Used 2018 Honda Civic Type R Touring Review

Seriously, vì chưng I? When I started this year-long evaluation, I wondered what it would be like khổng lồ live sầu with the Best Hot Hatch in Decades. Now, I"m wondering how I"m going khổng lồ live sầu without the 2018 Honda Civic Type R. The CTR, as its fans Call it, proved lớn be a consummate, comfy commuter, a maniacal mountain road goer, a multi-record-holding performer, frugal road tripper, & surprisingly spacious và convenient hauler. There may not be a more comprehensively satisfying long-term thử nghiệm car extant. It literally does everything.

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Let"s get right lớn the good stuff. The first Civic Type R (FK8) sold in the States is simply the best performing front-drive sầu production car in history. No stock FWD oto will beat it in a straight line, on our figure-eight course, or around any number of racetracks including the infamous Nordschleife "Green Hell" circuit. Nothing will stop or corner with as much tenađô thị. We wish there were a way khổng lồ launch it harder, so tricking the self-imposed rev-limiter from a standstill nets "only" a 5.4-second sprint to 60 mph. At about 14,000 miles, our friends at Tire Raông chồng replaced the stock Continental SportLiên hệ 6 tires with a set of Michelin Pilot Thể Thao 4S, và we ran the tests again. There were small but measurable improvements in all performance categories, but more important, added confidence and comfort.

Comfort is not a quality one would expect from a very sporty, bewinged four-door hatchbachồng, but the Type R is indeed at ease with most road surfaces, and wind noise is surprisingly low and widely dispersed at highway speeds. Riding on 20-inch wheels, but three-way adjustable dampers, the compact Civic hatch"s ride is remarkably compliant và quiet, even in Thể Thao or R mode, and especially after switching tires. However, the CTR"s 245/30Rtrăng tròn tire sidewalls are less than 3 inches tall và abhor sharp impacts. I even bent a front wheel on a jutting sewer cover.

Beyond the supple ride, the cloth/Alcantara front seats are perhaps the best seats I"ve ever enjoyed, and I drive sầu about 200 cars a year. So supportive sầu và bolstered are they that a friover with baông xã troubles noticed và said, "I don"t have sầu khổng lồ brace myself for corners. I"ll just sit here with my hands in my lap and enjoy this road with you." And uncomfortable hot spots và fidgeting on long drives vanishes. I expected the tall thigh bolsters to wear, break down, or discolor from a year"s worth of unavoidable liên hệ, yet they still look and feel like new. There were no complaints from high-school rear passengers with the exception that the oto only holds four people. The air conditioning system never failed khổng lồ deliver cool/warm air on demand in temperatures from trăng tròn to lớn 105 degrees.

Over the course of a year (377 days) and just over 20,000 miles, the Civic Type R consumed 835 gallons of California-spec 91-octane premium unleaded for a total cost of $3,322 ($8.82 per day). The per-gallon cost for said fuel ranged/rose from $3.trăng tròn khổng lồ $4.70 ($3.97 avg). Our tank-by-tank economy ranged from 12 to 32 mpg depending on locale & personnel, of course. Our annual average was 24 mpg, nearly matching the EPA"s 25 mpg combined figure. We saw self-reported fuel economy as high as 34 mpg, but the longest single-day drive sầu between fill-ups was 332 miles with 1.7 gallons to spare. This calculated to 31 mpg, easily surpassing the EPA"s 28 mpg highway figure.

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Had our friends at Hondomain authority not replaced one of the 20-inch wheels gratis, the bent wheel orgiảm giá would have cost about $500. The Civic Type R was never out of service, except for two mornings for its scheduled maintenance and one to swap out the tires. At around 6,000 miles, the cost of the "A1" service (oil change, inspection, tire rotation, etc.) was $97. The 15,000-mile "B1" service would"ve cost the same for the same jobs (minus the would-be tire rotation, skipped because of its new $1,380 Michelins), but we had a coupon for a $50 service. However, the dealership called và found that the rear brake pads needed replacing ($222). "Odd," I thought, since the Brembo fronts vị most of the braking. In fact, this is a comtháng trait for the FK8 CTR, & its rear brakes bởi vì most of the work stabilizing the car on twisting mountain roads driven at a spirited pace—even with VSA stability control system supposedly disabled and in R diving mode. In total, we plunked down about $2,250 khổng lồ keep the car running happy. Subtracting fresh tires & the bent wheel, that"s $369 more than our 2015 Subaru WRX STI and 2017 BMW M2, both of which were covered with $0 paid for routine scheduled maintenance for three years or 36,000 miles.

