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 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 19, 2016
After hanging out with Editor Romans in Fresno for a while and getting some good combined suburban/highway miles, our 2016 Honda Civic returned to Southern California and the stop-start urban hustle in August.
by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on August 4, 2016
It's been a busy month for our long-term 2016 Honda Civic. July saw the repair of a cracked windshield, the first scheduled maintenance visit and, thanks to a stint in our Fresno offices, an increase in the overall fuel economy average.
by Jason Kavanagh, Engineerng Editor on July 11, 2016
Our 2016 Honda Civic was driven more than 2,500 miles in June, thanks in large part to a long road trip for which it served as steed. Along the way it notched its highest single-tank fuel economy and range yet observed.
The mile-heavy month did a lot to bolster its lifetime fuel economy performance.
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on June 28, 2016
I just took our long-term 2016 Honda Civic on an 1,100-mile road trip (more on that soon) and without much effort, I blew the EPA's highway estimate of 42 mpg out of the water. Our previous best was 38.1 mpg and I knew I could do better. Most of the Civic's miles had been driven in the city and I was ready to sit down for a long, cruise-controlled haul.
by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on June 13, 2016
I gassed up our 2016 Honda Civic today, but it's June already, so those miles don't count yet. What counts is the 1,453 miles we rolled up in May, which required 41.16 gallons of regular old 87 octane.
I'll save you the trouble. That's 35.3 mpg during the month of May, which is right bang smack on top of the EPA Combined number. We did it! Brent told you things would improve as the Civic ventured farther from L.A., and indeed, he took it to Fresno on one of those tanks — setting a new record of 38.1 mpg — while I drove to San Diego on another.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on May 12, 2016
We didn't put many miles on our 2016 Honda Civic last month. It stayed close to our Santa Monica office and totalled about 1,200 miles. We're still down compared to what the EPA says to expect for fuel economy, but we did observe a best fill-up so far in April.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on May 3, 2016
Back in March, Ed Hellwig wrote that the engine in our 2016 Honda Civic "feels great." Here's another example of what it's like to drive.
Yesterday, I was piloting our Civic and needed to pull out from a city side street onto a major thoroughfare. Looking to my left, I could see some approaching traffic, with the nearest car in the far-left lane. There was a suitable gap for the closer lanes, though, so I entered the thoroughfare and hit the gas. The Civic's 174-horsepower, 1.5-liter turbocharged engine quickly spun up towards redline.
Driving a typical small sedan, I would have largely expected that nearest car to sail past in my peripheral vision and get ahead of me. But it didn't happen with the Civic. In fact, the other car only pulled about even with me before we were of equal speed. The other car? A gray eighth-generation (2006-'11) Civic Si coupe. Two young guys were in it, and the both looked over at me. Based on their expressions, I'd like to think they were at least a little impressed by our new Civic's vitality.
Got boost? Sure enough, Civic fans.
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on April 6, 2016
The fuel economy in our long-term 2016 Honda Civic is clearly suffering from the slings and arrows of life in the crowded-and-congested city of Los Angeles. After almost two months in the fleet, our best fuel fill has barely beat the EPA's city estimate of 31 mpg. Its lifetime average is even further off the mark.
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.