Honda Civic Wins the 2016 Car of the Year Award

Honda Civic Wins the 2016 Car of the Year Award

The all-new 2016 Honda Civic impressed our editors with its upscale style and new turbo engine, and has won the 2016 Car of the Year Award.

The completely redesigned Civic is Honda’s most popular car and it is obvious that this 10th-generation model breathes life back into the storied nameplate.

“Congratulations to the team at Honda,” said AutoGuide Group Editorial Director Colum Wood. “The new Civic is easily the best all-around package I’ve driven, not just this year, but in a very long time. It’s premium, yet sporty, and I just love that new turbocharged engine. A car that’s this good, with Honda’s reputation for quality, reliability and durability, just doesn’t come along every day.”

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Instead of benchmarking segment competitors, Honda aspired to hit quality levels seen in more upscale brands like Mercedes-Benz or Audi, and it shows. With a beautiful interior, quality materials, solid fit and finish, and a mature yet fresh design, the Civic has huge value for drivers looking for an affordable sedan with a high-end look and feel.

Mirroring the tasteful interior design, the exterior also gets a stylish new look that is both sophisticated and unique. There’s also some impressive engineering underneath the handsome exterior, with the biggest news being forced induction. There’s also a staggering amount of technology and safety features available.

The Honda Civic has always combined practicality, fuel economy, affordability, safety, reliability and versatility in one package, and now it can add style, technology and performance back to its repertoire. For this any many other reasons, the Civic has once again become a segment leader.

Watch the whole 2016 Car of the Year video series of all the contenders here:

  • Rickers

    Brilliant choice!

  • Felix James

    I’d still rather the Shelby.

  • X Auto

    I knew it !!! 🙂

  • Jimmyny

    You’re so wise.

  • Hans und Frans

    Seriously guys. Why not the Shelby? You seemed to like it the most in all of the videos.

  • Barron

    Finally, Honda is back at setting the standards for the industry.

  • Z51111

    My vote would be the Shelby.

  • My vote would be the Volt.

  • Delcy Voisine

    Am surprised you did not anything nice about the Civic.

  • Shiratori1

    One-trick pony (no pun intended).

  • tonye

    Just wait for the Si and Type R…..

  • danwat1234

    Too bad it doesn’t have auto start/stop. Thought it should be a standard feature by now. And and engine that can switch from OTTO to Atkinson when at low throttle, but nope. Honda didn’t do that.

  • danwat1234

    +1 Volt is awesome. Wish it had a better rear suspension than torsion beam

  • danwat1234

    It guzzles gas. Tesla doesn’t.

  • Hoping that it has a rear Watts link.

  • Rochester

    “Although you can’t see out of the damn thing…”

    LMAO. Best comment ever.

  • danwat1234

    I wish it did but I haven’t heard that it does. Not really sure how beneficial it is versus going all the way to dual wishbone

  • stephenontario

    I’ve talked to a few Acura owners that don’t like it and turn it off, all about costs, the Touring Civic is crazy loaded, unheard of in it’s class.

  • danwat1234

    Oh, some non-hybrid Acura’s have auto start/stop? Cool didn’t know that. Guess Honda’s implementation isn’t that seamless.

  • stephenontario

    TLX for one, MDX maybe, not sure.

  • Mark S

    🙁 slightly worried that Type R will be damned expensive here due to a high MSRP dealer mark ups, but cool to have nonetheless.

  • Mark S

    I thought the GT350 was going win this, just such a rare US development.Kudos to Honda for improving the Civic so much even when what they have really sells. While I am hoping we get the Type R for the prestige in the US, am hoping that an Si worthing of fighting the Focus ST and GTI is also on the way.

  • It is used on the ELR and the Cruze.

  • tonye

    The 97 and 99 Integrra Type Rs didn’t sell so well. They were too hardcore. Today, a well maintained copy is very expensive.

    We’ll see.

  • Hemma_Royds

    Some of the 2016 Pilots have this feature, it’s called “engine idle stop”. It can be turned easily toggled off if you don’t like it. Regular gas engine, not a hybrid.