Category: ‘New Cars’

2016 Honda Civic Coupe Review

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

The most recent Honda study suggest that customers that favor coupes over sedans seem to be mostly seduced by the image and style, feeling that the absent second set of doors pushed the idea that the driver and car have a sporty identity. While that’s not always the case, the vibrant character of the new Civic coupe justifies the sporty part of the suggestion. I mean just looking at it makes it really hard not to believe that this shape won’t be what first attracts its buyer.

Check it out …

Honda Civic Coupe 2016

The 2016 Honda Civic Coupe’s sheet metal alone is even sexier than the sedan’s, with more sculpting, neater dimensions, and wheels that fill the wheel wells right to the very edge of the fenders.

Now what the coupe does share is the sedan’s 106.3-inch wheelbase, which is a sizable 3.1-inch stretch as opposed to the previous generation. However, at 176.9 inches, this new coupe is about an inch shorter than its predecessor, 1.8 inches wider at 70.8 inches, and a drop (0.1 inches) lower at 54.9 inches. Additionally, it has much wider tracks: 60.9 inches at the front and 61.5 rear. Although the overall length has shortened, the overhangs have reduced even more, and matched with the new sedan, the coupe falls 5.4 inches shorter. The rest is a coupe that looks compact in a sporty way.

Power Over Weight

While it would make sense that smaller dimensions and widespread use of high-strength and ultra-high strength steel in the body shell should equate to reduced mass, the official provisions are a little foggy on this score. Honda’s registered curb weights for the older coupe vary from 2754 to 2916 pounds. Depending on the trim level, the 2016 coupes will weigh anywhere from 2735 and 2896 pounds, as per Honda. As usual, equipment and new safety requirements seem to have trounced any attempts at genuine weightloss.

Nonetheless, the new coupe seems to have a performance edge over the previous generation, which is due to its new engines—a naturally aspirated 158-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder (in LX and LX-P models) and a 174-hp 1.5-liter turbo four (EX-T, EX-L, and Touring). 

US-Market Pricing

Just like several other components of the ongoing Honda Civic saga, pricing is still unclear until at least mid-March 2016 when this model goes on sale. There is some speculation on pricing, but that’s tricky to predict because of the upgraded trim levels. There are currently five culminating in the new Touring model. Then again this much is certain: The new 2016 Honda Civic coupe makes the retiring version as easily forgettable as last year’s curling-tournament results. While the body of the Civic coupe is quite sporty in its appearance, the sportiness goes above and beyond the appearance.


“Lexus” = “Boring”? Never Again Says Akio Toyoda

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Akio Toyoda, CEO of both Toyota and Lexus, tells a story of how he has received letters that complain that the Lexus car brand is boring. This guy is the grandson of the company’s founder, which says something. Toyota runs in his family. More than that, it runs in his blood.

Akio says he “took them to heart,” and he’s “ensuring that the word ‘boring’ and Lexus’ will never occupy the same sentence very again.”

Lexus bling grill

Truth be told, we’ve heard this rhetoric before – five years ago, to be exact, on the Pebble-Beach Concourse d’Elegance at the launch of another ‘boring’ Lexus, this time, the fourth-generation GS sedan. Back then, the occasion marked the new look of the spindle grille, fresh air intake design, and the very curves that make ‘Lexus’ synonymous with ‘luxury.’

The motor vehicle giant has enjoyed 11 years of market leadership in the United States, but then, just like now, there is evidence that points to Toyota fighting a losing battle against the Germans.

Germany is home to the Mercedez-Benz, Audi and BMW. Not only have they made better-looking cars, but their cars were more interesting and exciting to drive.
Don’t get me wrong here. Lexus is still the market leader in quality, gas efficiency, trunk space and all-around engineering qualities. But that didn’t matter anymore. Other, much cheaper vehicles were figuring out how to to it too, and all of a sudden, Lexus didn’t stand out anymore.

For Akio that wasn’t good enough.

Akio Toyoda is a race car driver. It’s not just in his family – it’s in his blood, remember? He knew that Lexus needed a jolt. He knew what Lexus needed. He wasn’t about to let his brand take second place to anybody without a fight.

