Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2023

Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2023

Honda has done it again. For the second time, the brand’s budget – although that term is beginning to be controversial – has made Hot Hatch a stir by beating out faster, more powerful, more luxurious and more expensive competitors.

The Honda Civic Type R has earned the Motor Authority’s Best Car To Buy 2023 title.

It’s the second win for the Civic Type R after receiving the Best Car To Buy 2018 award. That’s impressive considering only two generations of the car made it to the US. Our vote was unanimous.

Just like the millennials who dreamed of the Type R being sold in America, Honda’s hot hatch has come of age. It’s also gotten more powerful and more expensive, but it’s still a riot.

The sixth generation Type R is based on the 11th generation Civic. The new Type R sticks to the formula fans know and love.

2023 Honda Civic Type R

Under the hood sits a familiar 2.0-liter turbocharged 4 that’s now rated at 315 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. This makes the new Type R the most powerful Honda vehicle ever sold in the United States. The power increase over the previous model’s 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque comes thanks to a redesigned turbocharger, an increased air intake rate and a more efficient exhaust system. The turbocharger is optimized in shape, size and number of turbine blades to generate pressure over a wider range. This all results in slightly less turbo lag, a wider powerband and the ability to keep the engine cooking longer.

Yes, the exhaust system still has three tips, and the midpipe has an active valve that opens at higher rpm.

The Type R is still a front-wheel-drive affair only, with a limited-slip differential keeping torque steer in check for the most part. Drivers must #GiveAShift with the Type R as a smooth-shifting 6-speed manual with a newly optimized shift pattern and lightened flywheel is the only transmission option.

1.4 inches longer and 1.0 inches wider than the previous model, the latest Type R is more stable than before. Ride quality has also improved thanks to a retuned front strut and rear multi-link suspension combined with adjustable dampers.

It’s not like the latest Type R is that much faster than the previous model. What really shocked our editors was how much speed can be carried through corners and esss thanks to the improved suspension, wider track and more stable stance of the car. The car attacks corners, quickly amassing its weight for the next corner and doing it over and over again without fuss. The sum of the (seemingly) small changes is greater than enthusiasts might expect.

Switching the Type R to +R mode is really just for the track, as the suspension gets jittery and jittery over even the slightest bump. Comfort mode for the suspension is the sweet spot, and even then the suspension is fairly taut.

The steering also becomes heavier in +R mode. Some editors preferred it, saying it offers more stability in corners, while others felt it was too heavy with artificial weight for the sake of weight. All of the various dynamic settings can be changed and saved using the custom mode, which luckily is preserved at launch.

The two-piece front Brembo brake discs offer a solid feel that’s progressive and predictable, and never seems to fade no matter how hard or long they’re pressed.

2023 Honda Civic Type R

2023 Honda Civic Type R

2023 Honda Civic Type R

2023 Honda Civic Type R

2023 Honda Civic Type R

2023 Honda Civic Type R

The last Civic Type R won in 2018 despite looking like a Transformer trying to escape a Civic. That look is gone and a more sophisticated, grown-up appearance has emerged. Thank you Honda Lower, longer and wider, every body panel except for the front doors, pillars, roof and the tailgate itself is new and specific to the Type R. A large rear wing is still part of the equation, but now it sits on metal plinth mounts and looks more expensive and more race-ready than before. Still, a wingless Type R Touring could be a good option, as not everyone needs that kind of downforce for everyday driving. The 2024 Acura Integra Type S could fill that role.

2023 Honda Civic Type R

2023 Honda Civic Type R

Inside, each Type R features heavily upholstered red cloth seats, red carpet, and red door panel accents. High-back front bucket seats are comfortable enough for a car ride and wider builds, though notably unheated. This ride is only for four people: the rear bench now only has room for two people and the center position has two fixed cup holders. A 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard, as is wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, although CarPlay felt flaky at times (a problem we’ve seen on both the Type R and Civic Si with Honda’s current infotainment system software ).

This touchscreen features a nifty new Honda LogR data logger system. The software allows drivers to record lap times, check cornering forces both for the entire car and at each wheel, and monitor various system temperatures. It even has an auto-score feature while monitoring acceleration, braking, and steering input, providing a smoothness rating. We haven’t had enough time with the system, but it seems like a useful way to improve your driving style.

Priced at $43,990, the Type R is expensive, especially next to the Toyota GR Corolla and Hyundai Elantra N. But the Honda feels a whole step ahead of the Toyota and Hyundai in terms of sophistication. It’s the complete package and it doesn’t feel like most of the money was spent on the powertrain.

From the smooth-shifting 6-speed manual transmission and refined suspension to its ability to carry speed, the latest Civic Type R feels like it’s grown up. That’s why the Honda Civic Type R is the Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2023.

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