2016 Honda Civic 1.5T Rumored to Ditch Manual Transmission


Enthusiasts excited about the new turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine in the 2016 Honda Civic might not be too happy with the transmission options. 

A color matrix for the 2016 Civic leaked on AutoGuide.com‘s 10thCivicforum.com suggests that a six-speed manual transmission will only be available with the base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and not with the more expensive and powerful 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. What’s worse for drivers looking for a fun experience, the turbo engine is rumored to only be available with a CVT.

The base engine is expected to offer 158 horsepower, the most ever offered in a base Civic, while the turbocharged 1.5-liter should deliver 174 hp.

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When asked about the rumor, Honda spokesperson Robyn Eagles said, “We have not confirmed it publicly, yet.” This seems to suggest that the rumors are true and Honda simply hasn’t announced it yet. All of the details on the Civic will officially be released on October 19.

Honda says this Civic was designed from the start to bring back the car’s fun-to-drive roots. Honda claims body rigidity is up 25 percent, while weight is down 68 pounds, for the body at least. Also helping in the handling department is variable gear ratio steering, larger front and rear stabilizer bars and brake-torque vectoring.

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  • Jonny_Vancouver

    It’s a BIG family sedan. I wouldn’t be surprised if they only offer the higher trim levels with a CVT, That seems to be be what they do. They should definitely offer the manual on all coupe versions unless their CVT is as responsive as a good DCT or people will just have to buy the lower trim model for the manual and throw a turbo on the 2.0L …

  • mchan1

    “Honda says this Civic was designed from the start to bring back the car’s fun-to-drive roots.”

    Putting in a CVT with an automatic transmission only is not considered fun for driving or for drivers.

    Once Honda cars became Americanized, it lost the fun factor.

  • Craig

    It’s a little hard to believe that Honda is serious about ‘bringing back the fun’ if they make it impossible to have their manual transmission hooked up to their most ‘fun’ engine ever. [for a Civic sedan – at least]

  • Dave

    CVT will not last the duration the engine will. Expect to replace the CVT during ownership.

  • danwat1234

    If the CVT has a short ‘1st gear’ so it can reach near redline quickly from a start and good control with paddle shifters, it would be sporty. But usually these CVTS don’t get the engine to 5000RPM+ until about 30MPH so yeah.

  • danwat1234

    not enough data to see how the newer generation Honda CVTs hold up?

  • danwat1234

    I”m still wondering what variable gear ratio steering is… You can set how many turns of the wheels for lock-lock?
    I wonder if the car comes with auto start/stop so the engine will stop at stop lights.

  • Jan

    How can a 1.5t be fun? It is a little too small and economical, despite the turbo. Like the VW 1.4t. Maybe the Civic is light enough to make it fun. But without a stick, I don’t care. Noone makes an affordable turbo manual as good as VW yet. I prefer the torque to a slightly higher HP rating.

  • Dave

    The planetary geared cvt in the prius will go the distance, a variable pulley cvt will not.

  • Kellan

    Honda has done CVTs in the past, they’ve done pretty well

  • danwat1234

    Yea I bet it will last a long time (forever) too, like the Ford Hybrid and Chevy Volt/ELR/CT-6-plugin planetary gearset CVT.
    I wonder if anybody drives all day for a living with a Honda/Toyota Carolla CVT and posts the mileage.
    Erick Belmer’s Chevy Volt is at about 250K now.

  • Dr. Claw

    Indeed in that, Americans could only get Civics with trunks (boot). At least now with this gen, a hatch is supposed to be coming back.

  • mchan1

    The newer Civic has a rear similar to the old Accord Crosstour.
    Doubt a Civic hatchback would return as the Fit which already meets the that need for a hatchback.

    Generally, Americans don’t like hatchbacks which is why the hatchback version was pulled from America years ago and why not many automakers make much hatchbacks in America.

    The general auto buying trend now appears to be CUVs/SUVs, trucks and sedans based on various auto media reports.

  • Dr. Claw

    Which is pretty bleh. Being only presented with a “sedan” option if you don’t want a truck is pretty cruddy.

  • Jerry Baustian

    Americans don’t like hatchbacks? What is a hatchback but a two-box design, like all SUVs, CUV, and wagons.

  • mchan1

    Cars not any other vehicle types like SUVs, CUVs or wagons even if it looks like an enlarged/jacked up hatchback.

  • Jerry Baustian

    While some of the vehicles you name are classified by the EPA as trucks for emissions testing purposes, they are cars. Most people know the difference between cars and trucks. Hatchbacks are shorter than wagons in length, not as tall as CUVs in height, and smaller in all dimensions than SUVs. But they are all “two-box” passenger cars.

    Now, I agree that not every American wants a hatchback, or wants one as the only vehicle in his or her driveway. But the small hatchback segment of the market is too significant to be dismissed because “Americans don’t like hatchbacks.”