This post is in collaboration with Honda and DriveShop. All opinions are my own.
The Honda Civic has grown up. I had a Civic in highschool that I absolutely loved (we had it until just a couple years ago when we updated it to a new CR-V). Last week, I got to try out the 2016 Honda Civic Touring edition and I was pleased to see that it still encompassed the features that I loved about my Civic; and added quite a bit of technology as well.
The center console featured a 7 inch touch screen display where you can control the navigation, phone, audio, climate, and other settings. It featured multiple screen pages and responds to touch, pinches, and swipes.
I was excited to see that the Honda Civic included Android Auto (it also has Apple Car Play for Apple people) and this hole in the center console was the perfect spot to put my phone while it was plugged in and running while I was driving. There is an option to include a Qi charger there as well, which is an option I would add if I were buying this car – Qi charging is so easy and a great way to add some juice to your phone even if you don’t have the cable with you.
One of the other great features of placing your phone in this center console hole is that the cable can route down to the 1.5A USB circuit below (there is also a DC power outlet there as well). The main length of the cable can stay out of reach while only what you need remains up top.
The Honda Civic features Lane Keep Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Collision Mitigation Braking, among other safety and technological features. The Lane Keep Assist helps keep you centered in your lane (it can pretty much drive itself around a slight curve in the road).
One thing that was unique on the steering wheel controls is that it had both a standard up/down button for volume, or you could simply run your finger across it to make the volume go up or down. Brad was worried that its volume steps would be too big doing it this way, but it worked great and was easy to change just a couple clicks up or down with the rub of a finger.
The front AND back seats featured heated seats (which even though it is July, I still managed to utilize because Seattle doesn’t always remember what season it is). The center arm rest had multiple configurations, the cup holders could slide back and forth, or even be removed when not in use, to gain access to the lower section of the storage console. The arm rest portion also slid back and forth for easier access.
I remember having a large trunk in my previous Civic (you’d be surprised how much I could fit in a compact car); but I think they managed to get even more storage space in the 2016 model. This trunk would easily fit our stroller and have plenty of room left over.
The passenger side mirror also includes a rear facing camera. Whenever you turn on the right blinker (or press the button on the blinker) this camera shows up on the center screen. It is especially helpful when changing lanes to make sure your spot is clear. It only comes on for the right blinker; which makes sense because if turning left, you really shouldn’t be looking to the right (which is the direction of the center screen).
I loved my week with the 2016 Honda Civic Touring edition. It was agile, had plenty of power for climbing Highway 18, and lots of added technology and safety features. Which feature would be your favorite in a new car?