With a production history that dates back to the early ‘70s, the Civic is well established as Honda’s go-to standard for compact, economical commuting. It’s a nameplate that promises reliability, an array of body styles, plenty of equipment options, and even a little fun (if you know where to look). In April of 2011, Honda unveiled the Civic’s ninth generation, but was quickly criticized for the car’s lackluster interior and poor ride quality, even failing to earn a recommendation from Consumer Reports for the first time in the model’s history. Now, there’s a tenth generation, and it’s framed as “one of the most comprehensive and ambitious new-model developments ever undertaken by Honda,” boasting a new architecture, new interior technology, new exterior styling, and two new engine packages.

After presenting a concept at the 2015 New York Auto Show, Honda officially announced the 2016 Civic on YouTube in September, 2015, first dropping cover on the ever-popular sedan body style. The reveal promised better performance, higher fuel efficiency, improved refinement, and enhanced safety. The lineup will once again offer a diverse selection of sedans, coupes, and five-door hatchbacks. Most excitingly, the sporty Si model will also make its return, and for the time ever, the highly venerated Civic Type-R will finally land on U.S. shores.

The Civic has always been one of the staple models of the compact segment, but the ninth generation lost some of its credibility. Competition here is as unforgiving as it gets – can this extensive overhaul bring Honda back to the forefront?

Update 02/04/2016: Honda has issued a stop-sale for Civics equipped with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder due to claims of engine failure. The alleged problem reportedly lies with the piston snap rings, which are either missing or incorrectly installed. Some 34,000 Civics of the 2016 model year are affected. Honda expects to start the recall process in March. (Autoblog)

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Honda Civic.

  • 2016 Honda Civic
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    125 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    19000 (Est.)
  • Price:
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  • body style:

Exterior

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As far as styling goes, this next-gen Civic stands out. The lines are sharp and deep, cutting through the bodywork front to back. The headlights are narrow, bookending a strong central grille blade that pushes into the front fenders. The B-pillars are finished in black, and there’s stainless trim around the side windows. The side-view mirrors are body colored, and there are chrome door handles for the top-level Touring trim. The profile is punctuated by a recess just above the side skirts, which is angled in such a way as to emphasize the sportback roofline. The rear looks large and chunky, with further styling elements in the bottom corners, plus dual exhaust tips (a Civic first) for the EX-T trim level and above. Blend in with the crowd, this Civic does not, and love it or hate it, you gotta hand it to Honda for at least taking a chance with the next-gen Civic’s styling.

The rear looks large and chunky, with further styling elements in the bottom corners, plus dual exhaust tips - a Civic first

While striking to look at, the new body panels also complement full underbody covers (a Civic first) for a 12-percent improvement in aero efficiency, making for the most aerodynamic Civic in the model’s history. Not only does this translate into higher fuel economy, but it adds up to a quieter cabin as well.

Coinciding with the new look, the exterior dimensions are altered. The sedan’s wheelbase is now 1.2 inches longer, with overall length increased by 2.9 inches, giving more room inside. The front overhang is now shorter, which helps the aero, while the rear overhang is longer for more storage. The sedan is also nearly two inches wider, gaining 1.9 inches in the front track and 1.6 inches in the rear track, plus it’s lower, losing 0.8 inch in height.

Sizing, styling, and material composition for the wheels vary, and include 16-inch steel units with full covers for the base-model LX, 16-inch alloys on the EX, and 17-inch alloys for the EX-T, EX-L, and Touring. Every wheel option comes wrapped in all-season tires. Like the new exterior, each wheel design is unabashedly unorthodox. They’re all a little too busy for my taste, but I’m prone to throw on a set of aftermarket wheels regardless of what comes from the factory.

Every 2016 Civic model comes with standard LED daytime running lights and C-shaped LED taillights.

Every 2016 Civic model comes with standard LED daytime running lights and C-shaped LED taillights. There are also optional LEDs for the headlights and amber turn signals.

Customers can choose between nine exterior paint options, four of which are new – Aegean Blue Metallic (new), Burgundy Night Pearl (new), Cosmic Blue Metallic (new), Crystal Black Pearl, Luna Silver Metallic (new), Modern Steel Metallic, Rallye Red, Taffeta White, and White Orchid Pearl.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase 106.3 Inches
Length 182.3 Inches
Height 55.7 Inches
Width 70.8 Inches
Track (front/rear) 60.9 Inches/61.5 Inches
Overhang (front/rear) 35.2 Inches/40.7 Inches

Interior

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Every area of the Civic was revamped for 2016, but considering how the interior of the previous generation was so widely critiqued, it’s no surprise Honda pulled out all the stops for the tenth-gen’s cabin.

