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Turbo and CVT Make for a Surprising Drive - 2016 Honda Civic Long-Term Road Test

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edited July 2016 in Honda
imageTurbo and CVT Make for a Surprising Drive - 2016 Honda Civic Long-Term Road Test

Edmunds conducts a long-term test of the 2016 Honda Civic and reports on the power delivery of its turbocharged engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT).

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    kirkhilles1kirkhilles1 Member Posts: 863
    I agree, the CVT is awesome and I have a Miata with MT as my other car. Even in "Eco" mode, the Turbo provides lots of power and absolutely feels like a "smart" automatic. Clearly, Honda needs to implement this in their Pilot as well.
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    dougnutsdougnuts Member Posts: 26
    I haven't driven the Civic yet, but it sounds like it operates like the CVT in my '15 Outback (3.6R). Under WOT, it fake shifts like it's a 6 speed. When in D, I can tap the paddles to downshift or engine brake. Under normal driving, it chooses an RPM that will get the job done, none of that rev way up high rubber band feeling.
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    drex2drex2 Member Posts: 24
    edited July 2016
    That's how I'd like to be able to drive my Civic 1.5L. But Honda keeps insisting that paddle shifters are only for "sporty" versions in most models. That being said, I agree with Mr. Kavanaugh regarding how well the CVT and 1.5L work together. I've gotten pretty proficient at controlling the "shifting" by just using the gas pedal. To a much finer degree of control than I've ever experienced with a conventional AT.
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    texasestexases Member Posts: 10,780
    A Fit Si with this drivetrain would be GREAT!
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