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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-28-2016, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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CarScoops - "unexciting to drive"

Recently read a test drive review from CarScoops in regards to the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe and thought it was interesting. I have never driven one personally, but I wanted to know your opinions on the snippets I pulled from the article.

"The Civic is unexciting to drive, even with the 1.5-liter turbo four – the CVT, even in Sport mode, smothers the torque curve. And yet it’s never lacking for thrust and doesn’t sound strained in pretty much every passing maneuver. The base 2.0-liter Civic with the manual is still the enthusiast’s Civic right now, but the turbo oozes competency."

"The answer to why the Civic Coupe exists is this: Why not? Which made me wonder even more what’s going on with the back of this car. I thought the sedan had an unusually short trunk lid, but the coupe’s verges on the ridiculous. And it makes the car look incomplete. The Civic Coupe is one of the rare cars crying out for a large, stupid wing on the back.

Impractical yes, but this is a coupe and looks are everything."

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I'm not all too surprised, even some guys on the 9th generation civic communities still want to stick with their 9th coupes instead of going the 10th route, and I can sort of see why, but looking at it as mass appeal, it has just that.

Just going to be the enthusiast and those looking for more that might not find it here, not all the way.
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I'm not all too surprised, even some guys on the 9th generation civic communities still want to stick with their 9th coupes instead of going the 10th route, and I can sort of see why, but looking at it as mass appeal, it has just that.

Just going to be the enthusiast and those looking for more that might not find it here, not all the way.
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Having driven the 10th gen coupe (EXL) hands down no contest any way shape or form this is a better more fun to drive car than my current 9th gen coupe. Even from my brief test drive the difference between the new car and old car is hugely noticeable and not just in the quality of materials or the outward style of the car. The handling is so much flatter in the 10th gen. My 9th gen is sloppy... rolls into corners, feels heavy, and has little to no steering heft to assist in pointing the car where you want it to go, leaving it vague and needing constant mid corner corrections.

The 10th gen is so much more a mature car. It's quiet. The suspension soaks up small bumps and road imperfections that cause my 9th gen to jump and bounce and crash over. The steering is noticeably heavier in the new car as well. It has heft, and the shorter lock to lock turning radius has sharpened the steering to make this a very point and shoot car, no mid corner corrections needed. It's easy to feel this cars limits, thus inspiring confidence in the drive. The CVT is much more refined feeling as well in comparison to my 9th gen CVT which has a habit of getting confused, jumping from ratio to ratio at low speeds, which i did not experience at all in the 10th gen.

The 1.5T pulls hard, and is drama free. Put foot down and the car pulls seamlessly, no jerking, to vibration, just smooth continuous power. And very much noticeably faster than my 9th gen.

The 10th gen is (IMO) 300% better in every way than my 9th gen. Quality, style, handling, performance, inspiring confidence in aggressive driving, etc. It ticks all the boxes, and it's what makes this new civic class leading with the Mazda3 being it's only real competition.

I think, from what i gathered in this article, the reviewer is obviously a hard core manual transmission purist. Anything other than a manual is immediately dull and lifeless to them. But not everyone wants a manual, and statistically that's not what sells the most. Don't compare the CVT to the manual, compare the CVT to all the other automatics in the compact segment. The 10th gen is a fun car to drive. Mature, drama free, smooth and powerful. Maybe they want more drama in their driving, like a stripped down sports coupe that crashes over bumps and is loud and uncomfortable. But for the daily driver who's also a part time car enthusiast the choice is easy... it's the 10th gen civic or a mazda3.
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I definitely see where your coming from with that as I too have felt it was a bit biased. He brought up that the manual transmission will be offered which made it seem the vehicle was unsatisfying due to the automatic transmission. You really can't compare an automatic to a manual as it's too different ball parks. But your review is really in depth and I'm happy to see you're enjoying the 10th gen a lot.

Do you have any complaints or anything you would modify to fix ?
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I definitely see where your coming from with that as I too have felt it was a bit biased. He brought up that the manual transmission will be offered which made it seem the vehicle was unsatisfying due to the automatic transmission. You really can't compare an automatic to a manual as it's too different ball parks. But your review is really in depth and I'm happy to see you're enjoying the 10th gen a lot.

Do you have any complaints or anything you would modify to fix ?
I've only test driven the car so far, won't own one until my lease is up on my 9th gen coupe in a year. From what i experienced in the test drive, i had no complaints, but i'm sure there will be little things here and there as with any car. But compared to the complaints i have with my 9th gen, the 10th gen will be in a whole different ballpark.

Once i do have my EXT coupe i'm planning on getting the spoiler added upon purchase, and i'll be swapping out the standard light bulbs with white lights to match the LED accent lights.

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I've only test driven the car so far, won't own one until my lease is up on my 9th gen coupe in a year. From what i experienced in the test drive, i had no complaints, but i'm sure there will be little things here and there as with any car. But compared to the complaints i have with my 9th gen, the 10th gen will be in a whole different ballpark.

Once i do have my EXT coupe i'm planning on getting the spoiler added upon purchase, and i'll be swapping out the standard light bulbs with white lights to match the LED accent lights.
Ohh okay sorry about that, my misunderstanding. but nice, love seeing matching light outputs on vehicles.. my little pet peeve to see different light colours or slightly off light colours ahah
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