As we look forward to what the 4th Generation Mazda 6 will look like (fingers crossed for some cross-pollination with the RX-VISION Concept), I saw this vehicle in the dark of night passing by me. At night, this looked like a smaller version of the new 2016 Nissan Maxima, however it was about as large as my 6, and had a very similar silhouette. When it passed, it revealed itself to be a Honda...but which one? To my surprise I discover this was the new 2016 Honda Civic! WhAt?!?!
When I searched it on the web, I found out it just was crowned AutoGuide.com 2016 Car Of The Year
. But that wasn't the biggest shocker to me...what SHOCKED ME, was this was a CIVIC! Not the Civic from my youth, but one that's been working out, and appears to be on some type of growth hormone. Whoa!
For size comparison, see the 2016 Coupe, and imagine 2 more doors:
In my opinion, the sedan looks like the love child of a Nissan Altima and Maxima (implying that Honda had no future design language it developed on its own, so it "pilfered" some from a competitor)! Aside from the busy crease lines and the "butta-face" grill, I must say I'm shocked, surprised and curious about what this means for the next Gen6 and the future of Mazda 3 development. The Coupe treatment, should it be applied to the sedan, may disrupt the progress of Mazda's "Kudos for Kodo" parade. Car And Driver has been most generous with acknowledging what we already know about How AWESOME Mazda's are, however we're all aware the volume giant the Civic has been and with this new size, and apparently better MPGs, this could prove very disrupting to Mazda's forward progress.
So, have any of you seen the new Civic? If so, what are your thoughts and opinions about the vehicle, and on what this could mean for our favorite car company? Look Forward to your replies!