The rear view camera has 3 permitted views and is confusing at first. It is best for negotiating upwards and downward slopes, but so so for left or right movements. The bottom rear camera view just behind the car is useful for parking as is the passenger side view camera. A little longer than I wanted in a compact sedan and therefore harder to park in tight spaces. However no other compact sedan I looked at has nearly as much trunk space. The look of the car is striking in its class and the metallic blue color I have it in is also striking. Horn volume is puny. The car drives beautifully and steers beautifully with little or no noise. Very quiet drive and once I was at 90 mph and had no idea I was moving that fast. Better than anything else I have ever driven yet! Turning radius is great also for size.The rolling resistance is very low and the car goes a long distance before stopping with the foot off the pedal. I mean it can coast! Continuously variable transmission did not seem to affect the driving negatively. It picks up acceleration very quickly and is not an issue entering a highway ramp. Handles small bumps fine, but hit a big bump and you know it from the tires. Great fuel efficiency especially in eco mode which I use for city driving. Brakes are great. Even has a brake hold if you are stuck in traffic for a while. Would have liked a volume button for navigation. It is buried deep in the screen and can't be changed easily on the run. Price a bit on the high side but it does have a lot of technology in this price range. Love the lane guidance system ( slight steering wheel judder warning) and the brake warning system which can be adjusted to distance from the car in front. Not always optimal but useful if one is sleepy or tired. Phone pairs easily and automatically using bluetooth. Has Airplay. Remote start is great for both hot and cold days. A/C and heater comes on as appropriate to settings left in the car from previous trip with remote start. Side view camera on the right is great. Now why not a side view camera on the left? Audio was OK. There was no volume button on the panel , but there was one on the steering wheel. AC works just fine and adjustments are easily done on the run. Front seats are low compared to the back seat. I am 5' 11". The driver's seats has little lumbar support. A clear design flaw. The back seats on the other hand are spacious and much more comfortable. Passenger seat too low and not adjustable and have had complaints about this. The back windshield slopes such as to give a limited field of view in the rear view mirror. I saw this as a glaring safety shortfall that could have been easily fixed by design adjustments but this seems to be a common problem in newer cars as they emphasize form over safety function. However I do love all the warnings you get in the speedometer screen if you have left a door open, etc. Not sure I would trade it for any other car though. It was between the Elantra Ultimate package which has similar technology features and the Honda Civic and the Honda won but not by much though. The Mazda 3 was a great driving experience , did not have the same level of technology in its touring version as did the other two cars mentioned above, but the stand alone navigation screen on top of the dash would be tempting to thieves as it can easily be ripped out and that is why that was out too. Preferred the navigation style in the Mazda and the Elantra to that in the Honda. Would have liked automatic folding in of side-view mirrors to make it easier to get it into my garage and left side blind spot view on screen as right side is great. Did not look at American brand cars due to reliability issues. Was told Subaru was good but was treated badly by several Subaru area dealers. Not sure they care for minority folks it seems as the looked eager to serve white buyers. Would not let us even take test drive! The Elantra has the best warranty. The Honda warranty is confusing. They indicate they will support repair for 36,000 miles bumper to bumper but my dealer told me it would only be 12,000 miles at no cost. Any of these three cars in their loaded versions are all high quality and will not disappoint. These are all good cars for senior citizens in their seventies, such as myself, who prefer a lot of safety and technology in the car as aids to increasingly slowing reflexes, and vision impairment with age. If they had the Honda Fit (smaller car) with the same technology in the loaded version, I would have bought it in a heartbeat! Younger drivers may save some money with the EX version which has some of the technology features available in the touring version. Get the 1.5 L turbo engine though.
