2016 Honda Civic: Unique Gauge Cluster Works Well
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on March 9, 2016
This is a not a traditional gauge cluster design. There isn't a round dial in sight and there's a limited amount of information. I like traditional gauges clusters, yet somehow I like this one in our 2016 Honda Civic too.
Putting the big speedometer front and center while getting rid of a tachometer altogether makes sense for a car like this. Sure, it offers a manual transmission, but few will actually opt for it so a tachometer isn't really necessary. And the big speedometer leaves room for a little extra information underneath.
At first glance, I thought the separation of the auxiliary gauges off to the side looked a little odd. They almost looked too removed from my line of vision. After a few days behind the wheel, however, they grew on me. The detailing makes them look like the car is more expensive, which is rarely something that you glean from looking at a temperature gauge.
Here's how the display looks with the tachometer toggled off.
Overall, this setup is a huge improvement over the odd multi-tiered gauge layout in the previous Civic.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 1,108 miles