There used to be multiple shapes of the Honda Civic, from that of a wagon to the stubby CRX. However, consumer taste has had a paradigm shift or rather a funneling effect that has made Honda paint their Civic to the Sedan and coupe. The Swindon, England production plant of Honda is given the responsibility of manufacturing Civic hatchbacks for America. The new Civic hatchback is supposed to be more male-oriented and an amalgamation of the coupe and sedan. There is an additional $500 premium on the hatchback compared to the Sedan and the compact segment is being utilized to add to the incremental volume. Honda is expecting to capture the hunchback market of America with sales forecast to be 40000 to 50000 units per year. This would indeed give a positive bump to the Civic market.
Design and spacing
The design is completely different when compared to the Ford Focus or the Mazda 3, this new Civic is practically a sedan equipped with a garage door at the rear end. The sheet metal used to wrap up the car is similar to that of the sedan, inside the car; the design is reinforced around a hatch hole to maintain rigidity. The overall width of the hatchback is 4.3 inches shorter than that of the sedan wheel the wheelbase and the total width is identical to the sedan. The faux duct alongside the exterior trim has a Goth black paint to differentiate it with the sedan. This makes the car look more like a robot than a car. The Civic hatch comes in two levels, with the LX and EX on one side, the sport along with the sport-touring completes the other level. The sport and the sports tour have recognizable differences with faux carbon trim and aluminum pedals. They are also presented with leather wraps and the gauges can be illuminated in red.
Engine and performance
The engine used in all of the Civic hatchbacks is a four-cylinder 1.5-litre direct-injected engine. However, there is a difference of 6 hp in the normal models and the sport models. The normal ones have 174 hp while the sport has a 180 hp transmission. Honda is still punishing people for wanting a manual gearbox as it makes a 6-speed manual gearbox available for only the base LX and sports model, restricting access to the premium end models. The 1.5-litre engine makes for a strong torque of 177 lb-ft a significant uplift from the 162 lb-ft torque, of the sedan. The intake pressure that was pressured to a level of 16.5 psi has been smoothed over quite efficiently and the requisite lag because of the pressure has therefore been reduced. The wheels are the same as that of the sedan albeit there are larger wheels available for the sport and sport-touring edition as they are equipped with the 235/40 Continental ContiproContact tires.
The base prices for the LX model are $ 20,535 while that of the EX is $ 26,135, report and the sport touring price tags are $ 22135 and $ 29,000 respectively. Therefore it is evident why Honda beats Subaru in terms of sales. Although Subaru’s hatchbacks are more than good for snowy, rough terrain, it still does nothing to justify the $36,000 price tag compared to the $ 5000 lesser much more sporty Honda Civic Sports Tour hatchback.
Honda Civic with its manual shifting mode gear that is continuously variable automatic does much better in performance as it can pull off a 0 to 60 mph in 6.2 to 6.9 second. This is way better than the sloppy 7.5 to 8 seconds of the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback. In terms of price, its base models are priced at $20, 00 compared to the Chevrolet $22,115 Cruze LT with a laggy performance. The Honda Civic is by far one of the best hatchbacks, second perhaps only to Volkswagen Golf.