Honda's new Civic Coupe doles out style and substance for $19,885

Honda has announced pricing for its all-new 2016 Civic Coupe. Though I’d argue there’s a whole lot more car to be had from the previous model year, Honda has only ticked up the compact car’s stating price $760 from the 2015 version’s $19,125.

At $19,885, including $835 in destination fees, the 2016 Civic Coupe LX is $410 more than its four-door sibling and boasts a similarly solid number of standard features. Base spec vehicles come with LED running lights, a 5.0-inch audio system, 16-inch wheels, and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 158 horsepower and 136 pound-feet of torque.

Unique to the two-door is the $21,685 LX-P trim and its CVT transmission, moonroof, keyless entry with push-button ignition, and remote engine starter. To have yourself a slice of turbo, Honda’s EX-T trim retails for $23,135 and features a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder delivering 174 hp and 162 lb-ft. of torque. Also included in the EX-T package is a 7.0-inch infotainment system, automatic climate control, and heated seats. For my money, this trim level is the winner. Honda’s new turbo motor is a treat and its new infotainment system is one of the best in the compact class.

If, however, you want to layer on more goodies, the EX-L variant offers leather upholstery and an auto-dimming rearview mirror for $24,260, or you can go all out with the Touring trim. For $26,960, Honda bundles its Honda Sensing active safety system (a highly sophisticated and intuitive feature set), Garmin navigation, LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and heated mirrors. Both of these top-spec trims are actually cheaper than their sedan counterparts.

In terms of standalone options, there aren’t many, especially since Honda has decided not to offer its Honda Sensing system as an add-on as it does on the coupe. Only the LX is available with Honda’s excellent six-speed manual (for now), but expect both the sedan and coupe to offer a six-speed before year’s end on the EX-T trims.

Honda’s new coupe goes on sale at dealerships nationwide on March 15.

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