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2016 Honda Civic Review: Hispanic Motor Press Names Civic as 'Best Compact Sedan'

First Posted: Dec 28, 2015 06:40 AM EST
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2016 is an exciting year for the automotive industry because the all new Honda Civic has arrived.

According to PR Newswire, the all new Civic, along with the Honda Pilot received the Hispanic Motor Press award for "Best Compact Sedan" and "Best SUV," respectively. 

With the all new Civic sedan and couple already available in the country, many were pleased not only in its performance capabilities, but its design cues as well.

Senior Vice President and General Manager for Honda America Jeff Conrad said, "The all-new Civic and Pilot were designed to define their segments with striking styling, industry-leading safety ratings and advanced technology unmatched by competitors."

The 2016 Honda Civic is reportedly been redesigned from the ground up to be its sportiest iteration in its brand history.

In fact, the all-new sedan from the Japanese car maker features dynamic styling and two all-new powertrains that include the first Civic with turbocharged engine.

It also includes some nifty technology like the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, along with the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies.

However, the most powerful Civic may be the Civic Type-R, which will arrive in 2017. In a column by Chris Evans at the Daily Mail, the Type-R was described as the "quintessence of unashamed aggression," due to its non-apologetic design and powerful specifications.

Evans particularly praised its front grille that featured sharp angles and sporty looks. It also includes a "+R" button that when pushed, all dials of the car turn red, adding to its performance oriented looks.

But if fans cannot wait for the Civic Type-R, ArtofGears suggested that those who want a performance-oriented vehicle turn its attention to the Civic Si.

The new Si is speculated to arrive sometime in 2016, and will come with 220 to 230 horsepower and a six-speed manual, as is the tradition for Si trim levels.

The engine of the car will take much of its architecture, parts and inspiration directly to the Type-R's engine. Car pundits made a well-researched estimate and said that that with the rate of the current Civic in production, fans may expect a similar performance for the upcoming Si, albeit refined and slightly more powerful.

To give an idea, the current Si has a 2.0-liter engine that makes 205 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque, compared to its turbocharged-sibling, the Civic EX that has a 1.5 engine and gives 143 horsepower.

As for the estimated pricing, the upcoming Civic Si may be under $25,000.

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