2016 Honda Civic: Roomy Interior Means I Can Sit Behind Myself
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on April 22, 2016
At 6-feet 4-inches tall, my height often prevents me from thoroughly enjoying compact cars, coupes and sedans alike. There are a few that fit me just fine, including the Mazda 3 and Volkswagen Golf/GTI. Others have roofs that are too short or a driver's seat that doesn't lower enough, both of which make my hair brush the headliner. Since I consider this an immediate deal breaker, it means I can never buy a Kia Forte or a ninth-generation Honda Civic (2011-'15).
The new 2016 Honda Civic has a 0.4-inch reduction in headroom from the 2015 model, so when I took it home for a night, what I found was surprising.
The new Civic fits me just fine. There's enough headroom to keep the top of my head from grazing the roof and the seat provides more thigh support than I anticipated. It isn't just roomy in the front seat either. I slipped into the backseat to test things out and sure enough, there was enough legroom to sit behind myself. This is an impressive feat not matched by many compact cars.
Finding a livable seating position in the Civic's rear seats requires less bodily contortion than in many of its competitors. Rear headroom is compromised by the sloping roof, so I can't fully rest against the seatback without hitting the headliner but that's pretty common in this class, and space in the Civic is better than some rivals.
Good on Honda for making the 2016 Civic accessible for taller people like me. Even though I liked the old Civic, I didn't fit in the driver seat so it was a non-starter. The new Civic fixes that. And the rest of the car is amazing, too. It joins the Mazda 3 as one of my favorite compact cars.
Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor @ 2,312 miles