Earlier this week Honda revealed the new Civic model for the US market. The new model follows closely the template set by the concepts shown earlier this year, and marks a big shift in the design philosophy for the model. Whereas previous generations were very much made-to-cost conservative 4-door saloons, the new model looks like a more serious effort, with styling which makes it look more like a 5-door hatchback or, whisper it, a 4-door coupe. Sure, the front fenders seem to owe a lot to the previous generation Mazda6, while the fastback rear really begs for a hatchback opening (it’s only a sedan), but it all comes together rather nicely.
Unfortunately, for all the love the new exterior is receiving (and even I have to admit I like it, even if some details are a bit overdone), the interior still lacks the cohesive design of the best brands, with some questionable binnacle graphics and a screen which clumsily sticks out from the dashboard. Still, it’s miles better than the awful previous generation…
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