2018 Honda Civic Sedan Type R 6MT

Summary

Fuel Economy

L/100 km

Highway

8.3

City

10.6

Vehicle Dimensions

mm

4557
1434
2700

2018 Honda Civic Sedan Type R 6MT

Fuel City 10.6 L/100 km
Fuel Highway 8.3 L/100 km
Transmission Transmission: 6-speed manual ; incl. shifter on floor
Max Power Power: 306 hp @ 6,500 rpm; 295 ft lb of torque @ 2,500 rpm
Body Type Hatchback
Number of Doors 5
Engine 2.0 L
Drive Wheels Front Wheel Drive

Features

Exterior

Trunk/hatch spoiler Doors: driver, rear driver, passenger and rear passenger : front hinged
Windshield wipers with automatic intermittent wipe Power glass sunroof ; includes tilting function, sliding function, sunshade and one-touch opening
Front fog lights Driver and passenger door mirror: heated, body colour, power adjustable with indicator lights
Pearl paint Antenna
Spare wheel: spacesaver with steel rim

Interior

Rear seat centre armrest Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror
12 speakers subwoofer Tachometer
Front power windows with 2 express, rear power windows Fuel consumption(L/100km) : city= 10.6 ; highway= 8.3 ; combined= 9.6 ;
Leather multi-function steering wheel ; includes height adjustment and telescopic adjustment 1 12V in front
Floor mats Passenger seat secondary ventilation controls
Compass Audio Connectivity: USB front and HDMI connection front
Remote audio controls: steering wheel mounted Tinted glass
Rear seats: split-folding bench with seating for two Seat upholstery: upgraded cloth
Audio system with AM/FM radio, digital radio, satellite radio, CD player (reads MP3 format), touch screen and colour screen Vehicle speed proportional power steering electric with variable rack
Full floor console with covered storage Front driver seat : heated, sports ; details: manual height, front passenger seat : heated, sports
Main dashboard display Rear view mirror
Air conditioning with automatic control, dual-zone Seating: 4 passengers
HDD navigation system: 3D and voice info with traffic info ; includes 7.0-in. colour screen Front seat centre armrest
Front reading lights Trip computer: includes avg speed, avg fuel econ, current fuel econ and fuel range
Cruise control Entertainment display screen located in front 7.0
Luxury trim: alloy/leather on shifter, alloy look on doors, carbon fiber look on dashboard and alloy or alloy look Cupholders in front row and rear seats
Rear window with defroster and intermittent wiper Cargo area light
Cargo area cover External temperature
Floor covering: none Ventilation system with cabin filter

Mechanical

Front mechanical limited slip differential Hill holder
Remote control trunk/hatch release Emissions data: CO2: 4,416 kg/yr
Fuel system: gasoline direct injection 4.760:1 axle ratio
Electronic traction control Powertrain type : combustion
Turbocharged Fuel: premium unleaded ( 91 octane)
Electronic hand brake Vehicle start button
Front-wheel drive Transmission: 6-speed manual ; incl. shifter on floor

Safety

Intelligent driver and passenger front airbag Front and rear bumpers
Rear seat belts for driver and passenger Card key power locks ; automatic locking
Headlight control with dusk sensor Electronic brake distribution
ABS Daytime running lights
Proximity Key smart key: ; includes keyless entry and keyless start Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) stability control
Parking assistance: guidance display for rear parking Front side airbags
Multi-Angle Rear View Camera rear camera parking distance sensors Height adjustable front seat belts with pre-tensioners for driver and passenger
Headlights: LED with projector beam lens LED 4 disc brakes (2 ventilated)
Front to rear curtain airbags Anti-theft protection
Brake assist system LaneWatch blind spot monitor
2 height adjustable head restraints for front seats and rear seats

