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2016 Honda Civic presents best seating in ‘C’ segment

As with most drivers, once we get past the specification sheet and visual hit, the first meaningful impression is most often earned through the seat of one’s pants.

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looking to Honda’s 2016 Civic sedan, one discovers a visually pleasing exterior design, sporting a wider and lower profile, much improved digital lighting, and the best looking grill in the Honda lineup.

We must hand it to Honda design of Torrance, California for producing what will arguably be the new benchmark in the compact car segment. We hear that 2016 Civic is being considered for Motor Trend "Compact Car of the Year."

In designing 2016 Civic, an international team of engineers and designers looked to Europe for inspiration, specifically Audi A3 and BMW 3 Series. From where we sit, the all new World-Compact-Platform Civic will surpass most consumers preconception of not only what Civic is, but what a compact sedan or coupe should be. 2016 Civic is an automotive purchase and performance bargain.

looking to Civic’s redesigned interior

2016 Honda Civic Sedan sports a cabin that is not only more refined and pleasing to the eye than past Civic iterations, but also slightly lower in seating position, on perhaps the best constructed and comfortable seat in the compact segment.

Driver’s will discover an infinitely adjustable seating position, while passengers will be treated to power slides, tilt and seat back adjustment options in EX-L and touring models.

Nicer than many executive office chairs

Offering premium cloth or leather covered seating surfaces throughout the lineup, the visual and touch sensory confirmation of quality of craftsmanship is evident throughout, regardless of model price-point.

As to the base Civic model offering, the manually activated slide and seat adjustment worked very well with a near effortless twist of the wrist. And in fact, the cloth covered seats proved to be very comfortable on first sitting. Noted, no drivers seat break in needed.

A new direction in Civic refinement, accommodation and personal connectivity

For 2016, Honda has taken Civic into the new age of automotive “standard-equipped-refinement” with the addition of power adjusted driver and passenger front seats in EX-L and Touring trim levels. Gone is the manual slide, and personally, we don’t miss it.

Great body hold without the extreme, narrow side bolsters

In the past, this supersized auto journalist has found subcompact and compact car seating to be just a bit narrow, hard as a park bench and painfully high-bolstered. For 2016, driver and passengers will find an exceptionally comfortable and durable seat offered throughout the Civic model range, providing great support for all body types without the employment of extreme, narrow seat bolstering.

A closing thought or two

While attending Honda’s Civic roll out event, Torque News directly compared 2016 Civic seating against the competition. Without going into specifications or first-drive-impressions, Civic seating felt superior to Ford and Toyota in compact sedan segment. And that’s where we begin our drive review of Honda’s next Civic sales success story.

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Jamo (not verified)    October 6, 2015 - 11:26AM

I much prefer the manual slide seating. It usually means quicker position location and more headroom with additional room under the seat - for cleaning and/or an amp maybe. The power seat offers me no benefit. It's slow and something to pay for and go wrong.
Is the new Civic going to be heavier? When do we find out about a coupe or an SI, or do we?

Parks McCants    October 6, 2015 - 6:08PM

In reply to by Jamo (not verified)

Welcome Jamo. Good for you! All but the top 2 trims will feature manual seating. Without disclosing numbers, the new Civic is longer, wider, but lighter. The coupe will be revealed in late November. The Si and hatchback will follow 2nd quarter 2016. I'll keep you posted.

Parks McCants    October 13, 2015 - 1:30PM

In reply to by Doug (not verified)

How ya doing Doug? Undoubtedly the Coupe and Si variants will be available with a manual transmission. We have no reason to believe that Honda will expand M.T. option availability past the current Civic trim lineup. For 2015, we find a 5 speed manual option available in: LX and SE trim variants. look for our first drive impression review October 19. In it I will share all trim variants and pricing.

Andy Casagranda (not verified)    November 10, 2015 - 2:47PM

Hi Parks,

Sorry, I'm a bit late to see this article. One of the things I was disappointed about, was seeing that the top of the line seats do not have adjustable lumbar support (a gripe CR had as well). I have about a 65 mile commute each way too work. As comfortable as the seats sound, do you think it would have made a big difference comfort wise to have had it? Or do they feel they will do a good job of supporting for long commutes? Thank you, Andy

Parks McCants    November 10, 2015 - 6:58PM

In reply to by Andy Casagranda (not verified)

Welcome Andy. I found the seat to be rather aggressive as to built in lumbar support. However, I do recommend an extended test drive in view of your daily commute. I will say this: This is the best seat that Honda has installed in a Civic to date. Best of luck in your car search.

Doug (not verified)    November 13, 2015 - 11:59AM

After being tricked by Double-A MCO into replacing the automatic transmission in my Ford Contour followed by an oil change place telling me my new transmission fluid looked old and burnt, I decided to become and manual transmission driver for durability concerns. So in 2001, I walked into a Honda dealership and picked out the top-of-the-line Accord EX-L - in blue - with manual transmission. After 15 years and 277,000 miles on the original clutch, I believe that I made a great choice. I just wish that I can go pick out a new MT Accord, or now Civic since they have grown and look better, in a higher trim that is available in a color that I want other than silver or gray.

Imran (not verified)    November 26, 2015 - 3:54PM

I am waiting for 2016 in saudi arabia. Many other cimpanies launched their 2016 cars but honda is still selling 2015 civic. The dealer tild me it will be available in the end of march 2016. Why so late?

Parks McCants    November 27, 2015 - 9:20PM

In reply to by Imran (not verified)

Welcome Imran. I would imagine that distribution of the 10th generation Civic from the U.S. to Saudi has something to do with the production time lag. What Civic varient do wish to purchase? Or, your car may be manufactured in the U.K.. Keep in touch, please let us know how the time line progresses. Thank you.