Wednesday, June 15, 2016

New Civic Coupe Goes Back to It's Roots

The re-designed 2016 Honda Civic sedan has received most of the attention- and tons of awards- but the new Civic coupe shouldn't be overlooked.  While it has been written over the past several years that the two-door version of the Civic had gotten a bit stale, Honda has made a decided effort to put more fun back into the coupe, and the effort has paid off. 

First off, Honda has given the Civic coupe a style of it's own, rather than just making it look like the sedan minus two doors.  It sits a bit lower, the fenders are flared just a bit, comes with standard aluminum wheels, and overall has a sportier look than the sedan- as it should. 
The interior is just as impressive.  It is surprisingly spacious and comfortable.  Road and Track describes the cabin like this:  "The same sorcery that makes the subcompact Fit capable of hauling the entire contents of your apartment yields a coupe that feels as airy and spacious as most sedans. Despite the higher beltline, it's easy to see out of. Grownups won't mind riding in the backseat and enjoy slightly more headroom than in the last coupe."

The 2016 Honda Civic coupe has brought back the driving fun that should excite lovers of the gone-but-not-forgotten Honda Prelude.  You can see our inventory of new Civic coupes here, or our entire inventory at

Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Honda S660 is More Fun than 63 HP Should Be

3 cylinders and 63 horsepower doesn't exactly sound like most people's idea of a sportscar or roadster, but Honda seems to have struck the right tone with the S660.  Road and Track took a spin in the little 2-seater and came away notably impressed.  "Thankfully, the S660 is an exemplary sports car, more than any three-cylinder economy car has any right to be. The easy comparison to make is that this is Honda's answer to the Mazda MX-5 Miata. Then, you realize that the S660 is endowed with just 63 horsepower."

For a company like Honda, which produces many of the world's most popular models, like the Civic and the Accord, producing an ultra-niche vehicle like the S660 is an ambitious venture.  It's also very possible that we will never make it to the states, at least in it's current configuration.

No one will ever confuse the S660 with anything resembling practical.  There is essentially no storage, so this isn't going to be a long road-trip type car, but then again, it was never meant to be.  But what it lacks in practicality in makes up for in driving enjoyment.

The S660 comes standard with a newly-developed 6-speed manual transmission.  Although there is an available continuously-variable transmission, for a pure driving experience, the manual would seem to be the way to go for most people.  The turbo-charged inline 3-cylinder may not wow you with it's pure numbers, but it sounds and drives like something much more powerful.

We don't know if Honda will ever move the steering wheel to the other side and bring it to the U.S., but we would certainly welcome the opportunity to give it a drive.