by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
No, this time it really is the end of the line for our 2016 Honda Civic. We said this last month, too, and meant it, but the Civic picked up some extra miles in February anyhow. Not just a few miles, either, but almost 1,850 of them. We've since listed the Civic for sale, so now the sun has truly set on our test.
We didn't venture out much with the Civic in February — just a lot of around-town driving and commuting. We had some heavy rains in February, which gave us a chance to see how the Civic handled wet roads. We also spared some time to reflect on where the current Civic fits in the timeline of this iconic Honda nameplate.
by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
It's the end of the line for our long-term 2016 Honda Civic. It's been a full year and we just passed the 20,000-mile milestone. Josh's Central Coast adventures overlapped with the beginning of January, but the Civic spent most of its time this month in the Central Valley with Brent, who's the sole member of what we like to call our Fresno office.
Dan Edmunds chimed in with some maintenance-related updates on the power surge issue, the rain-sensing wipers and an unexpected issue with the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Otherwise, our Civic cruised over the finish line trouble-free.
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on November 9, 2016
If you've been driving long enough, you've likely had a moment just like this. You walk out to your car, expecting everything to be exactly as you left it. Keys in hand, mind on wherever it is you're going. Then, you spot it.
A scratch across your bumper, a crack in your windshield, or in this case, a big ol' dent in your door. No note, no security camera footage to catch the culprit, nothing. That's what happened to our new Copy Chief, Kathleen Clonts, when she drove our long-term 2016 Honda Civic home for the night.
by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on August 5, 2016
We're six months into our long-term test with the 2016 Honda Civic and we're on course to meet our target of 20,000 miles by the end of the year.
Over the first half of its stay, the Civic has pretty much fulfilled its promise of trouble-free operation.
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.
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 Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor on July 20, 2016
I recently wrote a post on the efficacy of our long-term BMW 340i's front bumper cameras. While our 2016 Honda Civic isn't equipped to thwart clown ambushes like the BMW, Honda has certainly made useful advances in its rearview camera technology.
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 Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on July 13, 2016
With its turbocharged four-cylinder and continuously variable transmission (CVT), there's an expectation of a distinct rubber band-y power delivery in our long-term 2016 Honda Civic.
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on June 23, 2016
I really like our 2016 Honda Civic. And I'm fairly certain that most of the other editors in the office have a similar opinion.
In light of this, it seems to me that it has taken longer for the Civic to reach 5,000 miles than it should have. June 11th represents four months and one week of ownership for us. That's just over a third of its scheduled time and yet we're only now at the one-quarter mark in terms of mileage.
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on June 20, 2016
When last we left our long-term 2016 Honda Civic, I was waiting on a new windshield to arrive. Brent Romans had a run-in with a rock on the highway and thanks to the Civic's adaptive cruise control (and other forward-camera based systems) the windshield was tough to find.
After deciding that I'd have Safelite do the job (for multiple reasons, including parts availability — see that story here) I set an appointment for the replacement. Unfortunately, things didn't go as easily as I'd hoped.
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on June 15, 2016
I've been seeing the new 2016 Honda Civic everywhere here in Los Angeles, which makes sense given how well they're selling. It was Honda's best-selling nameplate in the United States in May 2016, moving 35,396 units — that's up 20 percent from last year and therefore the previous model. It also stands in contrast to the Accord, CR-V, Odyssey and Pilot, which all went down from last year.
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on June 9, 2016
I've never owned a red car. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I fail the red-green part of the colorblind test. Maybe red cars have always seemed to flashy to me. Maybe it's the busted myth that they cost more to insure. Whatever the case, our long-term 2016 Honda Civic is definitely a car I'd be proud to own, and one I wouldn't mind owning in red.
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on June 7, 2016
"Hey Travis, here are the keys to the Civic. I cracked the windshield, hope you don't mind. See ya later!" That might not be exactly what Editor Brent Romans said when he and I swapped cars last week, but it's pretty much how I remember it.
Brent was driving our long-term 2016 Honda Civic for a week and on a freeway drive back to Los Angeles, a semi-truck kicked up a rock that caused the chip/crack you see here. The crack was big enough that we couldn't repair the windshield, we'd have to replace it, so I started calling around. Hilarity did not ensue.
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on June 3, 2016
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 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 Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on March 23, 2016
There has been plenty of discussion about the cost of our 2016 Honda Civic. With a base price of just over $27,000, it's on the expensive side for a sedan in its class. Is it worth it?
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on March 14, 2016
It been awhile since I've looked at a new Honda and actually liked the style of the wheels. Our 2016 Honda Civic bucks that trend in more ways than one.
The 17-inch wheels that come on the Civic Touring look sharp. At first glance, you might call them a five-spoke design, but a closer look reveals that there's quite a bit more going here. Whatever you want to call them, they're slick for a sedan in this price range.
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on February 22, 2016
With the 2016 Honda Civic recently arriving to our long-term garage, I was curious what the break-in procedure looked like. Most car buyers get to experience the glory of a break-in a few times in their life, and the process (and its complexities) can be an important part of establishing a relationship between car and owner.
I pulled the Civic owner's manual from Honda's website and searched for "break-in." Nothing came up, even after trying different variations. So I started reading.
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.
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.