So Honda has really been pushing safety and that’s very apparent judging by their latest modifications to the Honda Civic. They are on their 9th generation and have only made slight tweaks to the car over the years so it’s apparent this car is popular; it just may not be for me and here’s a different way for txGarage to lay that out.
- The 7 inch Audio Display – This was a two fold interest for me. The display was intuitive enough, easy to navigate while driving, and not a huge distraction. One really cool feature was the triple view setting for the back up camera, so you could really use every inch of space while in tight spaces. Use the Panorama, more directional and the one that looks directly down on the bumper.
- The steering column and buttons – I loved the steering wheel and button layout. I think it was all very intuitive to use and not a distraction while driving. That was most important to me.
- The side mirror display – online they show just a brief 3 second video of this and I actually found myself turning on the camera to check my lanes as I was needing to change lanes in Dallas traffic. There would be moments where I would just turn it on to see the view because the camera was that great in quality. I wish the backup cameras were this good…
- The Amount of Displays – One thing that is very important in a vehicle and I think Honda knows is, simplicity. Less is more… there were 4 displays for information to keep up with. The Speedometer, which has been this honda thing for a while, the tachometer, another info display to the right of the speedometer, then the radio display. To me this is just 1 or 2 too many displays. They should cut the info display out and combine that with the tachometer. There is still enough space to make those work together harmoniously together in that area. Rather than splitting it in 2 above.
- Seating – The seats were just down right uncomfortable. Just couldn’t find a setting I was happy with. Main problem with having some sort of lumbar adjustment would have been nice. the seats in person, feel nothing like you think they would after looking online at automobiles.honda.com
- Gas Mileage – Last but not least. Probably the reason most would turn to a Civic, is the gas mileage. I will go on record as saying I like to test out sport modes and all that but more importantly I LOVE great gas mileage vehicles. Especially because I drive 80 miles to work in a day. So to me I value great MPGs. But I am more than disappointed at what I got. I averaged between 23 City and 29 HWY!!! I know; it’s ridiculous. They rate this VTEC 4 Cylinder at 30 City and 39 HWY. Safe to say they were just a little off. I had one trip where there wasn’t traffic and I MILKED, and I mean milked it, to get 34 MPG on the highway.
So that’s just my quick review after having a few days with the 2015 Honda Civic EX-L. If someone were to ask me, would I purchase one? I honestly wouldn’t. However, that being said, this is one of the safest cars on the market, and it’s loaded with some features that are pretty cool. Just not enough to make me really want one.