Our Long-Term Road Test of the 2016 Honda Civic is complete after one year and 22,000 miles. It surprised us with its stellar efficiency and the amount of unexpected maintenance.
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
No, this time it really is the end of the line for our 2016 Honda Civic. We said this last month, too, and meant it, but the Civic picked up some extra miles in February anyhow. Not just a few miles, either, but almost 1,850 of them. We've since listed the Civic for sale, so now the sun has truly set on our test.
We didn't venture out much with the Civic in February — just a lot of around-town driving and commuting. We had some heavy rains in February, which gave us a chance to see how the Civic handled wet roads. We also spared some time to reflect on where the current Civic fits in the timeline of this iconic Honda nameplate.
by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
It's the end of the line for our long-term 2016 Honda Civic. It's been a full year and we just passed the 20,000-mile milestone. Josh's Central Coast adventures overlapped with the beginning of January, but the Civic spent most of its time this month in the Central Valley with Brent, who's the sole member of what we like to call our Fresno office.
Dan Edmunds chimed in with some maintenance-related updates on the power surge issue, the rain-sensing wipers and an unexpected issue with the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Otherwise, our Civic cruised over the finish line trouble-free.
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on February 1, 2017
The following is not a case of déjà vu. Or maybe it is. It harks back to a recent incident I had with our 2016 Mazda Miata, in which the tire pressure warning system (TPMS) issued a false alarm I eventually linked to a DIY tire rotation before a long trip. This surprised me because I thought indirect TPMS — the kind that continuously monitors wheel rotation speeds to guess the tire pressures — was dead and buried. Turns out the Miata had it, but I hadn't pressed the reset button after my rotation.
A few weeks later, it was our 2016 Honda Civic's turn. Like the Miata, I was taking care of maintenance on the morning of a long road trip. But in this case it needed an oil change, too, so I took it to Hardin Honda, my local dealer. The folks there changed the oil and filter, rotated the tires and sent me on my way.
But the TPMS warning light came on about five minutes down the road.
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on January 27, 2017
Rain-sensing wipers are useful in Southern California, but we can go months at a time without the need for any sort of wipers at all. I know, cue the tiny violin.
This enviable atmospheric reality explains why we didn't immediately realize that the reason our 2016 Honda Civic's rain-sensing wipers didn't work during my rainy Thanksgiving road trip was linked to a windshield replacement carried out the previous July.
I eventually put two and two together after doing some internet sleuthing upon my return and was able to visually confirm that the rain sensor wasn't making proper contact with the windshield. Presumably, this was the result of a goof-up by the windshield installer.
So Mike Massey, our vehicle testing assistant, called Safelite, the company that did the original work. Our problem didn't sound wholly unfamiliar to them, and they happily agreed to send a mobile glass replacement truck to our location to sort it out.
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on January 24, 2017
You may have already read about the subtle yet annoyingly persistent surge I experienced while cruising on flat highways during my Thanksgiving trip to Oregon. The car has been in high demand since my return, so I've never found time to have it looked over.
I had always suspected this was down to a minor software glitch, and that indeed proved to be the case. An alert reader wrote in to tell us about an official Honda service bulletin #16-028, and a brief internet search turned up the details and a familiar-sounding and remarkably descriptive title: "2016 Civic 1.5L Turbo Surges at Highway Speeds (45-70 mph)."
Yes, it does. Ours, at least.
by Josh Sadlier
Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2016 Honda Civic's departure from the fleet is fast approaching, and we're doing our best to hit the usual 20,000-mile target despite a few out-of-service weeks due to damage repair. As I write this from a coffee shop in rainy Mill Valley, California, we've got about a month left with the Civic and roughly 18,500 miles on the odometer. I still have to drive the thing back to Los Angeles, so there's a decent chance that we'll reach the magic number with the rest of my trip plus a handful of commutes.
How's it been? On the whole, we're all impressed by how far Honda's come with this car after the previous-generation Civic's forgettable run. It's a top contender in the class, and we haven't said that with conviction about a Civic in quite a while. We've also recorded some hiccups with various technology features, however, so the report card isn't perfect. More on that below.
