The entry-level Honda Civic VTi sedan will start at $22,390 and comes standard will a CVT automatic transmission. That’s less than the starting price for the Toyota Corolla Ascent sedan automatic, at $22,990, and means it easily undercuts the hugely popular Mazda 3 Maxx sedan, which starts at $24,390 with an automatic transmission.
The 2016 Honda Civic sedan will be offered with a choice of two engines and five equipment levels, all coming with an automatic. A 1.8-litre four-cylinder powers the sharply priced $22,390 VTi and the $24,490 VTi-S models.
A new 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder is standard in the VTi-L ($27,790) and flagship $33,590 VTi-LX. The 1.5-litre, which with 127kW is one of the most powerful engines in its class, also powers a new ‘RS’ model, which replaces the current Civic Sport and costs $31,790 including a sunroof.
The pricing means that the strikingly styled sedan costs only $400 more than the equivalent version of the current car. That’s despite the new Civic being larger than the car it replaces, enabling more passenger space as well as a class-leading 519-litre boot. Honda has also confirmed that it will offer Bluetooth music streaming, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity.
The new Honda Civic sedan goes on sale next month, with a new Honda Civic hatch arriving in Australia in early 2017.
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