Benefitting from Honda's vehicle packaging expertise, the Civic interior – its spaciousness, smart design, comfortable fit and intuitive controls – has always been a competitive strength. The new Civic interior takes that concept forward with new levels of quality, refinement and spaciousness for Civic and the compact class.
With 97.8 cubic feet of passenger cabin volume, the Civic tops the compact-class for interior space and comfort, with class-leading headroom, legroom, shoulder clearance and side head clearance. Class-leading forward visibility of 84.31 degrees is aided by new, ultra-thin A-pillars, and rear-seat passengers will appreciate newly shaped front seats with a narrower upper profile (in the shoulder area) and smaller headrests that lend the rear cabin a more open, airy feel. The reworked instrument panel provides greater knee room for the driver, while rear-seat foot space in improved with an increase of 27mm in the space between the front seat rails.
The Civic Sedan has a trunk capacity of 15.1 cubic feet – 2.6 cu-ft. larger than the previous model and among the largest in the competitive class. Spacious enough to easily accommodate four large golf bags, the new trunk area is easier to access and use, with a lower lift-over height and wider opening. The Civic LX features a one-piece rear folding seatback, while EX and above trims feature a 60/40 split and folding rear seatback. The shape of the trunk pass-through is now more rectangular with a 20-percent increase in area.
Key Interior Features
- 97.8 cubic feet of cabin space
- 15.1-cubic foot trunk with cargo pass-through
- Available 60/40 split and folding rear seat (EX and above)
- Ultra-thin A-Pillars for enhanced visibility
- Soft-touch, one-piece instrument panel upper
- 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen with integrated HVAC controls (EX and above)
- 7-inch Driver Information Interface (DII)
- Android Auto™1 and Apple CarPlay® *2 compatibility (EX and above)
- Premium comfort and convenience features (see the Comfort and Convenience section)
- Smart Entry and Push Button Start
- Remote Engine Start*
- Hill Start Assist*
- Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror*
- Walk Away Door Locking*
- Driver Preference Settings*
- Capless Fueling System*
- Electric Parking Brake*
* First for Civic
The new Civic interior takes the refinement of Honda's most affordable sedan to a new level with high-quality premium touches and upscale materials applied liberally throughout. Highlights include a soft-touch instrument panel upper surface, door pad deck seams and soft door upper panels. Fit, finish and materials have received close attention, and soft leather seating is standard on EX-L and Touring trims.
The new Civic interior blends a dynamic and wide layout with smoothly integrated technology features and-high quality materials. All Civic models have handsome new instrumentation, while EX and above trims feature a full-color 7-inch Driver Information Interface (DII) display, and 7-inch color touchscreen Display Audio system with a clean and sleek appearance. The Civic has always been known for its user-friendly design, and the new generation builds on that reputation. With completely redesigned packaging, the Civic has a more open roomy feel assisted by such design changes as the backs of the front seats having new sleek styling giving rear passengers a spacious feeling. A redesigned instrument panel made possible a more compact climate control system opens up added knee room, and the tandem distance (distance between the front and rear seat hip point) is increased by 1.8 inches. The rear seat knee clearance was also increased, by 2.17 inches.
All important systems and controls in the Civic are positioned within easy reach of the driver. Controls for the systems used most frequently – audio, cruise control, Bluetooth®3 HandsFreeLink®, available navigation system with voice recognition and intelligent Multi-Information Display – are conveniently positioned on the steering wheel. The main instrumentation is an easy-to-read analog design, supplemented with digital and graphic displays. Typical of Honda interior design, the soft-touch switchgear of the Civic is engineered to deliver a high-quality feel and positive action.
2016 Civic vs. 2015 Civic Interior Dimensions
|Key Interior Dimensions||2016 Civic Sedan||2015 Civic Sedan||Change|
|EPA Passenger Volume (cu. ft.)||97.8||94.6||+3.2|
|Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)||15.1||12.5||+2.6|
|Head Room (in.) Front/Rear||39.3/37.1||39.0 / 37.1||+0.3/+0.0|
|Leg Room (in.) Front/Rear||42.3/37.4||42.0 / 36.2||+0.3/+1.2|
|Shoulder Room (in.) Front/Rear||57.0/55.0||56.6 / 53.3||+0.4/+1.7|
|Hip Room (in.) Front/Rear||53.7/47.3||50.5 / 51.4||+3.2/-4.1|
The Civic's interior palette is sophisticated and coordinated and is offered in new black, gray or beige colors – fabric in the LX, EX, EX-T, leather in the EX-L and Touring.
