2016 Honda Civic Touring – Road Test and Review
As an avid reader of American car magazines, the Honda Civic’s history is quite familiar to me. The Civic – first introduced in its home market in 1972 as a 1973 model – was the prototypical Japanese econobox in its earliest guise and it’s the second-oldest continuously available nameplate from a Japanese manufacturer, exceeded only by the Toyota Corolla, introduced in 1968.
It’s amazing how far the Civic has come in 40 years.
However, the all-new 2016 Honda Civic doesn’t look like any Civic that’s come before it. Introduced in 2015 as the Civic Concept at the New York Auto Show, the newest Civic is based on a new global platform from Honda. It features a snazzy fastback exterior while the fascia features a new chrome wing that flows across the top of the headlamps and the raked roofline flows gently into the C-shaped taillights.
This is clearly not my grandfather’s Honda Civic, were he to have had one back in the day.
INSIDE THE NEW 2016 HONDA CIVIC TOURING
The Civic’s interior is a major departure from past models. There’s a 7” color LCD right behind the steering wheel that serves as an all-digital, fully customizable, interface and dash.
Honda has given the Civic an elegant new interior to match its sharp exterior. Rich materials are in abundance and it’s light years away from anything resembling an econobox.
We were left wondering when it came to the infotainment system. The basic Bluetooth connection worked well with our iPhones but the Bluetooth streaming was dodgy and in need of improvement.
Seats are supportive, adjustable, and comfortable during longer drives.
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