How Big Has It Become? - 2016 Honda Civic Long-Term Road Test

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2016 Honda Civic: How Big Has It Become?

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on July 26, 2016

2016 Honda Civic

Travis' recent picture of our long-term 2016 Honda Civic next to a second-generation Civic got me wondering: How big has the Civic become? Could I conceivably claim that you no longer need to buy the Honda Accord to get family-friendly interior space?

I started my initial research by comparing our Civic's dimensions to those of an early-2000s Accord. I figured they'd be pretty close.

2016 Civic
Length: 182.3 inches
Width: 70.8 inches
Wheelbase: 106.3 inches

2002 Honda Accord
Length: 189.4
Width: 70.3
Wheelbase: 106.9

Well, like Josh in his 3 Series to 5 Series comparison, I'm partially dog-darned. The old Accord is still longer. In fact, I'd have to take my hot tub time machine all the way back to the late 1980s to get an Accord with a shorter overall length than the latest Civic.

But check out the similar wheelbase measurements. That span between the front and rear wheels can be a more significant factor for passenger space. Indeed, the Civic has only a half-inch less rear legroom (37.4 to 37.9) and headroom (37.1 to 37.6) than the 2002 Accord.

In Edmunds' review of the 2002 Accord at the time, one of our Pros was the car's "spacious interior." Do such dimensions still count as spacious a decade and a half later? It seems they do, as we've previously reported that six-footers can fit in the Civic's backseat with ease, and installing rear-facing child safety seats likely won't require any sliding forward of the front seats.

If that doesn't qualify the new Civic for full "family sedan" duty, I'm not sure what would.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 8,960 miles

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