Much has been made over the Civic's rapid and radical transformation. From the new platform to the new benchmarks Honda left no stone unturned, but does that tangibly translate to the road?
Our friend Craig Cole at Autoguide had a 2016 Touring Sedan and by the sounds of it he fell in love. Immediately he heaps praise on the steering feel, "It does a pretty convincing imitation of an Audi, that is, effort is extremely light at parking-lot speeds but it bulks up promptly as speed increases, providing a direct and predictable connection to the front wheels."
He also unsurprisingly has much love for the 4 corner disc brakes, claiming the pedal is firm but not grabby as you might expect from it's initial feel.
Cole doesn't go into as much detail on the 1.5T as we would of liked, but that's understandable, most people don't buy cars for their engines anymore. He does confirm however that for the first time the Civic is offered with something other then a gutless low-mid range, meaning the 2016 should walk out of the hole better then any Civic prior.
We give Cole the final word: "The new Civic is a home run and perhaps more importantly than that, it’s the first small Honda in a long time that’s actually worth getting excited about. And hey, they may have just reached their goal; this could be the world’s best C-Segment model."