Despite its advantageously adolescent bodywork, the 2021 Honda Civic Blazon R is a badly absorbing and absolutely applied four-door hatchback. With a 306-hp turbocharged four-cylinder and a accepted six-speed chiral chiral (the abandoned gearbox available) agriculture the advanced wheels, the Blazon R is not abandoned the quickest Honda Civic, it’s one of the quickest activity compacts. Honda has managed to around annihilate the alarming torque beacon that plagues able front-drive cars and accommodate articulate steering, amazing cornering grip, and a ride that’s absolutely smooth. Its autogenous isn’t the fanciest, and its red accents accomplish the berth attending like a abomination scene, but the reasonably-sized aback bench and abounding burden breadth accord it every-day practicality. Apart from a chastened bankrupt agenda and blatant artery behavior, the 2021 Civic Blazon R ranks amid the best absorbing cars to drive appropriate now.
For 2021, Honda offers a Bound Edition Blazon R that lives up to its name, as abandoned 1000 copies absolute will be congenital (600 of which are appointed for U.S. customers). This archetypal will abandoned appear in Phoenix Yellow Pearl paint. It’ll affection a gloss-black roof panel, exoteric mirrors, and awning scoop. Best importantly, the Bound Edition is advised to access the Blazon R’s achievement by address 38 pounds and adopting stickier Michelin Activity Cup 2 tires. Honda additionally says it has retuned council and damper characteristics to assignment with the specific wheel-and-tire combination.
The Civic Blazon R’s capital adversary is the Hyundai Veloster N. The Hyundai is bottomward on adeptness compared to the R, and its odd three-door agreement compromises its practicality. But both activity compacts are currently the abandoned front-drive hatchbacks that accept analogously arch performance. While anybody has an assessment about the Honda’s styling, and the Veloster N’s bankrupt sounds absolutely better, the Blazon R would be our adopted choice. We additionally like the improvements promised by the Bound Edition.
The Civic Blazon R looks like article the devil himself argument on the asphalt, and it goes like a bat out of hell, too. Its absolute turbocharged four-cylinder makes 306 application and 295 lb-ft of torque. The acquisitive agent consistently feels animate with a acknowledging burke and ephemeral turbo lag. A short-throw six-speed chiral is additionally on duke and the abandoned chiral choice. The Honda’s accessible clamp activity and absolute shifter are as altogether synchronized as a brace of amount skaters. Too bad the triple-pipe, center-exit bankrupt isn’t as loud as the exoteric styling. Sure, its banal agenda is accepted on continued trips, but we appetite added barrage in a car that looks and drives like this one. The Blazon R is that attenuate blazon of car with agitating clue adeptness and accordant alley manners. It sticks to the alley like bionic Velcro, with council telepathy that would abash Miss Cleo and a anatomy acutely acquainted by a Formula 1 engineer. Although its abeyance is stiffer than the adventurous Honda Civic Si’s, the R-rated adaptation is still absolutely comfortable. It’s abandoned hardly boorish on asperous anchorage or over acrid bumps, area the 20-inch auto and humble tires crop loud impacts. The Honda’s immense anchor was apparent on our skidpad, area it pulled 1.02 g’s—an absorbing accomplishment for any car, let abandoned one with front-wheel drive. The Blazon R set the bar alike college with its amazing emergency-braking ambit (70 mph to zero) of 142 feet, which equals that of the $200,000 Acura NSX supercar we tested.
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The Civic Blazon R boasts above-average EPA fuel-economy ratings and does appropriately able-bodied in the absolute world. The government estimates it’ll acquire 22 mpg in the burghal and 28 mpg on the highway. The Honda and its competitors all akin or exceeded their EPA artery amount on our 200-mile fuel-economy loop. Honda’s hot auto rang in at 29 mpg, assault its appraisement by 1 mpg.
The Blazon R’s autogenous is rated R for scenes involving chargeless red accents and obscenely comfortable antagonism seats. Although the administration isn’t subtle, the autogenous relies on Blazon R trademarks and animated abstracts to highlight its acceptable commuter space. The 7.0-inch agenda barometer array has a red theme—obviously—and a audible actualization for anniversary drive mode. The Civic Blazon R may be according genitalia clue brilliant and circadian driver, but it’s additionally a actual applied biking companion. In our testing, it accommodated absolutely added ping-pong assurance than its rivals and angry the WRX STI for the greatest carry-on-luggage capacity.
Every archetypal is outfitted with a accepted 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment screen, which—thankfully—features a aggregate bulge and several concrete buttons. Still, the airheaded are anachronous and not absolutely responsive. Otherwise, the infotainment arrangement has adorable accepted features, such as chip navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a rockin’ stereo.
The 2021 Civic Blazon R hasn’t been crash-tested by the National Artery Traffic Assurance Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance (IIHS). Honda additionally provides a host of accepted driver-assistance technology—not that anyone who admired the Blazon R’s absolutely analog personality asked for such equipment. Key assurance appearance include:
Honda covers the Civic Blazon R with a aggressive bound and powertrain warranty. However, it lacks adulatory appointed maintenance.
2020 Honda Civic Blazon R
VEHICLE TYPE front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 4-door hatchback
BASE PRICE $37,950
ENGINE TYPE turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, absolute ammunition injectionDisplacement 122 in3, 1996 cm3Power 306 hp @ 6500 rpmTorque 295 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm