#PRODUCTWATCH: 2020 HONDA CIVIC 5D SPORT TOURING
Life has been a bit challenging as we navigate this Pandemic and one thing we missed so much about our “old life” was the time got to spend Test Driving the Honda Canada family of cars. Now that we’ve entered Stage III of Ontario’s reopening, we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate it than catching-up with friends old and new in the 2020 Honda Civic 5D Sport Touring.
The car in Crystal Black Pearl continues to sport the Civic‘s refined sporty and flashy aesthetic. We received several compliments from friends who were wowed by its style at first glance. But believe me, this attraction is more than just about looks.
In terms of performance, the 2020 Honda Civic 5D Sport Touring possesses a 180-hp, 1.5 litre, 16-valve, direct injection, DOHC, turbocharged 4 cylinder engine with a state-of-the-art Drive by Wire Throttle System. This means that it is able to create force of movement via an electronic throttle without any cables from the accelerator pedal to the throttle valve of the engine. The vehicle has a quick acceleration and agility and is power-assisted with ventilated front disc/solid rear disc brakes.
Above this, it nails all the marks with its ECON button mode and Econ Assist System. Our weekend travels took us from suburbs to country to city and we did with unheard of value. Its Fuel Economy tallies-in at 8.0 / 6.6 / 7.4 (City/Highway/Combined). One note, it runs on Premium fuel.
Honda never disappoints packing-in the features and the 2020 Honda Civic 5D Sport Touring is no exception. We’re surprised how other manufacturers don’t offer a wireless charging plate for your smartphones still, but the Civic always shows up with the options for helping us stay connected. Passengers also get charging ports too, so everyone’s happy. Bluetooth Sync was incredibly easy and the connection was reliable. We enjoyed our Spotify playlists through its 542-watt Premium Audio System with 12 speakers including subwoofer and navigating options on the 7″ Colour TFT meter Display Audio System has made us forget what life was like before these luxuries. We’ve finally gotten the hang of the Civic‘s advanced Climate Control system and stayed cool in our travels with it working at peak efficiency.
Drivers get 8-way driver seat power adjustment, while the front passenger gets 4-way adjustment. Seats are leather-trimmed and come with heating options, which we don’t quite yet need in this summer heat, but summer’s over in a little over a month! *womp womp* That being said, we treasure ice cold drinks and the handy beverage (or sanitizer!) holders for us and all our passengers. It’s all in the details and time and again the Civic gets it.
The 2020 Honda Civic 5D Sport Touring is all about small enhancements which bring so much value. We adore its LED Foglights and Rain-Sensing Wipers, which thankfully didn’t come into play much during our Test Drive but definitely will be a factor in other times.
All these talking points about features and performance are great, but what always should come first is safety. The Civic continues to be incredibly intuitive, knowing just when to give warnings ahead. Its Honda LaneWatch Blindspot Display, Collision Mitigation Brake System, Lane Departure System, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Keeping Assist, Vehicle Stability Assist, SmartVent Side Airbags, i-SRS Airbag, SmartVent Side Airbags all are there not to save only your life, but the lives of those you love and others around you. Nobody’s perfect, but the Civic is here to ensure we do our best to be safe and aware always.
The Multi-Angle Rearview Camera has made reversing and parking a breeze and you don’t realize this till you drive another car which isn’t equipped with this.
While the Civic‘s Childproof Locks sometimes are a bit cumbersome especially when you don’t have kids in the back and the passenger just wants to get out, it is there for a purpose. The Civic also comes with a Theft-Deterrent System and we cannot stress how amazing it is having something like Proximity Entry. We always seem to have some bags in our hand and we don’t have energy to fumble for our keys when all we want to do is get into our car!
We’re grateful for the memories we got to make and the 2020 Honda Civic 5D Sport Touring allowed us to salvage that bit of a Summer that we’ve lacked as we make it through one of the most challenging times in our lives ever.
Take a drive with us down Memory Lane this past weekend! Lots of cuteness to behold, you’ve been warned!
The 2020 Honda Civic 5D Sport Touring starts at $30,576 CAN. More here.
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)