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on January 2, 2017
A very predictable thing happened on a recent 2,000-mile round trip to Oregon in our 2016 Honda Civic: It rained. A lot.
Not all at once, mind you. Sure, the rain came down in buckets at times. But it also sprinkled, splattered and sprayed at intermittent intervals. It turned out to be the perfect real-world environment in which to test our Civic Touring's automatic rain-sensing wipers.
Except they didn't work.
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on December 28, 2016
I just returned from a 2,000-mile journey to Oregon in our 2016 Honda Civic. It was an illuminating trip, but I didn't come away as enthusiastic about the Civic as I had been going in.
One of its more surprising and annoying traits became apparent during four long days behind the wheel.
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing
Where Did We Drive It?
November was a big month. Our drivers added a total of 2,778 miles to our 2016 Honda Civic, with yours truly accounting for a large chunk of them. My wife and I drove the not-so-little red Honda north to Oregon to spend Thanksgiving with my parents, and our round trip consisted of 2,036 miles.
The usual route we take amounts to just over 1,700 miles, but this time we spent some time off the freeway on picturesque two-lane roads in Gold Country and out east of Mt. Shasta. Such voluntary detours added about 300 miles and several hours to our trip, but it was worth it.
Almost all of these miles qualify as some version of highway or interstate travel. But we did make several stops and poke our way through a few small towns. And I drove from the coast up the steep road to my parents' 1,600-foot hilltop home a couple of times, one of which was after a pizza run into town.
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on November 9, 2016
If you've been driving long enough, you've likely had a moment just like this. You walk out to your car, expecting everything to be exactly as you left it. Keys in hand, mind on wherever it is you're going. Then, you spot it.
A scratch across your bumper, a crack in your windshield, or in this case, a big ol' dent in your door. No note, no security camera footage to catch the culprit, nothing. That's what happened to our new Copy Chief, Kathleen Clonts, when she drove our long-term 2016 Honda Civic home for the night.
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on October 28, 2016
The optional LED headlights on our long-term 2016 Honda Civic are, in a word, excellent. They look good, but more importantly, they perform well. They cast clear, strong light with a solid cutoff at a reasonable height, and they light up the road for a reasonable distance in front of you.
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on October 21, 2016
It would appear that the optional HondaLink system in our long-term 2016 Honda Civic is on the fritz.
On my way home from work last week, this frozen screen popped up, my Bluetooth connection was severed and my music stopped playing. None of the touchscreen buttons were responsive and none of the steering-wheel-mounted controls did anything either.
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on October 3, 2016
For all its high-tech form, the audio interface in our 2016 Honda Civic sacrifices function with a Bluetooth interface that doesn't offer device browsing.
Numerous makes and models now offer the ability to search your music library via Bluetooth connection, eliminating one of the last reasons for a wired USB connection (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto still make a strong case for the cable). But our Civic isn't among them.
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on September 30, 2016
I appreciate when cars that offer adaptive cruise control, like our 2016 Honda Civic, still allow you to turn it off and use standard cruise mode. Even when set at the closest following distance, adaptive cruise systems typically leave enough of a gap for impatient drivers to slot in front of you. Legally, it's the smart thing for an automaker to do. As a driver on the highway, it can be frustrating.
Happily, the Civic lets you choose.
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on September 28, 2016
The verdicts are trickling in and most of us seem to like the seats in our 2016 Honda Civic.
Brent liked them on a long road trip; James and Travis too. Ed isn't sold on their long-haul comfort, but he said that could be due to his body type.
I'm a fan. There's plenty to like about this new Civic, but the seats are high on my list. It's strange, because the seats aren't especially firm or well-bolstered. They're shapely, but not particularly sporty. Still, they're the best seats in a Civic that I can recall since the 2006 Si model debuted.
by Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant on September 26, 2016
Editor Kavanagh looked at me and said, "You should drive it." He was talking about our 2016 Honda Civic. Jay's tone implied that this one was worth a look apart from its predecessors. It sounded like a fair suggestion, so I got the key from key-master Mike Schmidt and took the Civic for the weekend.
