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179.4" length, 56.5" height Front-wheel drive

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2020 Honda Civic Type R review: Our expert's take


By Joe Bruzek


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2020 Honda Civic Type R | thaicuc3d.vn photo by Joe Bruzek
The verdict: The Type R’s on-track credibility is boosted for 2020, but a new augmented engine sound is a head-scratcher. 

Versus the competition: Exuding poise, balance and loads of grip, the front-wheel-drive Type R performs as well as or better than its all-wheel-drive rivals.

Below $40,000, you’ll have a hard time finding anything more track ready and fun than the 306-horsepower, six-speed-manual-only Honda Civic Type R. Now in its fourth model year, the 2020 Type R hatchback gets some love with an update that includes new performance goods, a few interior tweaks & one love-it-or-hate-it feature that might be annoying enough lớn make you look for a 2019-or-earlier Civic Type R.

Related: StaR Performers: 2018 Honda Civic Type R Vs. 2018 Volkswagen Golf R

What’s Changed on the Civic Type R for 2020?

2020 Honda Civic Type R | thaicuc3d.vn photo by Joe BruzekNinety percent of the enhancements make the 2020 Type R a better street & track car. They’re meaningful updates that take an already track-happy car and give it more directness & capability. Up front, the bumpers are redesigned and there’s a larger grille opening for additional cooling that Honda says reduced coolant temperatures 18 degrees in its testing. Khổng lồ my eyes, the smoothed texture of the lower bumper trim versus the previous honeycomb inserts is far less busy & cheap looking. 

2020 Honda Civic Type R | thaicuc3d.vn photo by Joe BruzekThe new two-piece brake rotors from Brembo replace the single-piece design. This floating thiết kế improves heat dissipation & braking performance during high-stress driving by making the center hat out of aluminum instead of using one iron piece. The brake pedal stroke has been reduced by 17%, which means it takes less push khổng lồ engage the brakes.

The front suspension has a new lower ball lớn reduce friction & updated front compliance bushings. In the rear, the lower B-arms have new bushings that stiffen lateral loads by 8% for improved toe-in when cornering. Rounding out the suspension changes are updated adaptive shock absorbers now able lớn sample road conditions 10 times faster than before for more accurate reactions. 

The claimed results are improved steering accuracy at turn-in, more mid-corner stability và increased traction powering out of corners. What’s interesting is that the Type R wasn’t lacking those characteristics in our previous track testing, especially when compared with the Volkswagen Golf R. Could I tell the difference? I can’t honestly say I did during my time, which was limited khổng lồ street driving. With these tweaks being incremental, I believe I’d have to lớn be on a track to lớn tell the differences, và perhaps driving the older Type R back lớn back.

None of these changes affect acceleration. We measured the previous Type R’s 0-60 mph at 5.6 seconds (during the same test, a manual-transmission Golf R went 5.8 seconds to 60 mph). What’s instantly more noticeable, however, are the improvements to lớn the Type R’s interior — for better or worse. 

Honda Came khổng lồ Its Senses

Finally, Honda Sensing safety technology, which the Civic Type R previously excluded, is standard. It provides adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, & a few other safety systems. This always felt lượt thích a large omission because it’s been available on lesser Civics, và these are features that make everyday driving more comfortable & safer. It was easy to lớn look away for the Type R, though, because it was so specialized as a track car. Having these systems, even for my short loan, made the 2020 Type R an easier car to live with in areas with high-speed interstate driving. And lượt thích other Hondas, the features work well — lane keep assist works more like lane-centering khổng lồ keep the car centered rather than ping-ponging off lane markings lượt thích some other systems.

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New Steering Wheel and Shift Knob

2020 Honda Civic Type R | thaicuc3d.vn photo by Joe BruzekThe steering wheel is now covered in Alcantara synthetic suede versus leather, as is the shift boot, while the shift knob itself has a different shape và is weighted for a more direct feel. I liked both, though the Alcantara steering wheel seemed a little less grippy than the leather, and I’d imagine you’d get the most benefits from this wheel while wearing a pair of driving gloves. And good luck getting the smell of french fries out of the cloth wheel after stopping at the drive-through.

2020 Honda Civic Type R | thaicuc3d.vn photo by Joe Bruzek

The Controversial Active Sound Control

Here’s the weird thing about the Civic Type R: Even though it’s a car controlled by electronic systems and powered by a turbocharged engine, the Type R has always felt pure & organically fast, which makes the inclusion of augmented engine sounds for 2020 peculiar. This is a system that monitors the workings of the engine & generates a synthesized version through the audio system for increased effect. Most turbocharged thaicuc3d.vn use this type of system lớn make a small-displacement, grainy-sounding engine more pleasant — often in conjunction with active noise canceling (like the Honda Accord) to lớn mask unwanted sounds. 

In the Type R, it’s purely for sound augmentation, and the name Active Sound Control is slightly misleading because you don’t have much control over the effect. It’s least aggressive in Comfort mode, a little more aggressive in thể thao and most aggressive in Plus R mode, but you can’t turn it off (as Lexus sometimes lets you), nor can you pick and choose the aggressiveness in an “individual” custom mode along with chassis and drivetrain adjustments lượt thích you can in the Golf R. One of the Type R’s downsides has always been this lack of individual mode control for the various selectable driving systems.

Something as subjective as sound means you’ll have khổng lồ hear it yourself khổng lồ know if it’s a khuyễn mãi giảm giá breaker, but the effect is a noticeable change in thể thao and Plus R modes. I’m not a fan. I enjoyed the older Type R’s natural soundtrack of air whooshing through the intake during acceleration, a clatter of injectors and the sound of the bypass valve forcibly recirculating air after lifting the throttle. The Type R’s ASC is too artificial sounding for a car that otherwise feels so natural.

Should You Buy the 2020 Type R?

2020 Honda Civic Type R | thaicuc3d.vn photo by Joe BruzekNot being able lớn turn off the new sound augmentation is a downside, but intrepid Type R communities will likely find a way. In the end, I’d suck it up, hold my nose và buy the 2020. If it weren’t for Honda Sensing, I might have leaned toward the earlier thaicuc3d.vn, but having those convenience and safety features really seals the deal on the 2020 Type R as the one to lớn get. And for only $695 more than before? Yeah, even at $37,950 with destination, the Civic Type R’s price is still a bargain, albeit a slightly more annoying bargain.

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