2016 Honda Civic: 6 Things I Learned After 1,100 Miles
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.
1. It's easily capable of 50 mpg. The Civic is one of the fastest cars in the class and it can still get hybrid-worthy numbers.
2. I'd leave Adaptive Cruise Control off the options list. It doesn't follow close enough for my liking and it causes the revs to jump up and down when you get behind another car. That makes for these tiny lurches back and forth that you can't un-feel once you feel them.
3. The seats are excellent. Good in the canyons, great on the highway. Seldom does a seat cause me zero discomfort over such a long trip. I can't remember adjusting for butt/back-soreness once during five days of driving. For a guy with chronic hip/back pain, that's a game changer.
4. It's one of the most versatile vehicles on the market today. It comes in coupe, sedan, soon-to-arrive hatchback, there will be an Si and Type-R. You can get a Grand Touring like ours, or a base model and they're all good value.
Need a crossover? Forget it, get a Civic, it's got plenty of space. Want a sexy sports car but you don't have much cash? Civic Coupe. Looking for something just as comfortable/well-equipped as an Accord or a small Acura? You guessed it: Civic.
5. If I bought one, I'd modify it. And that's a good thing. I'd start with an aftermarket grille, different wheels/tires, tinted windows, a louder sound system. My inner 16-year-old is full of all kinds of hooligan modification ideas. This is a trick that Honda successfully pulled off with the late-'90s Civics and I haven't wanted to mess with one since, but this new Civic gets me legitimately excited about driving a small Honda again.
6. It's a lot bigger than it used to be.
Travis Langness, Automotive Editor @ 6,160 miles