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on September 19, 2016
After hanging out with Editor Romans in Fresno for a while and getting some good combined suburban/highway miles, our 2016 Honda Civic returned to Southern California and the stop-start urban hustle in August.
by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on August 10, 2016
I like our long-term 2016 Honda Civic. I wrote up a road test last December that says so. There is one thing, however, that drives me absolutely batty, and that's the volume control. Rather than complain about it, I came up with a fix. Go on, keep reading. I dare you.
by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on August 5, 2016
We're six months into our long-term test with the 2016 Honda Civic and we're on course to meet our target of 20,000 miles by the end of the year.
Over the first half of its stay, the Civic has pretty much fulfilled its promise of trouble-free operation.
by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on August 4, 2016
It's been a busy month for our long-term 2016 Honda Civic. July saw the repair of a cracked windshield, the first scheduled maintenance visit and, thanks to a stint in our Fresno offices, an increase in the overall fuel economy average.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on August 3, 2016
Visibility isn't something that most buyers seek out in a new car. It's usually an afterthought, something that occurs to you after you've driven a car for a month or so. Yet every time I get in our 2016 Honda Civic, I notice how easy it is to see in every direction.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on August 2, 2016
Go ahead, throw your week's worth of groceries in the trunk. The new Civic can handle it. How about a week's worth of luggage for a road trip? Heck, it might be able to do that, too.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on August 1, 2016
The Honda Civic has long enjoyed a reputation for being respectably sporty, at least as far as regular small sedans are concerned. This fully redesigned 2016 Honda Civic keeps the tradition going. In fact, you might say it kicks it up a notch. Armed with the available 174-horsepower turbocharged engine, our long-term Civic Touring can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds, quicker than any other standard-level (i.e., non-performance-tuned) small sedan we've tested in recent years. And when the road bends, the new Civic can go around turns with a relatively high level of precision and stability.
Sounds good, right? Well, next year promises to be even more interesting if you're the type of small-car shopper who really likes to drive.
by Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor on July 28, 2016
Manufacturers are always looking to be innovative with new vehicle features. Sometimes they are huge hits — ventilated seats, for example — and other times, they're a swing and a miss.
Our 2016 Honda Civic is great example of how smart, subtle thinking can be more effective than an over-the-top idea. Below are two simple features I discovered recently that make me love this car even more.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on July 27, 2016
During my recent highway-heavy drive-fest in our 2016 Honda Civic, there were a couple of instances when the Civic's adaptive cruise control system (ACC) suddenly stopped working. At the time, I wasn't sure if it was an isolated problem or something more systemic. Then it happened again yesterday.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on July 26, 2016
Travis' recent picture of our long-term 2016 Honda Civic next to a second-generation Civic got me wondering: How big has the Civic become? Could I conceivably claim that you no longer need to buy the Honda Accord to get family-friendly interior space?
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on July 22, 2016
Over the last seven days, I drove our 2016 Honda Civic about 1,400 miles. This wasn't a straight shot like Dan's recent haul to Oregon in our long-term Honda Pilot. Instead, I drove back and forth from southern to northern California for both work and personal reasons.
Our Civic was a pleasing companion the entire time.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on July 21, 2016
Our 2016 Honda Civic is the top-level Touring trim. Among a few other exclusive features (LED headlights and a power front passenger seat, for example), it comes with a 10-speaker stereo system. The system is rated at 450 watts of power, according to Honda, and is the most premium factory system ever to be put in a Civic.
Pleasingly, it lives up to its billing.
by Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor on July 20, 2016
I recently wrote a post on the efficacy of our long-term BMW 340i's front bumper cameras. While our 2016 Honda Civic isn't equipped to thwart clown ambushes like the BMW, Honda has certainly made useful advances in its rearview camera technology.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on July 18, 2016
As our 2016 Honda Civic approached 7,500 miles on its odometer, a notification appeared in the car's gauge cluster driver information display: an "A1" service was going to be needed soon. In Honda-speak, this is an oil change and tire rotation.