Sedan Interior Colors
|Exterior Color||Interior Color||2.0 L||1.5 L Turbo|
|Crystal Black Pearl||Black or Ivory||•||•|
|Taffeta White||Ivory||LX, LX with Honda Sensing||—|
|White Orchid Pearl||Black or Ivory||EX, EX with Honda Sensing||•|
|Modern Steel Metallic||Black or Gray||•||•|
|Luna Silver Metallic||Black||•||•|
|Aegean Blue Metallic||Black||•||•|
|Cosmic Blue Metallic||Gray||•||•|
|Burgundy Night Pearl||Ivory||•||•|
The Civic's all-new front bucket seats are designed to provide welcoming support for a wide range of body types, along with secure lateral support for cornering. New seat frame designs are 17-percent lighter, more comfortable and more adjustable. A relocated seatback recline pivot point improves comfort, and the range of the seat bottom height adjustment has been increased by 10mm (0.4 in). A new available adjustable thigh support for the driver's seat offers 14-degrees of tilt. To help improve the forward view and create a feeling of openness for rear seat passengers, the front seatbacks have a narrower upper profile and smaller headrests. The Civic seats feature fabric seating surfaces in LX, EX and EX-T trims, with leather-trimmed seats in the EX-L and Touring trims, using perforated leather on select areas of the front seats.
The driver's seat in LX, EX and EX-T models is manually adjustable for fore-and-aft, seatback angle and height adjustment. The EX-L and Touring features power-operated versions of the same adjustments, along with an adjustable thigh support, for a total of 8-way power adjustability. The Touring adds a front passenger seat with 4-way power adjustability. Heated front seats are standard in the Civic EX-T and above. Heating now includes both the seat bottom cushions and front seatbacks (previously just the bottom passenger cushion was heated). The 3-level front seat heater controls are positioned within easy reach, just below the climate control system controls.
Rear Seats with Available 2-Level Heating
The Civic's roomy second-row seating is designed for maximum comfort and versatility, with a folding seatback. In The Civic LX, the rear seatback is one piece, while in EX models and above, a 60/40 split and folding design makes it easy to accommodate passengers or long cargo. For the first time ever in the Civic, 2-level adjustable rear heated outboard seat base cushions are standard in the Touring model. Controls for the rear seat heaters are positioned within easy reach on the rear of the front center console.
The Civic interior offers a range of convenient storage features for the driver and passengers. The center console is specially engineered to offer a sporty appearance coupled with the versatile usability you might expect in an SUV. With the prevalence of smartphones in most people's lives, the console is engineered around a "tech center" theme. Up front, it has a 2-tier smartphone tray with a wire management pass-through for organized connectivity. EX and above trims have a rubber mat to help secure a phone and include LED lighting for nighttime visibility. There's also an additional phone storage pocket on the driver's side.
The new electronic parking brake replaces a conventional manual parking brake lever, freeing up more console space for a larger armrest and greater storage space. The main storage compartment is topped by a sliding, deeply padded armrest that features an added inch of adjustability, compared to the previous Civic. A pair of cup holders are centrally located, and can accommodate large 42-ounce cups when the padded armrest is placed in the rearmost position. By sliding the adjustable cup holder rearward, there's space to accommodate even a large sports drink bottle. Inside the console, a small item tray slides fore and aft the full length of the console. With the cup holder removed, the console offers a class leading 7.2-liters of storage, enough to accommodate iPads and other large items.
The Civic Sedan has a trunk capacity of 15.1 cubic feet – 2.6 cu-ft. larger than the previous models, and among the largest in the competitive class. Spacious enough to easily accommodate four large golf bags, the new trunk area is easier to access and use. The liftover height has been reduced by an inch, and the opening is wider and longer front to rear. Inside, the cargo floor is 2.8 inches longer front to rear, and the vertical height of the cargo compartment has increased by 1.6 inches. The Civic LX features a one-piece rear seatback that can be lowered to expand the cargo area, while EX models and higher have a 60/40 split and folding rear seatback. The shape of the trunk pass-through is now more rectangular, and with a 20-percent increase in area, from 2.9 sq-ft. to 3.5 sq-ft., loading long items is much easier. The trunk is carpeted and lined, and a temporary spare is located in a well under a removable section of the cargo-area floor.
Large Trunk with 60/40 split pass-through
The steering wheel, leather-wrapped on EX-L and Touring models, incorporates the most commonly used controls, allowing the driver to keep their hands on the wheel and their attention on the road. Bluetooth®3 HandsFreeLink® and audio system controls are located on the left side of the steering wheel, and include a new touchpad control that makes is easy to scroll and select items that appear on the audio screen. Cruise control controls are on the right and Driver Information Interface (DII) controls are located on the left side. Trims with Honda Sensing™ have LKAS and ACC controls located on the right side of the steering wheel as well. In all trims, the steering wheel offers manual tilt and telescopic adjustment.
Power Windows, Lock and Mirrors
Power windows are standard equipment on all Civic models and include auto-up and -down operation on the driver's and front passenger's windows. Power door locks and power mirrors are standard equipment on all Civic models. Civic EX and above include heated exterior mirrors. Smart entry is standard on Civic EX and above trims.
One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature
The Civic EX trim and above have a one-touch power moonroof with tilt feature that will fully open or close with a single touch of the switch. (See the Exterior section for more information.)
