Honda’s new Civic has been grabbing more praise and awards this year than any other car. The automotive media just love it, including my peers at AJAC who voted it the Canadian Car of the Year.
The Civic has been very popular in Canada for a while now, earning the top sales position year after year here in the Great White North, but come on, it’s just a compact economy car here, people, not the second coming of the vaunted Honda S2000.
With that in mind, I approached my week with the Civic Coupe with a sneer and a desire to scrutinize the heck out of it, and prove that my peers simply hadn’t dug deep enough to find the skeletons in this automotive hero-du-jour’s closet.
So, without further ado, let’s get right to the big list of criticisms and complaints I’ve unearthed for this new Civic Coupe.
First off, it doesn’t have a volume knob. Just like every other Honda product out there now, the lack of a simple knob to quickly adjust the volume on the stereo is a massive peeve of mine. In fairness though, I became pretty proficient with the slider volume switch on the steering wheel, so this really isn’t that big of a gripe.
Next, the front seats are a disappointment. They’re claimed by Honda to be leather in this Touring trim car, and yet the plasticky texture and grey hue make them look more fake than the vinyl seats the Germans employ as “leatherette” in their cars. What’s more, they’ve very low to the floor and lack both lumbar support and the adjustability to make them properly comfortable for long-distance travel for my average-sized body.
And next on my list…. well, shoot, that’s it. That’s all I’ve got. The new Civic truly is as great as everyone says it is.
This new Civic Coupe’s greatness stems from the sum of all its brilliantly engineered parts, as opposed to any one aspect that pushes all the passion buttons. Styling-wise, the Coupe works for my eye much better than the awkward-looking sedan does. Being 20 mm lower and about 140 mm shorter, the proportions of the Coupe are much squatter and more aggressive. Plus, the wildly over-styled rear end of the Sedan seems appropriate and better imagined here, and from 20 paces, the front end looks quite assertive (up front, the protruding chrome lip is a little strange).
Or would this be more your speed? 2015 Honda Civic Si Test Drive
And then there’s that colour. Energy Green, Honda calls it. I called it Kermit on Wheels or the Flying Sneeze, depending on my mood, but either way, I wouldn’t call it my choice. But I dig that Honda has the gall to offer it and I know that others will love it. More power to ‘em, I say.
Inside, Honda has finished most of the interior with very high quality materials and components (those seats notwithstanding), and the ergonomics are worlds better than last year’s Civic with its two-tier instrument pod.