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Now that some have put some miles on their Civics, are there any disappointments that you have with the new car?


I do not own one, but in the market for a new car within the next few months. I was able to get into an unlocked black 4dr Civic EX on the lot yesterday and explore the interior. I was surprised that Honda did not "dampen" the glove box door, unless the one I was in was broken. When I pulled the latch, it flew open quick and flopped to a stop and bobbled up and down for a couple of seconds. I wasn't expecting that and found it a little disappointing, but I remind myself it is a small Honda, not a Mercedes. :)


Other than that, the interior seems to have good materials. The tops of the doors (front) are padded. Fit-n-finish seems to be really good?


I do like the nice instrument cluster, fuel cap filler, etc.
 

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No built in garage door opener nor a sunglass holder. These are very minor gripes and I love this car. Cannot wait to splurge for the Katzkin leather here soon.

Is it just me or are the rear doors not flush with the rear quarter panel?

Oh and I wish the turbo was louder. I can only here it in parking garages or tunnels.

Pearl white Civic EX-T 4dr
 

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No built in garage door opener nor a sunglass holder. These are very minor gripes and I love this car. Cannot wait to splurge for the Katzkin leather here soon.

Is it just me or are the rear doors not flush with the rear quarter panel?

Oh and I wish the turbo was louder. I can only here it in parking garages or tunnels.

Pearl white Civic EX-T 4dr
Air intake and exhaust and you will hear it.
 

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Thanks. I didn't notice the lack of those, good points!


There was someone on another Honda forum complaining that the dash top padding seemed too thin, even thinner of that on the '15 Civic which was only padded on the passenger side), but I think most vehicles today have rather thin padding on the dash tops, the '12 Civic didn't even have a padded dash. They also said if you pushed down on it in the middle on top, it felt thin and flimsy and gave too much, lol. I guess they were giving it a real good going over. lol. I know that area of the Touring (not sure what other models) has a speaker in that area, so it may be more sturdy versus the lower trim lines that do not have a speaker there?


The rear door panels seem even better than that of a new Subaru Legacy. I pulled the rear door shut on a new Legacy with the rear door handle and the panel pulled out about 2 inches it seemed. The Civics door panel didn't budge, so hats off to Honda.
 

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I have had a huge problem with the radio in mine. I have an ex-l without nav. There was a software update and it seemed to fix almost every one of my complains. I do have some complaints about the CVT transmission but this is the first one I have ever had. As I put more miles on it, I feel like it hesitates a bit and is a bit more clunky. I have about 14kmi on my car and I have had it about 5 months. Overall its a great car. Awesome features for the money you spend. The most amount of problems I have had is with the dealer I bought it from, not necessarily the car.
 

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I've heard of the EX-L CVT surge up and down sometimes since earlier this year. Not sure if it's a problem or just how CVT operates.
 

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Lack of the choice of gray interior on white and silver cars.


You can only get black interior on the silver cars and only black or ivory interior on the white cars. I like the ivory, but I think it would show dirt faster, I prefer gray interior. My '12 Civic was silver and had gray interior, not sure why they cut it out for '16.
 

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Would be nice if Honda just gave you the option to choose whatever interior color you want instead of limiting them to certain paint colors. Not sure why they won't do it.
 

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Would be nice if Honda just gave you the option to choose whatever interior color you want instead of limiting them to certain paint colors. Not sure why they won't do it.
I agree. There is no reason to not offer gray interior on the white cars and gray interior on the silver cars. It used to be an available combination. You cannot get gray interior on a white Accord, but you can (for now) get gray interior on a silver Accord, but not a silver Civic.
 

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This is nitpicking, but I was disappointed and surprised that Honda didn't "dampen" the glove compartment door. I got inside a '16 Civic sedan today and discovered that it just flops open fast when you open without holding it. I cannot imagine it costing much to "dampen" it to open softly. It is dampened on the Accord. Again it is nitpicking, I have had my '15 Sonata for 15 months and I have opened the glove compartment maybe four times since I owned it to put in service records. lol.
 

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All my previous Honda/Acura automobiles have had the lens over the instruments tipped forward. The one on '16 Civic tips backward. Much more prone to glare and, way worse, gets filthy 10x faster since crap settles on it rather than away from it. You'd not notice that on a test drive.
 

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Would be nice if Honda just gave you the option to choose whatever interior color you want instead of limiting them to certain paint colors. Not sure why they won't do it.
It's a high volume product, your expectations have to be in line with that, and reality is this will never be an area of the car you'll have an option with. It costs too much to make it an option. Only time it should become an option is as a Type R model. But I think even that might be limited.
 

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I generally try to look at owner complaints on car complaints before purchasing a car and noticed that the 2016 model has more reported problems than the 2015 and 2014 models. http://www.carcomplaints.com/Honda/Civic/

Interesting to read and see if a problem is just you only or affecting others too. The engine stop and stalling complaints are what scares me the most.
 

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I generally try to look at owner complaints on car complaints before purchasing a car and noticed that the 2016 model has more reported problems than the 2015 and 2014 models. http://www.carcomplaints.com/Honda/Civic/

Interesting to read and see if a problem is just you only or affecting others too. The engine stop and stalling complaints are what scares me the most.
Yeah but you have the 2016 which is a completely new model, but then the 2015 was the last year for the 9th civic, so naturally the 2015 (even 2014) will be the best of its generation.

Typically with a car that's in its first year of production you want to wait at least 6 months to a year before purchasing. By then a number of issues have been worked out.
 
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