2016 Honda Civic Touring – Road Test and Review

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DRIVING THE 2016 HONDA CIVIC

Seeing the new Civic as a tabula rasa, Honda chose to offer all-new powertrain options as well. The Civic gets its first turbocharged engine, a 1.5.-liter four banger paired with a continuously variable transmission. The combination gives the Civic the fuel economy it’s famous for, with 40 mpg (5.88 l/100 km) in highway driving and 28 (8.40) in city driving.

The Touring comes fully equipped. A Garmin-based navigation system is standard, as is traffic information and five years of map updates. We admittedly ignored that system in favor of Apple CarPlay and Apple’s Maps app thanks to the convenience it offers and, as we’ve found in every car we’ve tested with CarPlay, it is a superior interface for infotainment and navigation.

Honda includes its suite of Honda Sensing driver-assistance technologies including road departure mitigation, lane keeping assist, collision mitigation braking, and adaptive cruise control. Overall, the nannies worked well and weren’t overly sensitive, and the radar cruise functioned without any annoying bad habits.

Once underway, we noticed how smart the pairing of the CVT was. It takes full advantage of the engine’s broad power band, and bestows it with a throttle response one could describe as reasonably peppy.

Handling was quite good as well. There’s a decent amount of road feedback and it handles the twisties with precision and predictability. One area that could use some improvement is road noise: while it’s unquestionably quieter than its predecessor, it still could have been better insulated.

BOTTOM LINE

The new Honda Civic is bigger and better than its predecessors and that says a lot right there. Aside from the Bluetooth streaming issue, the tech gear functioned well and the nimble handling will bring a smile to any driver’s face. For Honda fans, there’s only one possible conundrum as its larger size puts it somewhat in competition with the Honda Accord.

Jonathan Spira contributed to this review.

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