In short, Lexus needed a car that wasn’t just synonymous with luxury but was fun to drive. Lexus engineers needed to give drivers a reason to smile. They’ve done it before; there’s no reason they can’t do it again.

Aiko charged Koji Sato, deputy chief engineer at Toyota, with the job. According to him, his speech five years ago on Pebble Beach merely marked a starting point for the company.
They both were thinking the same thing.

He wasn’t being charged with upgrading a car. He was being charged with making a whole new generation of Lexus.

Sato took this tall order to heart and realized that he needed something more than his current team could offer. He thought outside the box and looked beyond the borders of his corporate office for help. What he did was nothing short of revolutionary.

He hand-picked a team that would later become to be called his ‘irregular army.’ It consisted of a small group of race car drivers, journalists and car dealers.
For Lexus, the strategy was more than risky. It was more than bold. It was genius.

And, it was exactly what Sato was looking for.

Sato placed the entire company in jeopardy of exposing the entire project by doing this. The team persevered through every logistical difficulty an undertaking like this could have presented. The test team coordinated three unique driving events in the United States.

This was the beginning of the 2018 Lexus LC 500. This was the beginning of a whole new generation of Lexus.

The prototype has been created. It’s been driven. It was completely covered in disguise tape, with its interior panels draped in such a way as to keep the entire project under wraps. The vehicle was only a concept car, but it was driven in Rose Bowl Stadium of Pasadena, California.

It sports a 10-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Its 5.0-liter, V-8 engine produces 467 horsepower at 7100 RPM and 389 pound-feet of torque at 4800 RPM. It makes 0-60 in 4.5 seconds flat.

In short, it is awesome. It is fun to drive. It put a smile the drivers’ faces.

Sato is pleased, but his work is far from over. “We have got the basics right,” says Sato, “but it’s the last 10 percent that is so difficult.”

The LC 500 is nearing the end of the engineering phase, and, as such, Sato’s ‘irregular army’ has disbanded by now. The engineering team has a lot on their hands this year. Aiko is scheduled to drive the vehicle in late February this year.

Let’s hope the boss likes it. We’re rooting for Sato.


The 2016 Toyota Tacoma Has Not Lost Its Touch

Posted by Stephen On Monday, January 11th, 2016

Something’s happened to the pickup truck market in the US. They used to be rugged, bare-bones, powerful machines that can get a job done. When you look at what’s on the market, are you left scratching your head? You should be – what we see today is not what should be there.

Instead, we see expensive, high-riding, luxury vehicles built for consumers who won’t carry anything more than a couple of groceries in an oversized bed. OK, that last statement might be a little biased. At any rate, pickup trucks are not what they used to be.

(Which may have many outside the US scratching their heads as to how a utilitarian vehicle like a truck can make the leap to being a luxury vehicle. It certainly is rather odd.)

It’s a nice breath of fresh air to find out the 2016 Toyota Tacoma has not lost touch with the roots of pickup truck history. About the only other truck that hasn’t done that is the bare-bones, commercial-grade Ford F150.

Don’t get me wrong, the truck still looks sleek. On the outside, it looks just like every other luxury pickup truck you might see in any car lot. When you look under the hood, that’s where you see that the Toyota Tacoma has not lost touch with what made pickups such great vehicles.

The Toyota TRD Sport Double Cab reviewed outfitted with four-wheel-drive, brake assist technology, 17-inch alloys, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and a 7-inch touch-screen with navigation. It’s nice to see that they still include a tow package and the tonneau bed cover.

Don’t worry, it can still compete with everyone else – especially with the Premium and Technology Package for an additional $2360. This adds dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, heated front seats, a moonroof, automatic headlamps and blind spot monitoring.

Now, this is still a midsize pickup, which means that it has a V-6 engine, not a V-8. Still, it still packs 278 hp and 265 lb.-ft. of torque. It doesn’t do much when you compare it to a V-8, but for Toyota’s smallest truck, it packs more than enough heat to meet the mark.

The interior is still lined with rental-grade plastics and cloth seats with the classic zigzag pattern. Like we said, it’s not a $40,000 luxury truck. However, it is an honest truck that will still bounce with every bump on the road – and that’s just the way you like it.


