2016 Honda Civic Sedan
Honda Civic Overview
All new for 2016, this is the largest, most spacious iteration of the Honda Civic ever offered. In fact, this version of the venerable Honda is actually bigger than several preceding generations of the company’s Accord. You’ll find lots of leg and shoulder room at all seating positions, plus a very spacious trunk with 15.1 cubic feet of capacity. (Top line Touring models give up .4 of a cubic foot to accommodate the audio system’s subwoofer.)
In all frankness, I’m loving everything about the all-new Civic except the touchscreen infotainment interface. Completely devoid of dials, it requires one to take their eye off the road for far too long to operate. Even the volume control and tuning dials are touch sensitive, rather than dial-operated. This strategy makes it too difficult to achieve a precise adjustment on the first attempt. Fortunately, the Civic does offer voice activation for certain functions. The system also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. What’s more, the new interior treatment is quite handsome and highly functional in all other respects.
My Civic EX test car was fitted with the Honda Sensing safety package, This added adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, lane-departure intervention, and forward-collision alert with automatic emergency braking. With these features, the Civic will practically drive itself on the highway. The lane keep assist system tracks nicely, even around moderate curves. While you shouldn’t rely upon this to actually pilot the car, if you’re momentarily distracted, it will keep you on your intended path.
If you enjoy the feel of a responsive automobile, you’ll want to drive this Civic yourself though. The steering is nice and sharp—with one of the best wheels I’ve ever gripped in a car in this class. Grasping it makes you want to drive the Civic. Cornering with tremendous confidence, and braking just as resolutely, the 2016 Honda Civic was obviously set up by people who love to drive.
Power for my Civic EX tester came from a 174-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 162 ft-lbs of torque. A continuously variable transmission fed engine output to the front wheels. Fuel economy is rated at 35 mpg combined. I averaged 33 in my mix of highway, city, and twisty back road testing. Suitably powerful, the turbocharged engine added immensely to the fun to drive aspect of the Civic sedan, and it left me looking very forward to driving the even more responsive Civic Si.
The base engine is a normally aspirated 158-horsepower 2.0-liter four with 138 ft-lbs of torque (also rated at 35 mpg overall with the CVT). This engine can be had with a six-speed manual transmission (31 mpg overall), but only with the Civic LX.
All in all, the 2016 Honda Civic is head and shoulders above the outgoing model, once again making the Civic one of the top considerations in its class. Yes, I'll be the first to admit the styling is somewhat polarizing, but overall, this is a really good car.
Comfortable, agile, smooth, and reasonably quiet, this new Honda Civic has it going on pretty good—except for the touchscreen. For 2016, Honda Civic pricing starts at $18,640. My EX with Sensing came to $22,675 as tested.