Honda says the interior was redesigned to feel more open and roomy.

To start things off, Honda says the interior was redesigned to feel more open and roomy. More substantially, the automaker boasts it now offers the “most spacious cabin in the compact class.” The sedan still seats five, with a maximum 97.8 cubic feet of passenger volume offered in the LX (other trim levels get 95 cubic feet). That’s an extra 3.2 cubic feet of space compared to the 2015 model, with an extra 0.3 inch of front headroom (despite the lower roof), an extra 0.3 inch of front legroom, an extra 1.2 inches of rear legroom, an extra 0.4 inch of front shoulder room, an extra 1.7 inches of rear shoulder room, and an extra 3.2 inches of front hip room. It should also be noted there’s 4.1 inches less rear hip room.

There’s a new driving position as well, with a hip point that’s been dropped an inch thanks to a lower floor. Forward visibility is improved thanks to thinner pillars.

In back, there’s a maximum 15.1 cubic feet of cargo space – 2.6 cubic feet more than the previous model. The trunk is wider, deeper, and taller, capable of holding four golf bags compared to the old model’s three. The lift-over height is also lower. More practicality comes with a rear-folding seat on the LX, which upgrades to a 60/40 rear split on higher trim levels. There’s also 7.2 liters of storage in the console.

The cabin is so tight, there’s a 58-percent reduction in air leaks, giving the 2016 Civic the most tightly sealed body in the model’s history.

Honda went to great lengths to refine the Civic’s cabin comfort and ride quality, even claiming high-dollar European luxury cars as the benchmark for NVH (noise/vibration/harshness). The suspension uses hydraulic compliance bushings to help isolate road vibration. There’s flush-mounted acoustic glass for the windshield, and better seals for the engine compartment and doors. The cabin is so tight, there’s a 58-percent reduction in air leaks, giving the 2016 Civic the most tightly sealed body in the model’s history.

Most reviewers found the outgoing model’s dash to be too cluttered and cheap feeling. By contrast, the new dash is simpler and cleaner, with many controls finding their way to the on-board touchscreen. Materials are improved throughout, and while there’s still plastic here and there, there are also one-piece, soft-touch surfaces with molded stitching for the instrument panel, plus a piano-black finish and high-contrast silver bezel for the center console. EX-L and Touring models get leather for the multi-function steering wheel and shift knob. LEDs are used for cabin illumination and the shift light.

For instrumentation, the base-model LX gets analogue gauges, while the EX trim and above get a new digital display mounted just behind the steering wheel. Honda calls this digital unit a Driver Information Interface, and it’s used for vitals like road speed and engine rpm, but also maintenance reminders, stereo settings, navigation, and more.

Standard equipment includes automatic climate control, automatic one-touch up/down front power windows, a 12-volt power outlet, and an electronic parking brake with hill start assist.

Standard equipment across the line includes automatic climate control, automatic one-touch up/down front power windows, a 12-volt power outlet, and an electronic parking brake with hill start assist. Higher trim levels get dual-zone automatic climate control, Walk Away automatic door locking, an eight-way adjustable driver’s seat, heated seats, remote start, smart entry with a push-button starter, and an automatically dimming rearview mirror.

For infotainment, there’s a good deal of differentiation between the various trim levels. Standard features across the lineup include Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming, a single USB interface, hands-free text messaging (a functionality that reads incomings tests over the audio system and allows the driver to answer with one of six preset responses), Pandora compatibility (allows you to control features like changing the station, pause, skip, “Like” and “Dislike”), illuminated infotainment controls on the steering wheel, voice recognition, and hands-free phone calls.

The base-model LX comes with a 5-inch screen and 160-watt, four-speaker audio system. Step up to the EX and above, and you’ll get a 7-inch screen, an upgraded stereo, and a second USB interface. Higher trim levels also come equipped with HondaLink, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

The mid-range EX-T trim level and above come with available SiriusXM and HD radio, while the EX-L and above come with Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation. Finally, the top-range Touring model gets a 450-watt, ten-speaker audio system with a 7.9-inch subwoofer mounted centrally in the rear deck (Honda calls it the “most powerful [stereo] in the Civic’s segment.”).

