Engine/Chassis Features

Turbocharged 1.5-liter Engine (EX and Touring)

What’s the Benefit?

This engine delivers exhilarating acceleration while operating with excellent efficiency.

The Feature:

The turbocharged powerplant in select Civic trims is a masterpiece of Honda engine design. 

  • In addition to the intercooled turbo, this powerplant features direct injection, Variable Timing Control (VTC) on both camshafts and a dual-exhaust system.
  • 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 power output: 180 horsepower.
  • Torque production is admirable as well, at 177 lb-ft.
  • 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.36