Going to the airport is no one’s favorite thing. The traffic is often bad and people seem to be in a bad mood as if predicting a long line to check in their luggage. Even though we were not going to the actual airport we had to suffer the tiring journey to get to a nearby address. On the bright side, we had a brand new Honda Civic to test so as they say, every cloud has a silver lining.
The first thing I can say about the Civic is that it is as comfy as a nice leather recliner. For the driver, it offers excellent back support so you do not feel exhausted after reaching every stoplight. Meanwhile, the front passenger can lean back a little and relax for hours on end. The car is also quite low which makes you feel even more snug, besides offering a sporty feel to the whole vehicle.
In terms of infotainment and overall features, the Honda is well equipped. The Turbo Plus version that we tested included a seven-inch Audio Display System compatible with CarPlay and Android Auto, a really attractive digital tachometer, and a multi-data screen that shows the trip’s basic information. The interface however, is very much like the Honda Pilot’s and sadly we had already found it wanting. The system could seriously use a volume knob and in general it could be more user-friendly. The dashboard frame could also benefit from a revamp to make it as bold and compelling as the Civic’s exterior.
And speaking of its exterior, the new Civic is one of those cars that tend to attract looks from jealous drivers on the road. As we waited, we noticed that more than a few were eyeing the car appreciatively. It might not be as dashing as the Civic Coupe but it certainly holds its own. The car has the same aggressive front as the Accord although a bit more overstated. Furthermore, its characteristic back has now been redesigned to make it more modern and unique. The Civic’s rims are quite good-looking as well even though they are not as slim as I normally prefer them.
Our trip to the airport’s surroundings was unfortunately slow in its entirety so we had to wait to really play with the Civic until we were on our way back. Just like the Accord, this car has a continuously variable transmission which means the driving experience is slightly different. Instead of changing gears you only feel the engine ramping up until you lift your foot from the accelerator. The Civic is perfect for the transmission but a heavier car might face a challenge trying to accelerate. The brakes are quite responsive as well with no more than a push to start slowing down the car. Under the hood, the Civic features a 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder turbo engine capable of delivering 174 hp at 6,000 rpms. Furthermore, Honda includes its Eco Assist system which coupled with the turbocharger make the Civic an extremely fuel-efficient model.
We were overly pleased with what we found in the Honda Civic. The car is quite the eyecatcher and it has a lot of points in its favor both inside and out.
At a Glance
- Make: Honda
- Model: Civic Turbo Plus
- Engine: 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged
- Power: 174 Hp @ 6,000 rpms
- Transmission: CVT
- 7” Display Audio System
- Compatible with HondaLink™ CarPlay, Android Auto, and Siri® Eyes Free
- HandsFreeLink Interface
- Honda LaneWatch™
Price (At Time of Review)