2016 Honda Civic vs 2015 Honda Civic – Old vs New
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Complete makeover for the exterior and interior.
Honda has unveiled the tenth generation Honda Civic on September 17, featuring an a new platform, a new design, an extensive equipment list and a new fuel efficient 1.5-liter turbo VTEC engine under the hood.
Here is a pictorial comparison of the 2016 Honda Civic with its predecessor, covering key aspects and new additions.
2016 Honda Civic Exterior
The exterior of the 2016 Honda Civic features an all-new design that is a complete departure from the outgoing model. It features an up-right front end with a bold “Flying H grille” flanked by optional LED headlamps. The lower bumper appears to sit low, and 3-part design with foglamps on either side.
Compared to the outgoing model, the 2016 Civic Sedan measures nearly 2 inches (50 mm) wider and 1 inch lower (25 mm), with a 1.2-inch (30.5 mm) longer wheelbase. Upon first glance, it’s quite clear that the Civic has grown in size, lending a better road presence. For better fuel mileage and less wind noise, aerodynamic efficiency is improved by 12 percent to class-leading levels.
At the side, the 2016 Civic has a roofline that flows smoothly to the boot, and a new C-Pillar design. It will also offer a new range of alloy rim designs. Rounding up the exterior is the sloping rear-end, which comes with LED “boomerang” taillamps, sportier bumper, and a tailgate with sculpted features.
2016 Honda Civic Interior
The 2016 Civic loses the split-dashboard layout for a conventional design. The instrument binnacle now rests on the single dashboard, which houses a large display for the tachometer, digital speedometer, and fuel efficiency data. The design looks much cleaner and reduces the number of displays to just two.
The cabin space has increased by 3.7 cubic feet (104.7 liters) and has 2 inches (50 mm) of extra legroom. The boot volume has also increased by 73.6 liters.
The center console houses a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen with touch sensitive buttons on the side. The new infotainment supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
Button count in the new Civic has been reduced, further contributing to the cleaner look of the interior design. The only knobs and buttons are for the HVAC control and seat heaters, while a large cubbyhole is placed beneath it.
2016 Honda Civic Engines
The entry-level variants of the 2016 Honda Civic will get an updated 2.0-liter, 16-valve i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine which, Honda claims, is the “most powerful base engine ever offered on Civic.” It is paired to a 6-speed manual or an automatic transmission (CVT).
One of the biggest changes for the Honda Civic is an all-new 1.5-liter Turbo VTEC engine paired to a “unique” CVT gearbox, which makes its debut in the U.S. Although Honda haven’t revealed the power figures yet, the JDM-spec Honda Jade RS with the same engine produces 150 PS and 203 Nm of torque.