I lease a 2016 Civic EX-T (1.5L turbo) with the CVT transmission. 12,000 miles/year, 65% residual, full cover bumper to bumper and 3 year/36,000 miles warranty. The car is amazing. Before leasing it I went to other dealers to see other cars that were more sprensive than the civic. Let me tell you: you can get lot more features for less money with the civic. Interior is clean, it looks great and modern, I love it. I'm still not used to not having a volume knob on the radio, but o well my smart phone doesn't have it either! For the driver it's really easy to adjust the radio with the options on the steering wheel. The EX-T comes with dual climate control, and heated seats. DON'T SPEND MONEY ON NAVIGATION! if you have an smart phone you can connect it to the USB and use Car Apple Play or Android, and from your phone you can see the navigation on the car screen. The car comes with LED headlamps (daytime LED as well), LED taillights and fog lights. Interior is really spacious. Your children will have a ton of leg room in the backseat. Everything is keyless access. Just put your hand on the door handles and the car will unlock the door(s) for you (like the Mercedes!!). If you forget to lock your car, it will lock them by itself when the key is out and far from the car or you can just push the lock button on the door handle to lock it. The car comes with remote start (you can turn on your car without being inside of it), sunroof, satellite radio, back-up camera (with 3 different positions), side camera (to see blind spots when changing lanes), cruise control, auto-lights and auto-wipers. The e-brake is just a button, easy to use and it save a lot of space which Honda used to make the center console with more space. The acceleration is impressive!. You will feel the kick of the turbo after 2,000 rpm. I believe it can take you from 0-60 in around 6.5 seconds (I think it's faster than the previous 2015 civic SI). Gas mileage? My civic average 32 mpg. I drive it on both city and highway. Cons --> The car is super lightweight (about 2,800 lbs.), that helps the acceleration, braking and gas mileage, but when I'm driving on the freeway over 75mph I sometimes feel the car shaking because of the wind.
We leased this vehicle about 3-months ago after selling our 2004 TSX. In contrast to the TSX, the Civic uses regular gasoline, and has basic-sized steel belted tires that are H-rated. Stepping out of the Acura line to Honda was our best option to cut costs without giving up too many of the items that we enjoyed on our TSX. NOT having to buy premium gasoline, and change tires (V-rated sized) every 24-months is a godsend. The Civic is nimble enough around town, but lacks passing power at highway speeds. Our seats are cloth, and I do miss the leather seating with motorized seat adjustments. Fuel ecomomy is excellent at around 26 miles in stop and go driving to just under 40 on the highway. The Civic is a practical car, and has adequate trunk space. It is really designed for four passengers, not five as claimed in the drivers manuel. The A/C is cool. The car sits a little lower to the pavement than our Acura, but handles really well. Back-up camera, media jacks and cup holders. She starts up quick, and idles quiet as a mouse. In my business, I had previously rented Toyota Corollas, in fact I typically sought them out with National and Avis when they were available. I prefer the Civic handling over the Corolla. Both are about the same on fuel efficiency. The Honda Civic is a decent value and it is possible to purchase a really "dressed-up" Civic but that defeated the reason that we wanted it in the first place. BTW, the more add-on features and packages...the exponentially higher cost. It is possible to flirt with a $30,000 price tag if you're not careful. This is not a misprint....$30K. At that price, you should just look into a Honda Accord. Our Civic gets the job done adequately enough as equiped. I recommend the Civic to those seeking a more practical solution to their monthly and annual driving expenses.
