New Honda Civic Turbo Will Get Manual for 2017 Model Year

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole

A purported screenshot of a Honda ordering screen over at CivicX shows the new turbo-powered, tenth-generation Civic will be made available with a six-speed manual transmission starting next year.

The only engine available with a row-your-own box for this year’s Civic is the naturally aspirated K20 2-liter four that cranks 158 horsepower — 16 horsepower fewer than the turbocharged mill — in the base LX model. Starting with the EX-T model, Honda is planting its 1.5-liter turbo into many of its trims with a CVT only to start.

The recently announced Civic Coupe will get the same powertrain options as the sedan — manual only on the base model, CVT everywhere else — when it goes on sale in March. It’s unclear if the coupe would receive a mid-year update to add manual transmissions.

It’s unclear if the announcement that a manual would only arrive for 2017 would have any impact on the coming Civic Si’s powertrain.

Honda has already announced that the 2018 Civic Type R — when it will be available in the U.S. for the first time — will be powered by a 2-liter turbocharged four. That could leave the Civic Si with a variant of the 1.5-liter turbo four with VTEC (from Europe) or Honda’s aging 2.4-liter naturally aspirated four.

Assuming you don’t want to wait until next year for a third pedal in your turbo Civic, there’s always “sport” mode?

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  • Dantes_inferno Dantes_inferno on Nov 25, 2015

    Honda - the gold standard of the Racing Inspired Cosmetic Enhancement scene.

  • Sgeffe Sgeffe on Nov 26, 2015

    When I test drove a CVT Accord, my impression was that of a normal automatic without shift points. A CR-V I had as a loaner exhibited a little more CVT-ness, but was still reasonable. Will be interesting to see the next-gen CR-V next year

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