I booked an appointment at my local Honda dealer to get it taken care of.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on July 15, 2016
One of the new features for the redesigned 2016 Honda Civic is remote engine start. Standard on the EX trim level and above, it allows you to start the Civic from outside the vehicle, facilitating pre-heating or cooling. While remote start is a common feature for 2016, not every small sedan offers it, and its near-standard availability on the Civic gives the car a subtle boost in appeal.
by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on July 13, 2016
With its turbocharged four-cylinder and continuously variable transmission (CVT), there's an expectation of a distinct rubber band-y power delivery in our long-term 2016 Honda Civic.
by Jason Kavanagh, Engineerng Editor on July 11, 2016
Our 2016 Honda Civic was driven more than 2,500 miles in June, thanks in large part to a long road trip for which it served as steed. Along the way it notched its highest single-tank fuel economy and range yet observed.
The mile-heavy month did a lot to bolster its lifetime fuel economy performance.
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on July 7, 2016
When last we left our long-term 2016 Honda Civic, it had a cracked windshield and it needed a new one. After weeks of trying to locate some new glass, Safelite came through with an OEM replacement. The windshield showed up and we were ready to have it installed, but it wasn't meant to be.
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on June 30, 2016
After driving our long-term 2016 Honda Civic 1,100 miles over a long weekend, I've got a few distinct impressions. As Dan Edmunds noted, the car deserved a good road trip, and a lazy cruise up and down California was perfect for that.
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on June 28, 2016
I just took our long-term 2016 Honda Civic on an 1,100-mile road trip (more on that soon) and without much effort, I blew the EPA's highway estimate of 42 mpg out of the water. Our previous best was 38.1 mpg and I knew I could do better. Most of the Civic's miles had been driven in the city and I was ready to sit down for a long, cruise-controlled haul.
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on June 23, 2016
I really like our 2016 Honda Civic. And I'm fairly certain that most of the other editors in the office have a similar opinion.
In light of this, it seems to me that it has taken longer for the Civic to reach 5,000 miles than it should have. June 11th represents four months and one week of ownership for us. That's just over a third of its scheduled time and yet we're only now at the one-quarter mark in terms of mileage.
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on June 20, 2016
When last we left our long-term 2016 Honda Civic, I was waiting on a new windshield to arrive. Brent Romans had a run-in with a rock on the highway and thanks to the Civic's adaptive cruise control (and other forward-camera based systems) the windshield was tough to find.
After deciding that I'd have Safelite do the job (for multiple reasons, including parts availability — see that story here) I set an appointment for the replacement. Unfortunately, things didn't go as easily as I'd hoped.
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on June 15, 2016
I've been seeing the new 2016 Honda Civic everywhere here in Los Angeles, which makes sense given how well they're selling. It was Honda's best-selling nameplate in the United States in May 2016, moving 35,396 units — that's up 20 percent from last year and therefore the previous model. It also stands in contrast to the Accord, CR-V, Odyssey and Pilot, which all went down from last year.
by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on June 13, 2016
I gassed up our 2016 Honda Civic today, but it's June already, so those miles don't count yet. What counts is the 1,453 miles we rolled up in May, which required 41.16 gallons of regular old 87 octane.
I'll save you the trouble. That's 35.3 mpg during the month of May, which is right bang smack on top of the EPA Combined number. We did it! Brent told you things would improve as the Civic ventured farther from L.A., and indeed, he took it to Fresno on one of those tanks — setting a new record of 38.1 mpg — while I drove to San Diego on another.
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on June 9, 2016
I've never owned a red car. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I fail the red-green part of the colorblind test. Maybe red cars have always seemed to flashy to me. Maybe it's the busted myth that they cost more to insure. Whatever the case, our long-term 2016 Honda Civic is definitely a car I'd be proud to own, and one I wouldn't mind owning in red.
