by Josh Sadlier
Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2016 Honda Civic's departure from the fleet is fast approaching, and we're doing our best to hit the usual 20,000-mile target despite a few out-of-service weeks due to damage repair. As I write this from a coffee shop in rainy Mill Valley, California, we've got about a month left with the Civic and roughly 18,500 miles on the odometer. I still have to drive the thing back to Los Angeles, so there's a decent chance that we'll reach the magic number with the rest of my trip plus a handful of commutes.
How's it been? On the whole, we're all impressed by how far Honda's come with this car after the previous-generation Civic's forgettable run. It's a top contender in the class, and we haven't said that with conviction about a Civic in quite a while. We've also recorded some hiccups with various technology features, however, so the report card isn't perfect. More on that below.
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing
Where Did We Drive It?
November was a big month. Our drivers added a total of 2,778 miles to our 2016 Honda Civic, with yours truly accounting for a large chunk of them. My wife and I drove the not-so-little red Honda north to Oregon to spend Thanksgiving with my parents, and our round trip consisted of 2,036 miles.
The usual route we take amounts to just over 1,700 miles, but this time we spent some time off the freeway on picturesque two-lane roads in Gold Country and out east of Mt. Shasta. Such voluntary detours added about 300 miles and several hours to our trip, but it was worth it.
Almost all of these miles qualify as some version of highway or interstate travel. But we did make several stops and poke our way through a few small towns. And I drove from the coast up the steep road to my parents' 1,600-foot hilltop home a couple of times, one of which was after a pizza run into town.
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on September 28, 2016
The verdicts are trickling in and most of us seem to like the seats in our 2016 Honda Civic.
I'm a fan. There's plenty to like about this new Civic, but the seats are high on my list. It's strange, because the seats aren't especially firm or well-bolstered. They're shapely, but not particularly sporty. Still, they're the best seats in a Civic that I can recall since the 2006 Si model debuted.
by Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant on September 26, 2016
Editor Kavanagh looked at me and said, "You should drive it." He was talking about our 2016 Honda Civic. Jay's tone implied that this one was worth a look apart from its predecessors. It sounded like a fair suggestion, so I got the key from key-master Mike Schmidt and took the Civic for the weekend.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on July 26, 2016
Travis' recent picture of our long-term 2016 Honda Civic next to a second-generation Civic got me wondering: How big has the Civic become? Could I conceivably claim that you no longer need to buy the Honda Accord to get family-friendly interior space?
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on July 22, 2016
Over the last seven days, I drove our 2016 Honda Civic about 1,400 miles. This wasn't a straight shot like Dan's recent haul to Oregon in our long-term Honda Pilot. Instead, I drove back and forth from southern to northern California for both work and personal reasons.
Our Civic was a pleasing companion the entire time.
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.
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on June 30, 2016
After driving our long-term 2016 Honda Civic 1,100 miles over a long weekend, I've got a few distinct impressions. As Dan Edmunds noted, the car deserved a good road trip, and a lazy cruise up and down California was perfect for that.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on June 1, 2016
We still haven't taken any multi-day road trips in our 2016 Honda Civic, but I've taken it on a couple five-hour drives recently. Based on those drives, I think the new Civic will be an agreeable companion should one of my coworkers decide to head out of California this summer. In another interesting twist, our Civic Touring has both adaptive cruise control and lane departure intervention, two features that are rare for small sedans and can influence long-distance driving comfort.
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on May 30, 2016
The 2016 Honda Civic is staggeringly good. Perhaps our loaded Touring trim and the accompanying turbocharged engine represents its best foot forward, but nevertheless, to me, the new Civic exists on a pedestal high above all others in the segment not named Mazda 3.
In fact, when driving the Civic the other day I found myself comparing it to our departed Mercedes-Benz CLA250. Similar size, also turbocharged ... and you know what? I'd take the Honda Civic. Happily. Instead of a Mercedes-Benz. Sure, the CLA is a bit crummy, but really, it says more about how fantastic the 2016 Civic is.
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on May 26, 2016
Another plus is a plentiful features list, which includes automatic headlights, remote start and dual-zone automatic climate control. The Civic Touring also includes a feature that is fairly rare for this class: heated rear outboard seats.
by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on May 20, 2016
Let's talk about the crash alerts in our long-term 2016 Honda Civic. Specifically, how sensitive they are.
I would posit that they are too sensitive.
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.
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on March 21, 2016
Might be a little hard to see in the picture, but that's my leg (sorry for the unappealing closeup). And right above it, the underside of our 2016 Honda Civic's instrument panel. Look closer and you'll see what looks like some dust on the corner edge there.
Except that dust is some skin that my shin left behind while I stepped back into the driver seat after running an errand.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on March 11, 2016
The seats in our 2016 Honda Civic look and feel great, especially for a car in this class. On my initial drives I liked their level of support and ability to adjust to my tall, lean frame.
During some longer stints behind the wheel, however, they're not quite as compatible.
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on March 3, 2016
The seating position of the previous two Honda Civic generations seating position never agreed with my admittedly picky, 6-foot-3 self. The rear of the seat was always perched a bit high and/or didn't dip down far enough, and the seat itself did not move far enough back. Quite simply, I could never get comfortable.
It's a problem that extends, to a much worse degree actually, to Honda's Fit and HR-V. Ditto older CR-V's without power seats.
Well, I am thrilled to report that I find the driver seat in our long-term 2016 Honda Civic Touring to be more comfortable than anything else in the segment. By far.
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on February 23, 2016
Reach into the 2016 Honda Civic's center console, just ahead of the shifter, and you'll find a hole. This hole leads down to the lower storage area, where you'll find a USB port and a power outlet. It's a pass-through for cables.
Plug your USB cable into the port and run it through the hole and it'll hang out in the upper center console. It's the perfect spot for a smartphone.
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on February 18, 2016
When Honda redesigned the Civic in 2012, it felt half finished. It was still a strong, solid entry-level sedan and coupe, but it was no longer the clear-cut choice in the segment. Honda quickly updated the Civic and sales improved, yet it never had the cohesive feel of the many Civics before it.
The 2016 Honda Civic, now in its 10th generation, is a significant improvement over not only the previous Civic, but almost everything else in the segment. We came away impressed during our recent road test and gave the Civic an "A" rating. It recently walked away with the North American Car of the Year trophy, so we know we're not alone in our praise.
The new Civic draws influence from other recent Honda successes with a well-appointed and cleverly designed interior and a handsome, sporty exterior. There's also a unique new turbocharged engine that promises strong performance, along with the efficiency we expect in a Civic. Twelve months in our long-term fleet will go a long way toward determining how far this Civic has come, so we didn't hesitate to go out and buy for ourselves to get started.