Find more details regarding infotainment and equipment options in the Prices section.

Fabric upholstery can be found in LX, EX, and EX-T trim levels, while leather is used in the EX-L and Touring. Color options include Black, Gray, and Ivory (basically beige).

Interior Dimensions

Headroom (front/rear) 39.3 Inches/37.1 Inches
Legroom (front/rear) 42.3 Inches/37.4 Inches
Shoulder Room (front/rear) 57.0 Inches/55.0 Inches
Hiproom (front/rear) 53.7 Inches/47.3 Inches
Cargo Volume 15.1 cu ft
Passenger Volume 97.8 cu ft

Drivetrain And Handling

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Turbocharging is the way of the future. It offers more power, better fuel economy, and lower emissions, all of which are crucial in this segment. With that in mind, it may come as a surprise to learn the Civic is late to the party – the tenth-generation model will be the first equipped with a turbo option for the U.S.

But believe it or not, that’s actually not a bad thing. Honda is in a class of its own when it comes to getting the most bang for your buck from an atmospheric powerplant, and its built that reputation by pioneering technology like variable valve timing for road cars.

Honda is in a class of its own when it comes to getting the most bang for your buck from an atmospheric powerplant

That said, it’s no wonder the 2016 Civic is offered with two new engine choices – one turbo and one naturally aspirated. Both are more powerful and more efficient than the engines they replace.

Let’s start at the bottom. LX and EX trim levels come with a naturally aspirated, DOHC, 16-valve, i-VTEC 2.0-liter four-cylinder. While technically “new,” it’s related to the 2.4-liter unit in the Accord and the 2.0-liter unit in the Euro-spec Civic Type-R. It uses multi-point injection and has a redline set at 6,700 rpm. Output is rated at 148 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 138 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm, which is 15 horsepower and 9 pound-feet more than the SOHC 1.8-liter engine it replaces. That makes it the most powerful base-model engine ever offered for the Civic.

Step up to the EX-T, EX-L, or Touring model, and you’ll get a turbocharged, DOHC, 16-valve, VTC 1.5-liter four-cylinder. It uses direct injection and a low-inertia mono-scroll turbocharger pumping out 16.5 psi of boost. Redline is set at 6,500 rpm. Output is rated at 174 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 162 pound-feet of torque at 5,500 rpm, making is the most powerful engine ever offered in a non-Si U.S.-spec Civic.

Both engines use aluminum alloy for the block and head, and run on regular unleaded 87-octane gasoline. Both are also equipped with “Econ” mode, whereby drivers can push a button to get softer throttle response and lower draw from the climate control, thus boosting fuel economy.

Speaking of fuel economy, both the NA 2.0-liter and turbo 1.5-liter simply sip the dino juice. The EPA has yet to post final ratings, but Honda expects both engines to return 40 mpg or better on the highway. That’s not too shabby, especially when you consider how the 2015 Toyota Prius hybrid gets 48 mpg on the highway.

The EPA has yet to post final ratings, but Honda expects both engines to return 40 mpg or better on the highway.

Specific estimates are as follows (city/highway/combined): 27/40/31 for the 2.0-liter with a six-speed manual, 31/41/35 for the 2.0-liter with a CVT, and 31/42/35 for the 1.5-liter with a CVT. Emissions are low too, with the California Air Resource Board giving the 2016 Civic a LEV3-ULEV125/LEV3-SULEV30 rating.

But what about acceleration? Honda has yet to release specific figures, but there are a few publications out there that have put the 2016 Civic through its paces. Motor Trend recently posted a 0-to-60 time of 7.2 seconds for the top-line Touring (1.5-liter engine, CVT), while also listing the base-model LX (2.0-liter engine, six-speed manual) as sprinting to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds. Meanwhile, Car And Driver posted a time of 6.8 seconds for the 0-to-60 sprint in the Touring (1.5-liter engine, CVT). All things considered, those numbers are more than adequate for this segment.

What’s more, the 2016 Civic should be just as reliable as the old, boasting up to 100,000 miles without any scheduled tune-ups (barring periodic inspection, fluids, and filters. It should also be noted that this could vary on driving conditions).

