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post #1 of 23 Old 03-28-2016, 05:54 AM Thread Starter
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2016 HRV vs. 2016 Civic

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I am new to this thread and am thrilled to have stumbled across it. I am about to purchase my first brand new car ever!

I was previously waiting for the 2016 Civic Coupe to be released, which it finally is. I still have yet to see it in person because the one my dealer had sold right away.

Anyways, I am torn between the HRV and the Civic. Mainly because of the engine and the Apple Carplay in the Civic. The HRV would be more practical and I plan on having this car for awhile. (My family only purchases Hondas and we usually have them for about 8-10 years before buying a new one)

My main focus is the HondaLink. I have read terrible reviews on it. Do Apple phones work fine through this system? I am not interested in the Navigation system but I am interested in the EX-L model. I really only want the leather and the buttons on the steering wheel from this model. Can I get those features on the EX model?

If I have to get the EX-L model to get those features, do I have to pay to use the Navigation system or can I just ignore it and use my phone?

Sorry for all the questions! While at the dealer we only focused on the Civic features. But I am really undecided on what to get. I would be completely sold on the HRV if it had Apple Carplay. That is really the only thing that is turning me off about it. What do you think?


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Phone and stereo controls come on all models. Leather only comes with the NAV. I haven't used Honda link because I have an LX, use an Android phone and only need the Bluetooth which has worked perfectly so far.
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The nav is terrible. I had it in my CR-Z. I bought an EX and a Garmin. Works fantastic. Yes I missed out on leather and roof rails, but I didn't think it was worth the added expense. I love my EX.
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If you don't need/want the HR-V's:

– Body and seat height above the mud and snow.

– Large usable cargo space (for its size).

– 9 inches (+ or –) shorter overall length/more garage space.

Then the Civic may be your better choice ... IMHO.
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Awesome thank you!

I'lll probably just get the EX and upgrade to the leather seats. I can just stick to the blue tooth since the apple carplay, I've been reading only the text messaging feature is different.

Mainemanx, I definitely want all those things! lol! I definitely need an HRV.
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I had some time with the EX-T civic:

- Ride is much smoother than the HR-V
- Acceleration is a lot better
- Carplay is amazing (I would not even bother with HondaLink)
- Trunk is large, but obviously not as flexible as the HR-V
- Rear space is good, but not as spacious as the HR-V

It really just comes down to whether or not you want a sedan or CUV. The Civic is a great car.
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The '16 Civic is h-u-g-e ... compared to my '76 Accord

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I think you already have covered all the main differences, the civic is faster, more fun to drive (independent suspension and lower center gravity) and a bit more agressive styling. The HRV is slightly more uncommon and more practical. The HRV is fun to drive too but just slower on the acceleration.

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Since you mentioned the coupe it seems you're willing to sacrifice utility. In that case, I'd definitely go with the civic. I've driven both (the sedan version) and the civic outclasses the HR-V in everything except for the aforementioned utility. I'm waiting to see what, if anything, Honda does to the HR-V this summer for the new model year. If nothing, then I'm going with the civic hatch being released this fall.
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I have both the 2016 HRV EXL AWD (had it for 8 months) and 2016 Civic Touring (had it for 3 months, but mostly used by my son). I am still not sure which one I like more.

One thing I miss on the Civic are the paddle shifters.

I am thinking about buying another car/SUV, my wife needs a replacement for her old SUV. I am also waiting to see the 2017 HRV before I decide between a new Civic or an HRV.
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