What Did We Buy?
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.
What Options Does It Have?
The 2016 Honda Civic sedan comes in five flavors: LX, EX, EX-T, EX-L and Touring. A base LX starts at $18,640 and comes equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is an $800 option on the LX, and standard on all other models.
We were eager to test Honda's all-new turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. This 1.5-liter 174-horsepower engine comes standard in EX-T, EX-L and Touring models and promises both performance and fuel efficiency. Our Civic is rated at 35 mpg in combined driving, and in testing, a similar model ran from zero to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds. That's a tenth quicker than the last Civic Si we tested.
Rather than having stand-alone options, Honda packages features in different trim levels. At $27,335, our Touring model sits atop the Civic range and comes equipped with all the bells and whistles you could want. This includes power-adjustable heated leather front seats, heated rear seats, an upgraded audio system, a 7-inch infotainment display, rear- and sideview cameras, dual-zone automatic climate control and LED headlights and taillights.
The Touring model also comes with the Honda Sensing package, with features like ACC (adaptive cruise control), CMBS (collision mitigation braking system) and LKAS (lane keeping assist system). This package is a $1,000 upgrade on all other models.
Using Edmunds Price Promise®, we purchased our Civic from Norm Reeves Honda in West Covina, California. We were able to find this exact car through Price Promise for $25,160, which saved us $2,175 without ever having to haggle.
Why We Bought It
The Civic is one of the models that built Honda's reputation. It's been one of the best cars in its class for decades thanks to its combination of value, efficiency and practicality. That reputation took a hit with the last model, even though it was still a strong seller.
After our initial drives of this new Civic we were impressed. It feels like the new model is back to the form that made it a household name. It's spacious, quick and efficient, yet it also offers the latest high-tech safety features in a package that's affordable and practical.
Over the next 12 months we'll see if it maintains its class-leading composure. We'll be interested in testing the all-new engine over 20,000 miles and seeing how well the new, high-grade interior holds up. In the end, we'll know if the Civic has redeemed itself after a few years of midpack performance.
Follow its progress on our long-term road test page for our latest thoughts and impressions of this compact sedan.
Edmunds purchased this vehicle for the purpose of evaluation.