Skip to main content

Honda’s 2016 Civic Sedan spied out in the open

2016 Honda Civic Sedan
CivicX
Honda is hosting a big event next week to reveal the all-new 2016 Civic Sedan, but a keen-eyed photographer in Ann Arbor, Michigan has managed to spot the car in the open ahead of time.

Originally posted on CivicX, the photos show an expectedly toned-down version of the tenth-generation Civic Concept that premiered at the 2015 New York Auto Show, with a sleek, sloping greenhouse and boomerang-style taillights highlighting the silhouette. The photographed four-door appears to be the range-topping Touring variant as well, which means the wheels, chrome trim pieces, and LED headlights are likely unique to this particular version.

Even in unflattering light and a fairly dull color, the new car looks more distinguished, upscale, and unique than those that came before it. In fact, it’s probably the best-looking Civic of the last 15 years, one that will hopefully inject some much-needed sportiness into the model range. This is just the sedan after all, so we expect the coupe — which will be unveiled in winter — as well as the hatchback and performance variants, to look even better.

Underneath the sedan’s fresh face is a new global platform that will underpin every tenth-generation Civic made. In North America, power will be sourced from an all-new 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo engine that will bolt up to either a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT. Specific output for the Civic hasn’t been revealed yet, but the 1.5-liter powerplant in Honda’s Step WGN minivan makes 147 horsepower and 149 pound-feet of torque, so we expect similar numbers here. Other powertrains could be announced during the vehicle’s official reveal on September 16, so stay tuned for more details.

As for whoever left this supposedly well-guarded Civic out on a public street in broad daylight, you might want to try the garage next time.

Editors' Recommendations

Andrew Hard
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Andrew first started writing in middle school and hasn't put the pen down since. Whether it's technology, music, sports, or…
Tesla Autopilot vs. full self-driving: What’s the difference?
A Telsa Model 3 drives along a road.

It's no longer the only company with self-driving cars on the road, but Tesla was one of the first brands to make this innovative functionality available to the public. Thanks to an array of cameras, sensors, and AI technology, most Telsa vehicles are capable of driving themselves to some degree. However, this doesn't mean drivers can take a nap behind the wheel. In fact, none can be used without driver supervision -- and there are some serious limitations to the tech.

Tesla currently offers features known as Tesla Autopilot and Full Self-Driving. But what's the difference between the two? And is one more reliable than the other? Here's everything you need to know about Tesla's Autopilot and Full Self-Driving technology.
Tesla Autopilot

Read more
2025 Chevrolet Bolt: rumored price, release date, design, and more
A Chevy Volt parked on the beach.

It looks like the Bolt isn't dead after all. Only a few months after Chevrolet announced that it would be killing the Bolt EV, the company reversed course and said that the Bolt will live on. And, finally, we have a few more details about what will likely remain one of the cheapest EVs in its next iteration.

That's not to say it'll ever be the same again, though. On the contrary, Chevrolet says that it'll be releasing a new-and-improved second generation of the Bolt that'll be built on General Motors' Ultium platform. In other words, it might end up being a whole lot better than the already great-value current-generation Bolt -- which will be super helpful in helping make for higher-quality cheap EVs.

Read more
The 4 best pressure washers for cars in 2024
A man washes his truck with the Westinghouse ePX3100v Electric Pressure Washer.

Whether you do your driving with an off-road vehicle, one of the most impressive EVs on the road, or anything in between, the driving experience can be made all the better by knowing you look good doing so. Keeping your vehicle clean isn’t always the easiest chore, nor is it something everyone likes to do. You can make shorter work of it with a pressure washer, and with warmer weather around the corner we decided to round up the best pressure washers for cars in 2024.
The best pressure washers for cars in 2024

Buy the

Read more