2016 Honda Civic Coupe Touring
1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine
Continuously variable transmission (CVT)
Seating Capacity: 5
Road Test Terrain: 60% city, 40% highway
Honda Civic has been one of the longest nameplates in Canada. For my generation, it was like a rite of passage – your first car was either the Honda Civic or a Chevrolet Cavalier. For the 2016 model year, Honda has revamped the Civic with an all-new design and with its coupe the first-ever turbo engine is available to give it more power and fuel efficiency.
Ok, so it took me a bit to get beyond the bright green colour (officially called Energy Green Pearl) – my kids thought it was cool, like Teenage Mutant Ninja Green! The Coupe styling differs from the Sedan, especially in the rear and I personally like the Coupe design better. The tail lights have less of a sideways arrow shape (<) and I like that the red lens goes across the trunk. The overall design is sporty and the Civic Coupe comes with standard LED daytime running lights. In line with the sporty look, 17” aluminum-alloy wheels are standard on the Touring trim level.
Something that the Civic has that you don’t see too much of in this vehicle segment (compact car) is a capless fuel system. Handy!
My Touring trim level came with leather seats and heated front seats. The dashboard is laid out well with the centre stack primarily taken up by the touchscreen.
The instrument cluster is kept to a minimum with three main areas of information. The coolant and fuel digital gauges are on the outer sides, and the centre portion shows the RPM reading. The speedometer is digital (I have mixed feelings on that) and you can toggle through different options to see the fuel efficiency, distance/trip measurements, turbocharger usage, etc.
I liked that the layout of the steering wheel controls. There aren’t too many buttons and it’s not distracting.
Just a note that the volume button on the steering wheel can be controlled either by pushing ‘+’ and ‘-‘, or you can slide your thumb over the volume button up or down depending on if you want the audio louder or softer!
I like that the touchscreen is thinner and the system doesn’t appear bulky at all – it resembles and feels like a tablet. It did take some time for me to figure how to navigate the options on the screen.
I also liked that the climate control buttons were on its own below the touchscreen, and not integrated. This allows you to change the climate without really having to take your eyes off the road. My trim level came with automatic climate controls.
Under The Hood / Basic Maintenance
Under the hood, the engine bay is very compact with not much breathing room. However, the components are laid out well and one thing I really like is that the battery is located nice and close to an engine ground (in this case, the strut mount bolts) so if you need to jump start this car, your battery connections are close by.
The fluid reservoirs are easy to read the minimum/maximum levels, and in previous generations the coolant reservoir was behind the radiator. This year, it’s up top right next to the engine oil cap.
Child Car Seat
Although the Honda Civic Coupe has more interior room than its previous generation, it’s still a coupe and while installing a rear-facing child car seat can be done… it won’t be much fun. You will need to move the front passenger seat forward to accommodate the car seat’s recline angle. The rear seat bench has a bucket shape – which is very comfortable when you’re sitting in the rear, but may mean that you’ll require pool noodles during a rear-facing child car seat installation in order to get the correct recline angle.
The UAS anchors are tucked between the seat bottom and back rest (see arrow in picture) and for forward-facing child car seats, you’ll want to remove the headrests of the rear seats so that the back of the child car seat will sit flush with the car’s seatback.
Storage / Trunk
The trunk space is what I would expect – not large but certainly not too small to handle the usual cargo for work, gym, or running errands. The trunk does get smaller towards the passenger cabin as it has to accommodate the wheel well so know that it’s not exactly a rectangular shape.
The spare tire is located under the trunk floor, and one item that Honda included was a funnel in its tool kit! So it’s not for the spare tire change, but is handy if you needed to top up your engine oil or if you decide you want to do your own oil changes.
The Honda Civic Coupe is a great compact car, especially for those who want a smaller vehicle or for those who want a sporty drive and don’t need regular access to the rear seats. At the time of writing, the 2017 Honda Civic Coupe starts at $19,690 CAD.
About the author: Emily is a wife and mother of two, the owner of AutoNiche (a family-friendly auto repair shop in Markham, ON), a licensed auto service technician, certified child car seat technician, and automotive writer with Driving.ca.