2016 Honda Civic Coupe first drive: Sacrifice for style
The Civic Coupe is a car-culture meme, chastised for "Fast and Furious"-influence owners who slap a 4-inch exhaust tip and a set of eBay coilovers on their “sick Civic” before hitting the local hardware store for a supply of flat-black spray bombs.
Honda took an accidental step away from that image with its previous generation of bouncy and bloated Civics. How exactly? Well, they were no fun to drive, even for the tuner crowd.
This Civic, on the other hand, is. The team at Honda went to great lengths to make this newest Civic fun again. That holds true for the coupe too, which Honda nipped and tucked, shortening the overall length by a few inches, lowering the top profile by nearly an inch and massaging the quarter panels to look more aggressive.
While that sounds fine on paper, the low roof causes even more trouble for taller passenger than it did in the sedan. A tall person can slouch to fit uncomfortably in the back seat of the sedan. However, in the coupe, you would be best off resting awkwardly across the back seat.
The instrumentation will be familiar to those who have been inside the latest sedan -- the analog gauge clusters are the same, as are the slick digital units. And, along with an accessory catalog of wheels, spoilers and other extras, the coupe will have some youthful colors such as the electric green we saw on the concept last year.