2016 Honda Civic: Simple but Brilliant Features
by Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor on July 28, 2016
Our 2016 Honda Civic is great example of how smart, subtle thinking can be more effective than an over-the-top idea. Below are two simple features I discovered recently that make me love this car even more.
1. Walk Away Auto Lock
No, it's not a new idea and yes, it does exactly that. Back in my high school days, aftermarket car alarm systems were all the rage. The auto lock feature, more commonly referred to as "passive arming," was more of an annoyance than a convenience. The problem with your car locking itself back then was that it could happen while your keys were still inside.
But with keyless entry/ignition technology and the ability to detect key fob proximity to the vehicle, passive arming is now just a really convenient feature. No more fumbling around with hands full of grocery bags, no more backtracking three blocks because you don't remember hearing the "beep."
2. Navigation street prompts
This feature proves its worth when you're driving in unfamiliar areas. What it does is prompt you with the very next cross street, or if you're on the freeway, the next exit. It's displayed at all times on the navigation map screen, and it's done in a way that's entirely unobtrusive.
Again, this isn't a new idea, and I couldn't tell you the first vehicle to have this feature. But I'd point out that many modern navigation systems do not have this feature — or else they execute it poorly — and it's also one of the few advantages an in-car system has over Google Maps or Waze.
With both of these features, I like that Honda didn't try to reinvent the wheel, or the door. They went with KISS instead.
Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor @ 9,400 miles