2018 HONDA CIVIC TYPE R REVIEW: STILL DEPENDABLE AND FUN AFTER ONE YEAR?

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

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Let"s get right khổng lồ the good stuff. The first Civic Type R (FK8) sold in the States is simply the best performing front-drive sầu production oto in history. No stochồng 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 tenathành phố. We wish there were a way lớn launch it harder, so tricking the self-imposed rev-limiter from a standstill nets "only" a 5.4-second sprint to lớn 60 mph. At about 14,000 miles, our friends at Tire Rack replaced the stochồng Continental SportLiên hệ 6 tires with a mix of Michelin Pilot Sport 4S, & we ran the tests again. There were small but measurable improvements in all performance categories, but more important, added confidence & comfort.


Comfort is not a unique one would expect from a very sporty, bewinged four-door hatchbaông chồng, but the Type R is indeed at ease with most road surfaces, and wind noise is surprisingly low và widely dispersed at highway speeds. Riding on 20-inch wheels, but three-way adjustable dampers, the compact Civic hatch"s ride is remarkably compliant & quiet, even in Sport 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 sầu ever enjoyed, and I drive sầu about 200 cars a year. So supportive and bolstered are they that a friend with baông xã troubles noticed & said, "I don"t have to brace myself for corners. I"ll just sit here with my hands in my lap và enjoy this road with you." And uncomfortable hot spots and fidgeting on long drives vanishes. I expected the tall thigh bolsters khổng lồ wear, break down, or discolor from a year"s worth of unavoidable tương tác, yet they still look & feel like new. There were no complaints from high-school rear passengers with the exception that the car only holds four people. The air conditioning system never failed lớn deliver cool/warm air on dem& in temperatures from trăng tròn lớn 105 degrees.


Over the course of a year (377 days) & 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 $3.20 lớn $4.70 ($3.97 avg). Our tank-by-tank economy ranged from 12 to lớn 32 mpg depending on locale and 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 khổng lồ 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 orkhuyễn mãi giảm 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 lớn 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 sầu 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 & found that the rear brake pads needed replacing ($222). "Odd," I thought, since the Brembo fronts vày most of the braking. In fact, this is a common trait for the FK8 CTR, and its rear brakes vì chưng most of the work stabilizing the oto on twisting mountain roads driven at a spirited pace—even with VSA stability control system supposedly disabled và in R diving mode. In total, we plunked down about $2,250 to keep the oto running happy. Subtracting fresh tires & the bent wheel, that"s $369 more than our năm ngoái 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 common khổng lồ see in-showroom +$10,000 "market-adjusted" window stickers on these particularly desirable Civics, you might expect them khổng lồ 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 lớn be a whopping 87 percent of its new price. I scoured our long-term reviews lớn find similar performance cars" values. Well, that same năm ngoái 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 phối another record.


It took time to lớn get used to lớn the CTR"s styling, but it really grew on me. I already covered the stoông chồng wheel/tire difficulties, & if it were truly my car, I think a set 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 khổng lồ report the new, 2019 Civic Type R has an actual volume knob, as well as physical buttons to lớn access oft-used HVAC functions, so those gripes have 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 to 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 và confidence, comfortably emptied a tank or two in one sitting, & even hauled (not at one time) a set of four vintage speakers for repair, two loaner tower speakers, a 6-foot ladder, a small office table, and so on. Like I said, this car literally does it all. Also, with the car"s sole manufacturing facility closing in Swindon, Engl&, its future was unsure. It would retain its value even more, or so I thought. Our friends at Honda reassured me that other facilities, lượt thích the one in Ohio, will be drafted to accommodate the relatively low production numbers of the Civic Type R. Our Helpful Honda People, however, also know the car"s value, so the price they proposed was out of my price range. Darn it.


Would I recommend 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 / trăng tròn,100 mi
BASE PRICE $35,595
OPTIONS None
PRICE AS TESTED $35,595
AVG ECON/CO2 24.0 mpg / 0.81 lb/mi
PROBLEM AREAS None
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%)
RECALLS None
*IntelliChoice data; assumes 42,000 miles at the kết thúc of 3-years

2018 Honda Civic Type R
POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS
DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front-engine, FWD
ENGINE TYPE Turbocharged I-4, alum block/head
VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
DISPLACEMENT 121.8 cu in/1,996cc
COMPRESSION RATIO 9.8:1
POWER (SAE NET) 306 hp
2,500 rpm
REDLINE 7,000 rpm
WEIGHT TO POWER 10.1 lb/hp
TRANSMISSION 6-tốc độ manual
AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 4.11:1/3.02:1
SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Struts, coil springs, adj shocks; anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, adj shocks; anti-roll bar
STEERING RATIO 14.9-11.7:1
TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 2.1
BRAKES, F; R 13.8-in vented, drilled disc; 12.0-in disc, ABS
WHEELS 8.5 x 20-in cast aluminum
TIRES 245/30Rtrăng tròn 90Y Continental SportContact 6
DIMENSIONS
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
TURNING CIRCLE 39.5 ft
CURB WEIGHT 3,104 lb
WEIGHT DIST, F/R 62/38%
SEATING CAPACITY 4
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
TEST DATA
ACCELERATION TO MPH