Nothing compares to a test drive, but we think these highlights can give you a snapshot of the Civic until you can get behind the wheel:
Standard Features: The Civic Sedan has one of the best standard features packages in its class, including Bluetooth HandsFreeLink for phone and audio, a multi-angle rearview camera system, a 5-inch color LCD screen, LED daytime running lights, and more.
Engine Options: Honda’s latest Civic has two new engines—a 2.0L 4-cylinder with 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque and a 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder with 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are efficient as well, with the 2016 Civic LX CVT earning an EPA-estimated 41 highway and 31 city mpg and the turbocharged Civic EX-T rated at an EPA-estimated 42 highway and 31 city mpg.*
Safety Features: The Civic gives drivers access to some of the best safety features in the auto world with the Honda Sensing upgrade, available at every trim level (and standard on the Touring trim), including features like Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, and more.
Available Upgrades: The Civic’s five trims provide plenty of options to upgrade the technology with a Display Audio touchscreen or navigation system. Class upgrades like heated front seating and leather upholstery give the Civic a certain elegance while remaining affordable.
You don’t need to think of the Civic in a vacuum. The 2016 Honda Civic LX Sedan CVT is priced at $19,440 (MSRP)** and bests one of its top competitors, the 2016 Ford Focus S, in a few key areas:
Standard Features: Each Accord comes with a standard features package like the Civic above, including Bluetooth for phone and audio, Honda’s i-MID infotainment system, a multi-angle rearview camera, and more.
Engine Options: The Accord has two engines available, a 185-hp 2.4L 4-cylinder with 181 lb-ft of torque and a 278-hp 3.5L V6 engine with 252 lb-ft of torque. Choose powerful and highly efficient or more powerful and remarkably efficient.
Safety Features: We already mentioned the standard rearview camera, but the Accord has a wide range of available safety features, with Honda Sensing driver assistance and accident prevention features that include Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and more available at every trim.
Available Upgrades: With seven trims, the Accord has a wide range of upgrade options, with highlights including a satellite-linked navigation system, heated seating for both front and rear passengers, leather upholstery, a 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and more.
To give you an idea of how the Accord stacks up, here are a few facts about how it compares to a top competitor, the 2017 Toyota Camry:
Read our 2017 Toyota Camry review for a full breakdown of the differences between these two cars—and know that the Camry is just one competitor the Accord leaves in its rearview.