2016 Honda Civic: Not Your Average Cruise Control
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on April 29, 2016
There's been plenty of talk about the left side of the steering wheel in our 2016 Honda Civic. But what about equal time for the other side? Yes, the slightly less used but still important right side of the steering wheel houses all the cruise control buttons. Are they as convoluted as the radio controls?
Turns out, these cruise control buttons work quite well, mainly because they function in a very traditional way. Unlike the volume slider for the radio, increasing the speed of the Civic in cruise control mode is done by simply pushing up on the control pad. It doesn't get more basic than that.
If there's anything surprising about this setup it's the fact that it includes controls for both adaptive speed control and lane keeping assist, two features that are just now dropping down into mainstream vehicles like the Civic. They come standard on the top-of-the-line Civic Touring and both systems work quite well.
I'm a little less sold on lane keeping assist compared to adaptive cruise. The latter is useful in a variety of situations while the former is more like a backup when your attention span gets a little too short. Better to just pay attention.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 2,112 miles