2016 Honda Civic: Engine Looks Awful, Feels Great
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on March 7, 2016
This is the optional turbocharged engine in our 2016 Honda Civic. As you can see, the engineers who designed and built it didn't think twice about how it would look. And that's ok, because it feels great from the driver's seat.
This Civic is not a small car, so the fact that such a small engine (1.5-liters) still feels incredibly powerful from behind the wheel is a big deal. Whether you're in the city or out on the highway, this Civic feels strong. Fast even.
I'm also impressed by the feel of the transmission. It's a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) yet it feels much like a normal six-speed setup. There's very little lag between when you press the gas pedal and when the transmission responds. It jumps to life quickly so passing on the highway is easy and there's even a "sport" setting if you want it to feel even more aggressive.
This is easily one of the best engine setups you can get in a compact car today. If I were buying a new Civic, this is definitely an option I would consider.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 1,108 miles