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Used 2016 Honda Civic EX-L 4dr Sedan w/Honda Sensing (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Consumer Reviews

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Very good overall car and great value

Jerry, 12/20/2015
EX-L w/Honda Sensing 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
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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

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4 out of 5 stars

2nd civic I've bought

Joanne, 09/10/2016
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EX-L w/Honda Sensing 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
4 of 4 people found this review helpful

The one complaint I have is the passenger seat is too low! Feels like the passenger is sitting in a hole. Bought a cushion to help a bit. The Sirius antennae cover on the roof is too large--looks like a shark fin! I do like the car and safety features. Expensive car tho!

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Honda quality slipping

Hal, 08/05/2020
EX-L 4dr Sedan w/Honda Sensing (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
3 of 3 people found this review helpful

No excuse for the air conditioning system to fail at three years. Had a Honda Accord for 18 years with no issues. Honda should recall these but does nothing. Internet has hundred of ac complaints. Look elsewhere

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5 out of 5 stars

Love this Car

Jenna Sollner, 05/03/2016
EX-L w/Honda Sensing 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
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I upgraded by 1995 Civic DX Coupe with the EX-L w/ sensing. I love the adaptive cruise control, and have gotten many comments about the looks of my car. It's so comfortable and I really enjoy driving it.

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5 out of 5 stars

Awesome driving experience

Ganesh, 09/20/2016
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