Routing the power, we find three different gearboxes – one manual transmission and two continuously variable transmissions (CVTs). For the 2.0-liter-equipped LX trim level, buyers can opt between an updated six-speed manual, or a CVT automatic (the EX only gets the CVT). The six-speed replaces an outgoing five-speed manual, while the CVT is an evolution of the previous generation, offering a retuned torque converter and new G-Design shift logic.

Trim levels equipped with the 1.5-liter engine are mated exclusively to a CVT, which is a shame for those who want both turbo power and a third pedal. The 1.5-liter’s CVT differs from the 2.0-liter’s transmission in that it’s evolved from the same gearbox found on the Accord, offering a higher final gear for a lower cruising rpm, as well as new G-Design shift logic for better acceleration and less “rubber-band” feel. There’s also a new turbine twin-damper design to cut into any turbo lag. Finally, the CVT comes with an “S” mode for more aggressive driving.

The 2016 Civic is based on Honda’s new compact global platform. It’s all quite sophisticated, with 12 percent of the body made from ultra-high-strength steel, 11 percent more than the outgoing model. This material offers 25 percent higher torsional rigidity, which makes it the most rigid chassis in the model’s history.
And despite the car’s larger dimensions, the new steel also cuts 68 pounds from the body weight. Each trim level weighs less than 3,000 pounds, even the top-range Touring model.

For handling and ride refinement, Honda tried to boost both fun and comfort

For handling and ride refinement, Honda tried to boost both fun and comfort – opposite sides of the equation as far as suspension tuning goes. To that end, the chassis comes with a redesigned MacPherson strut setup in the front and a new multi-link independent setup in the rear. The center of gravity is 0.6 inch lower, and there are larger stabilizer bars with bonded bushings front and back. The back also has aluminum damper brackets. Finally, all models come with Honda’s Agile Handling Assist, which is an improved brake vectoring system that enhances tractability.

The steering is tweaked as well, using a new variable-ratio electric power setup. Responsiveness is upped with a quicker 2.2 turns lock-to-lock, down from the old Civic’s 3.1 turns. There’s also Straight Driving Assist as standard, which applies additional electric power to reduce steering effort on sloped and crowned roads.

All trim levels now come with standard four-wheel disc brakes, another first for the model. There are 11.1-inch rotors up front, 10.2-inch rotors in the rear, and single-piston calipers all around. The master cylinder was also revised for a shorter, firmer brake pedal stroke.

Drivetrain Specifications

LX EX EX-T EX-L Touring
Engine Type In-Line 4-Cylinder In-Line 4-Cylinder In-Line 4-Cylinder with Single-Scroll MHI TD03 Turbo and Internal Wastegate In-Line 4-Cylinder with Single-Scroll MHI TD03 Turbo and Internal Wastegate In-Line 4-Cylinder with Single-Scroll MHI TD03 Turbo and Internal Wastegate
Boost Pressure 16.5 psi 16.5 psi 16.5 psi
Engine Block/Cylinder Head Aluminum-Alloy Aluminum-Alloy Aluminum-Alloy Aluminum-Alloy Aluminum-Alloy
Displacement 1996 cc 1996 cc 1496 cc 1496 cc 1496 cc
Horsepower (SAE net) 158 HP @ 6,500 RPM 158 HP @ 6,500 RPM 174 HP @ 6,000 RPM 174 HP @ 6,000 RPM 174 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Torque (SAE net) 138 LB-FT @ 4,200 RP M 138 LB-FT @ 4,200 RPM 162 LB-FT @ 1,700-5,500 RPM 162 LB-FT @ 1,700-5,500 RPM 162 LB-FT @ 1,700-5,500 RPM
Redline 6700 rpm 6700 rpm 6500 rpm 6500 rpm 6500 rpm
Bore and Stroke 86.0 mm / 85.9 mm 86.0 mm / 85.9 mm 73.0 mm / 89.4 mm 73.0 mm / 89.4 mm 73.0 mm / 89.4 mm
Compression Ratio 10.8 : 1 10.8 : 1 10.6 : 1 10.6 : 1 10.6 : 1

Safety

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The outgoing Civic got four out of five stars from the NHTSA in overall crash tests. Anything less than the highest possible safety rating simply won’t do for a top-compact competitor, so for 2016, Honda says it designed the Civic to achieve five stars in every NHTSA category. It also wants a top “Good” rating in every category from the IIHS, and a spot in the IIHS’s Top Safety Pick+ list.

