With two fewer doors, the Honda Civic Coupe benefits from extra rigidity and extra sex appeal. On base trims, a 2.0-liter inline 4 delivers 158hp, while higher trim levels get a 1.5-liter turbo motor worth 174hp and 162 lb-ft (manual models get 167 lb-ft). All models are front wheel driven and feature a continuously variable transmission, with the exception of LX and EX-T trims that also offer a 6-speed manual. Full LED headlights are available, but exclusively to the Touring trim. The Touring also benefits from forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning.
JDM fan-boys can’t help but start frothing at the mouth whenever a Honda Civic gets mentioned. But for several years the Civic had lost its touch – it wasn’t exceptionally sporty, nor stylish, nor technologically advanced. It was just there, second fiddle to just about every other commuter hatch in its segment. But the tenth generation Civic is different – providing technological advancements in abundance with exceptional handling balanced with impeccable comfort and road manners. The Civic Coupe, well that just adds a dash of sex appeal – after all, who doesn’t love a sporty low slung coupe with turbo JDM power?
In most aspects, the interior of the Civic Coupe largely mirrors its sedan and hatchback siblings. Appointments are all of a high quality with excessive levels of comfort from the supportive seats. The same high resolution touch screen infotainment screen is present, with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities, but it still lacks a physical volume control knob – frustrating.
However where the Coupe differs is the B-pillar back. The long doors are more awkward to get in and out of in cramped spaces, and the rear seats require some contorting to get into. Once there, leg room is more or less similarly generous, but the sloped roofline is problematic for anyone but short adults. The trunk loses 3 cubic feet worth of cargo volume too – now at 12.1 cubes to the sedan’s 15.1. However, turbocharged models get even less – 11.9 cubic feet – due to the centrally mounted tailpipes. Rear passenger room is also marginally decreased.
This is where the 10th generation Civic has made its biggest strides – the coupe in particular. With two fewer doors, the body structure is stiffer than its hatch and sedan siblings – not that either of those was particularly weak. But it gives the coupe an ever so slightly sharper ride; more precise, more connected. The suspension strikes a fine balance between firmness and pliancy – absorbing almost all bumps without any sort of disruption to the comfort within the cabin. Yet there’s minimal body roll to speak of, and there’s always a solid feeling of connection with the road surface for the driver. The steering, electrically power assisted as is now the norm – offers ample weighting, but exceptionally direct responses. However it’s the levels of grip and the refusal to lose shape over mid corner bumps that place the Civic Coupe firmly at the top of this class.
Two engine options are available for the Civic Coupe. The first is an old school 2.0-liter inline 4 with 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque, with combined EPA figures of 34 MPG. But from EX-T trim upwards, a 1.5-liter turbo 4-cylinder offers 174hp and 162 lb-ft of torque with the continuously variable transmission and a 35 MPG economy rating. A manual is available in EX-T trim, which adds a further 5 lb-ft – but on the 2.0-liter LT the manual offers no gains. As it always has been, the Civic Coupe is strictly front wheel driven.
Five trims exist for the Civic Coupe – starting off with the 2.0-liter LX and LX-P specifications. Both are fairly scant on equipment, featuring steel wheels, single zone climate control, and a rear view camera. In addition to a turbocharged engine, EX-T trim get alloy wheels, a sunroof, and heated front seats, with the EX-L getting leather upholstery and power adjustable driver’s seat. The Touring model tops the line-up, with automatic wipers, powered passenger seat, heated rear seats, and a full suite of safety features. These features – namely lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and autonomous emergency braking – earned the Civic Coupe 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick status.
The Honda Civic is back with a bang – the coupe being arguably one of the finest iterations the Civic has ever seen. Style, comfort, and safety all find a place in this complete package – the best of the lot being the top of the line Touring trim.