Since it"s still comtháng khổng lồ see in-showroom +$10,000 "market-adjusted" window stickers on these particularly desirable Civics, you might expect them lớn retain their value, as well. You"re right. Our partners at IntelliChoice assume 42,000 miles at the end of three years and the Civic Type R"s value to lớn be a whopping 87 percent of its new price. I scoured our long-term reviews to find similar performance cars" values. Well, that same 2015 Subaru WRX STI retained just 58 percent, và the 2017 BMW M2 was closer with a 76 percent residual value. The Civic Type R might have sầu set another record.

It took time to lớn get used khổng lồ the CTR"s styling, but it really grew on me. I already covered the stochồng wheel/tire difficulties, và if it were truly my car, I think a mix of 18-inchers with taller sidewalls would not only look tougher, but also would"ve taken the cringes out of every sharp impact without sacrificing much in steering precision. The Civic Type R community knows about the car"s brake squeal at low tốc độ with light pedal pressure. Solution: tăng cấp the front pads. But I"m happy to lớn report the new, 2019 Civic Type R has an actual volume knob, as well as physical buttons to access oft-used HVAC functions, so those gripes have sầu been addressed. However, the aluminum shift knob doesn"t lượt thích extremes in either direction: ice-cube cold or branding-iron hot depending on the ambient, so the microfiber cloth I used to wipe the screen was also put lớn oven mitt duty.

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I loved my year in the 2018 Civic Type R so much that I asked Honda if I could buy it. I happily commuted, tore up Angeles Crest/Forest with zeal & confidence, comfortably emptied a tank or two in one sitting, & even hauled (not at one time) a mix of four vintage speakers for repair, two loaner tower speakers, a 6-foot ladder, a small office table, & so on. Like I said, this oto literally does it all. Also, with the car"s sole manufacturing facility closing in Swindon, England, its future was unsure. It would retain its value even more, or so I thought. Our friends at Hondomain authority reassured me that other facilities, lượt thích the one in Ohio, will be drafted to lớn accommodate the relatively low production numbers of the Civic Type R. Our Helpful Hondomain authority People, however, also know the car"s value, so the price they proposed was out of my price range. Darn it.

Would I recommkết thúc the Civic Type R lớn a friend? You bet I would. There isn"t a more accomplished front-drive sầu hot hatch available at any price.

Our Car
SERVICE LIFE 12 mo / 20,100 mi
BASE PRICE $35,595
AVG ECON/CO2 24.0 mpg / 0.81 lb/mi
MAINTENANCE COST $97 ("A" service: oil change, inspection); $50 (w/coupon "B" service: oil change, inspection); $222 (replace rear brake pads)
NORMAL-WEAR COST $500 (wheel replacement), $1,380 (tires)
3-YEAR RESIDUAL VALUE* $30,900 (87%)
*IntelliChoice data; assumes 42,000 miles at the kết thúc of 3-years

2018 Hondomain authority Civic Type R
ENGINE TYPE Turbocharged I-4, alum block/head
VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
DISPLACEMENT 121.8 cu in/1,996cc
POWER (SAE NET) 306 hp
2,500 rpm
REDLINE 7,000 rpm
WEIGHT TO POWER 10.1 lb/hp
TRANSMISSION 6-tốc độ manual
SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Struts, coil springs, adj shocks; anti-roll bar; multiliên kết, coil springs, adj shocks; anti-roll bar
STEERING RATIO 14.9-11.7:1
BRAKES, F; R 13.8-in vented, drilled disc; 12.0-in disc, ABS
WHEELS 8.5 x 20-in cast aluminum
TIRES 245/30R20 90Y Continental SportContact 6
WHEELBASE 106.3 in
TRACK, F/R 63.0/62.7 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 179.4 x 73.9 56.5 in
CURB WEIGHT 3,104 lb
HEADROOM, F/R 39.3/37.4 in
LEGROOM, F/R 42.3/35.9 in
SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 56.9/55.0 in
CARGO VOL, BEH F/R 46.3/25.7 cu ft