The outstanding Civic offers a host of technologically advanced features that rival vehicles do not, including state-of-the-art safety features.
Included among them, the Civic offers:
Standard SmartVent front side airbags. This cutting-edge feature employs speed and seat sensors to gauge the size of the vehicle’s front passenger. If a child is detected in the front seat, the airbags on that side of the car are deactivated. This is a feature not offered in the Corolla, the Forte, or the Elantra.
Available collision mitigation braking system. This desirable and potentially lifesaving feature alerts drivers when a crash is imminent. If the driver doesn’t respond quickly enough, the system automatically applies the brakes to minimize the impact of the crash or avoid it altogether. This is a feature not available in the Corolla or Forte models.
Available lane departure warning system, which uses camera technology that is designed to recognize lane markings. The system issues audible and visual warnings when the car starts to leave its detected lane without activating the turn signal—yet another amenity not found in the Corolla or the Forte.
HondaLink Assist, which comes standard in all but the Civic base model. This system uses GPS and a cellular system to notify emergency responders when airbags deploy in the car. The Corolla does not offer such a system.
Other prime safety amenities offered onboard the Civic include:
Multi-angle rearview camera, which provides a clear view of what’s behind the Civic when the driver is operating in reverse.
Honda LaneWatch (standard in all but the base trim), which utilizes a camera integrated into the passenger-side exterior mirror to provide live video of the area to the right of the car. For tips on using this feature, see the accompanying instructional video.
Brake assist, which comes standard and delivers added braking power in emergency stopping situations.
Available forward collision warning, which alerts drivers to a possible front-end collision ahead.
The Civic’s technology offerings also include features that boost entertainment onboard this impressive car, including:
Three audio system options, with accompanying standard entertainment features that include Bluetooth Streaming Audio, MP3 and Windows Media Audio playback capability, a radio data system, a USB audio interface with a charging port up front, and speed-sensitive volume control. All of the Civic trims except for the base model further provide Pandora compatibility, Apple CarPlay, and Google Android Auto. SiriusXM and HD Radio come standard in the EX-T, EX-L, and Touring trims.
Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System, which lets drivers locate restaurants and other businesses and which is offered standard in the Civic Touring trim and is available in the Civic EX-L trim. This system further includes voice recognition, Honda HD Digital Traffic, and Song by Voice.