2016 Honda Civic vs 2015 Honda Civic

2016 Honda Civic 2015 Honda Civic

Honda Press Release Highlights

The creation of this new 10th-generation Civic represents one of the most comprehensive and ambitious new-model developments ever undertaken by Honda. In seeking to realize a "dynamic rejuvenation" of Civic and create a new interpretation "in a league of its own," as the development team defined its mission, Honda engineers set out early during platform development to benchmark the world's best C-segment vehicles including luxury compact class vehicles. Achieving these lofty aims while meeting requirements for an affordable compact car, in terms of cost, fuel efficiency and manufacturability, stretched the limits of the global Civic team's engineering capability and demanded new thinking and new approaches to body construction, vehicle aerodynamics, powertrain and chassis design. The result of these efforts is a completely reimagined and reinvented new Civic, the sportiest Civic ever, and a new benchmark in the compact class in terms of spaciousness, fuel efficiency, safety features, interior quality and dynamic performance.

Virtually everything about the 2016 Civic Sedan is new – an all-new vehicle architecture, sporty and sophisticated new interior and exterior styling, a more spacious and high-quality cabin, two advanced new engines, and a host of new premium features and technologies.

The taut and tidy overall proportions of the new Civic Sedan are complimented and accentuated by its design details, including its sleek, swept-back bodylines, its sharp and aggressive face, and its bulging wheel arches. The hood features sharply defined character lines that draw the eye forward and down to the Civic's aggressive new face, highlighted by a chrome-plated Honda "wing" that runs the full width of the front fascia and is flanked by available new LED headlights in an in-line configuration.

The new Civic's ultra-thin A-pillars lend the cabin an open, airy feeling with excellent forward visibility, while the aggressively sloped roof line connects seamlessly with gracefully arching C-pillars that carry the curvature of the roof rearward to the outside rear corners of the long deck, where they intersect with distinctive C-shaped "light-pipe" LED taillights.

The sharply creased and curving upper-body side line swells over the rear wheel arches and curves aggressively inward to join the upper bend of the distinctive LED taillights, while the upswept lower-body side line is bisected by the bulging rear wheel arches before bending inward to meet up with the rear bumper's upper surface. The overall effect is one of dynamism and premium quality with an unmistakable and yet thoroughly modern Civic design aesthetic.

