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This Car - 2018 Honda Civic Type R
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By Keith Buglewicz

The 2018 Honda Civic Type R is the best driver's car Honda has built since the S2000. Much more than just a Civic with a powerful engine, Honda reengineered the car -- already the best car in its class -- turning it into a performance thoroughbred. The turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder puts out 306 horsepower, and it's connected only to a slick-shifting rev-matching 6-speed manual transmission. The Civic's hatchback body gets reinforced with structural adhesives for better rigidity, and the torque-steer-reducing front suspension is unique to the Type R. Sure, it looks crazy, but Honda insists all that wild bodywork helps increase downforce. Other cars like the Ford Focus RS are quicker in a straight line and boast all-wheel drive, but the 2018 Civic Type R beats them on price, and day-to-day comfort.

You'll Like This Car If...

Previously only available in Japan and Europe, the 2018 Honda Civic Type R is the fulfillment of every "tuner" magazine reader's dreams. But it's not just for enthusiasts: If you're looking for a great-handling, quick, and fun car that won't beat you up on your daily commute, the Civic Type R is just right.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Functional or not, the wings and vents adorning the Civic Type R look aggressively goofy to some. The Type R isn't the quickest hot hatch in a straight line, and owners should avoid drag racing the Focus RS and Subaru WRX STI.

What's New for 2018

All-new last year, the 2018 Honda Civic Type R features no changes this year.

Driving It Driving Impressions

All too often, "hot-rod" versions of good compact cars wind up compromising the things we liked about the compact in the first place. Not so the 2018 Honda Civic Type R. Yes, it's quick: The 306-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder puts down power to the front wheels smoothly and, remarkably, without torque steer. Take it to a racetrack, flip the drive mode to +R, and it's as rewarding to drive as just about anything you could care to mention, practically egging you on to push its limits, and quicker than many of its all-wheel-drive competitors. Yet away from the track, on the daily commute, Honda hasn't forgotten that this is a Civic. The powerful engine also pours out plentiful torque, making it easy to drive in traffic. When the drive mode is in its Comfort setting, the ride is perfectly acceptable. In fact, maybe it's a little too civilized, as we'd like a bit more engine noise to filter through the triple-pipe exhaust system.

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Driving modes are becoming commonplace, but driving modes that make a real difference are still a rarity. The Civic Type R's three modes are as distinct as they could be. Comfort is great for commuting, save +R for the track (or smooth surface streets), and Sport neatly splits the difference.

This is the first Civic Type R ever sold on these shores (the Integra Type R from 20 years ago doesn't count), and even among other Type R models, this is the best one ever. Thank the one-world, 10th-generation Civic platform for the honor.

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