2016 Honda Civic: Getting Creative With Camera Angles
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.
The Civic's rearview camera is interesting because it provides three angles to select from. The bumper shot here (taken with my phone) shows the location of the Civic within a parking space, about 10 inches off the back line:
Below is what appears on the touchscreen from the various angles.
But wait, there's more!
A fourth camera on the passenger-side mirror powers Honda's LaneWatch system. Some people find it either useless or distracting. But I'm in the third camp and find it useful for multiple scenarios, including monitoring curb distance during parallel parking. Here's where it lives:
As for those guidelines on the LaneWatch screen, they function as distance markers for cars in the adjacent lane and aren't useful for parking. The water bottle below is roughly 10 feet off the bumper, yet it's already at the red (closest) marker.
Overall, while the Civic's "multi-view" rearview camera doesn't offer the panoramic coverage of the fancy multi-camera systems, it costs less and still provides advantages over single-view cameras. And it's standard equipment on all new Civics, even the base LX, while LaneWatch comes standard on EX and above.
Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor @ 7,520 miles