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 Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on February 1, 2017
The following is not a case of déjà vu. Or maybe it is. It harks back to a recent incident I had with our 2016 Mazda Miata, in which the tire pressure warning system (TPMS) issued a false alarm I eventually linked to a DIY tire rotation before a long trip. This surprised me because I thought indirect TPMS — the kind that continuously monitors wheel rotation speeds to guess the tire pressures — was dead and buried. Turns out the Miata had it, but I hadn't pressed the reset button after my rotation.
A few weeks later, it was our 2016 Honda Civic's turn. Like the Miata, I was taking care of maintenance on the morning of a long road trip. But in this case it needed an oil change, too, so I took it to Hardin Honda, my local dealer. The folks there changed the oil and filter, rotated the tires and sent me on my way.
But the TPMS warning light came on about five minutes down the road.
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on January 27, 2017
Rain-sensing wipers are useful in Southern California, but we can go months at a time without the need for any sort of wipers at all. I know, cue the tiny violin.
This enviable atmospheric reality explains why we didn't immediately realize that the reason our 2016 Honda Civic's rain-sensing wipers didn't work during my rainy Thanksgiving road trip was linked to a windshield replacement carried out the previous July.
I eventually put two and two together after doing some internet sleuthing upon my return and was able to visually confirm that the rain sensor wasn't making proper contact with the windshield. Presumably, this was the result of a goof-up by the windshield installer.
So Mike Massey, our vehicle testing assistant, called Safelite, the company that did the original work. Our problem didn't sound wholly unfamiliar to them, and they happily agreed to send a mobile glass replacement truck to our location to sort it out.
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on January 2, 2017
A very predictable thing happened on a recent 2,000-mile round trip to Oregon in our 2016 Honda Civic: It rained. A lot.
Not all at once, mind you. Sure, the rain came down in buckets at times. But it also sprinkled, splattered and sprayed at intermittent intervals. It turned out to be the perfect real-world environment in which to test our Civic Touring's automatic rain-sensing wipers.
Except they didn't work.
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 Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on October 28, 2016
The optional LED headlights on our long-term 2016 Honda Civic are, in a word, excellent. They look good, but more importantly, they perform well. They cast clear, strong light with a solid cutoff at a reasonable height, and they light up the road for a reasonable distance in front of you.
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on October 21, 2016
It would appear that the optional HondaLink system in our long-term 2016 Honda Civic is on the fritz.
On my way home from work last week, this frozen screen popped up, my Bluetooth connection was severed and my music stopped playing. None of the touchscreen buttons were responsive and none of the steering-wheel-mounted controls did anything either.
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on October 3, 2016
For all its high-tech form, the audio interface in our 2016 Honda Civic sacrifices function with a Bluetooth interface that doesn't offer device browsing.
Numerous makes and models now offer the ability to search your music library via Bluetooth connection, eliminating one of the last reasons for a wired USB connection (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto still make a strong case for the cable). But our Civic isn't among them.
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on September 30, 2016
I appreciate when cars that offer adaptive cruise control, like our 2016 Honda Civic, still allow you to turn it off and use standard cruise mode. Even when set at the closest following distance, adaptive cruise systems typically leave enough of a gap for impatient drivers to slot in front of you. Legally, it's the smart thing for an automaker to do. As a driver on the highway, it can be frustrating.
Happily, the Civic lets you choose.
by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on August 10, 2016
I like our long-term 2016 Honda Civic. I wrote up a road test last December that says so. There is one thing, however, that drives me absolutely batty, and that's the volume control. Rather than complain about it, I came up with a fix. Go on, keep reading. I dare you.
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 21, 2016
Our 2016 Honda Civic is the top-level Touring trim. Among a few other exclusive features (LED headlights and a power front passenger seat, for example), it comes with a 10-speaker stereo system. The system is rated at 450 watts of power, according to Honda, and is the most premium factory system ever to be put in a Civic.
Pleasingly, it lives up to its billing.
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 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 Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on May 24, 2016
No doubt there was extensive discussion at Honda HQ about how to lay out the climate controls in the2016 Honda Civic Touring.
I regret to report that the "let's bury everything in the touchscreen" camp won the day.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on April 29, 2016
There's been plenty of talk about the left side of the steering wheel in our2016 Honda Civic. But what about equal time for the other side? Yes, the slightly less used but still important right side of the steering wheel houses all the cruise control buttons. Are they as convoluted as the radio controls?
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on March 1, 2016
Over the next year, you will no doubt read a multitude of complaints regarding our 2016 Honda Civic's touchscreen interface. There's a very good chance that I will agree with each and every one of those complaints, complaints that make up the majority of what is otherwise a rather complaintless car.
Instead, in an effort to start things off on a good note, I would like to state that the touchscreen is at least aesthetically pleasing.
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on February 26, 2016
Given the enormous number of Honda vehicles sold, there's a very good chance that many of you, good readers, have by now had the chance to sample the LaneWatch blind spot camera available in the 2016 Honda Civic and most other new Hondas.
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on February 25, 2016
Our long-term 2016 Honda Civic is a fabulous car, but it can't escape Honda's propensity for bad volume control.
I can see the retort now: "Just use the toggle on the wheel!"
Two problems with that: One, traditionally a toggle can't make big volume changes as fast as a dial can. Two, the toggle has a problem of its own.
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.