Massively Improved Front Seat Adjustment - 2016 Honda Civic Long-Term Road Test

2016 Honda Civic: Massively Improved Front Seat Adjustment

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on March 3, 2016

2016 Honda Civic

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).

2016 Honda Civic

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

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