2016 Honda Civic HF Review

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2016 Honda Civic HF Review Here’s a casebook illustration of why substitute technologies for instance hybrids and electrics are having a rough go during the marketplace: conventional automobiles just maintain obtaining improved, too, at times by sharing exactly the same “advances” pioneered by their supposed betters. During the HF trim degree tested right here, Honda features a low-cost/high-mpg Civic interesting to frugal-minded car-shoppers who may otherwise land inside a smaller sized B-segment hatch (including Honda’s personal Match) or even a hybrid. 

2016 Honda Civic HF Review

By scratching off its equipment list hefty hardware which include a glass moonroof, electrical power adjustable heated seats, and climate manage when making several judicious improvements (notably including underbody panels to cut back drag and utilizing low-mass, low-drag aluminum wheels), the HF will get both improved fuel economy as well as a sticker value of only $20,730.

2016 Honda Civic HF Review

That is just about a fixed figure, also. People who’d desire to ladle on possibilities are invited to pick a diverse Civic model, such as the Hybrid, which may be had with add-ons such as navigation as well as a full leather interior. Those solely concerned with their individual carbon footprints are presumably impressed from the Hybrid’s 45-mpg EPA combined rating (up 1 mpg in the 1 we tested a yr ago). We recorded 38 mpg in that one particular, versus 33 in this HF and 28 mpg in an all-the-toys 2014 EX-L using the exact same drivetrain.

The frugal-minded are notorious for in fact doing the math just before they write the very first verify as well as most affordable (no leather, no navigation) Hybrid is $25,425 although an EX-L with nav is just $305 under that. You are able to acquire plenty of gasoline for nearly $5000, resulting in our penny-pincher to contemplate the HF.

2016 Honda Civic HF Interior

If our miser drives far more like the EPA and much less like we do at Automobile and Driver, the situation is all the more convincing simply because the HF’s 35-mpg EPA mixed rating is up two mpg for 2014. It managed this by adopting the constantly variable transmission (CVT) that also replaces a five-speed automatic in many from the rest of the array.

2016 Honda Civic HF Review

For 2013, only the Hybrid had a CVT. We did not feel extremely of this new CVT when the 2016 Civic sedan placed fourth, ahead of only the Toyota Corolla, in the five-way comparison test. We want the HF made available a manual transmission (our miserly pals agree, even now harboring the illusion they can deal with the engine extra effectively than a pricey, electronically managed CVT). But it does not, and our minimal regard for CVTs is subjective even though the advantages simply pencil out. 

The Civic HF noticed its EPA fuel-economy rating rise from 29/41 mpg city/highway to 31/41, offering it an all round 35 versus the 33 for your 2013 instance we tested together with the previous five-speed automatic. As stated, we saw 33 mpg in our check, that is essentially 1 mpg worse than we acquired with the five-speed, almost certainly a side impact of our continuously booting the gasoline pedal in search of livelier response. In which the outdated five-speed automated had a low-ratio initially gear to make a fast launch, the CVT has a a lot more leisurely character when the light turns green.

2016 Honda Civic HF Features

The HF shares the 143-hp 1.8-liter VTEC four-cylinder using the additional plushly trimmed EX-L sedan we examined with this particular transmission. But here are some more numbers that pencil out in this model’s frugal favor: at 2693 lbs, it’s twenty lighter than its 2013 equivalent and 180 lighter than the final hybrid we examined. Carrying 178 fewer lbs compared to the EX-L onto our test track, the HF got to 60 mph in 8.three seconds, the most beneficial time we’ve recorded for a non-Si Civic sedan.

2016 Honda Civic HF Review

However, the HF’s fuel-miser mission puts the base model’s front-disc/rear-drum brake setup behind those light-weight wheels and wraps them within the very same low-friction/low-traction Bridgestone Ecopia tires that serve the Hybrid. It managed only 0.76 g of skidpad roadholding and took 189 feet to cease from 70 mph. With grippier Michelin rubber and four-wheel discs, the EX-L manufactured a much better exhibiting (0.85 g and 165 feet).

Entertainment on a twisty road is not the mission right here, even though. Low working charges and lots of vehicle for that cash possess a specified old-school appeal which makes this HF much more Henry Ford than Henrik Fisker. We’ll note the latter person can be a great deal of pleasurable though the former, effectively, he was much better at having his sums appropriate.

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