Shortly after its second scheduled service, we took our 2016 Honda Civic Touring sedan on a pair of back-to-back 1,500-mile-plus round trips to the Rocky Mountains in December.
My cousin and her husband joined me on the first trip. With three adults onboard, a full trunk, and extra winter coats and blankets in the back, our Civic Touring averaged 33.1 mpg over the 1,744.1-mile trip.
Our worst fuel economy mileage was a mix of about 50 city miles and nearly 200 highway miles from Salt Lake City to Beaver, Utah. Temps were all below freezing, dipping as low as -22 degrees. The Civic Touring saw 29.3 mpg on that leg. Our best fuel mileage averaged 36.4 mpg for 263.1 miles from Beaver to Primm, Nevada.
Less than a week later, I embarked on a solo trip back up to the Rocky Mountains for the Christmas holiday. With only one suitcase, the Civic’s fuel economy climbed to 35.6 mpg over 1,504.9 miles. Temperatures were also much warmer. The temperature in Cove Fort, Utah, was now 23 degrees. My best mileage was 39.8 mpg over 246 miles from Baker, California, to Manhattan Beach, California, and the worst leg returned 32.3 mpg over 253 miles from Beaver to Baker.
Although this trip wasn’t nearly as cold, there was 9 inches of snow on the ground when I left my parents’ house Christmas morning. Despite its factory-spec all-season tires, the Civic Touring tackled the deep snow fairly well with only one brief issue.
When attempting to pull away from a stop sign, the Civic spun its front tires in the deep snow. I simply backed up in my tracks about 2 feet and turned off traction control. As I pulled forward, the tires dug all the way down to the blacktop. After a brief whiff of tire smoke, the Civic pulled itself onto the main road without further incident.
With the snow on the main surface streets and highway packed down by other vehicles, the Civic was able to do close to the 70- to 80-mph speed limits with only brief fishtailing reminding me that the roads were slick.
In just 13 days, the 2016 Honda Civic Touring averaged 34.4 mpg over 3,620 miles. Curiously, the longest distance traveled on one tank was from Chino to Downey, California, including four days of commuting in Los Angeles County traffic between Downey and the office in El Segundo and then up to Palmdale averaging 35.7 mpg over 372 miles. The 1.5-liter turbo and CVT combo is EPA-rated 31/42/35 mpg city/highway/combined.