Specifications

Power: 306 hp @ 6,500 rpm; 295 ft lb of torque @ 2,500 rpm Front and rear alloy wheels: 20"x
Engine: 2.0L in-line four-cylinder VTEC® with VVT Cargo capacity(in litres): rear seat down: 1,308 and all seats in place: 728
Internal dimensions: front headroom (mm): 998, rear headroom (mm): 951, front hip room (mm): 1,364, rear hip room (mm): 1,240, front leg room (mm): 1,074, rear leg room (mm): 913, front shoulder room (mm): 1,446, rear shoulder room (mm): 1,398 and interior volume (litres): 2,747 Weights: published curb weight (kg): 1,415 and Manufacturer’s own
Fuel tank: 47 litre capacity External dimensions: overall length (mm): 4,557, overall height (mm): 1,434, wheelbase (mm): 2,700, front track (mm): 1,599, rear track (mm): 1,593 and curb to curb turning circle (mm): 11,600

Suspension

Independent front strut suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs, independent rear multi-link suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs Sport suspension

Tires

Front and rear performance tires 245/30/Y

Miscellaneous

HondaLink Assist telematics system Via own phone Warranty powertrain - Total: 60 months/ 100,000 km
HandsFreeLink voice activating system; includes radio, phone and naviagtion system Charges: Air Conditioning Tax $ 100.00
Roadside assistance warranty: 36 months/ Unlimited km Bluetooth ; includes phone connection and includes music streaming
Warranty whole vehicle - Total: 36 months/ 60,000 km Anti-corrosion warranty: 60 months/ Unlimited km
Delivery/freight charge: $ 1,595.00

Road Test & Review

2016 Honda Civic Sedan EX Road Test Review

Get ready to see a lot of these sleek, multi-angled new four-door models on Canadian roads soon. Some folks may need to do
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a double take in order to catch the chromed nameplate on this car’s backside, however, and I’m guessing there’ll be a lot of slack-jawed looks of puzzled amazement when people start to realize that this ultra-modern compact is actually a regular old Honda Civic.

Of course there’s nothing remotely regular or old about it, other than the household nameplate and company behind it. The Civic has grown to legend status since it debuted in Canada in the early ‘70s, having been our country’s bestselling car for the last 17 years straight. The numbers are staggering actually. Last year Honda Canada sold 66,057 Civics, which was its best year since 2008 when it delivered 72,463, the model’s best Canadian sales ever. And today? Calendar year 2015 isn’t even over but we already know the Civic will be Canada’s top
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selling car once again, and if it has a particularly good December it might even eclipse that previous record for its best year yet. Wouldn’t that be a good way for Honda Canada to ring in the New Year?

Why does Honda outsell Civic competitors year after year? I’d say it comes down to delivering a product that’s been so consistently good year after year and decade after decade that its maker didn’t need to rename it multiple times in order to cause buyers to forget past mistakes. The Civic has long served its owners well and by so doing built such a solid reputation that both old and new compact buyers have little reason to look elsewhere.

The
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Civic is produced globally, although the two plants that serve North America are in Greensburg, Indiana and Alliston, Ontario, the latter chosen as the first assembly plant to produce the all-new Civic worldwide, with production starting back on October 20th. Additionally, the Canadian team was responsible for developing all of the model’s build processes and the tooling to be used in Civic plants globally. Honda’s Alliston plant is a big export facility too, with most of the Civics built heading south of the 49th; just 1.89 million units sold in Canada of the 4.5 million Civics produced there since it opened in 1988. Still, that’s a big number considering our comparatively small population. We do love our Civics.

I’ve got a feeling Canadians will fall head over heals for this new one too, even those
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who are at first overwhelmed by its radical design. Honda calls this 10th generation Civic “the most ambitious remake of the model in its 43-year history.” I have to agree, especially when compared to the underwhelming 2012 model that was such a disappointment it required a thorough update just one year later. Honda responded quickly, however, proving its corporate intelligence and capability to reinvent on the fly, and after learning an important lesson is now teaching the rest of its compact competitors just how to execute a complete redesign.

On that note the word “redesign” somehow doesn’t do it justice, being that every aspect of the 2016 Civic has been completely rethought. Back to the drawing board is a more appropriate expression, the new car completely different than its predecessor
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and ultimately unique in its category, its interior design and execution raising the bar within its class, its technology some of the segment’s most advanced, and its powertrains not only ahead of most of its compact rivals, but all-new for Honda as well. Somebody high up in Honda must have asked the question, “What would we do if we were allowed to create an entirely new compact car?” and after the answers were compiled they were actually allowed to build it.