Major new technologies, features and capabilities of the 2016 Civic Sedan, depending on trim, are as follows:
• Powering the 2016 Civic Sedan are two all-new engines, both designed to provide highly refined, responsive and fuel-efficient performance. Civic Sedans in LX and EX trim are powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC, 16-valve, port-injected, inline 4-cylinder engine with i-VTEC™ valvetrain producing a peak 158 hp at 6,500 rpm and 138 lb-ft. of torque at 4,200 rpm, making it the most powerful base engine ever offered in Civic. The new 2.0-liter engine is mated to a sporty continuously variable transmission (CVT) with Honda G-Design shift control, or a quick-shifting 6-speed manual transmission.
• Civic Sedans in EX-T, EX-L and Touring trim are powered by an all-new turbocharged 1.5-liter DOHC, direct-injected and inline 4-cylinder engine with variable cam timing (VTC) and electronic waste gate, turning out 174 hp at 5,500 rpm and peak torque of 162 lb-ft. from 1,800 to 5,500 rpm. The 1.5-liter turbo engine is mated to a new CVT that combines with the low-inertia turbo, VTC and electronic waste gate to optimize power delivery across the engine's full operating range.
• Both engines feature a wide array of friction-reduction design and engineering features that support both high performance and high fuel efficiency. These two ultra-efficient engines, married to the 2016 Civic's light, rigid and highly aerodynamic body, help the Civic garner anticipated class-leading EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 31/41/35 mpg (city/highway/combined)1 for the 2.0-liter engine with CVT and 31/42/35 mpg1 for the 1.5-liter turbo with CVT.
• The 2016 Civic Sedan's new powertrains and sophisticated chassis design are underpinned by its entirely new body construction, where engineers went deeper in the study of dynamic body rigidity to realize an ultra-rigid platform architecture that serves as the foundation for its more sophisticated chassis design, its class-leading collision performance, and its powerful and fuel-efficient powertrains.
• Ultra-rigid body with 59-percent application of high-strength steel and 14-percent application of ultra-high-strength steel (up from 55 percent and 1 percent, respectively, in the previous model) – the most extensive use of high-tensile steel ever in a Civic
• 68-pound reduction in unibody weight versus the previous Civic Sedan, despite its larger size and greater stiffness
• ACE™ body structure with new crash stroke design (Honda and Civic first) for improved collision performance in a sportier, more compact front frame design
• Ultra-high-strength steel B-pillars and rear frame rails with selectively-tempered "soft zones" for reduced weight and enhanced collision performance (Civic first)
• Ultra-rigid 590-mpa high-strength-steel floor for enhanced collision performance and improved ride quality (Civic first)
• Most tightly sealed Civic body ever, with a 58 percent improvement in air leak performance over the previous model
• Premium noise isolation materials and design features that combine with the tightly sealed body for cabin quietness that challenges luxury-class compact-segment products
• Building on the foundation of its ultra-rigid and lightweight body structure, the 2016 Civic Sedan utilizes the most sophisticated chassis design in the history of Civic. Its fully independent suspension includes an all-new multi-link rear design that rigidly mounted to the rear subframe for a high degree of lateral stability.
• Front and rear hydraulic compliance bushings, a feature typically reserved for larger or more expense vehicles, are also utilized for the first time on Civic, improving ride compliance and reducing road vibrations without compromising sporty handling feel. The new Civic Sedan also applies bonded front and rear stabilizer bushings for smoother and more progressive anti-roll behavior. And Civic's new dual-pinion electric power steering with variable gear ratio, both Civic firsts, provides for more precise steering control and steering feel—with only 2.2 turns lock-to-lock (vs. 3.1 turns on the previous model) for greatly improved low-speed maneuverability.
• The new Civic Sedan's 25mm (0.98 inch) wider track and 20mm (0.78 inch) wider tire tread, compared to previous Civic Sedan, aid flat handling and lateral grip, while its 30mm (1.18 inch) longer wheelbase improved ride quality on undulating or rough road surfaces. The Civic also applies Agile Handling Assist for the first time, using the VSA4 system to apply the brake of the front inside wheel at the entry to a corner, improving cornering attitude, stability and precision.
• Key Elements of Civic Chassis Design:
    o Dual pinion electric power steering (Civic first)
    o Variable gear ratio steering (Civic first)
    o Multi-link independent rear suspension (Civic first)
    o Electronic parking brake (Civic and segment first)
    o Agile Handling Assist (Civic First)
    o Wider track (+1.9 inch front, +1.6 inch rear)
    o Wider tire tread (+0.78 inch – LX)
    o Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH)
• Engineers for the new Civic adopted premium noise-isolating materials and design features to achieve a new level of cabin quietness in the Civic class. This includes the adoption of new methods to measure and reduce air leaks in the Civic body that, based on Honda's internal test data, is the most tightly sealed body in the competitive class. Full body air leaks have been reduced 58 percent compared to the previous Civic.
• The new Civic's sleeker body design combines with aerodynamic features, including nearly full underbody covering, front and rear wheel strakes, optimized rear exhaust silencers and a highly aero-efficient engine compartment, to create the most aerodynamically efficient body in the Civic class. The 2016 Civic Sedan's Cd*A – the combination of coefficient of drag (Cd) and frontal area (A) – is improved by 12 percent over the outgoing Civic to best-in-class levels, based on Honda internal test data. The Civic aero design was optimized using a combination of advanced CFD (computation fluid dynamics), and wind tunnel testing of highly detailed 25- and 40-percent scale models and a 1:1 full-scale model.
• 97.8 cubic-feet of passenger volume (+3.2 cubic feet vs. previous Civic Sedan) – the most spacious cabin in the compact class
• New ultra-thin A-pillars for enhanced forward visibility
• Premium, soft touch cabin materials exceeding current class standards
• Display Audio touchscreen with Android Auto2 and Apple CarPlay®3 compatibility (Civic first)
• New tilting driver's seat cushion for improved thigh support
• Premium comfort and convenience features including Remote Engine start, Smart Entry with Push Button Start, electronic parking brake, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated rear seats and rain-sensing wipers
