The All-New 2016 Civic Coupe and 2017 Ridgeline at the Canadian International Auto ShowFeb 26th, 2016
The days are getting longer and dreams of spring are starting to infiltrate my work day. One tonic that keeps my dreams of spring rolling is to forget about ice scrapers and all the salt stains in my HR-V and attend the auto show at the Toronto Convention Centre.
Following on their “YEAR OF HONDA” success; Honda’s booth was one of the largest at the show. Prime location, bigger than most and we got the added bonus of seeing the Honda Uni-Cub personal mobility device in action. Honda has always been primarily a mobility company; focusing on getting people from point A to point B on any number of wheels. The Uni-Cub has been in development for years but rarely seen outside of Japan.
I followed the guy riding the Uni-cub around the Honda booth for 10 min. before he told me no one else was allowed to ride it but him. Booooo!
There it was. The all new 2017 Ridgeline in all it’s glistening silver glory. Slowly rotating on it’s platform smack dab in the middle of Honda-Land.
Built on the Pilot Platform, Honda’s reentry into the pickup truck segment has been long awaited. For this all new version, Honda really listened to it’s customers and designed a truck with a more conventional profile, larger box, and for those that use their truck as a rolling office; more tech compatibility.
New this year is the addition of 6 “exciters” (speakers) built into the bed of the truck. Since conventional speakers would have face plates that would easily be damaged in the back of a truck, these six exciters embedded behind the bed walls produce 540 watts of carefree boomin’ sound.
Honda hasn’t released the official tow capacity, but the sneaky observer could spy the manufacturer’s sticker below the bumper and see that it says Tow Capacity: 5000lbs.
2016 Civic Coupe
The tenth generation Civic sedan arrived at dealers this past autumn. The highly anticipated 2016 Civic Coupe should be here sometime in April.
There’s no chance of mistaking the back end of this car for anything else on the market. Honda has taken the two “C’s” on either end of the word CIVIC and connected them for a dynamic, athletic nod to Honda’s sporty heritage.
The Civic has long been known as the sensible small car. With this new design, Honda is giving us a coupe that not only appeals to your common-sense-head but also to your seat-of-your-pants-heart.
For those Honda CRX enthusiast out there, Honda has brought back it’s reincarnation; the sporty CR-Z hybrid with a few additions like LaneWatch blind spot camera, LED lights, and updated grill among it’s new features. I was lucky enough to have a white CRZ years ago as my demonstrator and just loved how many heads it turned. When someone asks me, over the past 17 years which Honda do I have a passion for? My hot lil’ CR-Z is always at the top of my list.
The all new Ridgeline, Civic Coupe and a reimagined CRZ…the perfect tri-fecta of new models to usher in spring!
Maybe Honda will send us a new CR-Z poster for my office. 😉