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on June 7, 2016
"Hey Travis, here are the keys to the Civic. I cracked the windshield, hope you don't mind. See ya later!" That might not be exactly what Editor Brent Romans said when he and I swapped cars last week, but it's pretty much how I remember it.
Brent was driving our long-term 2016 Honda Civic for a week and on a freeway drive back to Los Angeles, a semi-truck kicked up a rock that caused the chip/crack you see here. The crack was big enough that we couldn't repair the windshield, we'd have to replace it, so I started calling around. Hilarity did not ensue.
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on June 3, 2016
After reading Mark's post about an Easter Egg he found hidden in our long-term 2015 Dodge Viper, I was reminded of something that was hidden away in our 2016 Honda Civic.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on June 1, 2016
We still haven't taken any multi-day road trips in our 2016 Honda Civic, but I've taken it on a couple five-hour drives recently. Based on those drives, I think the new Civic will be an agreeable companion should one of my coworkers decide to head out of California this summer. In another interesting twist, our Civic Touring has both adaptive cruise control and lane departure intervention, two features that are rare for small sedans and can influence long-distance driving comfort.
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on May 30, 2016
The 2016 Honda Civic is staggeringly good. Perhaps our loaded Touring trim and the accompanying turbocharged engine represents its best foot forward, but nevertheless, to me, the new Civic exists on a pedestal high above all others in the segment not named Mazda 3.
In fact, when driving the Civic the other day I found myself comparing it to our departed Mercedes-Benz CLA250. Similar size, also turbocharged ... and you know what? I'd take the Honda Civic. Happily. Instead of a Mercedes-Benz. Sure, the CLA is a bit crummy, but really, it says more about how fantastic the 2016 Civic is.
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on May 26, 2016
Our long-term 2016 Honda Civic's sticker price may seem steep at $27,335, but I think it's perfectly reasonable given its roomy interior and surprisingly potent powertrain.
Another plus is a plentiful features list, which includes automatic headlights, remote start and dual-zone automatic climate control. The Civic Touring also includes a feature that is fairly rare for this class: heated rear outboard seats.
by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on May 24, 2016
No doubt there was extensive discussion at Honda HQ about how to lay out the climate controls in the2016 Honda Civic Touring.
I regret to report that the "let's bury everything in the touchscreen" camp won the day.
by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on May 20, 2016
Let's talk about the crash alerts in our long-term 2016 Honda Civic. Specifically, how sensitive they are.
I would posit that they are too sensitive.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on May 12, 2016
We didn't put many miles on our 2016 Honda Civic last month. It stayed close to our Santa Monica office and totalled about 1,200 miles. We're still down compared to what the EPA says to expect for fuel economy, but we did observe a best fill-up so far in April.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on May 10, 2016
The best Honda Civics through the years have always had a reputation for being entertaining to drive despite the car's transportation-for-the-masses mission. Pleasingly, this reputation holds true for the redesigned 2016 Honda Civic.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on May 5, 2016
One of the changes Honda made to its redesigned 2016 Honda Civic is a roomier backseat. My coworker Cameron Rogers, who is 6-feet 4-inches tall, previously wrote how he can sit in the back seat in relative comfort even with the driver seat positioned for himself. I was also curious to learn how well the 2016 Civic fares for parents with little kids, so I grabbed my reversible child safety seat to find out.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on May 3, 2016
Back in March, Ed Hellwig wrote that the engine in our 2016 Honda Civic "feels great." Here's another example of what it's like to drive.
Yesterday, I was piloting our Civic and needed to pull out from a city side street onto a major thoroughfare. Looking to my left, I could see some approaching traffic, with the nearest car in the far-left lane. There was a suitable gap for the closer lanes, though, so I entered the thoroughfare and hit the gas. The Civic's 174-horsepower, 1.5-liter turbocharged engine quickly spun up towards redline.
