2016 Honda Civic: Remote Start Helps Cool You Off for the Summer
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on July 15, 2016
One of the new features for the redesigned 2016 Honda Civic is remote engine start. Standard on the EX trim level and above, it allows you to start the Civic from outside the vehicle, facilitating pre-heating or cooling. While remote start is a common feature for 2016, not every small sedan offers it, and its near-standard availability on the Civic gives the car a subtle boost in appeal.
Using remote start with the Civic is quite easy. As long as the vehicle is locked and you're within range, just press and hold the rounded arrow button on the key fob for a few seconds until the engine starts. According to Honda, the automatic climate control system will then do its best to get the interior to 72 degrees. On a hot summer day, that means the Civic will crank up the air-conditioning on recirculation mode.
I'll admit to feeling that using remote start can feel a bit over indulgent. Am I really suffering terribly for those first few moments when I get into a sun-baked car? Just open the windows. Nor am I interested in letting our Civic idle for minutes until it gets to 72 degrees. But I can see the appeal, though. Even 30 seconds' worth of time before you get in is enough to get the cabin into a more tolerable condition on a 100-degree day.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 7,525 miles