Used 2016 Honda Civic EX-T Sedan Review

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Read what other owners think about the 2016 Honda Civic EX-T Sedan.

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Civic EX-T 2016 Amazing Car!!!!
GRRR,12/01/2015
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.
If Lexus made a compact sedan that was fun -Update
Lee,08/15/2016
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!
Shocked how good-looking
mmreview,07/16/2016
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!
2016 Honda Civic EX-T 4 months of ownership
James,10/02/2016
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.


Full Edmunds Review: 2016 Honda Civic Sedan

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.

Vehicle overview

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.

2016 Honda Civic models

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.

2016 Highlights

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.

Performance & mpg

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.

Driving

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.

Interior

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.

Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2016 Honda Civic in Virginia is:

$72.50 per month*
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