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Does anyone know why Honda does not put the letter designation on the back of the 16 Civics? I am referring to the past where you can see LX/EX etc. The only one that has a specific designation if the Touring which I have. I debaged mine as I prefer a cleaner look.
 

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Not many people debadge (agreed) or not many people prefer the clean look (disagreed)? I can't imagine the reason was weight (what, an ounce?) or cost (so many more effective ways to save a dollar or so).
 

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I suspect (and I'm no expert) that Honda feels the designation is superfluous. Other brands have done it also. I typically spot trim levels based on the wheels. Since the vast majority of Civics are base models anyway, perhaps Honda wants to cloud the image that so many Civics are not higher end models? Quite honestly, I like the look of all of the 10th gens. so much, I don't care if there is a model designation on the trunk lid anyway. I parked next to a silver one with navigation yesterday in my '03 Protege5 of the same color and just drooled a bit. Sure would look nice parked in the garage next to Black Betty.
 

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Honda also stopped putting the trim level badges on the Accords and it has been gone for a few years as well. Only the Accord "Touring" has the badge now, or the "Sport", but as far as "LX" or "EX" goes, the badges are gone. Same goes for their other models. I would prefer the badges myself, but it is a matter of personal preference. A lot ot car makers still use the trim level badges, while others have removed them.


The latest Toyota Corolla had some weird things going on. They had an "L", "LE", LE Plus", LE Premium", "S", "S Plus" and "S Premium", though you will only see "LE" and "S" badges on the trunk no matter what sub-trim it was. (They also have a Special Edition now). I heard for '17 they will introduce an "XLE" trim for the top level model and probably (and hopefully) dropping the "Plus" and/or "Premium" sub-trim you see on the window stickers. They are also badging the top level sporty model as XSE, so it will have trim levels more like the Camry. At least Honda hasn't done any confusing things like Toyota has been going on the latest Corolla. lol.
 

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I mean, it's not like many people would be able to decipher between the differences unless you actually own one. I think they're really just a waste of time and money to produce and apply.
 

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Maybe Honda only wants to differentiate the top models like Touring from the rest and bunching the other trims together for to make things more uniform. Really, I have no idea why they decided to leave out the various badges.
 

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That sort of bunching makes sense financially since it requires less of their resources to feed the demand going on currently and this time around they have a stronger product which helps, it can't be said the same thing could have worked for the 9th civic, even after the first year it struggled, and Honda had to react.
 
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