A Honda is like a mom. Reliable. Always present. Loyal and always does its best. Notice we didn’t use words like “exciting,” “showy” or “eye-catching.” Of course, sometimes moms surprise us and, with a day at the spa, shopping and new attitude, can come back and make everyone’s jaws drop. Same with the Honda Civic.

Honda is always on the must-list when looking for a reliable, standard vehicle. But this favorite lost its way a few years ago and wasn’t as competitive as in years past. But, that has changed. Starting in 2014 and continuing on, the Honda Civic has gotten a fully redesigned make-over from top to bottom that has made us turn our heads reminds us why we fell in love with in it the first place.

We drove the top-of-the-line Civic, the four-wheel drive Touring, which boasts 174 horsepower, 1.5-liter DOHD 16-valve direct injection turbo-changed 4-cylinder engine provides plenty of power and 162 lb.-ft. of torque. Overall, the ride is steady and better than ever. Thick anti-roll bars keep the car steady under all conditions. The chassis handles every curve and bump with confidence.

The Civic is Honda's best-selling car globally, and the redesigned car sets a new bar in the mainstream compact class with the addition of the Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. The Civic maintains its reputation as a truly affordable car even though it comes with these advanced safety technologies, including automatic emergency braking (when equipped with optional front crash prevention).

This dynamic, new-from-the-ground-up car earned the highest available rating of Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and a superior rating for frontal crash prevention when equipped with Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assist technologies. Part of this because of the increased use of high-strength steel and advanced crash engineering features and standard equipment such as vehicle stability Assist, 4-channel Anti-Lock Braking Systems with Brake Assist and a multi-angle rearview camera. Honda’s engineers took their time building a solid, safe and technology loaded vehicle that re-asserts its prominence as a favorite vehicle.

Inside, it is roomy with 37.5 inches of head room and 42.3 inches in the back. This five-seater has 14.7 cubic feet of space for cargo. The Touring has many standard features that are only available on the other Civics, such as forward collusion warning, lane departure warning and collusion mitigation braking system.

The ride shows Honda at its best. It’s steady, handles curves nicely, is nicely balanced and is confident in any weather. The fuel efficiency is admirable with 35 combined miles per gallon; 31 in the city and 42 on the highway. At a starting price of $26,500, the Touring is a bargain.

The Civic has been the darling of auto reviewers and was named the 2016 North American Car of the Year by many, including “Parents Magazine”. So, it’s obvious that, when it comes to the Honda Civic 1.5 4D Touring, mom would approve. And, that’s good enough for us.

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