2016 Honda Civic: At Least the Touchscreen Looks Cool
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.
That's actually putting it mildly: I think it looks fantastic. I love how it sprouts up from the center stack and away from the trim behind without looking like someone bolted an iPad to the dash. This integration is new, it's different, it's cool. The lack of those pesky buttons and knobs also creates an ultra-clean appearance bolstered by cool-looking icons that glow white.
I can easily see someone getting into a Civic at a dealership, taking a look at how cool and futuristic the touchscreen looks, and leaving with that as their lasting impression.
Which is all to underline the importance of giving electronics interfaces their own thorough test drive. For looking great tends to lose its luster when its functionality makes me want to smash it with a hammer. But more on that later.
James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor @ 719 miles