The Honda Civic has been one of the leading options for compact car buyers. It has impressive fuel economy while its 1.5 engine packs a punch with class-leading velocity. The interior cabin is roomy and loaded with upscale materials and the latest technology such as smartphone incorporation.
First, you should know a bit of background about the sophisticated Civic. Honda has earned accolades for its many types Civic sedan, coupe and hatchback models and performance-focused Civic Si and Type-R models expected this year.
Considered to be one of the best cars in its class, the new Honda Civic has high levels of safety technology and solid ratings. The 2016 models of the Civic coupe and sedan were recognized with the Top Safety Pick + Certification and 5 Star Overall Safety Scores from the NHTSA.
The coupe has A-pillars rearward and the hatch has a rear cargo area that can hold almost 30 cubic feet behind the rear seats and more than 46 cubic feet when the seats are tucked snugly away. The sedan’s cabin is bigger yet lighter, making for a more fuel efficient car with slightly more power than its predecessors.
The longtime midsize car has a legacy of being a safe, affordable and well-crafted vehicle. Honda gave the Civic Sedan an overhaul last year. The turbocharged engine available gives it an edge on the open road over other mid-size sedans. Edmunds gives the well-equipped Honda Civic a 4.5 out of 5 star rating, mainly due to its 2016 redesign. It is ranked #3 in compact cars and has a score of 8.8 out of 10 according to U.S. News& World Report.
The recent lineup of elegantly styled Honda Civics is top in its class for fuel economy. The 1.5 liter turbo engine and continuously variable transmission rolls at 32 MPG in the city and 42 MPG on the highway, for a 37 MPG combined. The turbo-only hatchback has an impressive rating with 31 MPG in the city, 40 on the highway and 34 combined. The coupe comes in with 30 in the city, 41 on the highway and a combined 35 with its turbo/manual configuration.
The Civic sedan has impressive standard features, including a multi-angle rearview camera, automatic climate control, LED taillight accents and power amenities. The Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration and 7-inch display audio touchscreen is compatible with Pandora for audio streaming. HondaLink Connectivity connects you to whatever you need from your Smartphone.
Finally, the color options have been updated to more modern shades, from cosmic blue to lunar silver, and of course the classic Honda hue, rallye red.
Amid all its accolades, Wi-Fi connectivity isn’t a highlight for the Civic. The Civic has smartphone integration as a stop gap, but it can be a bit clunky. The high-tech infotainment system doesn’t have the best user-friendly knobs and interfaces with a 7-inch display on the EX trims and above. This can be very frustrating for drivers and passengers when attempting to get into maps, playlists or other road-friendly phone apps.
With all the improvements, and years of high ratings, Honda has increased the price, making it one of the more expensive mainstream compacts. The basic Civic line up comes in at a few hundred to a couple of thousand dollars more than its competitors, including the Toyota Corolla and Nissan.
The costs rise once you hit the road with your Honda Civic as well. Insurance can be a bit higher for these models. Insure.com has the Civics up to $50 higher than other standard compacts.