Driving a typical small sedan, I would have largely expected that nearest car to sail past in my peripheral vision and get ahead of me. But it didn't happen with the Civic. In fact, the other car only pulled about even with me before we were of equal speed. The other car? A gray eighth-generation (2006-'11) Civic Si coupe. Two young guys were in it, and the both looked over at me. Based on their expressions, I'd like to think they were at least a little impressed by our new Civic's vitality.
Got boost? Sure enough, Civic fans.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on April 29, 2016
There's been plenty of talk about the left side of the steering wheel in our2016 Honda Civic. But what about equal time for the other side? Yes, the slightly less used but still important right side of the steering wheel houses all the cruise control buttons. Are they as convoluted as the radio controls?
by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on April 27, 2016
A whole lot of vehicles these days employ fuel-efficient continuously variable transmissions (CVTs), and that's generally bad news for the driving experience. Many CVT-equipped cars are only too happy to peg the tachometer needle near redline during acceleration, making the engine sound like a distressed vacuum cleaner until you ease off.
But I've finally found a CVT-based powertrain that I enjoy interacting with, and it's right here in our long-term 2016 Honda Civic.
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on April 22, 2016
At 6-feet 4-inches tall, my height often prevents me from thoroughly enjoying compact cars, coupes and sedans alike. There are a few that fit me just fine, including the Mazda 3 and Volkswagen Golf/GTI. Others have roofs that are too short or a driver's seat that doesn't lower enough, both of which make my hair brush the headliner. Since I consider this an immediate deal breaker, it means I can never buy a Kia Forte or a ninth-generation Honda Civic (2011-'15).
The new 2016 Honda Civic has a 0.4-inch reduction in headroom from the 2015 model, so when I took it home for a night, what I found was surprising.
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on April 6, 2016
The fuel economy in our long-term 2016 Honda Civic is clearly suffering from the slings and arrows of life in the crowded-and-congested city of Los Angeles. After almost two months in the fleet, our best fuel fill has barely beat the EPA's city estimate of 31 mpg. Its lifetime average is even further off the mark.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on March 23, 2016
There has been plenty of discussion about the cost of our 2016 Honda Civic. With a base price of just over $27,000, it's on the expensive side for a sedan in its class. Is it worth it?
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on March 21, 2016
Might be a little hard to see in the picture, but that's my leg (sorry for the unappealing closeup). And right above it, the underside of our 2016 Honda Civic's instrument panel. Look closer and you'll see what looks like some dust on the corner edge there.
Except that dust is some skin that my shin left behind while I stepped back into the driver seat after running an errand.
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on March 18, 2016
My bike is big. It's a giant, in fact. In this case, that's more than a description because it's an XL-sized Giant XTC 29er, which means it has the large 29-inch wheels. Others might take up more space, I suppose. Mine is a hardtail, not a full suspension bike, but still.
I'd been planning to go for a weekend ride in the nearby Chino Hills State Park, but that was before I decided to sign out our new 2016 Honda Civic. Peering at the trunk for the first time, I was starting to think I'd have to change my plans and go for a hike instead.
There was only one way to find out which it was going to be.
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on March 16, 2016
This isn't the first time we've tested a 2016 Honda Civic, but this is the first test for our Rallye Red long-term car. Honda, a company known for its high-revving, naturally-aspirated engines, fitted a turbocharger to the new Civic's 1.5-liter four cylinder engine.
This is a significant step for a company that has only sold one other turbocharged car in the U.S. We're interested to see how the Civic performs during its 12-month stay, but first we need to see how it performs at the track.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on March 14, 2016
It been awhile since I've looked at a new Honda and actually liked the style of the wheels. Our 2016 Honda Civic bucks that trend in more ways than one.
The 17-inch wheels that come on the Civic Touring look sharp. At first glance, you might call them a five-spoke design, but a closer look reveals that there's quite a bit more going here. Whatever you want to call them, they're slick for a sedan in this price range.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on March 11, 2016
The seats in our 2016 Honda Civic look and feel great, especially for a car in this class. On my initial drives I liked their level of support and ability to adjust to my tall, lean frame.
