Honda has revealed the 10th generation Civic Si prototype to show off the performance direction of the 2017 Si coupe and sedan. Honda has a long history with its Si name plate and hopes to come out swinging with what they claim to be the most powerful Civic Si they’ve ever produced. The Si will be at the 2016 LA Auto show in coupe, sedan and hatchback variations. Even bigger news is that Honda will finally be bringing a Civic Type R to the US. It’s been something import tuners have lusted after for years and Honda is finally making it happen. Details about the new Type R haven’t been fully released but Honda will have a prototype of it on display along side the new Civic Si.
Powering this new Civic Si will be a high-performance and high-torque 1.5 liter direct injected turbo engine mated to a 6 speed manual transmission. Additionally this Civic will offer a new active damper system, active steering, limited slip differential, and high performance tires. These are all things people have been modding onto Civics for years in the aftermarket. Limited slip differential, turbo, high torque engines, appearance kits; it’s as if Honda finally opened up a Honda Tuning magazine and saw what all the fuss has been about all these years. This car should make for a great base platform for further tuning or an excellent platform for those that wanted all these things in the past but didn’t want to modify their factory cars. Well done Honda, well done.
The Civic Si will be on dealer lots next year as Honda rolls out all models of the Civic lineup for 2017. The roll out with finish with the Type R Civic later in 2017.
So I have been mulling over the idea of getting a more fuel efficient car. I drive a 2010 Nissan Murano right now and driving back and forth to work everyday is starting to put a damper on my wallet. Every time I fill up its about 70 smackers right to the face and wallet. Don’t get me wrong though I love the Murano and on long trips it is a very comfortable car to be driving it’s just the wallet that suffers. Although the Murano gets about 22-25 mpg on the highway which isn’t bad at all I would much rather get 35-40 mpg on the highway. So this is what brings me to thinking about getting a more fuel efficient car. A few used cars/bike I was thinking about were the Can-am Spyder, Smart car, and a Honda CR-Z.
Yeah I know It isn’t a bike, and it isn’t a car but these three wheeled bikes are pretty cool looking. The Can-am Spyder is a nice ride for older gentleman who can’t ride a two wheeled motorcycle anymore but still love to ride or for people who just can’t ride a bike and can ride one of these. The Spyder gets about 32 mpg so it isn’t the most fuel efficient vehicle but I have never rode a bike before and would love to jump on one of these and take right off. It just seems like a blast. The downfall is I would have to get my motorcycle license, the safety factor, and I can only drive it half of the year. So this really wouldn’t save me anything. But I think this is more for the fun factor if anything. I most likely wouldn’t purchase this but it’s a thought.
Ok say what you want but this little booger gets 33 city and 41 hwy mpg. With a 70 hp engine and a 12.8 0-60 mph rating this little rocket may be sitting in my driveway some time soon. From what I have heard from friends of friends they love there smart cars, and there not just for small people either. Granted I’m not a huge guy but I’m not small either and I want to be comfortable in my 30 minute commute everyday. These cars are very safe and I can find them around town used for about $8,000 – $10,000. Which is not a bad price tag used. I just don’t know if I can see myself driving in one of these cars everyday. But to save a few bucks it may just be worth it!
Now the car I have been eyeing for a while the Honda CR-Z. I think it is just the looks of this thing because i think it looks awesome. The Honda CR-Z gets 35 city 39 hwy with a combined 37. This isn’t to bad considering the car has different options in driving. The car has a Sport mode for a little extra boost. An eco mode for slow city driving and stop and go traffic. A normal mode for normal driving on country roads and such. The car has a 16-Valve SOHC i-VTEC engine that puts out about 122hp between the gas and electric motor. The problem is the price tag, used ones are still going for about $19,000 I like it because of it’s looks and it seems a lot more roomy than the Smart car. I’m a sucker for sleek looking cars like this.
So in conclusion these are the 3 vehicle I have been looking at purchasing and the Spyder being the least one I want out of the bunch and the CR-Z being the one I want the most, of course that being the most expensive one. Here is the only problem; is it wallet efficient for me to be doing this. I spend about $300 on gas a month. So another car payment will be about $130-$180 and insurance plus car taxes every year. Also owning the Murano on top of this and still having to fuel that up every so often. So far I haven’t really been able to justify buying another vehicle and using it for back and forth to work. I really don’t want to be driving around a $500 beater car either I would like something presentable. So if anyone has any input or thoughts please post them here and let me know what you think. What do you drive and what have you found you like the most for efficiency.