The Toyota Prius Finally Looks Cool

Posted by Stephen On Friday, January 8th, 2016

The Prius is finally making an impression this year. In the past, it kind of looked like a dork on the road; the rear was too high, the front was too squished and the entire thing looked like a potato. Sorry Toyota, but it just didn’t look as good as it could have.
This year, it looks far better. It looks more like a real car. Not only that, it looks like a cool, futuristic car. To top it all off, it stays true to its gas-saving roots and earth-friendly image.

Available in six different trims, the lowest trim starts at $24,200 USD in the US. Toyota was able to reach that price because it carries a different battery pack than the rest of the lineup. While all the other models carry lithium-ion batteries, the Prius Two Echo trim package sports a nickel metal hybrid battery. In an age where gas is finally more affordable than it has been in the past decade, the Prius still has to compete with other cars that pack gas power.

The new car sports a double-wishbone suspension system which makes it feel a lot less rumbly at high speeds. Without adding too much weight to the new vehicle, it feels as if the car is heavier and hugs the road better. The 2016 Toyota Prius will weigh in at 3010 pounds for the bare-bones, Prius Two Echo trim package and will top off at 3080 pounds with all the extra goodies added.

The seats are incredibly comfortable and you’ll find the familiar left-of-center dashboard that is found in other Toyota-made vehicles, such as a Scion XB. The Prius’ dashboard has always been left of center, so this isn’t anything new.

In previous years, the Prius really did look like a compact potato. The new look will certainly put the 2016 Prius on the shopping list this year. New car shoppers will be pleased to discover that the Prius has far more cargo room than one might expect – and that’s with the split-folding rear seats in place. Put them down and you can get even more cargo space.

Amazingly, these are already appearing in the auctions in Japan. Check out this one at auction on January 9th, 2016. It only has 2 KM on the clock, and is classified as a grade S (new) car. First registered in 2016, it has barely had any time since it was registered for the road before it was sent off to be sold at auction.

2016 Toyota Prius ZVW50

Nissan Makes Its Own Niche with The New Nissan Titan XD

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Nissan has never made it a priority of theirs to go head-to-head against some of the full-size trucks that lead the industry such as Ford, Chevy, Toyota or Dodge. They’ve always been a little more consumer-based.

They decided to make their own niche with their US-market 2016 Nissan Titan. It is a heavier duty truck than the light-duty everyday pickups, the smaller and more fuel-efficient than the heavy-duty work trucks.

The new truck is 20 feet long, powered by a 5 L V-8 Cummins Turbo diesel rated at 310 hp and 555-pound feet of torque. It will tow up to 12,000 pounds which is said to be more than the F150 from Ford, the Silverado from Chevy, the Ram 1500 from Dodge, or Toyotas Tundra. It’s a big truck – it feels like you need to use a ladder just to get to the drivers seat. Yet, oddly enough, this is a midsize pickup.

The inside felt very different. It’s like this strange mix between a Toyota Camry and a GMC Cadillac. Either way, and felt luxurious and high-end with the seat warmers, seat coolers and plenty of cup holders. The around view Monitor projects a 360° panoramic of the truck surroundings. It makes parking a whole lot easier. The suspension system makes city driving feel as if you are driving a four-door coupe. The higher speeds on the freeway don’t jolt it either. It’s steady and holds its own.

This is the third truck Nissan has made, joining the ranks of the Nissan Frontier and the other Nissan Titans that are not of the XD variety. The way Nissan describes it is that this truck is neither a “beefed-up half ton now a watered-down three-quarter ton.”

Nissan is up against the Ford F150 whether they like it or not. The Ford F150 has been the country’s best-selling vehicle for a long time. Note that I said best-selling vehicle – not just a best-selling truck. To compete, the Titan XD is designed to be good for the daily driver, useful for the construction worker carrying a load, and suitable for the weekend warrior towing a boat or a horse trailer. It comes fully equipped with a trailer brake controller, trailer sway control, trailer light check system and downhill speed control.