The new high-strength steel goes a long way towards that end. Significant improvements were made to pedestrian safety as well, such as with a deformable hood and an energy-absorbing windshield base.

Standard safety features include stability control, traction control, ABS, EBD, brake assist, LED daytime running lights, an SRS front airbag system, front side airbags, side curtain airbags with rollover sensing, LATCH child seat anchors, and a multi-angle rearview camera.

There’s also an available Honda Sensing package (standard for the Touring trim level), which adds a variety of autonomous features. These include automatic braking, forward collision warning, lane-keep assist, road departure mitigation, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control with a new low-speed follow feature.

Finally, all trim levels (excluding the LX) come standard with Honda LaneWatch, which uses a camera mounted in the side-view mirror to project a real-time image of the car’s blind spot onto the display.

Prices

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The 2016 Civic sedan goes on sale in November, 2015. There are five trim levels available.

LX

The entry-level LX is offered with a 2.0-liter engine and either a six-speed manual ($18,640) or a CVT automatic ($19,440). Standard features include a 5-inch touchscreen display, 160-watt, four-speaker audio system, automatic on/off headlights, LED taillights, Bluetooth connectivity, hands-free text messaging, hands-free phone calls, one USB interface, Pandora compatibility, voice recognition, and illuminated infotainment controls on the steering wheel.

EX

The EX is also equipped with a 2.0-liter engine, but only comes with a CVT ($21,040). Additional features include a 7-inch touchscreen with an Android operating system and integrated HVAC controls, a 180-watt, eight speaker audio system, a one-touch power moonroof, heated side-view mirrors, Smart Entry, a push-button starter, a second USB interface, the HondaLink connected-car system (cloud-based services that connect to your smartphone for location-based searches, weather, messaging, maintenance reminders, and a digital copy of the owner’s manual), HondaLink Assist (after pairing with your smartphone over Bluetooth, this feature will automatically connect with an operator when it detects an airbag has triggered, issuing an immediate emergency assistance request if needed), Aha (this feature lets users listen to podcasts and internet radio, search for restaurant recommendations, get social media updates, and a range of other web-based services), Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (integrates basic smartphone functionality with the infotainment system, including phone-based GPS navigation and voice-activated search), and a touch pad mounted on the steering wheel for quick and easy scrolling.

EX-T

Next is the EX-T, which comes with a 1.5-liter turbo engine and a CVT ($22,200). Additional features include fog lights, a rear spoiler, dual-zone climate control, HD radio, and available SiriusXM radio.

EX-L

Above the EX-T is the EX-L, which is also equipped with a 1.5-liter turbo engine and CVT ($23,700). Additional features include Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation with voice recognition and Honda HD digital traffic (developed in conjunction with Garmin, this navigation system offers turn-by-turn directions, free map database updates for up to five years, traffic alerts, and point of interest search, plus an internal gyroscopic system that keeps the nav system operational even if the satellite signal is blocked), a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, leather-trimmed seats, and an eight-way power adjusting driver’s seat.

Touring

Finally, there’s the top-range Touring trim level, also equipped with a 1.5-liter turbo engine and CVT ($26,500). The Touring adds side-view mirrors with integrated turn indicators, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a 450-watt, ten-speaker audio system with a 7.9-inch subwoofer mounted in the center of the rear deck (Honda claims the stereo is the “most powerful in the Civic’s segment”).

Model Transmission MSRP EPA City/Hwy/Combined MPG
Civic LX Sedan 2.0 L 6-Speed Manual $18,640 27/40/31
Civic LX Sedan 2.0 L CVT $19,440 31/41/35
Civic LX Sedan w/Honda Sensing 2.0 L CVT $20,440 31/41/35
Civic EX Sedan 2.0 L CVT $21,040 31/41/35
Civic EX Sedan w/Honda Sensing 2.0 L CVT $22,040 31/41/35
Civic EX-T Sedan 1.5 L Turbo CVT $22,200 31/42/35
Civic EX-T Sedan 1.5 L Turbo w/Honda Sensing CVT $23,200 31/42/35
Civic EX-L Sedan 1.5 L Turbo CVT $23,700 31/42/35
Civic EX-L Sedan 1.5 L Turbo PZEV CVT $23,700 31/42/35
Civic EX-L Sedan 1.5 L Turbo w/Honda Sensing CVT $24,700 31/42/35
Civic EX-L Sedan 1.5 L Turbo w/Honda Sensing PZEV CVT $24,700 31/42/35
Civic EX-L Sedan 1.5 L Turbo Navi CVT $24,700 31/42/35
Civic EX-L Sedan 1.5 L Turbo Navi PZEV CVT $24,700 31/42/35
Civic Touring Sedan 1.5 L Turbo CVT $26,500 31/42/35
Civic Touring Sedan 1.5 L Turbo PZEV CVT $26,500 31/42/35

