The Taming of the Turbo

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Honda Civic EX-T Sedan
Starting MSRP: $21,940
Clamored for throughout the 1990s, factory turbos are finally boosting Honda Civics. Turbos were adopted for the 2016 model year and they are working their way into other Honda products. Sure, in the Civic they are pumping out 306 horsepower in the high-performance Type-R, but you can feel the efficient boost in the mid-level EX too. The EX-T sports a 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder engine that uses 16.5 psi to generate 174 horsepower. Wisely, Honda upped the boost to 20.2 psi and installed the 1.5-liter in the Si variant, where it produces 205 horsepower. This move positions the Si under the Type-R and saves it from becoming irrelevant within the Civic’s new hierarchy.

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