LOS ANGELES — When I drove the all-new 10th generation Civic sedan last month, the car showed the work Honda put into it with tight, sharp handling and an efficient, 1.5-liter turbocharged engine. Little of that seems to have changed with the new Civic Coupe, unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
At a press event before the show, Honda designer Guy Melville-Brown pointed out that, while the front of the Civic sedan and coupe are the same, everything after the A-pillars (the frame that supports the windshield) has been revised. The coupe’s roof sits one inch lower than the sedan’s, and it comes in 5.5-inches shorter overall.
Chopping the rear doors lets the roofline slide down towards the rear of the car, supporting a little spoiler at its end. Likewise, the rear fenders rise up with a bolder look. Longer doors accommodate the need for passengers to squeeze through to the rear seats.
Despite the raked roof, the rear seats look reasonably comfortable, with rear passenger headroom gained by a lower hip point in the cabin.
Drivetrain options come in identical to the sedan’s, which is something of a shame as the six-speed manual transmission is only available at the lowest trim, with the weaker of the two engine options. Like the sedan, the Civic Coupe can be had with a 2-liter four-cylinder engine good for 158 horsepower or the peppier turbocharged 1.5-liter four cylinder, pulling 174 horsepower. The 1.5-liter engine comes with a continuously variable transmission. In the sedan, that transmission worked well, but it won’t be as fun to drive as the manual.
Honda gives the new Civic Coupe its latest navigation system and head unit, also seen in the new Accord, which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Those systems mirror the functionality of a connected smartphone in a manner made safe for driving. Honda makes available its active driver assist features for the new Civic Coupe, just as it does for the sedan.
Pricing has yet to be announced, but the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe will go on sale this winter.
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