Competition

Ford Focus

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The blue oval has its own range of compact competitors, including four-door sedans, hatchbacks, and fire-breathing performance machines, and they all carry the Focus moniker. Styling is rather subdued next to the Honda, with softer lines and rounded shapes. Engine options include a 2.0-liter four-cylinder good for 160 horsepower, and a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbocharged to 123 horsepower. Either a five-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic route the power. Pricing starts at $17,170.

Read our full review here.

Mazda3

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Mazda is bringing the heat with the new 3, especially when it comes to buyers looking for a little extra kick in the performance department. Either a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 155 horsepower or a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 184 horsepower can be had for motivation. Mazda’s characteristically nippy driving dynamics are also present and accounted for. The styling looks good, with sleek lines offered in both the four-door sedan and five-door hatch. Pricing starts at $17,845.

Read our full review here.

Toyota Corolla

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When it comes to ubiquitous Japanese compacts, the Corolla is right up there with the Civic. Features are more or less in line with the Civic, with standard LEDs for the headlight low beams and daytime running lights, an available moonroof, and available 17-inch alloy wheels. Under the hood is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, with the base model routing power through a four-speed automatic, and higher trims utilizing a CVT. Pricing starts at $17,230.

Read our full review here.

Conclusion

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Sales dipped in 2011 after Honda released the ninth-generation Civic, and while they’ve since recovered, you could say the automaker is still playing a game of catch-up. All told, the 2016 Civic is a genuine attempt at reasserting Honda’s dominance in the compact segment. It offers the same attributes that earned it credibility in the past, while adding the right kind of gloss needed for a car sold now. Its styling is bold, its interior is practically overflowing with tech, and its drivetrain is completely new. It’s even a lot safer. Frankly, I believe John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co, Inc., when he says, "This tenth-generation Civic is quite simply the most ambitious remake of Civic we’ve ever done.”

the 2016 Civic is a genuine attempt at reasserting Honda’s dominance in the compact segment.

At its heart, the compact segment is all about reliability, mpg, value for the money, build quality, and a bit of comfort for the daily grind. The 2016 Civic ticks all those boxes handily.

And even though the nameplate has been around for over four decades, Honda seems eager to continue the Civic’s evolution. This tenth generation is an impressive effort for a number of reasons, not least of which is the list of “firsts” and “mosts” – it’s the most powerful non-Si U.S.-spec Civic ever, it offers the most powerful base-model engine in the model’s history, it’s the first turbo Civic available for U.S. consumption, it has the most rigid chassis in the model’s history, it’s the most aerodynamic Civic ever… it goes on and on. Clearly, the aim is to keep this compact icon going for another forty years into the future.

Simply put – the Civic is back.

  • Leave it
    • * CVT is the only transmission for most of the range
    • * Styling isn’t for everyone
    • * Perhaps too much tech for some
    • * Still waiting on the Type-R

Side-by-side comparison: 2015 vs. 2016 Honda Civic

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Side-by-side comparison: 2015 vs. 2016 Honda Civic

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Updated History

Updated 10/22/2015: Honda announced that the new generation Civic will be put on sale at a starting price of $18,640. Next to the prices list you will also find all the details needed on each trim level, drivetrain, safety and more, just continue reading.

Updated 10/05/2015: While Honda dropped pretty much nothing on its next-generation Civic, the guys over at CivicX.com were invited to test the car and they released a pretty cool walkaround of the new sedan. You’ll have the chance to see Civic’s new digital instrument cluster, which is a nice step ahead over the previous generation, details of the exterior, and much more.

