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2016 Honda Civic: Climate Control Consternation

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on May 24, 2016

2016 Honda Civic

No doubt there was extensive discussion at Honda HQ about how to lay out the climate controls in the 2016 Honda Civic Touring.

I regret to report that the "let's bury everything in the touchscreen" camp won the day.

Okay, not everything. The dual-zone temperature controls get their own knobs, and you've also got buttons for the recirculate and front/rear defrost functions.

What you don't get is any kind of physical fan-speed control. Or airflow selector. Or A/C switch.

That's where the "CLIMATE" button comes in.

2016 Honda Civic

Press that button and this screen pops up. Fan speed, airflow, A/C — check. But why add the extra layer of complexity? Also, why make the climate screen go away automatically after a few seconds of inactivity, thus necessitating a fresh stab at the CLIMATE button for every subsequent adjustment?

I mentioned my concerns to Editor Riswick and got an interesting second opinion. He said he's a set-it-and-forget-it kind of guy, so he'd probably just let the automatic climate-control system do its thing. Fair enough. If you're like him, maybe this setup won't bug you that much.

But if you're a fiddler like me, it's the pits. Sometimes I want air blowing on my feet; other times I don't. Sometimes I want a blast of warm or cool air; other times I prefer a gentle breeze. I feel like these functions should be readily accessible, not hidden in a background menu.

Am I right, or weird? Or both?

Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor @ 3,800 miles

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