2016 Honda Civic sedan

Pros: Roomy interior; crisp handling; economical powertrains; new “Honda Sensing” safety features are available on all trim levels

Cons: Touchscreen controls aren’t easy to use while driving; so-so acceleration; noisier than many compact-car rivals; ride can get a bit stiff over rough pavement

CG Says: Honda’s long-running compact car is redesigned from the ground up for 2016. The new Honda Civic is significantly larger and “swoopier” than its predecessor and offers the choice of a 158-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder or a 175-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter four. The Civic sedan hits the market first, followed by the Civic coupe. A revived 4-door hatchback body style, along with high-performance Civic Si and new-to-the-U.S. Civic Type R models, are slated to follow as 2017 models. (The Civic Hybrid and Natural Gas models have been discontinued, at least temporarily.) Among the 2016 Civic’s newly available features are remote engine start, rain-sensing wipers, heated rear seats, dual-zone climate control, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality for the infotainment system. A new “Honda Sensing” suite of safety equipment includes lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, forward collision warning and mitigation, and adaptive cruise control. The all-new Civic puts Honda back at the top of the incredibly competitive compact-car class. Some of its rivals are quieter, and some offer more features for the money, but the 2016 Civic’s spaciousness, available tech features, engaging driving personality, efficiency, and all-around refinement—not to mention its soon-to-be-broad model lineup—make it a compact-car must-see.

The Facts
Class Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan, 2-door coupe
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Honda
Nation of Manufacture USA, Canada
Base Prices LX, manual: $18,640
LX: $19,440
EX: $21,040
EX-T: $22,200
EX-L: $23,700
EX-L Navi: $24,700
Touring: $26,500
LX Coupe, manual: $19,050
LX Coupe: $19,850
LX-P Coupe: $20,850
EX-T Coupe: $22,300
EX-L Coupe: $23,425
Touring Coupe: $26,125

Base Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
158
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
CVT
EPA City Range (mpg)
26-31
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
38-41

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
174
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
31
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
41-42

2016 Honda Civic Sedan
2016 Honda Civic sedan
2016 Honda Civic Sedan
2016 Honda Civic Sedan
2016 Honda Civic Coupe
2016 Honda Civic coupe