Best 2016 Commuter Cars

2016 Honda Civic
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2016 Honda Civic

The 2016 Honda Civic is freshly redesigned, bringing new features to this five-passenger compact sedan. The Honda Civic has long been a favorite for commuters, thanks to its competitive fuel economy, strong safety and reliability scores, and good overall value. 

The 2016 Civic offers two engines, a 158-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 174-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder. While the base model comes standard with a six-speed manual, the rest of the lineup gets a continuously variable automatic (the automatic is optional on the base LX model).

Both versions get excellent fuel economy; the base LX earns EPA mileage ratings of 27 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway with the manual transmission (31/41 with the automatic). The turbocharged version squeezes more out of each gallon, with 31 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway. Experts say the base engine is okay, but many recommend the turbo. The 2016 Civic boasts a more upscale interior than the 2015 model, and reviewers note that there’s more standard and optional driver assistance and advanced safety equipment, including features commonly only available in more expensive cars.

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