2016 Honda Civic EX-T w/Honda Sensing Review & Ratings

2016 Honda Civic
Summary

Edmunds Summary Review of the 2016 Honda Civic EX-T w/Honda Sensing

  • A Edmunds Rating
  • You might think of the 2016 Honda Civic as a small, relatively inexpensive car for buyers on a budget, but this little Honda is so much more than that. This new Civic has daring looks, turbocharged power and a spacious, technology-rich interior for you and your friends or even a few kids. Find out why it's a must-drive compact sedan or coupe.

  • Pros

    Roomy cabin filled with high-quality materials; lots of trunk space for all your gear; ride and handling expertly balanced between comfort and athleticism; excellent fuel economy and performance from turbocharged 1.5-liter engine; numerous available advanced technology and safety features.

  • Cons

    Touchscreen interface is a bit confusing and slow to respond to inputs; depending on the tech you want, the Civic can be pricey: slow-responding adaptive cruise control and overly vigilant forward collision warning safety system are irksome.

  • What's New for 2016

    The 2016 Honda Civic is fully redesigned. Available as a sedan and a coupe, the latest Civic boasts new styling, more powerful and fuel-efficient engines and a quieter interior, among other improvements. The Civic Si, Hybrid and Natural Gas have been discontinued.

Review

The outgoing Honda Civic (2011-'15) generation garnered some very un-Honda-like controversy during its run, with lackluster early reviews leading to a virtually unprecedented second-year overhaul. Although that emergency surgery made the Civic more competitive, it failed to restore the car's class-leading status. With rivals improving by leaps and bounds, the Civic just wasn't a no-brainer pick like it used to be.

The 2016 Civic has new styling. Slimmer headlights and more pronounced fenders are two key changes.

For longtime Honda buyers, the fully redesigned, profoundly improved 2016 Honda Civic should come as a relief. From the Civic's edgy yet upscale looks to its mature cabin (no more two-tiered dash!) with nifty touchscreen-based tech, it's clear that Honda's innovative spirit has been revived. There's innovation under the hood, too, in the form of a new turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. A first for the Civic, this turbo mill, which is offered on the higher trim levels only, produces a strong 174 horsepower and yet earns an estimated 42 mpg highway. Less expensive Civics receive a new engine as well, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that's more powerful (158 hp) and fuel-efficient than the 1.8-liter it replaces.

Like the best Civics of yore, the new one feels sporty and fun when you're driving it on winding back roads. Unlike its predecessors, however, it's fairly quiet inside at speed, and its ride is more compliant than ever. We generally take boasts like Honda's "best-in-class interior volume" with a grain of salt, but in the new Civic's case, it translates into so much rear passenger space that families might question the need for an Accord. The interior design and materials are laudable, too, approaching Acura-grade refinement in the top Touring trim.

As noted, there are a lot of great choices for compact sedans or coupes these days. The Mazda 3 continues to distinguish itself with strong fuel economy, a sleek cabin and sporty handling, though its cramped backseat puts it at a disadvantage. The nimble and well-equipped Ford Focus may not be the freshest face, but this year's model should rival the Civic for the latest in-car technology. For a less expensive but still well-rounded sedan or coupe, we certainly recommend trying the Kia Forte. Last but hardly least is the redesigned Chevrolet Cruze, which comes gunning for the Civic with styling that Honda may find distinctly flattering.

To be sure, it's going to be tough to choose this year. But if you've been waiting for the Honda Civic to get its groove back, consider your patience rewarded.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2016 Honda Civic is a compact car offered initially as a sedan, with coupe and hatchback styles to follow. The sedan is available in LX, EX, EX-T, EX-L and Touring trim levels. The coupe comes in LX, LX-P, EX-T, EX-L and Touring.

The base LX comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels (alloys for coupe), automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights and taillights, full power accessories, cruise control, an expanded-view driver side mirror, automatic climate control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and manual front seats with driver height adjustment. Electronics features include a 5-inch central display screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth (phone and audio) and a four-speaker sound system with a USB port and Pandora connectivity.

LX-P coupes have this equipment plus a sunroof and keyless ignition and entry.

The EX sedan adds those LX-P features plus 16-inch alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, variable intermittent wipers, a multifunction trip computer, a rear center armrest with cupholders, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, an eight-speaker audio system with dual USB ports, Honda's camera-based LaneWatch lane-change assistant, dynamic guidelines for the rearview camera and a 7-inch touchscreen interface with HondaLink smartphone integration, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SMS voice-to-text functionality and smartphone-app integration (including app-based navigation).

