MEET THE 2020 HONDA CIVIC
When Honda announced that they would be releasing a whole new Civic for 2020, I was curious just to know what features they would be adding to, or improving in the new model. The 2020 Civic can be described as an affordable car due to its pocket friendly price, but it sure doesn’t look or feel like it. The Civic Si is available as a coupe or sedan, the Civic Type R is hatchback only. The base LX comes with a lot of equipment for the money. The EX includes a turbocharged engine plus other goodies, and the EX-L primarily adds leather upholstery. The Touring is the most luxurious Civic, while the Si swaps some amenities for a sportier driving experience. Two other body styles — the Civic coupe and Civic hatchback — have differing trim structures and are reviewed separately.
Honda has also included a few upgrades for the 2020 model in terms of interior and exterior design, to give the car a more luxurious and modern look. Honda is also expanding the availability of Civic’s optional six-speed manual transmission to include the hatchback’s top Sport Touring trim. At a time when automakers can’t get rid of the old-school stick shift fast enough, this move is a refreshing commitment from Honda to keep the connection between car and driver strong.
As usual, my team and I decided to go for a test drive in the new Civic as soon as an opportunity showed up in order to get a first hand feel of the car. We decided to pick the S 2.0 cc which is the top trim in order to get the best experience from the 2020 model.
For the 2020 Civic, Honda has pretty much preserved the traditional bold look of the car while adding a few other changes to its body that have definitely done a great job in giving it a more mature and modern look. The Civic has been designed exceptionally to fulfill the promise of supple dynamics. It boasts of a light and highly rigid body, thanks to an ingenious engineering and construction techniques.
The 2020 Year Model 1.6L Civic has a brand new look for the exterior with a fresh design of the chrome grille for the standard grades and dark chrome for the sport grades. Other features in the new Civic include chrome or dark chrome door handles, updated rear grille design, rear deck lid spoiler, LED daytime running lights, new fog garnish, material black lower bumper and new 17” alloy wheel design for the sport grade. The 2020 Civic is a beauty from the outside, and the new features have definitely worked to complement this car’s reputation.
In terms of interior designs, basically every Civic nails the basics—Bluetooth connectivity, power features, and active safety equipment. The car looks attractive on the inside and like I said before, it doesn’t look or feel like a budget car at all. The Civic’s compact footprint belies its spacious cabin. Up front, the driver and front-seat passenger have a better view than a rooftop patio. The dashboard is low and the seats are comfortable, shod in durable grippy fabrics.
Leg and headroom up front are exceptional, while folks of all sizes should be able to fit comfortably in the back. There is also a clever center console that features a deep bin, a sliding cup holder unit and a large, grippy area for smartphones. For large items, both the sedan and hatchback provide best-in-class cargo room with the rear seats up.
All Civics get a digital display for the tachometer, speedometer and additional driving information, and the readouts are under deep cowls. The 2020 Civic also offers auto air-conditioning, rear ventilation in all grades, steering wheel mounted controls for Bluetooth Hands Free Telephone (HFT), a 5-inch touch screen audio and USB jacks. In addition to that, there are some standard features in all grades include 60:40 fold down rear seats, rear seat armrest with cup holders, sun visor extension mechanism and map light. Model 1.6L Civic also features Wide View Rear Camera, Sports Pedals and Steering Wheel Mounted Paddle Shifters to control the shifting up and down of the transmission that perform excellently in providing a sporty feeling when driving the car.
Other impressive features included in the 2020 Civic include Smart Entry, Push Button Start, and Remote Engine Starter which enables the driver to start the engine from a distance, a feature that ensures that the air-conditioning is switched on and cabin temperature is at maximum comfort by the time you hop in. All grades of the 2020 Civic have Electric Power Steering, Auto headlight off timer, Rear Parking Sensors, Electric Parking Brake with Brake Hold Function that has replaced the old conventional handbrake lever with compact, easy to operate switch.
TECHNOLOGY AND SAFETY
The 2020 Honda Civic has scored quite well in terms of safety and crashworthiness, including a five-star overall score from the feds.
Every 2020 Honda Civic comes standard with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assist. Automatic high-beams are standard on the Civic coupe and sedan, but are optional on the hatchback. The only other real safety option is LaneWatch (standard on EX and higher), which is Honda’s alternative to blind-spot monitoring. It features a camera on the passenger-side mirror that displays what’s in the driver’s blind spot on the center stack.
