We were wrapping up our day at the Connecticut International Auto Show in Hartford last November when we were stopped dead by the vision of an incredibly sharp burgundy sedan – in the Honda section, of all places. It looked too big to be a Civic but too small to be an Accord. Edging closer to the car's display area, we discovered it was indeed a Civic. But it was like no Civic we'd ever seen. Its lines and proportions didn't signal the Civic's utilitarian tradition. No, it was art.
A few months later, we had the opportunity to drive one. The Cosmic Blue Metallic test car was a top-of-the-line 2016 Touring model. In the crowded world of compact sedans, its price was on the high side: $27,335, with no options. You can pick up a nice, well-equipped Hyundai Elantra Limited for $5,000 less.