2016 Honda Civic Review
The Honda Civic sedan is all-new for 2016. It’s larger than the outgoing model, nearly matching several mid-sized cars. The longer wheelbase and wider body means more interior space for passengers to stretch and trunk room for their belongings. The exterior sports a more chiseled look, especially the rear. The new front grille has more than a passing resemblance to the larger Accord. Inside, fit-and-finish continues to be tight with high-quality materials used throughout the cabin.
A Closer Look at the 2016 Honda Civic
The 2016 Honda Civic is the 10th iteration of the hugely popular compact. It rolls out at dealerships in sedan and coupe body styles. A hatchback, a hybrid and a sporty Si are expected later this year. This review covers the sedan only.
For 2016, the Civic sedans are offered in five trim levels. The LX is nicely equipped even as the base model. Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, automated headlamps, power windows and door locks, and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and column setup are just a few of the more notable features.
2016 Honda Civic Features & Interior
The EX adds a slew of equipment. The most interesting is LaneWatch. This feature, which comes standard, sets up a camera in the right side rearview mirror. Drivers now get a more expansive view of the blindspot in that area. Also noteworthy is the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for smartphones.
The EX-L adds standard leather upholstery, hence the name (L). It also comes with other such niceties as a power driver’s seat. Finally, the top-level Touring gets most of the items from the lower trims plus its own exclusive bits like a navigation system and the new Honda Sensing safety package.
Slotting above the EX is the EX-T. It and the higher trims all are powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. It’s a turbo and churns out 174 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The continuously variable transmission (CVT) channels all that power to the front wheels. Fuel economy with this powertrain is 31 miles per gallon in the city, 42 mpg when cruising along the highway and 35 mpg in mixed driving.*
Engine & Transmission
A 2.0-liter four is the other engine. It’s standard on the LX and EX trims. Output is 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. Transmission is either a six-speed manual or CVT.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.