Sometimes I leave my thoughts about styling alone because you either like a car or you don’t, so why should I try to influence you either way? Yet with the new Civic I feel compelled to comment, because it’s such a complete departure from anything Honda has done in the past. First off, I like it. Where the Civic has long been
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a staid and conservative four-door sedan that appeals to those who appreciate quality, economy, dependability, comfort and performance, the 2016 model continues to maintain these core principles yet has embraced a new sense of style that, if it were from a brand with less credibility, might cause people to think it’s become frivolously ambivalent to such previous sensibilities. The new Civic is all sharp creases, vertexes and angles combined in a thoroughly unorthodox shape. It starts with a bold, brash slab of chrome trim striking through two narrow grille slits before extending up and over each headlight assembly to the far corner of the front fenders.

The headlamps are wonderfully complex projectors wrapped around each side by narrow LEDs, while a sporty front spoiler just below is all sharp cuts and angles, not
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unlike that on a BMW M3. Honda trims out the top of each side window surround with chrome, the bottom done in matte black like the pillars. There were no side mirror turn signals in my mid-grade EX trimmed tester, but the mirrors’ pillars and caps are nicely designed just the same. The rear glass is so large and gently raked that it makes the car look like a fastback, or dare I say four-door coupe, while its tail is so sharply cut off that it’s as if the new Civic was designed for success in Touring Car racing. There’s really nothing like the new Civic on the road today. It makes everything else look old. This may alienate some of Honda’s more conservative buyers, but I’ve got a feeling most won’t go anywhere else. Even those who prefer not attracting attention will reluctantly become stylish out of default, or maybe they won’t even notice how cool they are.

They
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may notice the high quality of switchgear inside, however, the various buttons, knobs and toggles so tightly fit with absolutely zero sloppy wiggle, the damping so nice, and the quality of plastics used so good that they make a variety of premium cars seem shoddy by comparison. The best of the best is on the steering wheel, a touch-sensitive audio volume slider that curves to follow the left thumb’s natural rotation. It worked perfectly throughout my test week, which can’t be said for most that I’ve tried, while the surrounding multi-infotainment toggle and phone/voice activation buttons are second to none, as are the group of adaptive cruise control buttons on the right spoke.

I’m glad Honda finally dispensed with the two-tier primary gauge design, if only because it was time for a change. The new design won’t leave anyone feeling like they’re missing anything however, especially digital fans as there isn’t a single analog
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element included in this upgraded version at least, while they’re beautifully detailed with fine light blue and bright white illumination. The centre dial is more of a combination TFT multi-information display set within a large semicircular tachometer, speed displayed in a large digital readout. When something important needs to be displayed it flashes across the tachometer and speedometer, giving a warning or some other type of critical info. It’s an active design that’s totally functional and state-of-the-art. Two ancillary gauges are set to each side, the left for engine temperature and right a fuel gauge, both mirroring the shape of the touch sensitive steering wheel audio volume slider I mentioned a moment ago, but done out in the same bright blue as the tachometer.

This is all very nice, but the most artful bit of Civic interior design is the tablet style
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infotainment panel that appears to float about an inch above the instrument panel as it juts up out of the centre stack, beautiful textured metal-look trim underneath, while the dual-zone auto HVAC panel below is a lesson in minimalist simplicity and just plain good design. A very smart addition is a large rectangular button at centre that shows a fan image before reading “CLIMATE” that when pushed changes the infotainment screen to a simple set of HVAC graphics. Seat heater controls just below offer three-way temperature settings for both front passengers, the hottest position nice and toasty in the lumbar area for soothing relief from back pain.