• Honda's vehicle packaging expertise, along with the Civic's longer wheelbase and wider body, results in the most spacious interior in the competitive class. With 97.8 cubic feet of interior passenger space, the 2016 Civic Sedan delivers top-of-class comfort by giving its occupants a sense of spaciousness and premium comfort beyond the compact class with ample headroom, legroom, shoulder clearance and side head clearance.
• A class leading 84.3 degrees of forward visibility is aided by a new, ultra-thin A-pillar design, 18.2 mm (0.72 inch) narrower than the A-pillar in the outgoing 2015 Civic. Even the forward visibility of rear-seat occupants is taken into account, as the new Civic features newly shaped front seatbacks and a smaller head restraint.
• More legroom for the driver is made possible by the reduced intrusion of the instrument panel into the driver's knee space, while rear-seat foot room is improved by a 27 mm (1.1 inches) wider space between the front seat rails. Trunk room has also been significantly increased, by 2.6 cubic-feet to 15.1 cubic-feet, among the largest in the Civic class, with a lower lift over height, larger rear opening, and wider and taller cargo area than the outgoing model. An all-new reconfigurable center console, with up to 7.2 liters of storage space, can hold multiple full-size iPads or an oversized water bottle, with the console lid closed.
• The new Civic is designed to be the most comfortable, convenient and connected Civic ever. In addition to its more spacious interior, the 2016 Civic sedan incorporates new, available premium comfort and convenience features – all Civic firsts – as follows:
    o Remote Engine start
    o Electronic parking brake
    o Walk Away Door Locking
    o Dual-zone automatic climate control
    o Adjustable driver's-seat thigh support with 14 degrees of tilt
    o Heated front seat backs
    o Heated rear seat cushions
    o Rain-sensing wipers
    o Display Audio with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto
• Raising intuitive operation and digital connectivity to the next level, the 2016 Civic Sedan in EX and above trims incorporates a new 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen that serves as the nerve center for control of audio, HVAC and other functions. The new Display Audio is integrated with new Apple CarPlay®3 and Android Auto2 platforms, providing seamless integration of smartphone features and functions, including app-based navigation, streaming audio, voice-controlled search capabilities, and access to a host of Apple- or Google-approved smartphone apps.
• The 2016 Civic Sedan is designed to provide a high level of collision performance in a wide variety of collision scenarios, including offset and oblique-angle frontal collisions, side and rear impacts. The Civic's safety performance starts with its class-leading forward visibility and precise, stable and predictable steering, handling and braking performance. Standard four-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) 4 with traction control and Agile Handling Assist further enhance dynamic stability and emergency maneuvering and braking performance.
• Honda Sensing™ safety and driver-assistive technologies
• Next-generation ACE™ body structure
• New crash stroke front frame design
• Ultra-rigid 590-mpa high-strength steel floor for enhanced collision performance
• Targeted highest-available collision performance safety ratings – a 5 star Overall Vehicle Score in the NHTSA's NCAP and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the IIHS (Civic first)
• The 2016 Civic utilizes its advanced body structure – including its s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Body Structure (ACE), new crash stroke technology, 590mpa high-strength steel floor, and tailor-tempered ultra-high strengths B-pillar and rear frame rails (see the Body section) – to provide a high degree of occupant protection while minimizing weight and aiding fuel efficiency.
• Engineers were challenged not only to create a body that supported their goals for dynamic performance, but also for top-in-class collision performance. The adoption of a more compact front end and shorter front overhang proved to be an exceptional challenge to achieving their goals, effectively shortening the front frame's crash stroke (the area available to absorb and redirect frontal collision energy). To overcome this challenge and maintain the sporty proportions of the new Civic, engineers developed a new crash stroke design for the lower front frame rails. The strategic shaping of the frame rail creates a mechanical hinge effect that directs the engine downward in a frontal impact, effectively increasing the front "crash stroke" by 80 mm (3.0 inches).
• The Civic utilizes advanced front, side and side curtain airbag technology, including a driver's front airbag with new spiral stitching for an improved deployment profile; SmartVent® technology for the driver and front passenger side airbags; and a new front passenger airbag with safety vent technology that can mitigate the possibility of injury from airbag deployment when the passenger is "out of position." These systems work in conjunction with the advanced body structure and optimally tuned interior components to help mitigate injuries in a collision.
• Utilizing these design features and safety technologies, the 2016 Civic Sedan targets the highest available crash protection ratings – a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score in the NHTSA's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), with top ratings in all test modes; and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with a score of GOOD in all test modes.
• Available Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive technology can further reduce the potential for a collision and mitigate the consequences, alerting the driver and taking emergency action when a collision is determined to be imminent. Honda Sensing™ uses both millimeter wave radar and a monocular camera to sense and respond to detected road hazards and is available on all models and trims. The Civic Honda Sensing technology suite includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow for the first time in a Honda vehicle. Honda Sensing features are as follows:
    o Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
    o Lane Departure Warning (LDW) integrated with RDM
    o Forward Collision Warning (FCW) integrated with CMBS
    o Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow
    o Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS)
    o Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
    o All Civics also come equipped with a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and Expanded View Driver's Mirror.

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2015 Honda Civic

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