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.