2016 Honda Civic: Enjoyable on a Road Trip
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.
It was the Civic's broad range of abilities that impressed me most. You could call it a jack-of-all-trades type of car. My week with the Civic started when I drove from L.A. to northern California to attend an automotive manufacturer event. Then I returned home and took my family (wife, two small children) on a road trip to visit my in-laws. After that, my wife and I left the kids with Grandma and did our best to emulate our life before kids with a weekend getaway.
Here are a few specific thoughts on how our Civic performed during my time with it.
The Civic rode respectably well on broken pavement and stayed decently quiet at highway speeds. I was fine sitting in the driver seat, too, even after a full day of driving.
The backseat was plenty roomy for my kids, and the big 15.1-cubic-foot trunk easily handled our luggage and gear.
The big center console bin, tiered front cubbies/trays and wide door bins worked well in holding our personal items, drinks and snacks.
I used our Civic's navigation system a few times and found it accurate and easy to program. In fact, I preferred the nav interface to using my cell phone via the Apple CarPlay navigation app function. As for the adaptive cruise control, I didn't find it as bothersome as Travis did recently. It's not the best, but I still used it most of the time.
Our Civic returned 38.3 mpg for my approximate 1,400 miles of driving. The majority of my drive was on the highway, but factor in some city driving, those typical elevated California highway speeds (70 mph-plus) and plenty of air-conditioning use and 38 mpg (the EPA says to expect 42 mpg on the highway) seems pretty good to me.
I passed a handful of slow-going trucks and was impressed by how quickly the turbocharged Civic accelerated at full throttle. I always had plenty of time to safety move back into my lane.
Fun and Personality
I also drove along a lengthy stretch of a curvy two-lane road. The Civic proved to be entertaining and playful thanks to its respectable grip around turns and precise steering. The Civic's styling is also fresh and distinctive.
Overall, I was quite happy to be driving our Civic. Certainly, there are other vehicles one could point to that are more comfortable, roomier, sportier or more fuel-efficient. But it would be rare to find one in the Civic's price range that hits all of those notes so nicely.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 8,925 miles