Doug DeMuro Blasts Civic Type R On Styling And Noise, Likes Handling

While some reviews have pointed out a few negatives with the 2017 Honda Civic Type R, the general consensus seems to be that it’s a very well-rounded hot hatchback.

As for Doug DeMuro, even though he didn’t end up hating the new Civic Type R, there were plenty of things that didn’t sit right with him, such as the styling of the rear section, the fact that it sounds like “his dad’s old Camry” and the fact that it simply felt slower than a Focus RS or a WRX STI.

Sure enough, the 2017 Type R is down on power compared to its rivals, pushing down 310 PS (306 HP) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque through its front wheels.

What’s really surprising though is that it doesn’t suffer from torque steer, which DeMuro demonstrated by doing a few acceleration tests without holding the steering wheel – and no, the wheel didn’t even flinch.

Overall, he liked the handling, the steering, rear legroom, the comfortable seats and comfortable ride, but ended up being disappointed by the rear end design, the soundtrack (or lack of) and the straight line performance.

So if you’re the Focus RS or the Golf R for now, you’re probably not too worried about the Honda.


  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    He’s the last one to be criticizing anyone about their noise.

  • TheYes

    He’s annoying

    • brn

      You’re annoying.

      • TheYes

        You’re an idiot

  • Axel Cortez

    I like his way of reviewing cars

  • Riho Suigusaar

    What an idiot!

    • FlameWater

      can we see your car review youtube channel?

  • FlameWater

    I enjoyed the review and don’t see anyone taking this over a WRX

  • jaykit

    The rear on that car is horrendous. I can’t get past it. Why cant they do a simple freaking hatch?

    • Six_Tymes

      I was thinking the same.


    • trentbg

      What a mess that design of this car is, absolutely repulsive.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Carscoops loves posting his videos. He’s so annoying they are SURE to get hits! Plus I think they kinda got a man crush going.

    He still remind me of a shyster used car guy.

    • brn

      OMG, be sure to talk about Doug and not the car.

      • Auf Wiedersehen

        Well, I think I just did…and after all it IS just a Honda…and an a very chopped up one at that. (There I did)

        And why don’t you talk about the car instead of others comments. Or are you just a comment comment’r?

  • Shtekeris

    The syling is a bit too much and lazy at places, and the noise was indeed a bit lame for 3 exhausts. And that infotainment isa bit bad, especially the volume button, a bit annoying.

    But I don’t see anything wrong with spoiler being flexible and he missed the point of downforce and those “vortex” generators.

    So, I personally find his review a bit annoying, a bit wrong, but also objective at some parts. Overall, amazing achievement for Front Wheel Drive, but a bit of a let down as an overall car. I would love to have one, but would take Focus or STi over it.

    • willhaven

      This man gets it. Purposeful aero is great to see on a roadcar. If it were my money, a Focus RS would be in order as well.

  • Galaxium

    I think he’s slowly becoming less annoying thankfully.

    That aside, he’s right on quite a few points. The rear styling is awful. I really hate it when automakers make a honeycomb intake, only to find out it’s fake. In this case, it’s obvious that it’s fake. The greenhouse looks god awful.

  • b_digital

    Doug DeMuro is a clown, this professional review by Auto Express is much better

    • brn

      Your reviewer comes off as a shill. Doug tends to love most cars he reviews. He liked the Civic Type R quite a bit, but didn’t love it. Good for Doug. Sorry he didn’t meet your expectations.

      • Auf Wiedersehen

        Doug!? Is that you??

  • Xandao

    all I see its buthurt honda fanboys. I dont even like him, but the man told only truths… well, except by the seats. They are too childish indeed.

  • Blade t

    If you had a black R it might hide some of the ugly ,then I would remove the rear wing ….

  • Charles Lane

    car scoops has been looking pretty pathetic on its content last few days..stop pointing shit from this guy and vehicle virgins and calling it content.

  • Is it me or have the US press been quite critical on the Type-R? The UK media have been hailing this as if it was made by god himself.

    • willhaven

      I wonder if there are slight emissions differences that restricts noise in the US compared to the UK.

      • The noise seems to be of a similar opinion. It’s more the UK going “this is the best hot hatch you can buy”, where as the US seems to be “good but meh”.

  • Thomas Welcomer

    A decade plus late to the party AND its hideous as well… Honda is still lost.

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