Used 2016 Honda Civic EX-T Sedan Review
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EX-T 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
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.
EX-T 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
...the 2016 Civic with the Turbo would be it! I've driven/owned higher-end Toyota and Nissan products for many years but never actually owned a Honda. This time I was looking for a specific set of attributes requiring over 40mpg highway using regular unleaded in a fun-to-drive package. The mundane task of commuting is almost pleasant when I get 40-50mpg on mixed roads. Overtaking cars is a breeze (and fun) with snappy 45-60mph acceleration. Emergency braking is strong and predictable, and the brake hold feature is kind of like cruise control for the brake pedal. My joy with the Civic really came out on our first road trip with the kids to the Blue Ridge Mountains. I loaded the trunk with enough baby and preschooler gear to last a week. This along with a medium cooler and adult luggage crammed every cubic foot of boot. Fully laden the car handled the most challenging, restricted, county mountain roads better than our previous Infiniti G35. Once it was just the 4 of us, the car could cut a right-hand downhill twist at 30mph with *no* body lean or tire squeal. Accelerating uphill out of hairpins was just a notch below the response of the early-2000s era BMW 3-series. The climate control is as refined as the premium brands. While the audio system definitely is not, it is still an excellent system by its segment standards. Honda has worked out most of the HU kinks we had when new via system updates that occur overnight. CarPlay is great but beware that your lightning cable quality must be top-notch, which is universal to all vehicles in my experience. The SiriusXM works well, and is the version which allows the maximum channels from the service (GM, for example, uses a lower-tier satellite receiver which limits access to higher-numbered channels). The audio controls are fine once you get used to the system - pretty much the same learning curve of any other new car. The passenger side LaneWatch camera is an awesome tool. Now that I'm used to it I prefer it over the Blind Spot Light system (although I wish a BLS was on the driver's side - the wide angle mirror is just short of adequate). I use LaneWatch while parallel parking and liked having it on the narrow sheer drop roads in the mountains to see how close to the road's edge I could safely drive. The seats are very supportive of my 5'11" 185lb frame and on-par with premium branded small sport sedans. I was surprised that even without power adjustments I could find an excellent seating position so easily. I like having the heated seats available even with cloth seats. The cloth is very durable and easy to clean, although not terribly pleasing to the touch. The only plastic gripe I have is with the instrument cluster cowl - it is very chintzy compared to the rest of the superb dashboard material. I wish there was more customization available for the instrument screen (e.g., an analog speedometer option or alternate tachometer layout instead of just tach on/off), but for a $20k car one cannot be too picky I guess. I also wish some of the blank button squares could be functional and programmable buttons instead of the cheap looking dead-ends. In the end I chose the Civic over the Volvo for the exceptional value. You get a vehicle that is very much on-par with the S60 (in some ways better - such as aggressive handling, and in some ways not - such as Audio and interior materials) for less than 2/3 the cost. 2018 41,000 mile Update: I am as impressed with this Civic now as I was when I first purchased it. I have driven it from the winding WV, VA and NC mountain roads to the long flats of the NC Outer Banks. Even the CVT (which had a repair under a TSB warranty) with multiple modes can bring about a smile bigger than any automatic I've previously driven - of course it is nothing like rowing your own gears though. My lifetime gas mileage has been around 41mpg with almost on a mixture of rural roads, suburban and urban interstates. The engine, interior, transmission, tires and exterior are all holding up even better than I expected. This is an excellent vehicle I'd recommend to anyone. 2020 90,000 mile update: Still a daily commuter that has a soul unlike any other commuter class car I've ever driven. All interior and exterior components work as they did new. With only periodic servicing (oil, CVT fluid, Brake fluid, wiper blades, 1 battery and 1 set of tires) the Civic has been ultra reliable and economical to operate. I do nearly all my own maintenance, and the Civic is about average for ease of DIY maintenance. Due to limited jack points and low ground clearance, elevating the car is tricky with most DIY equipment yet is required for nearly all services. The cloth interior has no stains despite the young boys who ride the car nearly daily. The seats remain as supportive and comfortable as new. I'm completely satisfied with this purchase!
EX-T 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
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!
EX-T 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
This is my honest review of my new 2016 Honda Civic EX-T after owning it for almost 4 months. Important Note: This is the first car I've owned but I've rented different cars before. I want to begin by saying that this car is fantastic. The moment I test drove it, I fell in love with how amazingly it drove. The car drives perfectly, takes bumps very well, handles amazingly, and overall is a great car for getting from point A to B while providing some sportiness. If I were to pick an issue with the performance, it is the turbo lag. It doesn't happen often and doesn't affect the safety of the car but there are moments where it takes a short while for the car to start going. Other than the occasional rare lag, it runs extremely well. The comfort of the car is great for its class. The only issue is that this car is relatively low so it can be hard to get in and out of the ground. I've had many instances of having my shoes come into contact with the door and causing stains. The dual zone is a blessing especially in hot days. The seats are not the best but they are pretty good. They can get stained. The front interior of the car is just amazing. The layout of the dash and touchscreen are well thought out and make the car seem more luxurious than it actually is. The back interior is a different story. The back seats aren't as well thought out and I recommend an Accord if backseats are important. The design of the seat belt for the middle seat is awkward. The seat belt straightener is placed too close to where the passenger would rest their head. I've had a passenger hit their head trying to rest. The doors of the back seat in the EX-T lack the same cloth stitching seen in the front seat. Besides these flaws, the backseat has its merits, it is roomy for a compact sedan. The technology in the EX-T is terrific, dual zone, heated seats, a sunroof, and android auto/carplay make this car very luxurious. What really amazes me is the fuel economy of this car. I've been getting around 36 mpg average doing mostly highway driving. I drive around 80 miles a day for 4 days and I only need to refuel once per week. Other issues I've had with the car include: glitches with the climate control where it wouldn't turn off or kept blowing at my feet, rare backup camera issues, and an occasional door rattling noise. Overall, I highly recommend this car, the driving experience is great, the interior/exterior are well done, the fuel economy is top of the class good. Only few quality issues and glitches seem to put a small dent in an otherwise great compact sedan.
Edmunds Summary Review of the 2016 Honda Civic EX-T Sedan
Pros & Cons
- 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.
- 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.
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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2016 Honda Civic in Virginia is:$72.50 per month*