Climate Control Systems
For the first time ever, all Civic models have a standard automatic climate control system. The new system offers a 10-percent improvement in warm-up time compared to the previous system and now features a refrigerant with a much lower GWP (Global Warming Potential). To help conserve energy, the system employs a new Variable Displacement Compressor (VDC). Unlike a conventional compressor which can only operate at 100-percent and must be switched on and off frequently to conserve fuel when the cooling load is relatively low, the VDC can vary its output based on the cooling needs, resulting in greater efficiency, reduced drag on the engine and smoother climate-control performance.
Civic EX-T and above trims include dual-zone operation, for the optimal comfort of both the driver and front-seat passenger; and in addition to physical controls, incorporate climate control functions in the Display Audio touchscreen on EX and above trims.
To provide more flexible shading from the sun, all Civics now come standard with sliding sunvisors. The driver and front passenger sunvisors can now be moved along their mounting shafts, with 3.9 inch range of motion, to provide perpendicular shade for the eyes even when the front seats are in their rear-most position.
The Civic LX has analog instrumentation with large tachometer, flanked by a coolant-temperature gauge on the left and fuel-level gauge on the right. A digital speedometer is positioned in the center of the tachometer. EX models and above have a central Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) Driver Information Interface (DII) color display that depicts an analog tachometer, digital speedometer and additional selectable information.
The gauge package progressively illuminates to give the driver a welcoming feel upon entry. When the door is first opened, the instrument lighting illuminates and then brightens progressively to 100-percent illumination when the ignition is switched on. The illuminated instrument panel then comes alive, indicating that the car is ready to go. At the end of the drive, the instrument lighting dims progressively.
Driver Information Interface (DII)
The Civic instrument panel provides important vehicle information via a Driver Information Interface (DII) positioned centrally in the meter panel. Controls positioned on the right side of the steering wheel allow the driver to cycle the DII display through multiple screens of information from sources including LKAS, ACC and more, when equipped. The Maintenance Minder™ system alerts the Civic driver of upcoming maintenance needs via the DII and should a fault occur with the vehicle, specific warning information will appear. The display indicates when to change the oil, air cleaner, transmission fluid, spark plugs or coolant, as well as when to rotate the tires.
|7-Inch Color TFT Screen||•||•||•||•|
|Average Fuel Economy Indicator||•||•||•||•||•|
|Door and Trunk-Open Indicator||•||•||•||•||•|
|Engine Oil-Life Indicator||•||•||•||•||•|
|Transmission Position Indicator (CVT)||•||•||•||•||•|
|Instant Fuel Economy Indicator||•||•||•||•||•|
|Odometer and Trip Meters (2)||•||•||•||•||•|
|Starter System Indicator||•||•||•||•||•|
|Indirect Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)*4||•||•||•||•||•|
|Exterior Temperature Indicator||•||•||•||•||•|
|Customizable Feature Settings||•||•|
|12-Volt Battery-Charging System Indicator||•||•||•||•||•|
|Airbag System Indicator||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake System Indicator||•||•||•||•||•|
|Coolant Temperature Indicator||•||•||•||•||•|
|Cruise Control Indicators||•||•||•||•||•|
|ECON Mode Indicator||•||•||•||•||•|
|Electric Power Steering (EPS) Indicator||•||•||•||•||•|
|Fuel Level Indicator||•||•||•||•||•|
|Fog Light Indicator||•||•||•|
|Immobilizer System Indicator||•||•||•||•||•|
|Low-Oil Pressure Indicator||•||•||•||•||•|
|Seat-Belt Reminder Indicator||•||•||•||•||•|
|Security System Indicator||•||•||•||•||•|
|System Message Indicator||•||•||•||•||•|
|Turn Signal/Hazard Indicators||•||•||•||•||•|
|VSA System and VSA-Off Indicators||•||•||•||•||•|
|Smart Entry System Indicator||•||•||•||•|
|Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) On and System Indicators||w/Honda Sensing||•|
|Forward Collision Warning (FCW) Indicator||•|
|Collision Mitigation Braking System CMBS) Indicator||•|
|Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) On and System Indicators||•|
|Low Speed Follow Indicator||•|
|Lane Departure Warning (LDW) Indicator||•|
|Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) On and System Indicators||•|
Complementing the remote entry system is a standard engine-immobilizer system. A special electronically coded key prevents the car from being started-even if a mechanical duplicate of the key is used. A transponder, built into the key, signals the immobilizer control unit that the key is genuine. If the car is hot-wired, or an unauthorized key is used, the engine will not start.
Continuously Variable Transmission Controls
When equipped with the available Continuously Variable Transmission, the Civic has a conventional straight-gate shifter that is intuitive and easy-to-use and takes up little space in the center console. New LED indicator lights on the console make the current gear setting and selection clear and simple.
1 Android and Android Auto are trademarks of Google Inc.
2 Apple CarPlay is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.
3 The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Honda Motor Co., Ltd., is under license.
4 For optimal tire wear and performance, tire pressure should be checked regularly with a gauge. Do not rely solely on the monitor system. Please see your Honda dealer for details.