2016 Honda Civic

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Honda Civic. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Turbocharged engine performance
  • Styling is aggressive, but not too loud
  • Solid feel
  • Lots of useful storage spaces
  • Gas mileage
  • Materials quality

The Bad

  • Rear headroom
  • No physical volume control on dashboard
  • Base engine drone while accelerating
  • Middle rear seat very uncomfortable
  • Advanced safety features only on highest trim
  • LX seats not quite as comfortable
2016 Honda Civic exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2016 Honda Civic

  • Redesigned for 2016
  • Seats five
  • Standard 60/40-split folding rear seat
  • Optional active-safety features
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay available
  • Standard LED daytime running lights and taillights

2016 Honda Civic Road Test

Brian Wong

The verdict: The king stays the king. The redesigned Civic coupe not only is one of the best-driving compact cars around, it also offers lots of content and some of the most forward-thinking styling in the segment.

Versus the competition: The compact coupe is a dying breed, but the Civic coupe compares well across sedan and hatchback body styles as well, keeping all of the good things from the Civic sedan (value and a refined driving experience) and adding in a dash of sportiness.

The 2016 Honda Civic coupe has big shoes to fill — the sedan version won the prestigious North American Car of the Year award (see our full 2016 sedan review here).

Honda went the conservative route with the previous Civic redesign, and it backfired so badly that the company was forced to refresh the Civic the next year. For the 2016 overhaul, Honda took the opposite approach with both the sedan and coupe. The new coupe design has zero chance of being confused with the old. The technology offerings also have advanced, and there is a new turbocharged engine option.

A new trim level, the LX-P, also has been added. It slots in above the base LX and below the EX-T, EX-L and Touring.

The Honda Civic coupe goes up against the sportier portion of the compact segment, including the Kia Forte Koup, Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla. Compare the Civic Coupe with those models here.

Exterior & Styling
The Honda Civic coupe sticks close to the styling of its concept and, like the sedan, is one of the mo...

The verdict: The king stays the king. The redesigned Civic coupe not only is one of the best-driving compact cars around, it also offers lots of content and some of the most forward-thinking styling in the segment.

Versus the competition: The compact coupe is a dying breed, but the Civic coupe compares well across sedan and hatchback body styles as well, keeping all of the good things from the Civic sedan (value and a refined driving experience) and adding in a dash of sportiness.

The 2016 Honda Civic coupe has big shoes to fill — the sedan version won the prestigious North American Car of the Year award (see our full 2016 sedan review here).

Honda went the conservative route with the previous Civic redesign, and it backfired so badly that the company was forced to refresh the Civic the next year. For the 2016 overhaul, Honda took the opposite approach with both the sedan and coupe. The new coupe design has zero chance of being confused with the old. The technology offerings also have advanced, and there is a new turbocharged engine option.

A new trim level, the LX-P, also has been added. It slots in above the base LX and below the EX-T, EX-L and Touring.

The Honda Civic coupe goes up against the sportier portion of the compact segment, including the Kia Forte Koup, Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla. Compare the Civic Coupe with those models here.

Exterior & Styling
The Honda Civic coupe sticks close to the styling of its concept and, like the sedan, is one of the more visually arresting members of the compact segment, which usually trends conservative. The look is full of angles (especially in the rear) and verges on being too busy but restrains itself enough to remain attractive to my eye.

The coupe shares a wheelbase with the sedan but is 5.4 inches shorter from bumper to bumper. Those missing inches all are trimmed off the rear overhang, which combines with a shorter roof to give the coupe a tighter, sportier appearance than the four-door (though this does cut down trunk space).

LED daytime running lights and LED taillights come standard on all trim levels. The LX and LX-P have 16-inch alloy wheels, while the higher trims get 17-inch alloys. The top Touring trim adds a full LED headlight setup, unique wheels and chrome door handles.

How It Drives
I drove three trim levels of the Honda Civic Coupe: LX, EX-L and Touring. The LX came with the base engine, a 158-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, but the more exciting option is the 174-hp, turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder. The turbocharged engine also makes an extra 24 pounds-feet of torque compared with the base engine (162 versus 138 pounds-feet). A six-speed manual is available on the LX trim with the base engine, but I drove examples only with the continuously variable automatic transmission.

The 2.0-liter, standard on the LX and LX-P, suffers from the buzzy drone common to four-cylinder engines in this class, and acceleration feels sluggish. This is highlighted by the contrast with the well-balanced chassis; the LX still handles well for this class, but the accelerator response is disappointing.

The new 1.5-liter turbo engine is a different story. Standard on the EX-T, EX-L and Touring trims, this engine sounds better, has more power, revs more freely and is far and away our choice for this car. Both the EX-L and Touring I drove felt more alive on curved mountain roads, and even pulled uphill without breaking a sweat.

The CVT is adequate; it's not my favorite choice of transmission, but this one does the job well enough. In normal driving, the gearbox does not like to hold the engine speed high, keeping fuel economy up. But if you lean on the throttle it will oblige you after a moment's hesitation.

Steering is precise. It could use a bit more weight on center at highway speeds, but that is nitpicking. Honda also does an interesting thing with the Civic coupe's different trim levels  — each has its own suspension tuning and even different components. The differences are subtle and hard to notice unless you drive them back to back, but the ride does improve as you move up the trim levels, with the Touring offering the smoothest of the bunch.

All in all, the Honda Civic coupe is the best-driving car I've tested in this class save the Mazda3, and this duo sits far ahead of the rest of the pack. EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings are 30/41/34 mpg city/highway/ combined for Civic coupes with the base engine and CVT, while the turbocharged engine offers not only better performance but also slightly better fuel economy as well at 31/41/35 mpg. The LX coupes with the six-speed manual and the base engine are estimated at 26/38/31 mpg.