The Civic also scored impressively in other crash tests including a five star rating for side and roll over tests. The 2020 Civic also features Honda’s active-safety features such as Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control Systems (TCS), Anti-Lock Brake Systems (ABS), Electronic Brake Distributor (EBD), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and Emergency Stop Signal (ESS).
Before getting to how the 2020 Honda Civic felt on the road, let me give you a detailed tour of what lies inside the hood. There are three available engines, with five power outputs spread among them, mated to automatic or manual transmissions. Short of a pickup truck, few cars offer the same variety in available performance or efficiency than the Civic.
A base 2.0-liter inline-4 is standard in the sedan and coupe and makes 158 horsepower. It can team to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) or 6-speed manual in some cases. A 1.5-liter turbo-4 that makes 174 hp normally is a spend-up option and also more efficient. The Civic Si draws power from the same engine. It is capable of making more than 200 hp with the turbos screwed in tighter. The wild Type R makes more than 300 hp, and it’s a serious track performer.
Some trims offer a 6-speed manual paired to the turbo-4, and it can help tame some of the lag in the driveline when drivers mash on the throttle. All Civics are equipped with especially taut handling and clean steering that make it enjoyable to drive around town and even on twisty roads. Turbo-4 versions get fluid-filled rear bushings that sharpen handling further.
The Civic Si is available in coupe or sedan body styles, and is powered by a 205-hp 1.5-liter turbo-4. It’s paired exclusively with a 6-speed manual that wrings out the most from the busy engine. The Si is capable of gaining up to 60 mph in less than seven seconds and features two-mode adaptive dampers that toggle between Normal and Sport settings for a firmer feel. Summer tires are optional from the factory, and a good idea for warm-weather buyers—the little Civic Si has a big grip on twisty roads.
We took the Civic to a ride around town to test how the 2.0 cc engine combined with the other amazing features would actually perform on the road. Before I even begin describing everything in detail, I have to say that the Civic platform is exceptionally well done. The body control of the test car was outstanding and the car possessed a solid, substantial feel. The extra power that comes with the Si trim was noticeable, especially with the revs up. This gets me to one other feature that impressed me during the ride; the soundtrack of the engine. The engine revs so happily and sounds so growly in an amazing way that you won’t mind revving up all the way. The clutch action felt superlight with the pick-up point not far from the top of the pedal’s travel. The stick is quick and precise. The final drive gear ratio for the 2020 model is now a bit shorter for quicker launches and also enabling highway passing under certain conditions without requiring a downshift. The car felt light and nimble with a light yet responsive and precise steering. With this car, I commend the Honda engineers for doing a marvelous job at balancing ride and handling.
The cabin was also pretty comfortable and silent, thanks to the meaty tires on 18-inch matte-black alloy wheels that made very little road noise even at a high speed. The suspension of the Civic was great as the car handled bumps quite easily.
The 2020 Honda civic is an outstanding car across all trims. For a vehicle this well-equipped, comfortable, versatile, reliable, capable and genuinely fun to drive, calling it a budget car feels wrong. Honda have done an impressive job in this update, adding up to both performance and comfort feature of the car. The 2020 Honda Civic has certainly changed the game on how its predecessors were perceived. The Civic offers a well-rounded docket that goes beyond just dollars-and-sense matters. Its interior is spacious, comfortable and well-made. The turbocharged engine found in most trim levels provides excellent acceleration and fuel economy. Its ride and handling are well-balanced, while interior noise levels have fallen sharply from past versions. The Civic Si meanwhile, is one of the most desirable performance cars on the market.
All these, plus the great safety features adds to the 2020 Honda Civic’s other strengths that include quick acceleration, crisp handling and cargo-carrying versatility. The 2020 Civic is well ahead of the competition and Honda have done a great job in ensuring that this model comes with a little something for everyone who might consider buying the car. The 2020 Civic Si is light, has immediate response, handles extremely well and has more than enough power for a daily driver. Honda has also done a great job at including many driver aides and electronic conveniences as standard equipment. Better part yet is in a car of this type, fairly easy to turnoff the electronic nannies when you don’t want them. Riding the Civic felt great and I would personally recommend this car to anyone out there who is interested in getting a car that is totally worth every cent it costs.
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