Auto review: 2016 Honda Civic goes for European styling – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Friday, December 04, 2015

Very few cars are completely satisfying. That one has plenty of performance but no perks. This one has lots of room but not enough zoom.

The 2016 Honda Civic, in that respect, may be a perfect car. It delivers everything it promises and does exactly what it sets out to do. It’s dependable, predictable, affordable and economical.

Maybe that’s why it’s a little … boring. This is a passenger vehicle with which no reasonable person could possibly find fault — or fall in love.

Temperate and moderate in every way, the newly designed Civic — the 10th generation, and the most advanced version in the model’s 42-year history — took its styling cues from Europe.

“In the past, we targeted other compacts in the U.S. market — and the last one didn’t do so well with the critics,” said Honda senior product planner Michael Willrich. “This time we decided to target European benchmarks. This is a global car. We wanted to raise the style quotient and the fun-to-drive factor.”

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