2016 Honda Civic: Monthly Update for January 2017
by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
It's the end of the line for our long-term 2016 Honda Civic. It's been a full year and we just passed the 20,000-mile milestone. Josh's Central Coast adventures overlapped with the beginning of January, but the Civic spent most of its time this month in the Central Valley with Brent, who's the sole member of what we like to call our Fresno office.
Dan Edmunds chimed in with some maintenance-related updates on the power surge issue, the rain-sensing wipers and an unexpected issue with the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Otherwise, our Civic cruised over the finish line trouble-free.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
We logged 1,989.5 miles in the month of January and used 57.4 gallons of 87-octane fuel. That comes out to 34.7 mpg, which nudged our running tally up by 0.2 mpg. With the new average, we're hovering right between the EPA's city and combined ratings.
Average lifetime mpg: 33.0 mpg
EPA mpg rating: 35 combined (31 city/42 highway)
Best fill mpg: 49.4
Best range: 435.3 miles
Current odometer: 20,301 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
The aforementioned power surge issue was cured by an official Honda service bulletin that we were unaware of. It cost us nothing and required about four hours at the dealer. The rain-sensing wipers were fixed by a mobile glass replacement technician, who corrected some errors in the installation of our replacement windshield. That solution was also free of charge. Finally, the tire pressure monitor wasn't reset after a routine dealer service that included a tire rotation. We took care of that one ourselves, although the fix was more time-intensive than expected.
Check out the links above for Dan's detailed accounts of all three episodes.
"It's been a few months since I last drove our Civic. It's like hanging out with a good friend. Everything I enjoy is still here, such as the quick acceleration, solid steering feel and stable handling. As small sedans go, it's just a fun car to drive, whether it's around town or out on the open road. I can't wait to see what the new Civic Si is going to be like." — Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor
"The Civic's CVT automatic works great when driving up long grades. It picks just the right gear ratio (and therefore engine rpm) to maintain a steady speed; there's no constant or obtrusive downshifting like you might otherwise get with a traditional automatic transmission. It also seems to work pretty well at applying engine braking when you're driving downhill and have the cruise control set. The extra engine braking helps maintain your desired speed." — Brent Romans
"One of my co-workers recently asked me what I don't like about our long-term 2016 Honda Civic. I had to think about it for a bit. I guess the touchscreen interface is the car's weakest point in my opinion. After driving the car for more than a week, it's by far the thing that bugs me the most. We've previously reported our opinions on the matter, so I won't cover them again. But suffice it to say, it's something you should be aware of if you're thinking of buying a Civic." — Brent Romans
"In our November 2016 update, Dan Edmunds wrote some commentary about long-distance front-seat comfort. Basically, he said he really likes the seats but his shorter wife (he's 6-foot-3; she's 5-foot-4) doesn't. Well, I'm 5-foot-10, so that's kind of in the middle, right? Anyway, I've driven our Civic a lot these past 11 months. I've always found the seats to be very comfortable and supportive for multiple hours on the road." — Brent Romans
"'Should I buy/lease a Honda Civic or a Honda Accord?' I'm hypothetically asking myself here. But my real-world answer would be the Civic. Four reasons why: 1) It's roomy enough now that I can put adults or rear-facing child safety seats in back regularly and not have much of an issue; 2) Even being bigger than before, the new Civic still feels reasonably nimble and compact to drive; 3) Our turbocharged test car is powerful enough to satisfy my need for speed, at least as regular sedans go; and 4) I'd be happier knowing I'm saving money with the less expensive Civic." — Brent Romans