What’s the Benefit?
This engine delivers exhilarating acceleration while operating with excellent efficiency.
All Civic Hatchback trims offer efficient, powerful performance from this engine.
In addition to the intercooled turbo, this EarthDreams® Technology powerplant features direct injection and Variable Timing Control™ (VTC™) on both camshafts.
Instead of employing VTEC to spread torque throughout the rpm range, it uses the torque-expanding benefits of turbocharging.
Thanks to careful tuning and use of a relatively small-diameter turbine wheel, Honda’s version of the forced-induction engine exhibits negligible turbo lag—a phenomenon that bedevils many of its turbocharged competitors—so response to the throttle is quick.
Drivers will appreciate impressive horsepower output: 174 hp in most trims, and 180 hp for Sport and Sport Touring Hatchback models when using premium unleaded fuel.
Torque production is admirable as well, ranging from 162 lb-ft to 177 lb-ft, depending on the model.
Plus, that torque peak starts low and stays strong a long time as the revs rise, for a sustained blast of acceleration.
Perhaps most remarkable of all, this engine can provide all that exhilaration while receiving excellent EPA fuel-economy ratings.