2016 Honda Civic is a practical, fun car that’s also affordable – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Honda’s brand-new 2016 Civic sedan offers much better compared to easy wheels — a beneficial vehicle that’s enjoyable to drive along with excellent ride and that will certainly match a family of four comfortably.

Civics, once initial introduced in the States, were inexpensive cars that ran forever and got excellent gas mileage. That match a big niche in the early 1970s.

Today’s Civic is a midsize vehicle along with a 106.3-inch wheelbase that provides it a well-controlled ride befitting a higher-end midsize model. The MacPherson strut front suspension and rear multilink do a great task of ironing out rough roads.

Honda restored Civic’s sporty handling that it had lost a couple iterations back. Now there’s precious little play in the wheel and the vehicle turns in to corners adore a sports sedan. The vehicle feels light and lively.

Better yet, Civic looks brand-new and improved along with sleeker lines and a snazzy tail along with sculpted lights that jut about in to the rear fender.

It comes in multiple trim levels, so you can easily shop by rate and snag a couple of excellent values in the entry-degree lines. For instance, the base LX starts at $19,475 and the tested EX, simply one trim up, lists at $21,040. along with an $835 delivery fee, that translates to a $21,875 bottom line.

Civic offers two engine choices, the base 2.0-liter I4 along with 158 horsepower and 138-ft.lbs. of torque. That’s exactly what powers the LX and EX. Moving to the EX-T brings the much more powerful 1.5-liter turbo I4 that creates 174 horses and a 162 torque rating. The EX-L and Touring models feature the peppier engine, too.

Most of us would certainly probably pretty drive that turbo, yet the base engine is sufficient, otherwise muscular. It will certainly relocate the Civic to highway speeds in a moderate quantity of time. The engine is linked to a 6-rate CVT, which means the vehicle is fuel efficient, yet not quick. Shifts are a bit hesitant at times, and to get hold of any kind of electricity you need to bury the accelerator, which kicks up the engine noise. In daily city driving this is fine, you mainly notice the modest electricity once accelerating to 45 mph and beyond from a stop.

I got 30.8 mpg in a week’s drive that was concerning evenly split between highway and city driving, sometimes along with a passenger or two. The EPA rates this model at 31 mpg city and 41 mpg highway.

Unless you’re flooring it constantly, the interior is quiet and comfortable for four adults. A taller rider even commented on the car’s terrific rear seat legroom.

The EX, adore the LX, features a cloth interior; this silver Civic touted a black dash along with black textured cloth seats. The seats aren’t powered, yet the driver gets a manage to increase the seat height. Contouring is moderate and comfortable. Honda puts silver metallic textured trim on the dash to spiff it up and there’s a sunroof overhead, a standard feature even at this price. Nice!

Dash knobs and door handles are matte silver, and there’s a good-sized (7-inch) touchscreen mid-dash. Every little thing looks excellent and is simple to see. There’s a manual tilt/telescope steering wheel along with radio, phone and cruise controls on the hub. However, it’s a long reach under the steering column to locate the tilt-wheel adjustment, and there are a couple of various other awkward features, too.

First, the touchscreen radio is quixotic; hunting for and setting radio stations to neighborhood channels was impossible and tuning was difficult while driving. I’d advise asking the dealer to assistance you tune in the main channels you want prior to even leaving the parking lot. Why carmakers no longer provide us a couple of buttons for our “preferred” channels is beyond me, especially because most touchscreens do not job if you’re wearing gloves.

Like lots of vehicles these days, the Civic additionally has actually a large A-pillar paired up along with a edge rearview mirror. This creates a large blind spot. My last bugaboo was a false low-tire-tension reading on the dash on two particularly cold mornings. Electronic tire tension gauges are notoriously unsatisfactory at telling the truth.

There are various other pluses to be considered. First, the rear seat in the EX splits and folds down to extend the cargo area. The LX model has actually a one-piece rear seatback. The trunk is a whopping 15.1 cubic feet, as big, or bigger, compared to lots of midsize and larger sedans.

There are two knobs for the automatic climate regulate system, which is simple to use, and the sun visors slide. Civic has actually a nifty two-degree storage location between the front seats along with twin mug holders that can easily be slid spine to develop an even deeper bin that can easily hold a large water bottle and various other goodies. Even the Civic’s glovebox is huge.

There are multiple hookups for electronics, a USB port, plus Pandora compatibility, Apple vehicle Play and Google Android Auto, to name most of them.

Honda entails heated outside mirrors and an expanded view disc on the driver’s mirror. Lane Watch, a sort of blind-spot warning system that shows the driver what’s on the right edge of his or her vehicle once the right turn signal is activated, additionally is standard. It can easily be helpful. LED headlights and speed-sensitive radio volume regulate additionally are standard.

Certainly Honda has actually lots of worthy competitors, the Toyota Corolla, Mazda3, Chevy Cruze, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte and Ford Focus, to name the severe players. yet it’s hard to beat the Civic for comfort, sporty flair and economy for a family of four.

Mark Savage welcomes your questions and comments about brand-new vehicles at www.facebook.com/savageonwheels/.

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