2016 Honda Civic Touring Update 1: Civic Si Lite?

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Honda introduced an all-new 1.5-liter turbocharged DOHC I-4 engine for the completely redesigned 10th-generation Civic. The new engine is rated 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque when backed by a CVT, as is the case in our loaner. We introduced our Rallye Red 2016 Honda Civic Touring sedan in our arrival story, and now we have performance numbers.

At the drag strip, the sedan reached 60 mph in 6.8 seconds and finished the quarter mile in 15.3 seconds at 93.0 mph. It took the Civic Touring 120 feet to stop from 60 mph, it lapped the Motor Trend figure eight in 27.4 seconds at 0.64 g lateral average, and it pulled 0.84 g around the skidpad.

Learn more about the next-gen Honda Civic Si HERE.

Those numbers are significantly faster than the 2016 Honda Civic EX sedan, which won our 2016/2017 compact sedans Big Test with the base 158-hp, 138 lb-ft 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC I-4 and CVT. That car accelerated to 60 mph and through the quarter in 8.6 seconds and 16.7 seconds at 86.1 mph, respectively. It took the Civic EX 127 feet to stop from 60 mph. In handling, the Civic EX also took 27.6 seconds at 0.61 g and pulled 0.82 g, respectively.

Those performance differences come as no surprise due to the Civic Touring model’s more powerful turbo engine, slightly larger stabilizer bars (26.5mm vs. 25.5mm in front and 17.0mm vs. 16.5mm in rear), and larger 17-inch alloy wheels (versus 16-inch). Even more impressive, however, is that the Civic Touring posts similar performance numbers to the eighth- and ninth-generation Civic Si coupe and sedan models.

Those cars with the 197-hp, 139 lb-ft 2.0-liter i-VTEC I-4 (eighth-gen, 2006–2011) and the 201–205-hp, 170–174 lb-ft 2.4-liter i-VTEC I-4 (ninth-gen, 2012–2015) and six-speed manual reached 60 mph in 6.1–6.5 seconds and finished the quarter mile in 14.6–15.0 seconds at 92.3-95.6 mph.

Compared to the slowest Si model we tested, the 2017 Honda Civic Touring with the turbo 1.5-liter and CVT is only 0.3 second slower in both 0–60 and quarter-mile runs. Trap speed, however, is up 0.7 mph compared to the slowest Si.

Civic Si models stopped from 60 mph in 109–124 feet compared to 120 feet for the Civic Touring. Our 2006-2014 Civic Si testers lapped the figure eight in 26.4–27.0 seconds at 0.64–0.66 g lateral average and pulled 0.86–0.90 g around the skidpad. Despite not having the Civic Si’s standard limited-slip differential, the Civic Touring is only 0.4 second slower around the figure eight while matching the lowest lateral g. The Civic Touring was only 0.02 g behind on the skidpad.

Impressive.

Read more about our 2016 Honda Civic Touring:

2016 Honda Civic Touring
BASE PRICE $27,161
PRICE AS TESTED $27,996
VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, FWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan
ENGINE 1.5L/174-hp/162-lb-ft turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4
TRANSMISSION Cont. variable auto
CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 2,919 lb (61/39%)
WHEELBASE 106.3 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 182.3 x 70.8 x 55.7 in
0-60 MPH 6.8 sec
QUARTER MILE 15.3 sec @ 93.0 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 120 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.84 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT 27.4 sec @ 0.64 g (avg)
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 32/42/36 mpg
ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 105/80 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.54 lb/mile

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