CARS.COM — Redesigned for 2016, the Honda Civic stands out in the competitive compact sedan class with its sporty looks, but there’s more to it than its new styling. With active safety features, an upscale interior, and improved ride and handling, the Civic has earned a nomination for Cars.com’s Best of 2016 award. Families will find the redesigned Civic to be surprisingly roomy. It’s grown in both width and length, resulting in 1.2 additional inches of backseat legroom. For this Car Seat Check, we tested a model with cloth seats and fixed rear head restraints.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
What We Like
- The Civic’s Latch system is easy to use. The two sets of lower Latch anchors sit just inside the seat bight, where the back and bottom seat cushions meet, and are easy to access because the seat cushions move out of the way easily. Three tether anchors are on the rear shelf under flip-up plastic covers. They’re also easy to find and use.
- With its rigid Latch connectors, the rear- and forward-facing convertible installed easily. There weren’t any fit issues.
- The rear-facing infant seat installed easily with its hooklike connectors, but we had to move the front passenger seat forward about an inch to fit the car seat behind it. Our 5-foot-8 tester had plenty of legroom to sit comfortably.
- Our high-back booster seat fit well.
What We Don’t
- The backseat’s seat belt buckles are on floppy bases, making them difficult for younger kids to use independently. When installed behind the driver’s seat, we found our high-back booster seat covered up the middle seat’s seat belt.