Honda gives its venerable Civic model a major update for its 10th generation, changing everything from platform to cabin tech.
The new Civic sits lower than the previous model, but is also 2 inches wider and 3 inches longer.
This available 1.5-liter turbocharged engine makes 174 horsepower, yet gets the same mileage as the lower-powered 2-liter engine from lower-trim Civics.
The roofline takes on a fastback design, giving the new Civic a modern look.
Honda benchmarked European cars for the new Civic, leading to a tight handling feel.
A multilink rear suspension provides good stability and damping.
The rear of the new Civic rises high, allowing for a capacious trunk.
LED headlights come in the top Touring trim Civic.
This taillight design looks like a buttress supporting the high trunk lip.
Touring trim brings in leather-covered, power-adjustable seats.
The rear seat area feels roomy and comfortable.
Honda completely redesigned the dashboard.
The electric power steering exhibits direct response and a natural feel.
An LCD instrument cluster shows a variety of driver-selectable information.
A continuously variable transmission comes standard on higher trims, while a six-speed manual is only available on the base LX trim.
This new infotainment system looks good and presents its menu items in easily accessed format.
The navigation system, with its colorful and detailed maps, comes from Garmin.
These menu options will be familiar to Garmin navigation users.
Audio sources include USB drives, satellite radio, HD Radio, iOS devices and Internet streaming.
HD Radio stations include multiple channels.
The current track screen design is attractive, but does not show album art.
With Apple CarPlay activated, the current track screen takes on a different look.
Apple CarPlay provides similar music library access as the Civic's native software.
The main Apple CarPlay screen supports navigation, text messaging and audio.
Third-party apps for Apple CarPlay appear on this second screen.
Of course the Civic includes a Bluetooth hands-free phone system.
Honda offers three different audio systems for the Civic, the top using a 450-watt amp and 10 speakers.
The backup camera provides multiple views.
Honda's LaneWatch system serves as a blind-spot monitor, showing a camera view down the right side of the car.