2016 Honda Civic Touring: Gas Mileage Review


The once-humble Honda Civic has been a mainstay of the carmaker's lineup in the United States for nearly 40 years.

But never before has it been so aspirational inside, outside, and underneath. This year, the Civic's makeover was intense, to say the least.

Shedding its ugly duckling looks for a chic, Honda Insight-inspired fastback shape, the latest 2016 Civic has grown up and gotten larger--except in the engine compartment.

2016 Honda Civic Touring

2016 Honda Civic Touring

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Gone, at least for now, is last year's Civic Hybrid and its combined 45-mpg EPA rating. 

For 2016, the Honda Civic offers a choice of engines: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder in LX and EX models and a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder in the more upmarket EX-T, EX-L, and Touring trims.

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The turbo, part of the brand's Earth Dreams lineup, is a new engine for Honda. In the Civic, it is rated at 174 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 162 pound-feet of torque spread between 1,700 and 5,500 rpm.

For now, only a CVT is on offer, but an upcoming 6-speed manual transmission is one of the industry's worst-kept secrets. 

The EPA pegs the turbocharged Civic at 35 mpg combined (31 mpg city, 42 mpg highway). By contrast, the less-powerful 2.0-liter base engine is rated the same in the city and combined, but slips to 41 mpg highway. 

2016 Honda Civic Touring

2016 Honda Civic Touring

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Our time in a Civic Touring was a healthy mix of urban, suburban, highway, and mountain driving. 

Overall, we fell short of the 35-mpg combined figure in the EPA ratings. Our mixed driving achieved 33.7 mpg during a 300 mile week.

Around town, we never matched the promised 31 mpg. The trip computer registered 28.5 mpg even in Eco mode.


 
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