Updated 09/28/2015: The guys over at 10thcivicforum.com came across the color matrix for the new 2016 Civic. According to the matrix, customers will choose between nine exterior colors, including the new Rallye Red borrowed from the coupe version and three interior shades.

Press Release

Honda took to YouTube today to unveil an all-new, dynamically styled 10th-generation 2016 Civic Sedan, slated for sale in the U.S. this fall. With a more athletic stance and sportier driving position, the 2016 Civic Sedan is a new-from-the-ground-up design intended to recapture the sporty character of Civic while creating the world’s best compact car – setting a new benchmark in the mainstream compact class for fun-to-drive performance, safety performance and fuel efficiency, together with a new level of refinement.

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The Civic Sedan is the first in a series of new 10th-generation Civic models that will include a sedan, coupe, high-performance Si models, a 5-door hatchback and the first-ever Civic Type-R model for the U.S. market, comprising the most diverse and innovative lineup in Civic’s 43-year history.

"This tenth-generation Civic is quite simply the most ambitious remake of Civic we’ve ever done," said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co, Inc. "We are bringing more new technology and innovative thinking to Civic than ever before to establish a new benchmark for fun-to-drive performance, fuel efficiency, safety performance and refinement in the compact class."

Backing up the new Civic’s dramatic and sporty design with new power and efficiency, for the first time the 2016 Civic will feature two all-new engines – including the first-ever application of Honda turbo engine technology in the U.S. These powerful and fuel-efficient new engines combine with a sophisticated new body and chassis design to deliver incredibly responsive and sporty performance with a higher level of ride refinement and class-leading fuel efficiency.

The 2016 Civic Sedan will be available with the Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, including Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Departure Mitigation and, for the first time in a Honda, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow – bringing new value to the compact segment.

Further, the 2016 Civic lineup joins the freshened 2016 Accord in offering advanced smartphone integration with a new, 7-inch high-definition Display Audio touchscreen, offering tech-savvy customers a more advanced and intuitive connected-car experience.

Apple CarPlay® takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and puts them right on your car’s built-in display. You can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music right from the touchscreen or by voice via Siri. Supported apps include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and compatible third party apps. Apple CarPlay® is compatible with iOS 8.4 or later and iPhone 5 or later.

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Android Auto™ was designed to give drivers a simple, intuitive way through touch and voice to minimize the potential for distraction so the driver can stay focused on the road. Compatible with Android 5.0 and higher, Android Auto features Google Maps, Google Now, messaging, music and numerous popular apps.

Sporty Civic Design
The dramatic and sporty new Civic design is grounded in its more athletic stance and low and wide proportions. Compared to the current model, the 2016 Civic Sedan is nearly 2 inches wider and 1 inch lower with a 1.2-inch longer wheelbase, featuring a more compact and sporty front overhang, a longer, more aggressively sculpted hood and fastback-style tail.

The taut and tidy proportions of the new Civic Sedan are complemented and accentuated by refined design details, including sleek and swept-back bodylines, a sharp and aggressive face and bulging wheel arches. The new Civic’s more premium compact sedan character is also highlighted by its available LED exterior lighting, including new Honda LED headlights (in-line type), LED daytime running lights (standard) and distinctive C-shaped LED taillights (also standard).

"The new Civic really is the embodiment of our global design team’s goal of styling a dramatic form that follows and speaks to the dynamic function of this ambitious redesign," said Jarad Hall, Senior Exterior Designer and project leader of the Civic Sedan, Honda R&D Americas. "The low and wide proportions, with the wheels pushed to the outmost corners, emphasize the Civic’s dynamic handling prowess and give the car a crouched and muscular look, like a tiger ready to pounce."

Two All-new Engines
The 2016 Civic Sedan will feature two all-new, more powerful and fuel-efficient engines. Civic Sedan LX and EX trims will be powered by a 2.0-liter, 16-valve, DOHC i-VTEC™ 4-cylinder – the most powerful base engine ever offered on Civic – mated to either a 6-speed manual (LX trim) or continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Civic Sedans in EX-T, EX-L trims and Touring trims will be powered by a 1.5-liter, direct-injected and turbocharged 16-valve DOHC inline-4, mated to a unique CVT, delivering a new level of responsiveness in this capacity class of turbocharged engine.

