By on September 11, 2015

 

Photos of the 2016 Honda Civic have popped up online in Civic forums, ahead of the car’s official reveal on Sept. 16.

The photos follow closely the Civic Concept we saw in New York, including the taillight array (although it doesn’t go all the way across the trunk.)

The Civic will be powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged four with direct injection mated to a six-speed manual or CVT.

The sedan is likely to hit showrooms sometime soon with the coupe, hatch and Si models to follow soon. The Type R hatchback model will likely be powered with a 2-liter turbo four producing 300 horsepower, instead of the smaller mill.

Get the latest TTAC e-Newsletter!

71 Comments on “SPIED: Next-gen 2016 Honda Civic Spotted in Michigan...”


  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    “The Civic will be powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged four with direct injection and will be mated to a six-speed manual or CVT.”

    So much fail from a brand I thought knew better.

  • avatar
    maxxcool7421

    … it looks like a cross between Mazda’s Kodo and a honda Crosstour … ulgy

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    I really like that design, although I’m disappointed that it won’t have a proper rear hatch, like the 428i Gran Coupe I borrowed for a couple of days.

  • avatar
    Cactuar

    Shame about the fastback, I like the 3-box look better. Kudos to Honda for a clean hood/A-pillar/front-door junction, very clean for a FWD car. Side profile reminds me a bit of the Volvo S60, not a bad thing.

  • avatar
    30-mile fetch

    Not sure about that chrome unibrow across the front, but otherwise so much better than the awkward current generation.

    I will be very interested to see how well mainstream autodom’s premier engine manufacturer handles a 1.5 turbo w/ CVT.

  • avatar
    Demetri

    Nice overall shape. Grille and tail could use some more work. I guess that’s what the MMC is for.

  • avatar
    Der_Kommissar

    Just bought a Mazda 3, and at least from the nose to the windshield, this looks a lot like a Mazda 3. It is unlikely to drive much like a 3, however.

    • 0 avatar
      319583076

      Don’t turn around – oh oh!
      Der Kommissar’s in town – oh oh!

    • 0 avatar
      Demetri

      One nice thing I can say for this Civic is you at least won’t have to pay nearly 25 grand just to get the upmarket engine option, unlike the Mazda3. And actually, make that 26 grand for the 2016 Mazda3, because they’re apparently removing the 6MT from Touring trim. You have to go all the way up to Grand Touring if you want the 2.5L / 6MT combo.

      • 0 avatar
        mike978

        You don`t need the upgraded engine choice in the 3 since the base engine has more horsepower (for a similar vehicle weight) than the current Civic.

      • 0 avatar
        stuntmonkey

        > One nice thing I can say for this Civic is you at least won’t have to pay nearly 25 grand just to get the upmarket engine option

        Where I’m at, the dealers are adding $500 on top of the better colours. The Mazda3 2.5 GT demographically is more or less in the same place that used to be occupied by the Acura Integra sedan.

        • 0 avatar
          Der_Kommissar

          Integra is a good comparison. The S touring sedan is a better integra replacement than an ILX, for sure. And that 1.5t engine is making about 150/150 in Japan. Who really thinks Honda is going to up that by much for US market, even if they can? They’ll want to protect the ILX, and Mazda has no such brand to protect. I think it will compete better with the i series 3, but not S.

        • 0 avatar
          WheelMcCoy

          “The Mazda3 2.5 GT demographically is more or less in the same place that used to be occupied by the Acura Integra sedan.”

          That’s a keen observation. On the internet, the thought of Honda/Acura creating a successor to the Integra lingers. And in the here and now, Mazda has created one, with a hatch option no less.

  • avatar
    dal20402

    Not convinced that Total Fastback is the way to go for sedans, but other than that I like it. It looks a lot more refined and expensive than the current version.

    If anyone will get the small turbo four right, it will be Honda. Looking forward to trying out a turbo car.

  • avatar
    jkross22

    Nice design. I usually don’t like design mashups, but Honda (of all companies) pulled this one off well. A bit heavy on the chrome on the front, but other than that, it looks like a job a well done.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    What do you wanna bet that in three years at refresh time, those brake lamps head upward and creep on the C-pillar, just like the Fit does now.