During some longer stints behind the wheel, however, they're not quite as compatible.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on March 9, 2016
This is a not a traditional gauge cluster design. There isn't a round dial in sight and there's a limited amount of information. I like traditional gauges clusters, yet somehow I like this one in our 2016 Honda Civic too.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on March 7, 2016
This is the optional turbocharged engine in our 2016 Honda Civic. As you can see, the engineers who designed and built it didn't think twice about how it would look. And that's ok, because it feels great from the driver's seat.
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on March 3, 2016
The seating position of the previous two Honda Civic generations seating position never agreed with my admittedly picky, 6-foot-3 self. The rear of the seat was always perched a bit high and/or didn't dip down far enough, and the seat itself did not move far enough back. Quite simply, I could never get comfortable.
It's a problem that extends, to a much worse degree actually, to Honda's Fit and HR-V. Ditto older CR-V's without power seats.
Well, I am thrilled to report that I find the driver seat in our long-term 2016 Honda Civic Touring to be more comfortable than anything else in the segment. By far.
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on March 1, 2016
Over the next year, you will no doubt read a multitude of complaints regarding our 2016 Honda Civic's touchscreen interface. There's a very good chance that I will agree with each and every one of those complaints, complaints that make up the majority of what is otherwise a rather complaintless car.
Instead, in an effort to start things off on a good note, I would like to state that the touchscreen is at least aesthetically pleasing.
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on February 26, 2016
Given the enormous number of Honda vehicles sold, there's a very good chance that many of you, good readers, have by now had the chance to sample the LaneWatch blind spot camera available in the 2016 Honda Civic and most other new Hondas.
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on February 25, 2016
Our long-term 2016 Honda Civic is a fabulous car, but it can't escape Honda's propensity for bad volume control.
I can see the retort now: "Just use the toggle on the wheel!"
Two problems with that: One, traditionally a toggle can't make big volume changes as fast as a dial can. Two, the toggle has a problem of its own.
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on February 23, 2016
Reach into the 2016 Honda Civic's center console, just ahead of the shifter, and you'll find a hole. This hole leads down to the lower storage area, where you'll find a USB port and a power outlet. It's a pass-through for cables.
Plug your USB cable into the port and run it through the hole and it'll hang out in the upper center console. It's the perfect spot for a smartphone.
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on February 22, 2016
With the 2016 Honda Civic recently arriving to our long-term garage, I was curious what the break-in procedure looked like. Most car buyers get to experience the glory of a break-in a few times in their life, and the process (and its complexities) can be an important part of establishing a relationship between car and owner.
I pulled the Civic owner's manual from Honda's website and searched for "break-in." Nothing came up, even after trying different variations. So I started reading.
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on February 19, 2016
Smooth ride over city potholes? Check. Nice leather interior with all sorts of pretty surfaces? Yup. A big back seat, quick steering and high-class looks? Affirmative. This can't be a Honda Civic. It's too nice.
At least a dozen of my buddies drove Hondas in high school (many of them Civics) and none of them were even remotely as nice as our newest long-termer, the 2016 Honda Civic.
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on February 18, 2016
When Honda redesigned the Civic in 2012, it felt half finished. It was still a strong, solid entry-level sedan and coupe, but it was no longer the clear-cut choice in the segment. Honda quickly updated the Civic and sales improved, yet it never had the cohesive feel of the many Civics before it.
The 2016 Honda Civic, now in its 10th generation, is a significant improvement over not only the previous Civic, but almost everything else in the segment. We came away impressed during our recent road test and gave the Civic an "A" rating. It recently walked away with the North American Car of the Year trophy, so we know we're not alone in our praise.
The new Civic draws influence from other recent Honda successes with a well-appointed and cleverly designed interior and a handsome, sporty exterior. There's also a unique new turbocharged engine that promises strong performance, along with the efficiency we expect in a Civic. Twelve months in our long-term fleet will go a long way toward determining how far this Civic has come, so we didn't hesitate to go out and buy for ourselves to get started.