Honda Civic Type R
|Rating: 7 / 10|
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|The Exterior: I don't usually mention the exterior because, personally, I don't really care too much about the looks. Practicality, driving, comfort, and driving again. But this one looks like it should be on a tarmac. It's pretty aggressive looking, and a lot of people either love it or hate. Personally, I could do without the airplane wing on the back, and just give me a Civic with some subtle modifications.|
The interior: There's tons of space inside compared to other hatchbacks. This is the most spacious of the cars I've driven thus far, but it is still a 4-seater instead of a 5-seater. The aggressively styled red Recaro seats are comfortable enough. I know many people really like them, but to me they're just fine. The hatch is heavily slanted, so that does eat into some of the room in the back, but it is technically one of the roomiest hatch areas on the market when measured in cubic inches and not in the more useful length x width x height.
Driving: It's definitely fun to drive. It's got good clutch and shifter feel. A lot of enthusiasts call the shifter fantastic, so maybe that's just me, but I do think it's good. The different driving modes definitely make a difference in the suspension, handling, and overall driving feel, and it does have rev-matching for those who are interested in having some help on the downshift. It's a very fun car, and definitely worth a look if you've got the money for it.
The tech: I couldn't get past to slider for the volume, honestly. I'm beyond excited for everyone who bought a later year model, that doesn't have to deal with the ridiculous touch volume slider. The infotainment is a little aggressive looking with the continued red theme, but I didn't pay a whole lot of attention to it. I was more focused on trying to figure out where I was going and taking in the driving experience. I know the later models come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, so that's generally more than good enough.
The value: This is another one that gets marked up a ton by dealerships. They tend to hold their value well though. I definitely wouldn't put anything less than premium gas in it, and it gets 25 mpg combined, with is pretty solid.
Overall, it's worth a look if you're in the market for a FWD hot-hatch. I did feel like it was a little rough sitting in traffic, but if you want something to be your track car and still haul the family and some friends around, it's a solid choice. Personally, I don't go to the track, and there are plenty of cheaper options out there that still offer a lot of fun. There are also a lot of AWD options at a similar price point to the Type R, so it is in a weird middle-area between the FWD hatches and AWD options.
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