Overall the dash design is very appealing, the layout conventional but the overall appearance new and contemporary. I mentioned the textured metal trim, which spans the entire instrument panel from just left of the primary instruments to the right side of those gauges where it continues below the infotainment display and over
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to the right side vent. A padded leather-look section under that strip of metal inlay circles around the vents before covering the entire dash top with soft-touch synthetic, the same treatment also flowing rearward overtop the door uppers. The remaining upper door panels are finished in a similar woven black cloth to the seat material, as are the armrests, those seats enhanced further with grey contrast stitching and a sporty grey and black stripe down the middle. There’s plenty of satin silver metallic trim throughout the rest of the cabin that lends to the car’s upscale ambiance, some of it surrounding the lower console that’s elegantly laid out with a substantive shifter down the centre, a Brake Hold button and electromechanical parking brake toggle to the left and much more integrated new Econ
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button (yes the big green blob is gone) to the right, although more important to its overall livability are its myriad conveniences.

Of course these include the usual lighted vanity mirrors, map lights, glove box, lidded centre console/armrest, door pockets, etcetera, but something I found very handy was a floating centre console design with a rubberized compartment for dual smartphones along with USB and 12-volt chargers, plus another rubberized space ahead of the gear lever just above that comes complete with a hole that allows charging cords to connect through to the outlets below.

Those front seats just mentioned were extremely comfortable for my five-foot-eight medium-build frame with good adjustment including height-adjustable shoulder belts for better fit around the neck, while rear seating is much more accommodating than the previous Civic, with more legroom than anything I can
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remember in this class, plus adequate headroom. There was about three inches remaining above my head, which should mean that a person of about six-foot-two should be able to sit in back without butting head against the roof. I had plenty of room from side to side as well, while the seatback offered decent lumbar support and a centre armrest allowed a place to put my drink and rest my elbow.

The trunk has a large opening, but it’s a rather flat vertical area so I expect some large awkwardly shaped items might be challenging to fit through. It’s a big space, mind you, measuring 428 litres (15.1 cubic feet), which is 75 litres (2.6 cubic feet) larger than last year’s trunk, while optional 60/40 split seatbacks add to its versatility.

My
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mid-grade EX model, priced at $22,590 plus freight and dealer fees, which is $6,600 more than the $15,990 base Civic DX, includes a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT), 16-inch alloys on the same 215/55R16 all-seasons as the base model, remote start, proximity-sensing passive access with pushbutton ignition, walk-away door locks, speed-sensing variable intermittent wipers, illuminated vanity mirrors, passenger-side seatback pocket, dual-zone auto HVAC, a powered moonroof, and my favourite Honda feature, the LaneWatch blind spot video system that uses a rearward facing camera on the passenger-side mirror to project a live feed of the blind spot when activating the right turn signal.

My tester included some additional convenience and active safety upgrades through its $1,000 Honda Sensing package that added adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, road departure
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mitigation, forward collision warning, and collision mitigation braking, all of which are the types of features being used to pilot self-driving cars. For now you can’t get the Civic to drive itself, but some of its mitigation features could certainly prevent an accident and potentially save lives.

Behind the scenes with all Civics are two new standard systems that improve the driving experience. Agile Handling Assist (AHA) is a type of torque vectoring system that adds responsiveness and road holding during daily use driving via the stability assist system (that is normally just used for anti-skid purposes) by applying light unnoticeable braking force to the inside wheels when the steering wheel is rotated and then to the outside wheels when steering is returned. Additionally, standard Straight Driving Assist reduces steering effort when on a sloped or crowned road surface.

I
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honestly didn’t notice these features were going about their business while I was on the road, having stated in my notes that there is “nothing unusual about this Civic over others that have preceded it.” It once again balances a nice comfortable ride with better than average capability through the corners thanks to a fully independent suspension that includes a sophisticated multi-link rear setup plus front and rear stabilizer bars, while the steering is electric-assisted rack-and-pinion with reasonably direct response and fairly good feedback. Push the car hard through tight curves and some expected body lean ensues, but the car holds to its line and exudes a sense of overall confidence. Its ride quality actually feels better than the last Civic I tested, while overall it’s quieter and more refined.