Right now, the truck hasn’t been officially released – what is notable is that it is a diesel version. Nissan intends on releasing a 5.6 L V-8 gas engine by mid-2016. This will pack 390 hp and 401-pound feet of torque. Further down the road, there looking into a V-6 option. The V-8 will come equipped with a seven-speed automatic transmission. When it is released, it will be available in a single, crew cab, King cab and off-road Pro-4X versions.

No official price has been determined yet, but it is expected that the Titan XD will begin just above $41,000 at a base price and the Platinum Reserve 4 X 4 crew cab with all the trimmings rising up to $61,000. The current entry level Titan starts at just under $30,000.


Honda Pushes the Feature Envelope with the 2016 Honda Civic

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, December 26th, 2015

Honda has a reputation for being able to spruce up its baseline cars. The resale value of Honda’s vehicles remains competitive with its biggest rivalry – Toyota. One of the top ways Honda does this is by sacrificing standard luxury features in exchange for a more economical and practical baseline.

Future Honda Civic Concept

Honda Clearly Satisfies

Make no mistake – Honda makes a reliable vehicle. It satisfies the owner in every way. For a midrange sedan, it offers everything you could want – especially for the price they’re asking. Compared to the 2015 model, the rear overhang is a little shorter which provides a sportier look. It looks a bit more futuristic – but that’s right in line with the trend that Honda has been carrying the last couple of years. The redesigned taillights are aesthetically pleasing and are right in line with what we expect.

The Inner Workings of the Engine

This vehicle is powered by a 1500 cc turbo engine. It’s the first time Honda added the turbocharged setup, but it certainly adds to the horsepower and torque. The model we tried with a stick shift – it proves to be smoother than comparable CVT transmission systems (Continuous Variable Transmission). The fact that Honda still focuses some of its better features in cars that have a manual transmission is one of the main draws to the audience that Honda enjoys.

The Arsenal of Civic Features

Honda didn’t hold back with the Civic. The only thing they didn’t pack under the hood is a driver. They included a Vehicle Stability Assistant, a Brake Assistant, Anti-lock Braking System, an Electronic Braking Distribution System, a Multiangle Rearview Camera and more. About the only things that they did not include (that we would have liked to see) are a Forward Collision Warning and maybe a Lane Departure Warning.

Honda Throws down the Gauntlet

The base price for a model L ask is $18,640 in the US – without delivery fees and taxes. That puts the price a little higher than the previous 2015 version. The EX-T Civic starts at $22,200. What really sets Honda apart from the crowd is a lesson for the German automakers. People don’t like paying extra for expensive options that should come standard. Honda makes them standard. Toyota makes them standard. This is probably why Honda – and Toyota, for that matter – outsell their German competitors, even in Europe.

Of course, there is no doubt that the weak Japanese Yen helps Honda in being able to offer the most bang for your buck. Whether you are in the US or elsewhere, small Japanese cars like the Honda Civic undoubtedly offer brilliant value for money,


The 2016 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring AWD

Posted by Stephen On Friday, December 18th, 2015

Mazda has succeeded, once again, in making a beautiful small crossover, this one with an extra splash of luxury. Even the interior has this premium feel to it – which is saying something about Mazda: In the past, they’ve been accused of using cheap materials to decorate their interiors.

The top-of-the-line Grand Touring featured cream colored leather seats with black suede inserts balanced with red piping. Utilizing a seven-speaker audio system from Bose certainly helped their case. You can instantly tell that Mazda put a lot of thought into their interior. It was crisp and aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring

The Powertrain and Engine

Mazda did a lot more work than sprucing up their interior. All of the CX-three models will feature their direct-injection, 146-horsepower, 2 L, four-cylinder engine. For a crossover, it has competitive fuel economy, excellent acceleration and handles like a high-end luxury vehicle. It’s more agile than it appears. All in all, the small vehicle was a pleasure to drive. It even features of all-wheel-drive that keeps the wheels from spinning during early acceleration out of turns – a necessary element in snowy weather.

It was maneuverable and easy to park in tight spaces. However, on wider roads and at higher speeds, the vehicle tended not to be as stable as some of the larger, full-size SUVs that are hitting the markets in 2016.

