2016 Honda Civic: Great Outward Visibility
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on August 3, 2016
Visibility isn't something that most buyers seek out in a new car. It's usually an afterthought, something that occurs to you after you've driven a car for a month or so. Yet every time I get in our 2016 Honda Civic, I notice how easy it is to see in every direction.
Unobstructed outward visibility isn't a given in new cars these days. As crash test requirements have become stricter, many vehicles have adopted thicker roof pillars. They help keep the car in one piece, but they're often hard to see around from the driver seat.
This Civic has modest front roof pillars, so it feels more open from the driver's seat. It also has a relatively low cowl, the area where the dashboard meets the windshield. Together they create a cockpit that promotes visibility and also feels noticeably more spacious than some other cars in the class. Something to think about that doesn't show up on a spec sheet.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 9,543 miles