A competent chassis is more critical in this new Civic than it has ever been, because
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its new engine lineup delivers a lot more performance than any previous iteration. My tester featured the base 16-valve, DOHC, i-VTEC-enhanced 2.0-litre four-cylinder capable of 158 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 138 lb-ft of torque at 4,200, although as noted in EX trim the CVT replaces the six-speed manual. Takeoff from standstill is excellent with Sport mode engaged, which improves the transmission’s willingness to keep the engine at higher revs. Normal mode causes the transmission to drop into a higher gear more quickly, hardly letting it rev at all and causing near silent operation, but Sport mode lets all the best sounds out and happily revs this wonderful new engine the way it's designed to.

Of course, the new CVT has a primary mission of minimizing fuel usage and therefore with Eco Assist and the Econ mode button engaged it gets a claimed fuel economy rating of 7.8 L/100km city, 5.8 highway and 6.9 combined, which doesn’t
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quite meet previous Civic Hybrid levels, but it’s better than last year’s 1.8-litre with the CVT. On that note there’s no hybrid for 2016 and none planned, a unique plug-in hybrid said to be in the works. Also, I should mention that the six-speed manual, which is the only transmission available on the base DX and standard on the second-rung LX, is rated at 8.8 L/100km city, 5.9 highway and 7.5 combined.

That base car, which as mentioned can only be had with the manual gearbox, isn’t even close to loaded but it comes fairly well kitted out with projector halogen headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, body-coloured door handles, remote entry, powered windows, tilt and telescopic steering, one-touch turn signals, a six-way adjustable driver’s seat and a four-way front passenger’s seat, a five-inch colour LCD display with a multi-angle reverse camera, Siri Eyes Free,
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a Maintenance Minder, four-speaker 160-watt AM/FM/MP3/WMA audio with HandsFreeLink Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, speed-sensitive volume, and a single USB port, plus the standard list continues with a capless fuel filler, immobilizer and security systems, as well as a full suite of active and passive safety features including four-wheel discs with ABS, electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, hill start assist, vehicle stability assist with traction control, and all the usual airbags.

LX trim makes the CVT available and also adds auto-on/off headlights, body-colour mirror caps, an acoustic windshield, the nice big seven-inch colour TFT multi-information display ahead of the driver that I described in detail, cruise control, heatable front seats, those capacitive touch controls added to the base model's
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illuminated steering wheel switchgear, filtered auto HVAC, a larger infotainment display with HondaLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (the latter works very well, but I no longer own an iPhone to test the former), SMS text message and email functionality, Wi-Fi tethering, dynamic guidelines for the multi-angle rearview camera, four more speakers for the upgraded 180-watt audio system, an additional USB port, HondaLink Assist automatic emergency response, a rear armrest with cupholders, and the 60/40 split rear seatback mentioned earlier. LX trim starts at $18,890 or $20,190 with the CVT, while Honda Sensing can be added for $1,000.

If that’s not enough you can upgrade to $24,990 EX-T trim that gives you a smaller displacement turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder with a bigger 174 horsepower
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punch, not to mention 162 lb-ft of torque and even better 7.6 L/100kmk city, 5.5 highway and 6.7 combined fuel economy. It also provides all of the Honda Sensing equipment standard, plus fog lamps, 17-inch alloys, a rear spoiler, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, or you can go whole hog with $26,990 top-line Touring trim that gets full low and high beam LED headlights, LED front turn signals, LED turn signals on the side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, wireless charging, leather upholstery, an eight-way powered driver’s seat and four-way powered front passenger’s seat, heatable rear outboard seats, navigation, voice recognition, and a 450-watt 10-speaker audio upgrade with the addition of satellite and HD radio plus a subwoofer.

I must admit I’m looking forward to testing that very car, but overall I was thoroughly impressed by the Civic EX with Honda Sensing features. But no matter the model, the Civic is a game changer in every respect of the term. It’s all about risk. Where its competitors are playing it safe, the Civic breaks totally new ground despite being the clear segment leader. That’s why I love it, and that’s why Honda gets my respect.

* Disclaimer: Pricing is subject to change without notice, installed options may also vary by dealer. Price is plus applicable taxes. See dealership for final pricing and availability.