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2016 Honda Civic Review

  The Honda Civic is more than 40 years-old and appears to be going through a midlife crisis. This new 10th generation Civic is completely new. It features a completely new platform that is shared with the larger Honda Accord, two new engines, and a variety of interior changes and refinements to make sure it separates itself from the outgoing model. 



Engine and Mechanical


The largest change to the 2016 is the addition of a turbo-charged optional engine, a first for Honda in the U.S. market. This engine is only featured on EX-T, EX-L and Touring models. It also features an intercooler, dual overhead cams, and direct injection. The engine produces 174 horsepower and 162 foot-pounds of torque delivered through a continuously variable transmission. It achieves 31 MPG city, 42 MPG highway, for a combined 35 MPG.


The Standard option is a naturally aspirated 2.0 liter engine. This comes standard on LX and EX models, and also features dual overhead cams. This engine produces 158 horsepower (which is 15 more than the outgoing model) and 138 foot pounds of torque through a standard six speed manual transmission, or an optional CVT.  This engine achieves 27 MPG city, 40 MPG highway, for a combined 31 MPG with the manual, and 31 MPG city, 41 MPG highway, for a combined 35 MPG with the CVT transmission.


Styling and Exterior


The 2016 Civic has been updated to follow design ques found from other new Honda models. The entire body has been reworked to offer a more sophisticated and sporty look. The wheel base has been extended 1.2 inches to extend daily comfort. At the rear you will find a completely new bumper and trunk design, plus new C-shaped taillights with integrated LED light bars.


New wheel and tire options are added to the 2016 model. The LX model features a 16-inch steel wheel. The EX model comes with 16-inch alloy wheels. On EX-T, EX-L, and Touring models you are treated to a  17-inch alloy wheels. 


Interior and Technology


The two tier instrument panel is gone for this generation, meaning the speedometer goes back to its traditional spot on the dash.  In its place is a standard single binnacle, cleverly arranged panel. The interior materials have been upgraded for the 2016 model, making the car feel more like a luxury vehicle. Interior space has pretty much stayed the same, with the overall passenger of 97.8 cubic feet in the LX trim as compared to 94.6 cubic feet in the 2015 Civic LX.


The 2016 model is also ripe with technology features. The base LX trim features automatic climate control, Bluetooth® audio and phone connectivity, rearview camera, and a 140 watt four speaker audio system. When upgrading to the EX model you are treated with Honda Lanewatch™, Pandora® Compatibility, SMS texting, Hondalink, Apple Carplay®, and Google Android Auto™, a 180 watt audio with 8 speakers with a 7-inch touchscreen audio display, and heated mirrors . Jumping up to the EX-T model will add dual-zone automatic climate control, SiriusXM® Radio, and HD Radio™. In the EX-L trim you are treated to leather seats, power adjustable driver’s seat, auto dimming rearview mirror, and optional navigation. The new Touring model adds heated rear outboard seats, power adjustable passenger seat, integrated turn indicators, a 450 watt premium audio system with 10 speakers and included subwoofer, and the navigation system comes standard.




You can add Honda Sensing features to any trim, and it comes standard on Touring models. This system adds forward collision warning, lane departure warning, collision mitigation braking system, road departure mitigation system, lane keeping assist system, and adaptive cruise control.

The 2016 also has great standard safety features like vehicle stability assist, traction control, anti-lock braking, electronic brake distribution, tire pressure monitoring, dual-stage front airbags, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, and seatbelt reminders.



The 2016 Honda Civic is available now. Please contact us if you would like to test drive this all new model.




[3] 27 city/40 highway/31 combined mpg rating for 6MT model. 31 city/41 highway/35 combined mpg rating for LX & EX CVT models. 31 city/42 highway/35 combined mpg rating for EX-T, EX-L and Touring CVT models. Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.