2016 Honda Civic Sedan Press Kit - Exterior

With its athletic new stance, advanced aerodynamic styling and available LED lighting, the new Civic Sedan boasts a youthful, premium and sporty new style that advances Civic design into the next era. Its windswept lines are complimented by the most comprehensive aerodynamic packaging of any Honda to date, including complete underbody paneling, improving both fuel efficiency and cabin quietness. A new flush-mounted acoustic glass windshield further isolates the cabin while promoting smooth airflow, while new available features such as Smart Entry, Capless fueling, Remote Engine Start, rain-sensing windshield wipers and Walk Away door locks makes this the most sophisticated and easy-to-use Civic yet.

Key Exterior Features
• Acoustic glass, flush-mounted windshield*
• LED daytime running lights (DRL)*
• Projector-Beam Halogen Headlights with Auto-On/Off
• Available LED headlights (Sedan Touring)*
• LED turn signals*
• LED taillights*
• Available Honda LaneWatch™1 (EX and above)
• Available One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature
• Available Smart Entry and Push Button Start/Stop
• Available remote engine start*

• Smart wipers*
• Rain-sensing wipers (Sedan Touring) *

* First for Civic
^ First for Honda

Exterior Styling
Stylistically, the 10th generation Civic Sedan represents an exciting and dramatic advancement of Honda’s longest-running model. Lower, longer, wider and more muscular than the previous generation, its flowing lines, new signature chromed “wing” front fascia and available premium LED lighting, extended wheelbase and short overhangs brand the new Civic as a leader in its class, both technologically and in design.

In front, aggressive aerodynamics, LED daytime running lights and an available in-line LED headlight array lend the new Civic a modern demeanor.

The muscular, high-tension side profile soars upward from the front wheel arches rearward, with a decisive character line rising through both doors and through the rear wheel arches. A second, lower character line extends from behind the front wheels up through the doors and meets the rear wheel arches, emphasizing the dynamic and emotional design. The new larger and wider wheel and tires further emphasize Civic’s purposeful stance, while the long wheelbase, short overhangs and sweeping cabin greenhouse further add to the dynamic feel of the exterior.

The windshield is flush-mounted to the cowl, improving aerodynamics and quieting the interior. Panel gaps are minimized and the B-pillars are black-finished, with stainless trim surrounding the side windows to visually emphasize the sweeping cabin shape. The side glass is flush with the pillars to reduce wind noise in the cabin, while also improving the quality feel of the new Sedan. Behind the sweeping roofline and C-pillars, the flush-mounted rear window is sleek and shallow, aiding to the new model’s aerodynamic efficiency. While in back, LED “light pipe” taillights continue the wing design motif of the headlights in an unmistakable new Civic persona. A rear lip spoiler adds a sporty flair to the EX-T and above trims.

LED Lighting
In a first for the market segment, all 2016 Civic trims incorporate a wide range of light-emitting diode (LED) exterior lighting features, including standard LED daytime running lights (DRL), LED one-touch turn signals, and LED taillights, brake lights, license-plate light and center high-mounted stop light. Additionally, the Touring trim receives new Honda LED headlights in an in-line configuration and side mirror-mounted LED turn signals.


Civic Sedan Touring
In a first for the Civic, the Sedan in the new Touring trim includes LED low- and high-beam headlights. Arranged in a low, sleek and compact in-line display, the LED high beams provide a longer a wider range of visibility during nighttime driving. The Touring trim also includes LED turn signals integrated into the side mirror housings.

The LED lighting has several advantages beside improved visibility. The LEDs are both mercury free and lead free, benefiting the environment. They require less power to operate than traditional incandescent lighting, which helps the Civic's fuel efficiency. They have a longer life and are maintenance free. And finally, the LED arrays are versatile, enabling the new Civic Sedan to offer breakthrough design elements not previously possible.

Power Side Mirrors
Newly designed power side mirrors have a complimentary design and are aerodynamically optimized to reduce wind noise and minimize turbulence. For 2016, the side mirror housings on all Civic models are body-colored. The Civic EX and above trims add heated side mirrors and the Touring trim further adds integrated LED turn indicators. The side mirrors can be manually folded for greater convenience in tight parking situations.

Expanded View Driver's Mirror
The Expanded View Driver's Mirror is standard with passenger side Honda LaneWatch™ (below) included on EX and above trims. (See the Safety and Driver Assistive section for more information.)

Honda LaneWatch™
The Civic EX and above trims include Honda's LaneWatch™1 display that uses a camera located at the bottom the passenger-side exterior mirror to display a wide-angle view of the passenger side roadway on the Display Audio screen. The image appears when the right turn signal is activated, or when a button on the end of the turn signal stalk is pressed. (See the Safety and Driver Assistance section for more information.)

One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature
The Civic EX and above trims have a one-touch power moonroof with tilt feature that will fully open or close with a single touch of the switch. The moonroof mechanism was purposely designed to provide ample headroom. The moonroof has a sliding sunshade that opens with the roof and can be closed to block sunlight. To tilt or slide the moonroof, the driver or front passenger needs only to fully press the ceiling-mounted switch once (instead of pressing and holding it for several seconds). The moonroof fully opens or closes automatically. However, if the operator wishes to only partially open or close the moonroof (such as to achieve partial ventilation), a lighter touch yields fully manual control. The moonroof can also tilt to provide ventilation. An auto-reverse feature is built in, helping to ensure that the moonroof will not forcefully close if someone's hand or arm is detected in the path of the glass. If an obstruction is detected, the moonroof mechanism will reopen the moonroof.

