Among the Civic’s outstanding features is an array of technology offerings designed to make the driving experience more connected and convenient for drivers and passengers alike. Included among them are:
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which enable easy connectivity between the car and a driver’s smartphone. (For tips on using Apple CarPlay, see the accompanying video.)
Smart Entry, which comes standard in all but the Civic base trim. This feature enables drivers to unlock the car, start it, drive it, shut off the engine, and then lock the car—all without ever removing the key from their purse or pocket.
Remote engine start, which also comes standard in all but the base model and allows drivers to start the car’s engine from an extended distance and preheat or precool the interior.
An SMS text message function, which lets drivers easily and safely send and receive messages.
Automatic climate control, which comes standard in all Civic models. This feature achieves and maintains the desired temperature and optimum ventilation based on inputted user settings. Dual-zone automatic climate control comes standard in the EX-T, EX-L, and Touring trims.
Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System, which is available in the Civic EX-L trim and standard in the Touring model. This system features voice recognition, Honda HD Digital Traffic, and Song By Voice.
Auto-dimming rearview mirror, offered standard in the Civic EX-L and Touring trims, which instantly dims when the high beams from another vehicle hit the mirror, sparing the driver from being blinded and also eliminating the distraction of adjusting the mirror while driving.
Rain-sensing windshield wipers, a standard feature in the Touring trim, which automatically activate and adjust commensurate with the amount of rainfall detected on the windshield.
Compared with Competitors
So, how does the Civic shape up next to its competitors?
Various technology offerings are found in the Civic that are not available in the Chevy Cruze, the Ford Focus, or the Toyota Corolla.
For instance, none of these rival vehicles feature rain-sensing windshield wipers or smart airbags, as the Civic does, nor do they offer collision mitigation braking systems or adaptive cruise control like the Civic. The Corolla and the Focus also do not provide collision warning features or standard auto-on/off headlights.
The Corolla further does not offer a lane departure warning system, hill start assist, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote vehicle start, or an emergency response system such as the Civic’s HondaLink Assist, which automatically notifies emergency responders when the airbags deploy.
Additionally, the Focus does not offer automatic climate control or standard Bluetooth connectivity, as the Civic does, but only provides Bluetooth technology as an optional, extra-cost upgrade.