    Also, the wheels are gross. Honda and Acura are really failing lately IMO in the wheel style department.

  • avatar
    Mr. Orange

    Yeahhh.

    An exciting looking Civic again. Now we just need the aftermarket to fix that protrusion called a grill. Reminds me of the crown worn by Guerren Lagann, another Japanese creation.

  • avatar
    Volt 230

    I guess the predominance of CVT’s is inevitable, perhaps it will push more buyers to just buy a stick.

    • 0 avatar
      thornmark

      Well, the Accord Sport 4 door must be selling more manuals. They added 2 new colors: Milano Red and White Orchid to the previous Black and Steel.

      • 0 avatar
        mike978

        Congratulations to Honda for having four colours. Mazda has 7 with the 6!

        I also recall some big Honda fans on here decrying other companies using either CVT’s or turbos. Now Honda do both, maybe they will appreciate Mazda engineering (which use neither) more.

        • 0 avatar
          thornmark

          The Honda has a better manual and is much faster.

          Plus it sells.

          btw, the Mazda3 has regrettable styling from the rear door back –
          especially that rear door/C pillar mess.

          https://www.google.com/search?q=mazda3+sedan&safe=off&espv=2&biw=1440&bih=779&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAWoVChMIucSIhOTvxwIVimk-Ch1iEw_S#imgrc=MZNPV1HRV1R5QM%3A

        • 0 avatar
          mike978

          The Accord does sell more.
          As for the better manual that is a matter of opinion since plenty of people rate both the manual and auto (we were talking about auto earlier) Skyactiv transmissions.
          As for speed – same horsepower with comparable weights – acceleration is comparable. Not that many mid-size American drivers utilize all the power they have anyway.

          I agree with you about the styling of the hatch from the rear portion. As for the sedan version, the styling works better on the 6 – which is simply a very good looking mid-size sedan.

    • 0 avatar
      Russycle

      The CVT on the Accord got good reviews here. Hopefully Honda can pull off the same magic on the Civic. That said, I’ll take a stick, please.

  • avatar
    EAF

    Factory turbo + 6 speed + Direct Injection + Honda = Sky’s the limit. I can envision the aftermarket support and hysteria amongst the import tuner community now. 400whp on e85? :-)

    It definitely resembles the Mazda 3. I’m not too fond of the styling of either but prefer the 3’s front bumper and grill.

  • avatar
    stuntmonkey

    Have seen the spy shots and cad drawings for weeks now. Was hoping it would look better in the flesh… Not a fan. I’ve said it before, but the current Gen, even if the Jalop crowd thinks is boring is nicely proportioned and has a practical layout. The short nose and steep windscreen are modern and practical. The trend towards longer hoods is partly bc of pedestrain impact, but also out of a misguided attempt to ape “the RWD look.”

    I actually prefer the cleaner exterior lines of the pre-mmc refresh. This looks like a mish-mash of all the wish-fulfillment sketches that pop up on so-called enthusiast forums. When I see a 2012 or a post-mmc 8th gen on the road, to me, it still seems that the design has aged well.

    What could have saved this design (IMHO): Lets say for example we keep the fast back roof. Ok, then you pair that with a modest nose/grill, and finish with an elegant tail light assembly. If you’re gonna do something striking like a fastback roof on a sedan, then that has to be the center piece of the design. Sort of like the 911… the classic roofline speaks for itself on all the models except the 996, because you’re eyes are drawn to the fried egg headlights.

    This is the automotive design equivalent of putting on a a daring plunging evening dress, and pairing it with open-toed gold platforms and big 80’s era hoop earrings.

    Or in movie terms, one striking thing is good (Kurisowa and movement, Kubric and perspective) but too many striking things is bad (Michael Bay.)

  • avatar
    Luke42

    I like the design.

    It fixes all of the odd things about the current Civic design – like the littre windows in front of the front door, and the headlights.

    It will class up office parks and parking garages near me. At least compared to the existing Civic, anyway!

  • avatar
    mchan1

    Why do automakers insist on lowering the rear roof level besides for aerodynamics?

    The car has some Nissan curves/looks but the rear roof line is much too low considering that many Civics I’ve seen locally actually have rear passengers.