The new 1.5-liter powerplant is the first turbocharged engine on a U.S. Honda model and the most powerful engine ever offered on a non-Si Civic in America. Both engines will offer top-in-class performance and fuel efficiency, and are targeted to receive EPA highway fuel economy ratings in excess of 40 mpg. Additional powertrain details and specifications will be announced closer to launch.

Advanced and Sporty New Body and Chassis
The 2016 Civic will set a new standard for dynamic handling, steering, ride quality and cabin quietness in the compact class, courtesy of its all new platform, featuring the most rigid and tightly sealed body and the most sophisticated chassis in Civic history.

Advancing the sporty character of this all-new Civic is its more sporty driving position, with a one-inch lower hip point compared to the current car. The lower hip point is enabled by the new Civic’s lower floor and engine and its all-new suspension design. The new Civic chassis features a redesigned strut front suspension and a new multi-link rear suspension mounted to an ultra-rigid rear subframe.

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Torsional rigidity of the new body is improved by 25 percent, aided in part by more intensive use of ultra-high-strength steel. Twelve percent of the unit body is made of ultra-high-strength steel, up from 1percent on the current model. Aerodynamic efficiency is improved by 12 percent to class-leading levels, in part through the use of full underbody covers—a Civic first. Despite its larger size, the new Civic unit body is 68 pounds lighter than before, while new body-sealing techniques result in a 58-percent reduction in cabin air leaks. Class-leading cabin quietness is further improved by the use of premium noise-reducing features, including a flush-mounted acoustic glass windshield, a more tightly sealed engine compartment and triple-sealed doors.

To achieve the Civic development team’s high targets for dynamic performance and refined ride quality, the new Civic Sedan utilizes hydraulic compliance bushings, a technology typically reserved for more expensive vehicles, aiding the isolation of road vibration. Additional new chassis technologies include variable gear ratio steering, beefier front and rear stabilizer bars and standard 4-wheel disc brakes, along with the application of new Agile Handling Assist brake-torque vectoring technology for more precise and agile cornering.

Spacious, Sophisticated and Advanced Cabin
The new Civic interior is designed to offer the most comfortable, sophisticated and premium-feeling cabin in the compact class. An additional 3.7 cubic feet of interior space translates into the largest cabin in the compact segment with 2 inches of added rear-seat legroom versus the outgoing model. In front, new ultra-thin front roof pillars enable class-leading forward visibility; and at the rear, trunk space has been increased by 2.6 cubic feet with a lower liftover height, larger opening and wider and taller cargo area. Civic Sedan EX and above trims will feature a 60/40 split and folding rear seat.

The 2016 Civic Sedan offers customers more premium features than ever before. New standard equipment includes automatic climate control – dual-zone on EX-L and higher trims; auto-up/down front power windows; an electronic parking brake with Brake Hold; Walk-Away auto door locks and an adjustable driver’s seat thigh support with 14 degrees of tilt (EX-L and above). All Civic Sedan models also feature a larger, reconfigurable new center console with up to 7.2 liters of secure storage space, approaching SUV levels of console utility.

The new Civic interior strikes a more premium tone with high-quality materials and high-contrast finishes. These include a new one-piece, soft-touch instrumental panel with molded stitching; more premium seat fabrics; a new full-color TFT center meter (EX and above trims); a center console with piano black finish and high-contrast sliver bezel; door inserts with live stitching; an LED shift indicator and LED overhead lighting; and for EX and higher trims, a leather shift boot. Upper grades offer even more premium features, including an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, 4-way power front passenger’s seat, heated front and rear seats and heated side mirrors.

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Civic Manufacturing
Civic Sedans for the North American market will be produced at the company’s Greensburg, Indiana and Alliston, Ontario, Canada auto plants. The new Civic’s 2.0-liter and 1.5-liter turbo engines will be manufactured in Anna, Ohio, and the vehicle’s two automatic transmissions (CVTs) will be sourced from Honda plants in Russells Point, Ohio, and Celaya, Mexico.

The new Civic utilizes numerous new manufacturing processes and technologies to advance quality, efficiency and fun-to-drive performance – the result of new investment in Honda automobile and engine plants in North America. This includes the addition of the company’s innovative new inner-frame weld body construction process in both Indiana and Canada, a system first utilized for production of the 2015 Honda Fit. This new general weld system creates a more lightweight, rigid and strong body structure that helps enable the Civic’s class-leading fuel efficiency, outstanding safety performance and fun-to-drive experience.

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