The EX-T adds a turbocharged engine plus 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a rear deck lid spoiler, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats and satellite and HD radio.

Leather upholstery comes standard on the EX-L and Touring trim levels.

The EX-L tacks on leather upholstery, an eight-way power driver seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

The Touring adds different 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, automatic wipers, a four-way power passenger seat, heated rear seats (sedan), an integrated navigation system with voice controls and a 10-speaker audio system. Also standard is a Honda Sensing safety package that includes adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, lane-departure intervention and forward-collision alert with automatic emergency braking.

The Honda Sensing safety package is optional on all other Civic sedan trims, and it adds a basic trip computer to the LX. The navigation system is optional on EX-L sedan.

Powertrains and Performance

The front-wheel-drive 2016 Honda Civic comes with a four-cylinder engine, but the exact type varies depending on the trim level you pick. The LX and EX trims come with a 2.0-liter four rated at 158 hp and 138 pound-feet of torque. It's paired to either a six-speed manual transmission (LX only) or a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that functions like an automatic. The CVT is optional on the LX.

EPA-estimated fuel economy stands at 31 mpg combined (27 city/38 highway) for the LX manual, while both trims with the CVT are pegged at an excellent 34 mpg combined (30 city/40 highway).

The EX-T, EX-L and Touring trims are powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder rated at 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. The CVT is the only available transmission. In Edmunds testing, a Civic Touring sedan sprinted from zero to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds, which is about what the old sport-focused Civic Si used to achieve. It's considerably quicker than anything else in the segment.

Fuel economy for the turbocharged Civics is actually slightly better, checking in at 35 mpg combined (31/42) across the board.

Safety

The 2016 Honda Civic comes standard with stability control, antilock disc brakes (many previous Civics came with rear drums), front side airbags, side curtain airbags and a rearview camera. Starting with the EX sedan trim, a right-side blind spot camera (LaneWatch) is also standard, as is the HondaLink system, which also includes emergency crash notification.On the Civic coupe, the blind-spot camera and HondaLink come standard on the Touring trim only.

In Edmunds testing, a Civic Touring sedan came to a stop from 60 mph in 117 feet, a few feet shorter than average.

Standard on Touring and optional on other Civic sedans is the Honda Sensing safety package, which adds adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, lane-departure intervention and forward-collision alert with automatic emergency braking. On the coupe, it's standard on the Touring only.

We've found the forward-collision alert to be hypersensitive, however, annoyingly and frequently setting off its "Brake!" alarm in instances where other such systems would not cry wolf. The adaptive cruise control is also too quick to slam on the brakes, too slow to speed back up again and generally not very good at maintaining a constant speed.

Interior Design and Special Features

The 2016 Civic sedan is about 3 inches longer and 2 inches wider than its predecessor, and its wheelbase is a bit longer, too. That means there should be more room for passengers, and indeed, Honda says the Civic has the most spacious interior in this class. Real-world testing sometimes calls bold claims like these into question, but make no mistake, this Civic is seriously roomy. Even in the coupe, four 6-footers should be content to ride all day, which is an extraordinary achievement for a vehicle in this class, and that enhanced space should also be a boon to families using bulky child safety seats.

A new infotainment system for the Civic includes a touchscreen and advanced smartphone integration. But we miss having physical volume and tuning knobs.

From the driver's vantage point, the new Civic feels like a luxury car compared to the outgoing model. Gone is the busy two-tiered dash, replaced by an elegantly restrained layout with upscale materials for the segment. Thoughtful touches abound, such as a capacitive-touch volume button on the steering wheel that works well whether you slide your thumb across its ribs or click either end like a rocker switch. A 7-inch touchscreen comes standard in all trims but the base LX, and it includes both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for full-fledged smartphone functionality via the touchscreen itself. Unfortunately, its slow response times, small buttons and confusing menu structure often make it frustrating to use.

In terms of storage, there's an unusually deep storage bin under the center console's armrest with 7.2 liters of capacity -- enough, says Honda, for multiple iPads or a large water bottle. Trunk space, meanwhile, has shot up in the new Civic sedan, expanding from 12.5 cubic feet last year (an average figure) to a whopping 15.1 cubes. That's true family-sedan territory. Note that the Touring's trunk drops to 14.7 cubic feet due to the premium sound system's subwoofer.

Driving Impressions

The 2016 Honda Civic has a sharpness on the road that's been absent in recent years. Steering response is lively, and there's notably less body roll than in the previous Civic. That's also true for the Civic coupe, which has a slightly sportier suspension tune for crisper handling. At the same time, though, the Civic's ride is eminently comfortable, and there's less noise inside than Civic drivers have come to expect.