A Few Small Drawbacks

Despite how beautiful the interior is, it does feel a little bit cramped. However, that is to be expected simply because it is a smaller crossover vehicle. If you push back the front seats to make room for taller passengers, there is next to nothing in terms of rear leg room. It was a pleasant surprise to note that the rear seats folded – which can offer substantially more space when the need arises.

I expect nothing less than an excellent audio system from Bose – and they deliver. The audio output is crisp and clear.

For a vehicle priced under $30,000, you get a lot of car and you get a lot of features. The inside is luxurious and handles like a champ within the city. It may be enough for Mazda to swipe a few new car buyers from more traditional premium brands. BMW X3 watch out!


Lexus RC 200t Chasing The Younger Generation

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Lexus Is Going after the Younger Generation
It’s always been known that Lexus has marketed their cars toward the older, more financially established generation of people. If you were to put Toyota and Lexus on tiers, you would find that Lexus is the luxury brand of Toyota.
It comes as a surprise then that Lexus is coming out the cheaper version of its RC Coupe, which is being directly marketed to the average 25-year-old. The RC 200t is $3000 cheaper than the V6.
The 200t Comes in 3 Grades
Either way you look at it, it’s not a cheap car. Toyota knows that this is still a Lexus luxury car. You will be finding this at any dealership for $20,000.
The Luxury RC Coupe starts at $64,000.
The F-Sport RC Coupe starts at $73,000.
The Sports Luxury RC Coupe starts at $83,500.
A Harvard business study clearly demonstrated that when a company offers more options, consumers are more likely to buy. Lexus took this to heart and is offering the RC Coupe to compete with its own brand offering.
The V6 RC350 starts at $67,000.
The V-8 RC-F starts at $133,000
The Entry Luxury Model Is Not Your Typical “Base” Grade
Since this is still a luxury car, it comes with all the works. It includes leather seats, climate air conditioning, power heated or cooled adjustable front seats, and power adjustment for the steering wheel. All this is being offered in addition to everything else that comes standard – power windows, power locks, the works.
A Dedicated Performance Coupe.
This car is every bit the luxury model that Lexus is known for. As a dedicated performance car, it rolls off the line with 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels. It’s equipped with a damper linking the left and right underfloor braces, designed to improve handling and steering response. The damper also reduces noise, harshness and vibration.
The Punchier V6 Is Tempting
Although the ride does not disappoint, the punchier V-6 is so much more tempting, considering that it sits at a mere $3000 more.
The Take Away
Like this is always been an enticing car. Historically, the problem with Lexus is the aging demographic. For almost 20 years, the demographic for new car buyers has risen steadily. In fact, this is exactly why Toyota makes Scion. They’re trying to entice a younger generation to buy new cars. The current demographic age for the buyer of the new Lexus is 66. This is Toyota’s move to try and make it 25. Good move, Lexus.


The New 2016 Lexus GS F – Makes You Go Grrrr…. With Delight

Posted by Stephen On Friday, October 16th, 2015

What makes a great car? It has to be fast, reliable and fantastic looking. It should be air dynamic and offer comfort to the driver. It should also submit to road safety standards.

The first thing that strikes you when you come across one of these beasts is the design. And strike is an understatement when you see the 2016 Lexus GS F.

The Lexus GS F is gloriously sleek in design and comes in a variety of eye catching colors. Designers went above and beyond when they drew up this dreamily gorgeous vehicle. The smooth aerodynamic vehicle is sure to turn heads and remain the main topic for gossip for quite some time.

Let’s Talk Features

The GS F boasts of a 471bhp 5.0-litre V8 engine where its German competitors had something slightly bigger up their sleeve with the M5’30 Jahre’ s 592bhp, the E63 AMG S producing 577bhp and RS6 delivers 552bhp.

The GS F produces its peak torque of 391lb ft between 4,800rpm and 5,600rpm, and a maximum power at a lofty 7,100rpm. Even though the GS F has quite a bit of catching up to do when it comes to its competitors, the car is definitely not to underestimate.

Inner Beauty

When it comes to cabin and seat style, the GS F definitely outshines all its competitors. The Lexus GS F has two toned cream-and-black seats that will make anyone go “whoa… that’s gorgeous”.