EX-L w/Honda Sensing 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
Let me start by saying that I was shopping for a Honda 2015 or 2016 Accord. The new apple car play, remote start and safety features made me wanting the 2016 Accord. I had a 2010 BMW 335i that's 3.0L and twin turbo. I?m getting married and want something more economical over the long term, reliable, and something maybe a bit more comfortable. I didn't even consider the 2015 civic as an option as the review were pretty far apart from the accord. If you are interested, you can do a quick search on the 2012, which is gen 9 civic, which the reviews were so poor, Honda had to do an emergency design update for the 2013 model year. Obviously, I haven?t have the car for long, but here are some feedback may be useful to you if you have your mind somewhat set up Accord or the new civic. First, make sure you test drive both the non-turbo (LX, EX) and the turbo engine (EX-T and above). What?s important to me are reliability, safety, and ride comfort. Also, the car needs to have enough merging power, getting on-ramp or out of trouble. The base engine certainly can do that. The turbo engine has quite a bit more power, and doesn?t need to rev as hard to get power, which does seem a bit quieter. Don?t look at just the published numbers, the turbo engine has much broader torque band. So, why I said to make sure take a test drive in both other than the obvious power difference? The cars ride differently. The turbo equipped cars ride better since the rear suspension are fitted with the new fluid-filled bushings all around. The LX and EX only have those on the front. The ride quality are pretty far apart. I found that the turbo equipped civic rides better than the 2016 Accord EX that I drove. In the 2016 Accord, only the Touring trim is fitted with the fluid-filled bushing all around. Accord maybe still can absorb bigger bumps or potholes better, but as far as road isolation, the turbo equipped civics are better than Accord EX. Obviously, Accord is much roomier, especially the back seats and very easy to get in and out. I prefer Civic?s lower driving position better. Accord has great visibility, lots of glass all around. After some consideration, I had my mind set on the Accord, due to leg room, head room and seat comfort. I was comparing the Civic EX-T vs the 2016 Accord EX in the showroom. I had driven an LX and a Touring back to back. With 5 minutes of test drive in each, it was difficult to absorb everything in. I remember liking the Touring quite a bit more. So, right before I made the purchase, I took one final ride between the two. I was in a Civic Touring, and I found out the contour of the leather seats fitted me much better. I?m a big guy 6 ft and 265lb. The contour of the back support just wasn?t comfortable for me of the fabric seats. I?ve also found that the power seats had more adjustments in both height and front to back. When you adjust the height of the manual seat higher, the seat also moves forward. To get more leg room, I had to seat lower. Also, not sure of the reason, the manual drive seat also gave me less head room. At the end, I fit quite comfortably in the EX-L, which comes with power and leather driver seat. I also opted for Honda Sensing. Just imaging my loves ones maybe driving this car one day, $1000 more safety suddenly becomes cheap to me. The warning systems works great without being annoying. Collision Mitigation works great (someone cut in front of me and slammed on the brake). Lane keeping assist is awesome, and as soon as you give a slight input to the steering, it over rides the system. The sensing package is part of the reason keeping me from shopping other cars. After taking 300 mile drive, the whole package definitely worth the extra. The engine is still being broken in, but I?m got 39mpg on the trip and it?s still going up on highway. Headlight brightness are decent, not as good as adaptive HID, but not bad. Apple Carplay works when using phone as navigations. Trunk is very large comparing with this class of cars. Center console flexibility is brilliant. Love the remote start, and smart key feature. Unless I want to use remote start, I never have to take the key out of my pocket. Touch inside of the drive side handle, the door unlocks. Push button start and stop. When I leave the car, just touch the black button on the door handle and the car locks. The LCD gauge is awesome too. I believe LX doesn?t get that though. Something that I still have to get used to is the car will coast! Not quite a manual disengage from clutch, but close. I have to learn to let off the throttle very early, so I can get better gas mileage and not as hard on the brake. Few things that I don?t like: shining surface on the back of the remote and near gear shifter seem scratch easily. Love the LCD display, but still would prefer volume nob, and bottoms for climate controls. Don?t like the limitation of selecting where air are coming out. Don?t have t
Update: 7/18/17: [I'm still impressed with this car! MPG was worse in winter. In summer mixed driving I get about 38 to 39 mpg. Apple CarPlay disconnects occasionally... I'm not sure if this is due to the phone or the CarPlay software. Otherwise, everything works as it should and the car is a pleasure to drive.] I was interested in this car because of its fuel economy and reliability. The fuel economy is amazing! I'm actually getting about 40 in mixed driving (much highway). I also looked at the Mazda 3, but the test drive showed a world of difference. The Mazda is fun to drive, and the controls are well laid-out, but the ride is noisy. The Civic EX-T has sporty handling, but also a solid, quiet ride. Acceleration is alarmingly good! I have found myself going faster than intended due to the smooth, powerful acceleration delivered by the CVT and the smooth ride. The standard radio at this trim level is very nice. So many cars have bass that sounds like it is in the bottom of a cardboard box. The bass in the Civic EX-T is strong without being muddy. The seats are very comfortable and the interior is nice looking and seems bigger than it is. There are lots of bells and whistles, moonroof, keyless start, audio and other display controls on the steering wheel, etc. People have complained about the audio controls on the touch screen, but the driver really never needs to use them with everything on the steering wheel. The biggest surprise to me is that this is a great looking car!