The new Civic is now one of the most distinctive-looking models in its class. Sporty performance backs up the look.

When you're accelerating hard from a stop or passing other vehicles, the base 2.0-liter engine can feel sluggish when paired with the CVT, but for normal driving it's capable enough. As for the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, its healthier midrange punch means it's not working as hard as the 2.0-liter most of the time, so the CVT makes for a better pairing here. Honda eschews any sort of manual mode for the transmission, instead providing a Sport mode that essentially just boosts engine speed a bit to make the turbo's sweet spot more accessible. Either way, acceleration is spirited, and the turbo Civic keeps pulling at highway speeds like a more expensive car. Overall, this is one of the best powertrains in the class, offering the fuel efficiency of an economy model and the performance of a sporty one.

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Reviews from owners of the 2016 Honda Civic EX-T w/Honda Sensing



Great buy for a young adult

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I'd just like to start out by saying BOTTOM LINE this is a GREAT car, but this specific honda vehicle is great for younger generations for a lot of reasons. 1) It's a very nice looking vehicle for the price tag. While young people like nice things, they don't always necessarily have the means or years of experience to afford luxury models. This particular new design is a generous compromise. Both the exterior and interior appear very sleek. 2) Young people need reliable cars for the same reason as I pointed out in #1. They usually don't have the financial cushion that older generations may have. I've owned the car for about a year now with no complaints. Granted, time will tell but the Honda symbol on the front is very comforting. 3) Young people like to have fun on the road but of course not too much fun. The steering is very precise and makes handling the car a breeze. The ride is smooth with the exception of a giant hole in the road here and there (sarcasm). The acceleration on the 2.0 is OK. I'd say it's better than average but that's to be expected. To sum it up, you'll have a good time driving it but don't expect to be compared to Lightning Mcqueen.




Good can always be better

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Vehicle: 2016 Honda Civic

Purchased September 2016-Within my first week my car was pouring out oil from an apparent defective oil filter. Within the first few months I had to manually unlock my car because the car/remote were not communicating, and the dealership could not find a cause during the multiple times they’ve done diagnostics. Now a year later, I still have occasionally electrical issues like when the keys are still in my pocket and the proximity alarm sounds and the walk away feature does not engage, so I have to manually press the lock button. My road departure & lane assist has activated multiple times even when I’m not near a line or drifting. I also feel the MPG is inaccurate despite how it’s collected; even on an hour highway drive, with adaptive cruise, though open highway so virtually no slowing, I still have yet to see anything get close to the 40 MPG mark. Now, ECON is on as well as a 72 degree climate control, and if that is what is causing 10 MPG off a gallon then I would say that’s excessive, NOT economical. I am also STILL working with Honda and the dealership to fix my visors; I believe they are defective (too loose especially when telescoped). I get hit in the head every time I make a left turn which at first was extremely distracting and dangerous, which now requires me to hold it back. The passenger visor has already slammed into the rear view mirror, which is nothing like I’ve experienced before. All of these issues is requiring me to spend way too much time at the dealership getting things fixed rather than any regularly scheduled maintenance.




Civic sedan ex

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Vehicle: 2016 Honda Civic

Great car, very stylish! Younger generation love the look. I've had MANY comments on the look and size. Huge trunk!




Brawn with brains

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Vehicle: 2016 Honda Civic

I will start off by saying if you are cross shopping this Civic with other cars in the class, it will not be the cheapest. However, mark my words, it will not drive the cheapest, feel the cheapest, or look the cheapest in the slightest. This car is such an absolute bang for your buck, I don't understand why anyone would get anything other than the newly redesigned Civic. It will crush the Cruze, Sentra, Mazda3, Camry and really any other car in this segment, did I mention I can get upwards of 44MPG's in my car? If your a research based consumer like I was before I made my purchase, I will also invite you to check out the 5-Year Cost to own on the other vehicles in this class, the Civic, much like every other Honda is without question, the valedictorian.




Love this car

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Vehicle: 2016 Honda Civic

Love this car! Handles great, fast pickup, cute design, only problem I've had is the touch screen went black and it was difficult to get back. Not sure how I did it. So far has not happened again.




Civic touring coupe with body kit

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Vehicle: 2016 Honda Civic

Fun car to drive with great acceleration. The dealer added a body kit to this black Civic Touring and it looks like the 2017 SI. It didn't sell in 2016 and the dealer wanted to sell it. When I first saw the car this past weekend (Labor Day 2017) I wanted it. It has everything and then added styling. The car was discounted so I got a pretty good deal. My wife thought we needed a sedan but now that she has driven the car, she is very happy with the coupe. It is a one of a kind Touring since it has the body kit added.