The cabin sets a benchmark in the luxury performance sedan category. The dash has a mixture of analog and digital gauges that are very easy to read and take in at a single glance, a very good feature for those who like to venture on unknown roads speedily and elegantly.

Lexus had functionality in mind when they installed the navigation screen; the electronic gadgetry is easy to understand.

The cabin is a pleasing mix of Alcantara and Carbon trim with the pedals, switches and knobs placed strategically. Everything is trimmed down smoothly for optimized elegance and grace.

A Mark Levinson audio system is built into the car. The Mark Levinson uses Clari-Fi Music Restoration Technology that professionally analyzes audio files while on playback, and restoring the digital files lost in compression. When fired up, the audio system provides clear sound levels and is said to be one of the best sounding car audio systems.

Hitting the Road

The sound of the well-tuned NA motor at wide open throttle when it hits the road will give you goose bumps all over. The 5.0-liter engine can run all the ways to its indicated 7,100 RPM redline, effortlessly.

The V8 performance engine has a fiery roar to it that is sure to send high amounts of adrenaline pumping through your veins as you accelerate down long roads, but the active sound control of this Lexus beauty augments the engine sounds through the front and rear speakers as well. The same augments are done by several manufacturers, all with varying degrees of authenticity and success. The jury is out as to whether this is really the way forward for performance cars like this that already have a tuneful block.

Those who were skeptical about the Lexus GS F’s active sound control abilities quickly changed their minds after their first drives in a car with such a system. The augment does a great job at letting through a good engine note while cancelling out bad ones. The sound from outside the car is also good so you will not be going around thinking you sound like a badass when in fact you sound like you’re driving a diesel.

The GS F does not come with an active suspension but Lexus fans need not worry when venturing onto roads that are rippled. Engineers tuned the suspension with the right blend of compliance and stiffness that made the 4,000+ lbs car easy to drive with speed but doesn’t punish you on roads with lots of twists and turns. It offers great steadiness and control.

Main Features

The GS F has a new Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD). TVD basically opens drift with an electronically operated clutch pack on every output shaft, with an overdrive gear allowing each wheel to turn faster than its counterpart.

Many cars on the market comes with their own version of TVD that use brakes to slow one wheel while allowing the other to spin faster and increase or decrease steering response. Most TVD systems fall short when you start driving them hard, the Lexus system, however, is self-defeating. Instead it increases the speed of the wheel to aid in turning.

The Lexus TVD features 3 operation modes:

Default operating mode—provides a fine-tuned balance of firmness and agility.
Slalom showcases agility and nimble steering response
Track emphasizes total control even during high-speed circuit driving.

Lexus’ TVD works great with the GS F’s beefed-up suspension for optimized handling around swift turns.

The GS F also boasts of an eight-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission.
The gearbox comes with a torque converter lockout clutch that directly connects the engine to the transmission aiding performance.

Our Final Opinion

Lexus fans demanded they deliver a vehicle that caters for their sport senses and Lexus responded with its GS F. It is luxurious, fast, safe and definitely challenges cars on a higher level than it is. The GS F isn’t a groundbreaker, but sure narrows the gap between it and its German competitors.

Lexus is looking to sell 2000 of its GS Fs in the United States yearly, which is a sensible goal considering that they sold more than 300,000 cars last year as they pursued their goal to be on the same level as their European luxury car counterparts, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

While the newest Lexus GS F can do better in terms of horsepower to be one of the world’s top performing cars, it more than makes up for this with its exceptional features, lighter curb weight and a shockingly lower price.

Want a second opinion? See what AutoGuide thought in this video:


The New 2016 Honda Civic—The First Honda With Turbocharged Engine In The US

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Entering its 10th generation, the 2016 Civic sets itself apart from the previous model with an all new look and distinctive features. The automaker Honda is gearing up for massive hype surrounding its upcoming iteration of their flagship vehicle, the 10th generation 2016 Civic.

When it comes to giving Civic a huge makeover, Honda has been restrained in the past, but things are going to alter with the appearance of the Honda Civic 2016. The upcoming vehicle is going to have a very special new look that will be more aggressive than ever thanks to the fresh styling that offers not only elegance but sportiness too.

