The 2016 Honda Civic has been voted as the North American Car of the Year by a jury of 53 independent automotive journalists.
Widely considered the most important product award in the industry, the North American Car of the Year is chosen by an independent jury of automotive journalists from a broad range of newspapers, magazines, web sites and broadcast media. Due to the size and diversity of the group, there is virtually no chance of collusion or outside influence.
The award is designed to recognize the most outstanding new car in terms of innovation, comfort, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value.
The all-new Civic sedan earned 203 points to beat the other two finalists, the superb new Chevrolet Malibu, with 181 points, and the outstanding new Mazda MX-5 Miata with 146.
New Car Test Drive editor Mitch McCullough cast his vote for the Civic.
“The new Civic sedan just does everything very well,” McCullough said. “It’s super easy to live with and I think it is the best choice among compact sedans. It’s a terrific choice as a commuter car. I recommend anyone shopping for a car in its price range take a good look at the new Civic.”
This isn’t the first time the Honda Civic has earned the award: The 2006 model won the award, as well. McCullough suggested the product was allowed to lose its edge in the ensuing years, but that was then, this is now. “The Civic is the comeback kid,” he said. “The all-new 2016 Civic is a cut above the previous models and, more important to shoppers, it’s a cut above the other cars in its class.”