Last time a Honda Civic sedan was put through Car And Driver’s long term test was nearly two decades ago and now they’ve done it again with the new 2016 Honda Civic.
This is Honda’s chance to redeem the Civic nameplate after receiving widespread criticism over the 9th Civic. Styling was plain and its drive dynamics lackluster. The 10th gen Civic is anything but boring with a sporty front facia, perfectly pinched side panels and clean tail.
To experience all that Honda has to offer, they decided to go with the touring trim with its 174-hp 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Of course, the engine is paired with a continuously variable automatic as the six-speed manual gearbox is only going to be available with some boosted 2017 models.
So far, they’re impressed with the Civic’s performance. A month of roads trips and commutes have given them an average fuel economy rating of 39 mpg, impressive when you take into account the Civic’s 0-60mph time of 6.9 seconds. Sure, some of the new tech features can be frustrating at times and the adaptive cruise control can be a bit jerky, but the car’s steering is sharp and ride quality is smooth.
Right now, the 2016 Civic sedan only has 2380 miles under its belt and the last Civic they tested was driven for around 40,000 mile. This is just the first month of testing so we’ll probably see an update from them when the weather condition changes.