Interior
Materials were upgraded in the redesign, and while the Honda Civic coupe won't be mistaken for a luxury car, each of the common touch points is covered with either soft-touch plastic or leather (especially in the Touring).

The coupe does sacrifice some interior room compared with the sedan. I'm 5 feet, 11 inches tall and after setting the driver's seat in a comfortable position, I climbed into the back. There is enough legroom for rear passengers (35.9 inches, up 5.1 inches from the old model) but not enough headroom (34.6 inches). When I sat straight up, my head didn't hit the ceiling — it hit the rear glass instead. The middle position also is slightly elevated, which would be enough to make it tighter on its own, but a black plastic box on the underside of the rear glass that houses the center brake light really pinches down headroom. I had to kink my neck simply to fit.

The center console has a few neat storage tricks. In front of the shifter is a smartphone tray that has a cutout to route cords to the USB port or 12-volt outlet below, keeping the area clean. There also is a large storage bin under the center armrest with removable storage modules that can be moved or taken out to customize the space. Don't need cupholders? Just remove that attachment and open up more room for the bin to swallow items such as a purse, books or, as a Honda rep said, "many tablets."

Visibility is good, and EX-T and higher trim levels also get Honda's LaneWatch system, which uses a camera to display on the dashboard screen an unobstructed view of the area on the right-hand side of the car.

Most of my drive took place over roads that were in good condition, and undue road noise was not noticeable at low or highway speeds.

Ergonomics & Electronics
LX and LX-P trim levels get a display audio system with a 5-inch screen standard, but the system that better fits the dash and overall look and feel of the Civic coupe is the 7-inch touch-screen found in the Honda Civic EX-T and above. The system is similar to the one in the Honda Fit, which our editors found frustrating, including the same finicky touch-sensitive volume slider. However, the interface has been updated and I didn't notice any of the lag found on the Fit.

Opting for the upgraded system with the 7-inch touch-screen also gets you Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, two welcome additions that greatly enhance the user experience. Honda's top-end infotainment system with navigation is improved, but the familiarity and usability offered by both of these systems was my preference. I was able to use my familiar apps for navigation (Google Maps) and music (Spotify internet radio) easily and intuitively.

The Honda Civic has physical knobs for operating most of the automatic climate controls, which is my preference. However, if you want to change where the air is blowing from, you must press a climate button and make the changes on the touch-screen, which is not ideal.

Cargo & Storage
A 60/40-split folding rear seat is standard. The coupe's changes in shape and dimensions mean it has less trunk space than the sedan's 15.1 cubic feet. There is 12.1 cubic feet of cargo room on LX trim levels and 11.9 cubic feet on the EX-T and above (the sedan offers 15.1 cubic feet). Access to the trunk is better for the 2016 model: The redesign created a larger opening for easier loading and unloading. For comparison, the Civic coupe's closest competitor, the 2015 Kia Forte Koup, offers 13.3 cubic feet of trunk space.

Safety
As of this writing, the Honda Civic coupe has not been crash-tested and the sedan results do not apply due to differences between the two bodies. When results are published, they will appear here.

The Civic coupe has an impressive array of safety technology for its class. While only the EX-T trim and above get the LaneWatch right-side camera system, all trims have a multi-angle backup camera standard. A forward collision warning system with automatic emergency braking, a lane departure prevention system and adaptive cruise control all are in the Honda Sensing package, which is standard on the Touring, but is not available on any of the coupe's other trim levels. This is different from the sedan; the company offers Honda Sensing as an optional package on all of the sedan's trim levels.

I tested both the lane departure prevention and adaptive cruise control on a stretch of highway. The lane departure prevention system includes both lane departure warning and lane keeping assist, the latter of which lightly corrects the steering when the system thinks the Honda Civic is drifting out of its lane. As with most of these features, you still have to take the wheel at intervals so the system knows you're paying attention. The system had trouble on a stretch of highway where the lanes were not very clearly marked; it shut down and I had to take the wheel. The adaptive cruise control system worked predictably and includes low-speed follow, something I appreciated while sitting in rush hour traffic.

Click here for a full list of safety features.

Value in Its Class
Pricing details were not available as of publication, but if it follows the sedan's pricing structure,  the coupe will also offer good value given its level of content, refined driving experience and stylish exterior. A backup camera, automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity and 5-inch LCD screen all come standard to give even base LX models some pizzazz.

With so many competitors in the compact class selling the same things (good fuel economy and value), it takes something special to stand out. Honda seems to have done it with the Honda Civic coupe as well as with sedan. After going the safe route with the previous redesign and having it flop, Honda's only choice was to go big on this year's changes, and the gamble has paid off.

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What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Latest Reviews

(2.0)

Not the best car

by Matti from Parkville MD on June 19, 2018

The car is ok but it looks very fragile. keeps on having broken parts ( i still have my guaranty But i am worried about future when the guaranty is over). compared to the Mitsubishi i drove before ... Read full review

(5.0)

Civic EX-L

by Amy2 from Gadsden on June 18, 2018

Sold my BMW 328i and got a Civic. Best decision ever!! I love it!! The handling, gas mileage and infotainment system are awesome! The interior is open and airy and comfortable with plenty of space and ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Honda Civic currently has 3 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Honda Civic LX

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Honda

Program Benefits

Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    1-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain warranty begins after expiration of original warranty (3 years/36,000 miles) or on date sold as certified (no deductible); 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty begins from the original in-service date (no deductible)
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 182 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Civic received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

B

Rear-facing convertible

B
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker