While roaming the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this week, I went to the Honda booth for the sole purpose of drooling over the amazing Project 2&4 Concept. Before even finding the little concept, I walked through Honda’s enormous “booth” that took up nearly the entire building, and was stunned by all the foreign Civics I saw.
My first thought was, “Oh these are cool!” And then that brief excitement quickly turned into raging jealousy with a touch of anger. North Americans don’t get a lot of neat stuff Asian and European countries get, and here are three Honda Civics I really wish were sold here.
1. Honda Civic Type R
The fastest front-wheel-drive car to ever lap the infamous Nurburgring, the absence of the 306-horsepower Honda Civic Type R in North America sends Honda fanboys into screaming fits of rage. This is the turbo Honda the Japanese automaker needs to send here to repair its broken relationship with the enthusiasts. The Civic Si is not that good. It’s heavy and drives too squishy on a track to be a serious performance car. We’ve been neglected by Honda for too long.
Adding insult to injury, the 2.0L turbo four-cylinder engines powering the manual-transmission-only Type R are made in Ohio!
The Type R has been confirmed for North America for 2018, but we’ll believe it when we see/drive it.
2. Honda Civic Hatch
The hatchback Civic was discontinued in America ages ago, and the Fit hasn’t really filled the giant gap in Honda’s lineup. With the Hyundai Elantra hatch and Volkswagen Golf selling so well, Honda must have realized it made a mistake, so it will bring back the hatch model for the next generation. Thank you, Honda!
The Honda’s Civic sedan styling never did it for me, and I’m partial to hatches because they are just so much more versatile. Plus, its styling is so much more interesting than the sedan and the coupe, not to mention better than its Elantra or Golf competition. Even worse for us, the Civic hatch is offered with a frugal diesel engine in a lot of foreign countries. Gimme gimme gimme.
3. Honda Civic Tourer Wagon
The Honda Civic Tourer wagon recently set a world record for fuel efficiency. Two drivers took the stock diesel wagon on a 8,387-mile road trip across Europe and returned an average of 100.31 mpg on EU’s test cycle.
I can understand why Honda doesn’t sell this model in America. It seems like people just don’t like wagons or efficiency, cargo capacity and car-like driving dynamics – wagons haven’t sold well here ever since the SUV/crossover boom began. Still, this is a cool Civic, and I think there would be some active/sporty types here who would appreciate the extra cargo capacity the Tourer has to offer.
Despite all this, the new 2016 Honda Civic that was just revealed this week looks very promising. It has been given a bumper-to-bumper makeover and gets a ton of new features and a new turbocharged engine. Check out our First Look Video below:
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