2016 Honda Civic: This Can't Be a Civic - It's Too Nice
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on February 19, 2016
Smooth ride over city potholes? Check. Nice leather interior with all sorts of pretty surfaces? Yup. A big back seat, quick steering and high-class looks? Affirmative. This can't be a Honda Civic. It's too nice.
At least a dozen of my buddies drove Hondas in high school (many of them Civics) and none of them were even remotely as nice as our newest long-termer, the 2016 Honda Civic.
Four days driving our long-term Civic left me with a lasting impression that this is a really, really nice car. Not surprisingly, it feels much nicer than the Accords from the 90's that my college friends drove and it felt significantly better than the last Civic we tested. The ride is excellent, I like the seating position and acceleration is more than enough.
My best memories in Honda Civics include late night Jack in the Box runs and carpooling to school in the morning with three guys in the back seat of a coupe. Nearly all the Civics I rode in during my youth were poorly modified kid-cars. Think about any of the cars in The Fast and the Furious circa 1998 and you get an idea of what my friends' cars looked like. No one older than 18 would've driven those things.
As a result, this whole civilized, more-than-basic-transportation Civic feels a bit foreign to me. If Honda was aiming for a bigger, better, more grown-up Civic, they definitely succeeded. But I'm not sure if it's what I want.
Travis Langness, Social Media Editor @ 150 miles