Despite its incredibly shabby bodywork The 2021 Honda Civic Type R is an incredibly entertaining and functional four-door hatchback. With a turbocharged engine that has 306 horsepower and a manual 6-speed transmission (the only one available) that feeds the front wheels The Type R is not only the fastest Honda Civic, it’s one of the fastest sport compacts. Honda has been able to remove the tension steer which plagues front-drive cars , and provides a clear steering, a remarkably strong control in corners and a ride that’s quite smooth. Its interior isn’t awe-inspiring with its red accents, and the black interior make the interior look like an unsolved crime scene, however the ample back seat as well as the ample cargo space provide everyday practicality. In addition to a quiet exhaust note and loud traffic The Civic Type R in 2021 Civic Type R ranks among the most fun automobiles to drive today and is also an Editors’ Pick winner.
What’s New for 2021?
In the year 2021 Honda will offer 2021’s Limited Edition Type R that matches its name since only 1000 copies of the model will be made (600 of them are reserved to U.S. customers). This model will only be offered as a Phoenix Yellow Pearl paint. It will have a gloss-black roof panel, mirrors on the exterior and a the hood scoop. But most importantly, it’s a Limited Edition. Limited Edition is intended to improve the performance of the Type R by losing 38 pounds and incorporating more grippy Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires. Honda is also claiming that it has been tuned to adjust the steering and damper features to match the particular wheel-and-tire combination.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The Type R’s primary competition will be the Hyundai Veloster N. The Hyundai isn’t as powerful in comparison to the R and its unusual three-door layout makes it less practical. However, both compacts sport are just the one front-drive model to are equally impressive in performance. Although there is a consensus on the Honda’s design and the Veloster N’s exhaust is significantly better than the Type R, this Type R would be our most preferred option. We like the enhancements made with the Limited Edition.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Its Civic Type R looks like something that the devil himself spit on the pavement and performs like an out of the blue also. Its turbocharged four-cylinder is a unique engine that produces 306 horsepower, and 295 pounds of torque. The engine’s eagerness is always alive, with an incredibly responsive throttle and a barely noticeable turbo lag. Six-speed manuals with short throws are also available and is the only option for transmission. The Honda’s simple shifting action and precise clutch are as perfectly coordinated as two figure skaters. It’s a shame that the triple-pipe center-exit exhaust doesn’t sound as sounding as the exterior style. The numbing sound is appreciated during long journeys however we’d like to hear more roar from a car that is as stylish and comfortable as this. Type R Type R is that rare kind of car with exceptional track capability and friendly road manners. It grips the road as bionic Velcro with the ability to steer that would make Miss Cleo, and the chassis that appears to be designed by the hands of a Formula 1 engineer. While its suspension is more rigid than the more sporty Honda Civic Si’s version with an R rating is surprisingly comfy. It’s not too sexy when driving on rough roads or rough terrain, as the 20-inch tires and low-profile wheels cause violent impact. The Type R’s incredible grip was evident on our skidpad where it racked up 1.02 g’s, an impressive achievement for any car even one that has front-wheel drive. Type R Type R set the bar even higher, with its incredible emergency-braking distance (70 miles per hour down to the zero) which was 142 feet equivalent to that of the Acura NSX, which costs $200,000, that we test.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Its Civic Type R boasts above-average EPA ratings for fuel efficiency and performs just as excellent in real life. According to the government, it will achieve 22 mpg when in city driving and 28 mpg on the road. Honda’s Honda and its rivals all achieved or exceeded their EPA highway figures on our 200-mile loop of fuel economy. Honda’s hot hatchback came in 29 mpg, beating its benchmark by 1 milliliter.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The interior of the Type R is classified as R for scenes with extravagant red accents and comfortable racing seats. While the design isn’t simple, the interior draws upon Type R trademarks and racy materials to emphasize its ample passenger space. The 7.0-inch digital gauge cluster has a red theme–obviously–and a distinct appearance for each drive mode. Its Civic Type R may be the perfect mix of track star and everyday driver. However, it’s an excellent travel companion. Our tests showed that it could hold significantly more ping pong balls than the competition and was tied with it to the WRX STI for the greatest capacity for carry-on luggage.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Every model is outfitted with a standard 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment screen, which–thankfully–features a volume knob and several physical buttons. However, the menus are dated and not very responsive. In other words, the infotainment program offers attractive basic features like an integrated navigation feature, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a fun stereo.