2016 Honda Civic

A Blend Of The Acura ILX

The concept images of the 2016 Honda Civic feature a vehicle that has taken on the appearance of the Acura ILX. The fact that Acura vehicles are also getting made over allows Honda to use that particular styling.

It is important to reveal that Honda is not going to copy that vehicle completely; they merely create a nice blending of the previously designed ILX and the new 2016 Honda Civic profile. It gives the typical sedan an upgrade that is very appealing to consumers.

The Game Changer

Honda Civic should arrive with a 1.5 liter turbocharged engine when it makes its appearance. It should also have a 6 speed automatic transmission.

The new Honda Civic has received a very positive initial preview along with some industry followers, for instance, Customer Reports called the upcoming vehicle a cut above the previous iteration. Moreover, some Civic fans have also been upbeat about the upcoming iteration, showing their excitement with official fan forums like CivicX, which is full of fans calling 2016 Civic the “game changer”.

Honda Is Offering Turbocharged Engine

According to AutoNews, after the launch of the latest Honda Civic and its sale in November, it will become the very first U.S. market-focused Honda that offers a turbocharged engine.
The most noted option for the upcoming Civic 1.5 liter 4-cylinder turbo was going to be introduced either in the year 2017 or 2018. However, it has been deemed necessary by the engineers of Honda to include the turbocharged engine as one of the best features of the new sedan in order to make the 2016 Civic stand out.

The new chief engineer of Honda as well as North American development leader, Gary Evert, told AutoNews that the new Civic will of course be a strong statement. He was of the view that the new Civic needs that engine to go where they want it to go in order to make this key model really stand out and for the new Civic to be such a strong competitor, not only in North America but all around the world.

The latest engines are presented with redesigned transmissions that include a refinement-enhancing and fuel-saving continuously variable transmission in order to help push the fuel efficiency envelope even more than before. The vehicle has the four-cylinder, two-liter turbocharged engine with 295 ft-lb of torque.

New Safety System

The upcoming Honda Civic features a new safety system, including:

Collision avoidance braking
Lane departure alleviation
Adaptive speed control and many more features

The latest engine has also been developed based on feedback Honda received about the previous Civic iterations. According to the chief power train engineer for the 2016 Civic, Mr. Yuji Matsumochi, on the whole the impression of the latest sedan is that it has been created based on fan feedback on previous model.

The engineer reported that the engine was highly efficient but unfortunately people were not rating it much. People were commonly heard questioning where its Honda-like characteristics were or where the Honda DNA was. In a nutshell, it was too bland.

The upcoming turbocharged option will be announced on October 19 along with showrooms getting selections in the month of November.

The 10th generation Civic Si is a little ‘edgier’ than the 2017 Acura ILX and the 2016 Civic Si will most probably ‘out horsepower’ the current generation ILX; Acura possesses some tricks up its engineering sleeves.

When launched sometime in the winter of 2015, the all new turbocharged Civic Si will be a ball-buster but, honestly, the buyers looking for the Acura name rarely drop on over to the Honda lot in order to purchase a Honda truck or car.

The 2016 Civic Si does not have the Acura ILX in its crosshairs.

In a recent story appearing in Detroit News, it was revealed that the Honda might be stifling its luxury division sales through producing an all new Civic that encroaches on the Acura ILX refinement as well as performance, perhaps at a much lower price point.

Granted, when we first experienced the 2016 Acura ILX –A- SPEC, we checked the Civic EX-L as well as the Civic Si sedan for a direct comparison, but there was none.

The 2015 Honda Civic has been proven to be a very capable and refined car that features a few of the standard featured active and passive safety features no usually present in the compact car segment.

The Outlook

It is predicted that the 10th generation Honda Civic, although highly refined as compared with the past generations, will not encroach on premium Acura ILX sales to any measurable level.

As the race derived, paddle shift, dual clutch, eight speed, automated manual transmission becomes the performance norm for the Acura as well as other makers, we anticipate the same for the next generation Acura ILX. Manual shifting would be left to the Honda Civic Si enthusiast, just as you would expect.