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2016 Honda Civic Coupe Review: Is It One of The Safest Cars To Drive?

By John Zayan , Jun 10, 2016 08:16 AM EDT

The new 2016 Honda Civic coupe version earns the top score when it comes to safety. The Civic earns the highest rating ever given to a car for crash tests by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety).

The new Civic went through a ton of tests including overlap front, head restraint and roof strength evaluations. The new front crash prevention unit, which is offered as optional, earned a superior rating in the 12-mph to 25-mph tests and successfully avoided collisions, the IIHS said as per Cars.com.

In order to earn the IIHS' Top Safety Pick Plus rating, a vehicle must earn high score in the crash tests. Front crash avoidance system must also be present in the vehicle a must acquire an advanced or superior rating.

2016 Honda Civic Reviewed

The all-new 2016 Honda Civic is a compelling sedan that receives sterling improvements and is the top-selling midsize model in the U.S. today. The new Honda Civic keeps its stellar attitude against other strong variants in the compact sedan segment like Chevy Cruze, Kia Forte, Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra and Ford Focus.

The Honda Civic with beautiful exterior styling becomes more powerful, sportier and efficient without the need of sacrificing ride comfort. Recognized for its exceptional resale value, safety features and reliability, the new Civic now adds entertaining driving dynamics for balance performance and handling capability.

"The Honda Civic takes its segment benchmark status even farther for 2016. Honda builds on the sedan's stellar foundation of strong reliability, safety, comfort and resale value with more upscale options at a value price," Kelly Blue Book reviews.

New for the 2016 Honda Civic is the addition of new trim levels, dramatic styling, new engines and new advanced features for safety and tech entertainment. Aside from the sedan model, the Civic is offered as a 5-door hatch, Type-R, Si and coupe models.

More sportier than last year's model, the new 2016 Civic is agile, stable and responsive in cornering while providing excellent ride comfort.

Compelling Drivetrains

Offered with two drivetrains and transmissions, the new Honda Civic provides 158 horsepower with the base 2.0L inline-4 engine. Transmission choices include an excellent CVT (31 city/41 highway mpg) or a 6-speed manual shift stick (27 city/40 highway mpg).

The turbocharged 4-cylinder 174-hp 1.5-liter displacement drivetrain is considered by test drivers as the smartest choice. This engine builds 162 lb.-ft. torque and is more fuel efficient with 31 city/42 highway mpg per EPA rating.

Upscale Features

Have you seen a compact car with upscale amenities? The 2016 Honda Civic presents such high-end tools like smart entry system, remote engine start, driver memory settings, push-button start, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Other notable features for the new Honda Civic include LED headlights, hill-start assist, capless fuel filter, LED running lights, automatic temperature control, cruise control, power windows, Bluetooth support, electric parking brake, rearview camera and speed-sensitive audio volume control.

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