Fun on the Road with Green 2016 Honda Civic
I had so much fun on the road last week, driving my Energy Green 2016 Honda Civic coupe. This 2-door Touring car was such a glaring shade of neon green it could probably be seen from outer space. I loved all the attention my green Civic received. It made changing lanes or merging into the fast lane easier. No one could claim they didn’t see me! Even the drivers of 18- wheelers were shocked and awed into intimidation.
The great savings on fuel economy added even more “green” joy to the trip. The 1.5 liter DOHC direct injection turbo-charged engine sipped gas very daintily. I drove in Eco mode from Dallas to Austin, a distance of 187 miles each way, on I-35. That road stays under construction, something Texas drivers have had to accept as a basic fact of life. Several favorite stops along the way, such as the historic Stagecoach Inn in Salado, have closed. It’s hard to stay open when no one can get there.
A new Buccee’s in Temple is a bright spot. Its myriad restrooms, food, and beverages help relieve stress from the start-and-stop driving on the highway. Even at Buccee’s, home of such attention-craving creatures as giant armadillo statues and other kitschy Texana souvenirs, most folks marveled at the Energy Green Civic.
Safety features made the road trip in the Civic better. These included hill start assist, vehicle stability assist and brake assist. Honda’s Sensing Package added adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking and forward collision warning. It also had lane departure warning and road departure mitigation.
The Civic’s cabin was comfortable and attractive. It came with black and gray leather trimmed seats, steering wheel and shift knob. A 7″ display touchscreen with navigation and a rear camera made backing up easy. I also appreciated the automatic power lift gate for loading and unloading luggage.
The Civic also had rain sensing wipers, which came in handy when it rained the first half of my journey to Austin. The power moon roof with tilt feature gave the cabin more visibility in the rainy, cloudy weather. I also liked the capless fuel filter, which made it easy to pump a small amount of additional gas needed on the trip. Fuel economy estimates were 41 mpg on the highway (31 in town for an average of 35 mpg). With all the starting and stopping, my Civic averaged 35.5 mpg. Annual fuel cost estimates were $1,300, for a savings of $2,500 in fuel costs over 5 years.
The total vehicle price for the test model, with destination charges of $835 included, was $26,960. As a mom who bought several Honda Civics for my youngest son while he was in high school and college, I can vouch for their being a smart buy. Honda builds those Civics to last.