Technology and the All New 2016 CivicNov 30th, 2015
Changing the Status Quo
Say goodbye to your run-of-the-mill, “entry level” small car. The all new tenth generation Civic is changing people’s perception of what a compact car should be. Honda engineers have developed technologies that can be added to cars of every price range, allowing for cool and futuristic features to be implemented into Canada’s favourite compact car. Here’s a small sample of the innovative improvements on the 2016 Civic
Sounds obvious but most of our driving isn’t done on the set of a car commercial in perfect conditions on an open road. How your car handles speed bumps in front of your local school, or the ability to make a U-turn instead of a 3 point turn, this is the reality of everyday driving. When real life throws your car real roads, the new Civic is poised to handle the curves, vibrations and bumps.
Civic now has it’s most sophisticated chassis in Civic history using liquid-filled hydraulic bushings that are typically found on larger or more expensive vehicles. They help isolate noise & vibrations, harshness
A Civic first: Dual-Pinion Variable Gear Ratio Electric Power-Assisted Rack-and-Pinion Steering, (whew) which improves steering feel utilizing both the driver’s physical steering input as well as an electric motor to sense how much electric assist to provide. During low speed driving this offers a quick 2.2 turns, lock to lock, for perfect city driving and tight maneuvering.
Agile Handling Assist, applies light brake force to the inner wheels and aids corning and enhances vehicle stability. By the way: say goodbye to brake drums! The all new Civic has standard four wheel disc brakes.
4. Connectivity Please!
From its new Driver Information Interface (DII) to Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility, this new Civic will keep you connected.
The DII provides access to a greater range of customization options than ever before. Choose when your automatic headlights go on/off, when your doors lock/unlock, or upload your own wallpaper and customize your dash to your life.
Providing seamless integration of key smartphone functions, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are built into Civic LX models and up. This gives Civic drivers hands-free control over their phone’s most used functions, so now you can talk to Google or Siri at a touch of the button on your steering wheel. Control your music or place/listen to/reply to text messages/email messages hands free to help prevent distracted driving. Gone are the days when you had to purchase the top of the line model to have a navigation system display. Now Civic LX and higher trims can navigate to a destination with Apple Maps or Google Maps and have it display on the dash.
Civic will even charge your compatible device with a charging pad at the base of the centre stack. It’s standard on the Touring model but Honda has also made it an available accessory that can be added to all other trims.
Apple Car Play Connectivity
Android Auto Connectivity
3. Innovative capless fueling system
– No need to tighten the gas cap to a minimum of 3 clicks anymore. Civic has removed the need to touch a dirty gas cap at all. Gone is the possibility of damaging your paint from dangling caps or getting an emissions warning on your dash because you failed to reinstall the cap properly.
2. Honda Sensing Safety
This group of safety technologies is standard on Turbo Civics (EXT and Touring) but Honda has also made it an available option on both the Civic LX and EX. The Honda Sensing package includes:
- Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
- Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
- Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
- Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow (LSF)
- Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
This alphabet soup of features are found on several newer Honda’s but the Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow is making it’s Honda debut in the Civic. This system will not only help maintain your following distance behind a vehicle but will work at speeds less than 40kms/hour; and bring you to a full stop. Having this feature in Canada’s favorite commuter car, just makes sense.
1. New Engines
Honda is the world’s largest manufacturer of internal combustion engines, producing more than 14 million engines each year. When it came time to up date the Civic Honda wanted to couple more horsepower without sacrificing the fuel economy we’ve come to expect from a compact car.
- Standard engine: (Civic DX, LX, EX) 2.0L Earth Dreams Technology DOHC iVTEC engine providing 158hp. This engine combines Vtec and VTC (Variable Timing Control on both intake and exhaust camshafts) that varies the intake valve opening based on the engine speed to increase efficiency and performance. At low engine speeds, valves are opened only a small amount for lower fuel consumption. At higher speeds, valves are wide open for maximum power. All this results in 15 more horsepower than the outgoing Civic and combined fuel efficiency of 5.8L/100kms instead of last years’ 6.2L/100kms from the largest Honda Civic engine we’ve ever had.
- Turbo Time: Now Honda drivers can choose between our standard naturally aspirated 2.0L engine or a 1.5L Earth Dreams Technology direct-injected & turbocharged DOHC inline-4 engine. Although Honda has been producing turbocharged engines for years, this is the first one they’ve offered to North America, and it’s well worth the wait! What is a Turbocharger? While a naturally aspirated engine relies on ambient airflow for combustion, a turbocharger “fans the fire” by forcing more air into the combustion chambers, increasing output. This engine is available on both the Civic EX and Touring trims. This gives Civic the best of two worlds – enhanced power of a larger engine with the fuel economy of a smaller engine. This combination of performance and efficiency results in 174hp @ 5,500rpm and record breaking fuel efficiency of 6.7L/100kms combined.