2016 Honda Civic seats could use some fine tuning
I can think of nothing more important in a car than the structural integrity, adjustability and seating comfort of the driver’s and front passenger seat. Historically, Honda Civic has not been known for seat comfort. For 2016 we find power-adjusted driver and front passenger seat in Civic EX-L and higher, but no adjustable lumbar support.
Don’t read me wrong here, Civic’s always topped much of the competition in interior comfort and the ergonomically correct placement of instrumentation, controls, pedal, and gear shift person to car connectivity. Yet past generation Civic’s always rolled a bit stiff as to suspension -- and on the firm or mushy side as to seat support and subsequent rider comfort. 2016 Civic features the best seating in the brand’s history; for some.
Lower hip point, preset exaggerated lumbar support
Our congratulations to Honda for automating 2016 Civic’s front row, although I must admit that the manual slide mechanism performs effortlessly in the base model Civic 2.0 LX.
Here’s the problem for taller drivers or those perhaps just a tad overweight and in less than 30 something Ironman competition physical condition: The lower ‘hip point’ while affording the driver an exceptional “one with the road” feeling may be problematic for (some) taller drivers as to ingress, egress, and lower back, torso seat-back positioning in relationship to the steering wheel reach and subsequent leg to pedal interface. In the case of the 10th generation Civic, you drop down into the driver’s seat.
Good enough, one should be able to find a comfortable long-drive position in the infinitely adjustable leather clad, and in some trim models cooled seat. Here’s the problem for this tall drive: There is no lumbar adjustment. Generally, I rarely use one -- this one is preset full-on.
Unfortunately integrated into the seat design of the all new, exceptionally good looking and technically segment benchmark setting 2016 Civic, is a rather aggressive pre-existing lumbar support that hits this tall driver’s back well above it’s intended support point -- right above my lower back -- and for me and several Torque News readers is pre-set too firm, there’s no getting rid of it.
The long and the tall of it
In the kind words of my lovely 5 foot 5 inch wife: “ A wonderful seat for a driver with a close relationship with the neighborhood Chiropractor.” I’ll leave it at that. Read my latest Civic drive review here.
As is said “ the public has spoken” 2016 Civic is presently set on an unprecedented sales trajectory. With that acknowledgement, on a personal note, I believe that the driver’s seat should reflect the quality and drive dynamic of the car that it’s mounted to -- after all one’s first drive impression of a car begins with the first sitting.
For car manufacturers, especially in the compact segment, “fitment” as to the broad range of body type, height, weight, and physical condition is a major challenge, often exasperated by car segment and price point. As a whole Civic presents a reasonable balance of budget and comfort, some buyers want more.
Perhaps 2017 Civic will be equipped with an adjustable lumbar support. Personally I’d be more than happy to pay and additional $100 for the upgrade.