Few car launches were as highly anticipated as the You-Tube only unveiling of the new Honda Civic. Now in it’s tenth (!) generation, the Civic has been the compact car against which all others were measured for much of the last 30 years. The 2016 Honda Civic is currently only available as a sedan, though a coupe and hatchback will also be offered. Boy (and girl) racers will be excited to know that Si and Type-R models are both on the way, and that Honda will be offering a turbocharged engine for the first time in North America. But the sedan version will be the volume leader on this continent, and a handsome car it is, too. Angular and sleek, it is just a little lower and wider than the car it replaces, imparting a planted, confident image. The layered interior of the 9th generation car has been replaced with a simple and attractive design, centred around a 7-inch touch screen. Interior materials are of improved quality and feel, and the floor has been lowered to make up for the dropped roof so the new sleek lines don’t affect headroom. Rear seat knee room has been extended by two inches. The car is stiffer and lighter than before, and the base engine is a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder. It puts out 158 horsepower, the most powerful base engine ever offered in a Civic, and coupled with the weight-loss it makes the car feel agile and sprightly. The other option is a 1.5-liter turbo making 174 horses, and it gives the car a genuinely sporting demeanour. For now, the turbo engine is only available with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), while the less powerful engine gets a choice of CVT or six-speed manual. Available on the new 2016 Civic is the Honda Sensing Suite of safety features. These include Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Departure Mitigation and an adaptive cruise control system that includes Low-Speed Follow for heavy traffic. Lighter, stiffer, swifter, quieter and wrapped in new attractive duds, there’s a lot to like about the 10th generation Honda Civic.