2016 Honda Civic: Not Much Of A Break-in Procedure
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on February 22, 2016
With the 2016 Honda Civic recently arriving to our long-term garage, I was curious what the break-in procedure looked like. Most car buyers get to experience the glory of a break-in a few times in their life, and the process (and its complexities) can be an important part of establishing a relationship between car and owner.
I pulled the Civic owner's manual from Honda's website and searched for "break-in." Nothing came up, even after trying different variations. So I started reading.
About two-thirds of the way through, you'll find the "Driving" section on page 90. It starts by listing some exterior and interior checks that Honda recommends you perform before operating the car.
On the following page, there's a small section with two bullet points titled "In addition." They read:
During the first 600 miles (1,000 km) of operation, avoid sudden acceleration or full throttle operation so as not to damage the engine or powertrain.
Avoid hard braking for the first 200 miles (300 km). You should also follow this when the brake pads are replaced.
Pretty minimal, huh? You also won't find mileage intervals listed for oil changes. Reason being there's a digital maintenance minder that gives you a warning when one (or another service) is drawing near. The closest thing you'll find to an oil change interval is this asterisked recommendation at the bottom of the maintenance page: "If a Maintenance Minder indicator does not appear more than 12 months after the display is reset, change the engine oil every year."
I was hoping for a more in-depth process to follow, but that's because I'm weird. I'm sure the 300,000-plus people that buy a new Civic this year will find this simplicity refreshing.
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor @ 398 miles