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2016 Honda Civic Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Honda Civic was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.2

Auto writers agree that the redesigned 2016 Honda Civic has a higher-quality interior than the previous model. They note that even the base trim has padded surfaces and other premium materials, adding that the top-of-the-line Touring trim is especially luxurious. Critics also write that the Civic is remarkably quiet and has spacious rear seats. Trunk space is generous for the class. Reviewers appreciate the number of high-end features available in the Civic, though they complain that the optional touch-screen infotainment system has frustrating controls.

  • "The interior of the new Civic is also much improved, both in terms of materials and design. Whereas the last Civic still felt like (sic) cheap even in top-zoot guise, even the base 2016 Civic LX feels like somewhat of a premium car. That's because materials used in the new Civic are soft touch and used throughout the range." -- Left Lane News
  • "The cabin itself is well crafted, with a marked improvement in materials quality. In Touring trim, the interior rivals that of the Accord or even some entry-level Acuras." -- Edmunds
  • "Wind and road noise levels are really low, on the other hand. In fact, in every scenario but the hard-charging canyon carving, I found the interior to be astonishingly quiet for a $20,000-something car. Hell, it's astonishingly quiet for a $40,000 car." -- Autoblog

Seating

The 2016 Honda Civic seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Available features include leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats and heated front and rear seats. Test drivers say the Civic's front seats offer good support and comfort. Critics add that the Civic's rear seats have plenty of headroom and legroom for 6-foot passengers.

  • "The Civic's front buckets are comfortable and supportive with a good amount of bolstering." -- Left Lane News
  • "The seating position is comfortable, and I had plenty of headroom and space between my knees and the back of the front seat (I'm 6 feet 1 inch tall). It feels like you're sitting in a midsize sedan, it's that roomy." -- Cars.com
  • "The cabin felt roomy, with more headroom and legroom than expected in the back seats (passengers well over six feet tall fit comfortably), and the interior is quieter than in past Civics." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

The 2016 Honda Civic comes standard with a rearview camera, automatic climate control, a four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, Pandora Internet radio compatibility and a USB port. Features available as options or in higher trims include a passenger-side blind spot camera (LaneWatch), a moonroof, a system that reads text messages aloud, proximity key, push-button start, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, an eight- or 10-speaker audio system, a 7-inch touch screen, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, HD Radio and navigation. The 2016 Civic is also available with the Honda Sensing package, which includes driver assistance features like forward collision warning, automatic pre-collision braking, active lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control.

Test drivers like that the 2016 Civic is available with more high-end features than most compact cars. However, many critics complain that the available 7-inch touch screen has touch-sensitive volume buttons. Reviewers think a traditional volume knob would be easier to use, though they say the Civic's standard steering wheel-mounted volume buttons help. Auto writers praise the touch screen for the way it integrates Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto, which can make it easy to use your smartphone.

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  • "Another way the new Civic has set itself apart from the compact-car crowd is with features that were previously only available in larger, more expensive cars." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "We're not fans of the on-screen volume slider in place of a physical knob, since it requires several swipes to make big adjustments." -- Edmunds
  • The EX also brings Honda's annoying flat-panel 'Display Audio' system that begs for a volume knob; thankfully, the Civic's new steering-wheel-mounted audio controls help minimize the use of said touch screen." -- Car and Driver
  • "Thankfully the integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is seamless here, and obviates the need for using the Civic's native software, much of the time." -- Autoblog

Cargo

The 2016 Honda Civic sedan has 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space, which is very good for a compact sedan. Touring models have 14.7 cubic feet because of a trunk-mounted speaker. A one-piece folding rear seat is standard in LX models, while EX and higher models have a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. Test drivers praise the Civic's wide trunk opening, and they like that you don't have to lift items very high to get them into the trunk. They add that the trunk-mounted release levers make it easy to fold the rear seats. The center console is large enough to hold an iPad, critics write, as well as a two-level storage area that can hold a smartphone while keeping charging cords hidden.

  • "Cargo space is also praiseworthy, with a larger-than-average 15.1 cubic feet of trunk capacity (Touring trim drops to 14.7 cubic feet thanks to a subwoofer). The wide opening and low liftover height, combined with remote releases for the 60/40-split folding rear seats, make for easy loading." -- Edmunds
  • "The trunk is huge, with pull levers that make it easy to put down either side of the 60/40-split rear seat." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The new center console also includes a bi-level storage area at front that allows you to store your smartphone without exposing any ugly cords. The center section boasts a storage area that is large enough to swallow an iPad." -- Left Lane News

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