2016 Honda Civic: Massively Improved Front Seat Adjustment
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on March 3, 2016
The seating position of the previous two Honda Civic generations seating position never agreed with my admittedly picky, 6-foot-3 self. The rear of the seat was always perched a bit high and/or didn't dip down far enough, and the seat itself did not move far enough back. Quite simply, I could never get comfortable.
It's a problem that extends, to a much worse degree actually, to Honda's Fit and HR-V. Ditto older CR-V's without power seats.
Well, I am thrilled to report that I find the driver seat in our long-term 2016 Honda Civic Touring to be more comfortable than anything else in the segment. By far.
Actually, I think it's more comfortable than the majority of cars period. The eight-way power seat dips far down in the back, tips far up in the front and motors further back than I need. The steering wheel also telescopes out sufficiently. Tall-friendly? Absolutely. Plus there's still just enough room in back for me to sit behind my seating position (pictured below).
Of course, all of this comes with the qualifier of "eight-way power seat." We haven't had the chance to test a 2016 Civic with the manually-adjustable seats that come on all but the top-of-the-line EX-L and Touring trims.
So the Civic is massively improved, but it could also be massively dependent on the trim you select. I shall update when we get a lesser trim in for testing.
James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor @ 850 miles