Good impression write up.I like the look except the high amount of chrome in the grille. The rear, especially 3/4 view I found better in person.
The engine is noisy under load and can't stand the CVT. You mash the gas and all it comes out is noise for a few seconds.
To bad there is no manual or DSG for the turbo trims.
There isn't much feel in the steering initially but once into the corner it has good feedback even for the lateral load, better than last two generation Civics.
Where it really shines is stability. I haven't felt a chassis so well planted since the Prelude. And it caught me by surprise because, unlike past Hondas, this one doesn't feel light footed.
I really pushed through a couple of corners and it just took it with no roll.
It has great cornering capability.
Unfortunately there are no more springy "tumbs" in the cup colders. My 07 has them and they do wonders.
I love how low the driver seat goes, but the passenger seat is too low.
For me it'll be a hard decision because I will only buy one with manual transmission.
The 2.0l models seem to sit a bit higher off the ground and that makes me worry the suspension is softer, which I don't want.
I want a hatchback anyways and hope the trims wil fit my needs and preferences.
I guess I'll just have to wait and see the trims on offer for the hatch.
Speaking from experience, the CVT takes a little getting used to. I still wish they'd opted for the DCT, but, it's honda... lol. Glad to hear about the cornering and nice flat ride it has, being compared to a legend like the prelude is quite the endorsement.
I'll miss the little springy things in the cup holders too, but, they probably had to remove that mechanism so the cupholders could be removable, which i care about slightly more because mine always get so much gross stuff down in them and it's a pain to clean them.
The only reason i could imagine the 2.0 feeling higher up is the fatter tires on the smaller rims. They might add a little bit to ride height. I think the suspensions are the same across the board except for the rear sway bars being thicker as the trims go up.