Integrated Rear Window Antenna
Bonded onto the rear window is a wire-type antenna that is optimized to help deliver excellent radio reception without the negative impact on vehicle aerodynamics that would be caused by a traditional mast antenna.

Power Windows and Locks
Power windows are standard equipment on all Civic models and include auto-up and -down operation on the driver and front passenger's windows. Power locks are standard, and a customizable auto-locking feature can be configured using the Driver Information Interface and steering wheel-mounted controls.

Smart Entry and Push Button Start/Stop
The Civic in EX and above trims include the upscale convenience of Smart Entry & Push Button Start/Stop. The system simplifies approaching, entering and operating the Civic. To gain entry, the driver/passenger simply pulls either of front door handles while the remote in his or her possession. (See the Comfort and Convenience section for more information.)

Remote Engine Start
Civic EX trims and above feature standard remote engine start. This enables drivers to start their Civic in advance of the drive, thereby activating the climate control system with a target temperature of 72 degrees before they get to the vehicle – particularly helpful in extreme hot- or cold-weather conditions. The system will automatically operate the heater, front and rear defrosters, front heated seats (if equipped), heated side mirror, and air conditioning as needed. (See the Comfort and Convenience section for more information.)

Windshield Wipers
The Civic LX has 2-speed intermittent windshield wipers, while the EX and above trims have variable intermittent windshield wipers. The Touring trim has rain-sensing wipers described below.

Designed to cover the maximum possible windshield area, the left (driver) and right (front passenger) windshield wipers (intermittent on EX and above trims) are 25.5 inches and 18 inches long, respectively. For better appearance, the wipers are hidden low on the front cowl when not in operation. The wiper motor uses a built-in ECU, reducing complexity compared to the previous Civic's wiper mechanism. As well, a new wiper motor assembly saves 3.08 pounds compared to the previous generation.

Mounted on the windshield behind the rear view mirror, a Rain Light Sensor combines two functions into one unit to control the Smart Wipers and Rain Sensing Wipers functions listed below.

Smart Wipers
Laws in some states require drivers to turn on the headlights when the wipers are operating in the rain. In all trims, the new Civic helps its driver comply with these laws by automatically illuminating the headlights when the wipers are activated in rainy conditions (with headlight switch in Auto).

Details include:

  • The light sensor detects the ambient brightness and determines when to turn on or off the headlights, while also increasing the illumination of the wiper switch and instrumentation for good visibility.
  • If rain is intermittent, the lights stay on for a predetermined interval before automatically turning off again.
  • Operation is shown via an indicator on the instrument panel.
  • The sensitivity can be controlled by a setting in the MID.

Rain Sensing Wipers
In a first for Civic, the Touring trim includes rain-sensing wipers that automatically activate if water is detected on the windshield.

Details include:

  • The rain sensor detects precipitation on the windshield and controls the wipers based on quantity of water detected.
  • The sensitivity can be controlled by adjusting the intermittent wiper.

Capless Fueling System
A first for Civic, capless fueling eliminates the fuel cap, meaning that fueling the vehicle simply requires opening the fuel lid, refueling, and then closing the lid. This smart and easy-to-use design eliminates the need to touch a dirty fuel cap, reduces the possibility of damaging the vehicle's paint with the fuel cap or tether, or forgetting the fuel cap at the gas station. It also eliminates the possibility of activating an emissions warning by failing to properly re-install the fuel cap. And finally, the capless fueling system allows the use of a smaller fuel-cap door, which cleans up the lines of the vehicle. The fuel door unlocks with a handle remote release inside the vehicle. (See the Comfort and Convenience section for more information.)

Exterior Features

Features LX EX EX-T EX-L Touring
One-Touch Turn Indicators
Integrated Glass Antenna
Acoustic windshield
One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature  
Remote Keyless Entry        
Smart Start/Entry*  
Walk Away Door Lock*  
LED daytime running lights (DRL)        
Projector-beam halogen headlights with Auto on/off  
LED headlights* with Auto on/off        
LED turn signals
LED taillights
Fog lights    
2-speed intermittent windshield wipers        
Variable intermittent windshield wipers  
Smart wipers*
Rain sensing wipers*        
Body-colored power side mirrors        
Body-colored and heated power side mirrors    
Body-colored and heated power side mirrors with memory and integrated LED turn indicators        
Body-colored door handles  
Chrome door handles        
Capless fueling system*

* First for Civic
(See the Specifications and Features section for all data.)

Exterior Colors
All 2016 Civic Sedan trims are available in nine exterior colors including four new metallic colors and one new pearl color. All colors have a strong character, offering expressive contrasts that complement the Civic's body-panel curves and angles, while also exhibiting a smart luxury appearance. The colors are:

  • Luna Silver Metallic (new)
  • Aegean Blue Metallic (new)
  • Cosmic Blue Metallic (new)
  • Burgundy Night Pearl (new)
  • Taffeta White
  • White Orchid Pearl
  • Modern Steel Metallic
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Rallye Red

The exterior colors are keyed to the 2016 Civic's three new available interior colors:

  • Black
  • Gray
  • Beige 

See the following page for a table indicating exterior and interior colors.

(See the Interior section for more information on interior colors.)  

1 Display accuracy will vary based on weather, size of object and speed, and the display may not show all relevant traffic. The display is not a substitute for your own direct visual assessment of traffic conditions before changing lanes.

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