The creation of the 10th-generation Honda Civic represents one of the most comprehensive and ambitious new-model developments ever undertaken by Honda, requiring an unprecedented commitment of R&D resources and Honda engineering prowess. While the development of the Civic Sedan was led by a North American team – a first for Honda and Civic – the overall Civic series involves design and engineering teams from Honda R&D, sales and manufacturing operations around the world, especially in North America and Japan, but also in Europe, South America and Asia.
Virtually everything about the 2016 Civic Sedan is new – an all-new vehicle architecture, sporty and sophisticated new interior and exterior styling, a more spacious and high-quality cabin, two advanced new engines, and a host of new premium features and technologies.
Further, with the addition of Honda Sensing™ safety and driver-assistive technologies and the first application of Honda turbo engine technology to Civic, the 2016 Civic Sedan offers buyers a wider range of options than ever before. Civic models powered by the new 2.0-liter i-VTEC™ engine are designated as the Civic LX and EX trims. Civic models powered by the new turbocharged 1.5-liter engine are designated as the EX-T, EX-L (with leather-trimmed interior) and new line-topping Civic Touring, which reaches higher into the upper end of the compact car market than ever before.
Stylistically, the 10th generation Civic Sedan represents an exciting and dramatic advancement of Honda’s longest-running model. Lower, longer, wider and more muscular than the previous generation, its flowing lines, new signature chromed “wing” front fascia and available premium LED lighting, extended wheelbase and short overhangs brand the new Civic as a leader in its class, both technologically and in design.
In front, aggressive aerodynamics, LED daytime running lights and an available in-line LED headlight array lend the new Civic a modern demeanor.
The muscular, high-tension side profile soars upward from the front wheel arches rearward, with a decisive character line rising through both doors and through the rear wheel arches. A second, lower character line extends from behind the front wheels up through the doors and meets the rear wheel arches, emphasizing the dynamic and emotional design. The new larger and wider wheel and tires further emphasize Civic’s purposeful stance, while the long wheelbase, short overhangs and sweeping cabin greenhouse further add to the dynamic feel of the exterior.
The windshield is flush-mounted to the cowl, improving aerodynamics and quieting the interior. Panel gaps are minimized and the B-pillars are black-finished, with stainless trim surrounding the side windows to visually emphasize the sweeping cabin shape. The side glass is flush with the pillars to reduce wind noise in the cabin, while also improving the quality feel of the new Sedan. Behind the sweeping roofline and C-pillars, the flush-mounted rear window is sleek and shallow, aiding to the new model’s aerodynamic efficiency. While in back, LED “light pipe” taillights continue the wing design motif of the headlights in an unmistakable new Civic persona. A rear lip spoiler adds a sporty flair to the EX-T and above trims.
In a first for the market segment, all 2016 Civic trims incorporate a wide range of light-emitting diode (LED) exterior lighting features, including standard LED daytime running lights (DRL), LED one-touch turn signals, and LED taillights, brake lights, license-plate light and center high-mounted stop light. Additionally, the Touring trim receives new Honda LED headlights in an in-line configuration and side mirror-mounted LED turn signals.
Civic Sedan Touring
In a first for the Civic, the Sedan in the new Touring trim includes LED low- and high-beam headlights. Arranged in a low, sleek and compact in-line display, the LED high beams provide a longer a wider range of visibility during nighttime driving. The Touring trim also includes LED turn signals integrated into the side mirror housings.
The LED lighting has several advantages beside improved visibility. The LEDs are both mercury free and lead free, benefiting the environment. They require less power to operate than traditional incandescent lighting, which helps the Civic’s fuel efficiency. They have a longer life and are maintenance free. And finally, the LED arrays are versatile, enabling the new Civic Sedan to offer breakthrough design elements not previously possible.