Honda Deaths: We Mourn The Loss of the Fit, Civic Coupe, and Accord M/T
While we love all of the car brands here at MotorBiscuit, it’s safe to say that we’re pretty big Honda fans. So it’s a bit of a shock hearing the news that the Honda Fit will no longer be produced after the 2020 model year. It had an excellent run, and we’ve always felt like it was the leader of the subcompact class, not that we have been biased. But alas, it’s going the way of the CR-Z. And speaking of two-door Hondas, there are other product updates to report as well.
The Honda Civic Coupe is getting the ax as well
Just when we didn’t think it could get any worse, the Honda Civic Coupe body style will no longer be offered as well. The Civic coupe was first introduced for the 1993 model year, way back when the Civic was in its fifth generation. The Civic coupe provided a much sportier-looking alternative to the sedan and hatchback body styles at the time, and its popularity gained momentum throughout the years. So much so, that when Honda released the new Civic Si during the sixth-generation model, it was solely offered in the coupe body style before going back to the hatchback format in 2002.
As the years went on, the Honda Civic coupe soldiered on, even outlasting the hatchback body style through the nameplate’s eighth and ninth generations. Currently, the Civic coupe is offered in all of the normal trim levels where a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine and a more-potent turbo 1.5-liter engine can be found under the hood. However, the race-inspired Si trim level is also still available in the two-door variation. But after the 2020 model year, only the Civic sedan and hatchback models will exist.
The Honda Fit will surely be missed
The Honda Fit made its initial debut for the 2007 model year and provided not only a fuel-efficient means of transportation, but it also showed the world that you could fit a lot more than just a backpack within the confines of a subcompact car. We’ll miss it’s “magic seat” that flips and folds to accommodate the longest, widest and weirdest bits of cargo that you can shove into the car, and we can only hope that Honda might come out with something just as zippy and fun to drive in the future.
Wait… the Honda Accord will no longer come with a manual transmission?
Some of the saddest news of all is that the 2021 Honda Accord will no longer be available with a manual transmission. We have posted a lot of stories on the latest-generation Accord and its slick-shifting, six-speed manual. We’ve always liked that it was a more mature option over buying a Honda Civic Type R, and most importantly, it was a beacon of hope in that Honda was doing what it could to save the “manuals.”
The discontinuation makes sense, though. Car and Driver reported that of the 267,567 Accords sold in 2019, only around 2500-5000 were fitted with a stick. That’s not enough for the brand to keep producing them, but it will live in our hearts and minds, as well as the used market.