The previous generation of the legendary Honda Civic had a lot of ups and downs. We loved it, we hated it, and then we loved it again. There was a lot of controversy surrounding the 2015 model, and even though it was quite a competitive vehicle, it couldn’t hold the highest bar set by the earlier editions. And the rivals these days are getting better and better by the second, so, that’s why the Civic just wasn’t as popular of a pick as before. However, I’m happy to say that the fully redesigned Honda Civic 2016 is all about conquering new highs and getting that customer love and support back. And if you’ve been a long-time fan of this car, but couldn’t really get yourself to buy the previous gen, then this is your best chance to remember why you used to love the Honda sedan. For the 2016 model year the Civic has gone through some serious changes and boasts profound improvements in pretty much every aspect, be it the exterior design, the interior comfort level, the powertrain, etc.
Mighty Engines And Quick Acceleration
First of all, the new styling is off-the hook, ladies and gentlemen! That upscale design makes it look a lot like the latest Accord, the bigger sedan from Honda’s highly competitive line-up. The Honda Civic 2016 is in the right mood, if you know what I mean, and you’ll be surprised by the tech-packed cabin with a touchscreen interface and all the up-to-date technological features/safety equipment on the market. As for the powertrain, the brand-new Civic packs some serious heat: you’ve got a fresh-out-of-the-box turbocharged 1.5-lit 4-cyl engine that’s good for 174 Horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. This is actually the first turbo unit for the model, so, it’s kind of a big deal. The only available transmission is CVT (continuously variable transmission), and it’s FWD (front-wheel drive). In real-world tests the upscale sedan jumps from zero to 60 miles per hour in 6.7 seconds, which is a super-quick result, making the Honda Civic 2016 the leader of the segment.
Honda Civic 2016 – Impressive Fuel-Efficiency And Handling
And even though it’s a turbo engine, fuel-efficiency is pretty impressive: the car returns 42 miles per gallon on the highway and 31MPG in the city (35MPG combined). On the other hand, the entry-level engine comes packed with a 2.0-lit 4-cylinder that puts out 158HP and 138 lb-ft of torque. As for transmission, you’ve got a choice between the CVT and a 6-speed manual one. Fuel economy with the manual transmission is actually worse than with the CVT: 31MPG of combined driving (40MPG hwy/27MPG city). On the road the brand-new Civic feels amazing – you’ll have a blast riding down the highways, thanks to the sporty attitude, superb handling and solid suspension. On the inside the Honda Civic 2016 is as quiet as they come, so, don’t worry about roaring engines. Furthermore, in terms of interior comfort and space it could very well compete with the aforementioned Accord, because there’s enough room in the back seats to fit a whole family. The materials and finishing are laudable as well, and you’ll get near-luxury quality with the highest trims.
Three Body Styles And Five Trim Levels
So, with the latest Civic you’ll get a choice between a sedan, a hatchback and a coupe. And no matter which body style you pick, there will still be 5 trim levels at your disposal, starting with the entry-level LX and the top trim – Touring. The starting price on the redesigned legend is 18.6K, and that’s the sweetest deal you’ll get on a beautiful ride like that. The Touring trim is quite affordable as well – 26.5K MSRP. Make your decision based on your personal taste and needs and go for something from the golden middle – that always works.
Check this video review of Honda Civic 2016, it will remind you why you used to love Honda: