be the first Honda to offer a direct-injection, turbocharged VTEC engine in the U.S.
When Does It Go on Sale?
Honda officials said to expect the all-new 2016 Honda Civic sedan at dealers this fall.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
Honda plans to roll out the 2016 Honda Civic as a sedan first. A coupe will follow shortly thereafter, and for the first time ever in the U.S., a five-door hatchback will follow the coupe.
Honda officials also confirmed that a high-performance Civic Type R will eventually join the lineup.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
Honda did not discuss the engine lineup extensively, but officials did confirm that a 1.5-liter, turbocharged VTEC engine will be offered.
Transmission options will include either a six-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
A full complement of Honda's electronic safety systems will be offered on the new Civic, including a multi-angle rearview camera, lane departure warning and Honda's Lanewatch system that shows your blind spot when you engage the turn signal. A forward collision warning system and adaptive cruise control will also be available.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Ford Focus: This is the only compact car that can match the Civic when it comes to offering multiple body styles and various performance options. It also uses turbocharged engines and has not one, but two high-performance models in the lineup: the current ST and the upcoming RS.
Mazda 3: Available as a sedan or hatchback, the Mazda 3 has emerged as one of the Civic's more formidable rivals. With sharp handling and a top-notch interior, the Mazda 3 is definitely worth a look.
Toyota Corolla: A solid contender in the compact sedan category, the Corolla has never had much of a reputation as a sport car. Still, the latest Corolla packs solid value into a small package.
Should You Wait for It?
When it comes to the Civic, this is the biggest transformation you're ever going to see. If you're in the market for a compact sedan, it'll be worth the wait to see if the 2016 is that much better. If you're leaning toward a coupe, the wait will be a little longer, but probably still worth it.