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Features and Specs for the 2016 Honda Civic


Highlights

  • FUEL ECONOMY (CTY/HWY) 31/42 mpg
  • CAR TYPE Sedan
  • TRANSMISSION Continuously Variable-speed Automatic
  • BASIC WARRANTY 3 Yr./ 36000 Mi.
  • BLUETOOTH Yes
  • HEATED SEATS Yes
  • ENGINE TYPE Gas
  • TOTAL SEATING 5
  • CYLINDERS Inline 4
  • DRIVE TRAIN Front Wheel Drive
  • CONSUMER RATING
  • NAVIGATION No

Colors

Exterior Colors

Aegean Blue Metallic Burgundy Night Pearl Cosmic Blue Metallic Crystal Black Pearl Lunar Silver Metallic Modern Steel Metallic Rallye Red White Orchid Pearl

Interior Colors

Black, cloth Gray, cloth Ivory, cloth

Specifications

LENGTH 15ft 2.3in
WIDTH 5ft 10.8in
HEIGHT
4ft 7.7in
Body style illustration may not reflect the actual shape of this vehicle.

Exterior Measurements

4 ft. 7.7 in. (55.7 in.) 15 ft. 2.3 in. (182.3 in.)
8 ft. 10.3 in. (106.3 in.) 5 ft. 10.8 in. (70.8 in.)

Interior Measurements

37.5 in. 53.7 in.
42.3 in. 56.9 in.
36.8 in. 47.3 in.
37.4 in. 55.0 in.

Fuel

35 31/42 mpg
12.4 gal. Regular unleaded
384.4/520.8 mi.

Weights and Capacities

2906 lbs. 110.1 cu.ft.
15.1 cu.ft.

DriveTrain

Front wheel drive Continuously variable-speed automatic

Engine & Performance

1.5 L Gas
Double overhead cam (DOHC) Inline 4
174 hp @ 6000 rpm 162 ft-lbs. @ 1700 rpm
35.7 ft. 16

Suspension

  • Four-wheel independent suspension

  • Front and rear stabilizer bar

Warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi. 5 yr./ 60000 mi.
3 yr./ 36000 mi.

Features

Interior Features

Front Seats

  • 4 -way manual passenger seat adjustment

  • 6 -way manual driver seat adjustments

  • Bucket front seats

  • Cloth

  • Height adjustable driver seat

  • Multi-level heating driver seat

  • Multi-level heating passenger seat

Rear Seats

  • Folding center armrest

  • Rear ventilation ducts

  • Split-folding rear seatback

Power Features

  • 2 one-touch power windows

  • Hands-free entry

  • Heated mirrors

Instrumentation

  • Clock

  • Compass

  • External temperature display

  • Tachometer

  • Trip computer

Convenience

  • Adaptive cruise control

  • Electric power steering

  • Front and rear cupholders

  • Front and rear door pockets

  • Front seatback storage

  • Keyless ignition

  • Rear view camera

  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel

  • Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel

Comfort

  • Interior air filtration

  • Climate control

  • Dual illuminating vanity mirrors

In Car Entertainment

  • 180 watts stereo output

  • 3 Months of provided satellite radio service

  • 8 total speakers

  • USB connection

  • USB with external media control

  • Satellite radio w/real time traffic satellite radio

  • Speed sensitive volume control

  • AM/FM stereo

Features

Exterior Features

Roof and Glass

  • One-touch power sunroof

  • Power glass sunroof

  • Rear defogger

  • Variable intermittent wipers

Body

  • Rear spoiler

Tires and Wheels

  • Alloy wheels

  • Inside mounted spare tire

  • Temporary spare tire

  • 17 in. wheels

  • All season tires

  • P215/50R H tires

Towing and Hauling

  • Cargo tie downs

Safety Features

  • 2 front headrests

  • 3 rear headrests

  • Blind spot and lane departure warnings accident avoidance system

  • Child seat anchors

  • Daytime running lights

  • Dual front side-mounted airbags

  • Dusk sensing headlamps

  • Engine immobilizer

  • Front and rear head airbags

  • Front fog/driving lights

  • Pre-collision safety system

  • Remote anti-theft alarm system

  • Stability control

  • Tire pressure monitoring

  • Traction control

  • 4-wheel ABS

  • Emergency braking assist

  • Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation

  • Rear center 3-point belt

  • Rear door child safety locks

  • Rear height adjustable headrests

  • Ventilated front disc / solid rear disc brakes

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Options

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