    • 0 avatar
      stuntmonkey

      That’s one of the things i like about the 9th gen Civic, there’s actual headroom for an average sized adult. I’m not that tall and I feel like I have to slouch in the backseat to keep my heard from touching the roof in a lot of current compacts.

  • avatar
    05lgt

    If I buy a Mazda, will I have to make insecure comments on every story about a Honda?

  • avatar
    87 Morgan

    This will sell very well, as the Honda buyers have been seeing the Mazda 3 in the wild long enough now to be comfortable with the styling. As for the turbo mil, the tuners have already proven that a Honda vtech can handle some boost with out imploding.

    If anything, this gets them back to mainstream in the styling department which should yield many 01-04 model year trade ins shortly.

  • avatar
    frozenman

    Get both of these engines into the HRV stat!

  • avatar
    OneAlpha

    Hey!

    They’re not gonna kill the Crosstour after all!

  • avatar
    VW16v

    Honda is finally stepping it up and going to sell a civic for itself. Not just for having the honda name. Even with the new bumpers the current civic is the walmart sedan of the year. Kinda that sarah palin lipstick on a pig comparo. KIA, Hyundai, Mazda, Ford, and VW have destroyed the civic on design and engineering for the past few years.

    • 0 avatar
      SC5door

      The Koreans and Mazda do for sure—the Focus is getting long in tooth and the whole Fusion grill doesn’t exactly go that well on there.

      This Civic though is downright ugly. Too many lines and creases going on and then you have those tail lamps that go into the trunk lid most likely for the only purpose of having some sort of “signature” LED light pipe.

    • 0 avatar
      30-mile fetch

      Confused as to how the donkey slow Hyundai 1.8 w/ 6spd and disastrous DCT in the Focus and terrible interior packaging qualify as “destroying the Civic on engineering”. Seriously, the current Elantra is nothing special outside the styling. I’m not a Civic fan, but this argument makes no sense to me. Boring =/= poor engineering.

  • avatar
    King of Eldorado

    It looks like the windshield is more vertical than on the current model, resulting in the base of the A-pillars being moved back. This should be an improvement over the pedestrian-obstructing pillars of the current generation.

    As others have mentioned, the slope of the roofline suggests that rear seat headroom and ease of entry might be iffy.

  • avatar
    CAMeyer

    I feel like an old man for saying this, however…It’s definitely a sharp looking car, and despite some similarity to Mazda elements it doesn’t come across as derivative. Unfortunately, that fastback roof must cut headroom in the backseat, and that trunk lid won’t help on trips to Costco. Remember, for some buyers, this will be the family car

  • avatar
    trackratmk1

    I love my new compact, light, and responsive Civic! Says absolutely no one ever again.

  • avatar
    darrinkaiser

    I wonder which print magazine in Ann Arbor left it sitting on 5th. I’m guessing the pompous Automobile bunch. Only because I would like to see how glowing a review it gets to keep in the American Honda Motor Co. good graces.

    • 0 avatar
      Willyam

      Honestly, it would take a sharp eye to know what it is, maybe they got complacent. With the wraparound eyebrow headlights and broken-spoke wheels I might have registered it as a Sonata in traffic. It may have taken awhile for someone to spot it.
      Civic site:
      http://www.civicx.com/threads/spotted-2016-honda-civic-sedan-fully-revealed.114/
      Profile comparison:
      http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/2dbbd3a72c5a032be36323b8d6ffcefb/200310696/lead5-2014-hyundai-elantra-review.jpg

Read all comments

Back to TopLeave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Recent Comments

  • IH_Fever: Diesels used to be low power, low revving, high torque engines that didn’t go fast, stunk, but could...
  • jmo: These emissions controls aren’t primarily due to climate change, they are to deal with particulates and...
  • golden2husky: Not sure why the foray into emissions…don’t ALL diesels require high pressure fuel pumps?...
  • Dave M.: Agree! How the TL could go from a steady, classic looking sedan to the monstrosity of 2009 is beyond me. The...
  • Mike Beranek: There was no need for this motor. The featherlight supercharged 3800 had locomotive-grade torque and...

New Car Research

Get a Free Dealer Quote

Who We Are

  • Adam Tonge
  • Bozi Tatarevic
  • Corey Lewis
  • Mark Baruth
  • Ronnie Schreiber