2016 Honda Civic EX vs EX-L
2016 Honda Civic EX 2016 Honda Civic EX-L
158 horsepower I-4 Engine 174 horsepower turbocharged I-4 
Not Available  Satellite-Linked Navigation Available
Bluetooth, Pandora, HondaLink, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Audio/Connectivity Features Bluetooth, Pandora, HondaLink, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, HD Radio, SiriusXM
Standard LaneWatch Camera Standard

What's the Difference Between the 2016 Honda Civic EX and Honda Civic EX-L?

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The 2016 Honda Civic is loaded with features. Awesome. You're thinking about buying one? Also awesome. Trying to choose which 2016 Civic model to buy, without a clear idea of which features it does and doesn't have? That's not so awesome. So, in our ongoing effort to help make our customers' online car buying research easier, here's another installment in Continental Honda's vehicle trim level comparison series. This time, we're going to look at two of the most popular mid-level trims in this year's Civic lineup: the 2016 Honda Civic EX vs EX-L.  

The 2016 Honda Civic EX comes with many of the convenient standard features you'd normally expect to see only on higher-level models like the EX-L. Here's a short list: rearview backup camera with dynamic guidelines, Honda LaneWatch blind spot camera, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment display, HondaLink smartphone connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a power moonroof, push-button start, and heated power side mirrors. If your must-have features are largely on that list, the Civic EX will be your best deal. Even if you're also looking for a vehicle with Honda Sensing advanced safety tech -- it's available on EX models, no upgrade required.  

2016 Honda Civic EX vs EX-L Engine Options and Features

The biggest difference between the 2016 Civic EX and the EX-L is under the hood. With an EX model, you're getting the 2016 Honda Civic's base four-cylinder engine, which puts out 158 horsepower. That's good enough for day-to-day driving, but drivers who enjoy a little more speed might be better off with the Civic EX-L. It's got the higher-performance, turbocharged version of the Civic's engine, which gives you 174 horsepower.  The gap isn't huge on paper, but you'll definitely feel a difference if you're paying attention, with the Civic EX-L accelerating more quickly than the EX.  

As for features, here's what you're getting with the Civic EX-L that isn't offered on the EX. The EX-L adds HD radio and SiriusXM to its audio system offerings, and some EX-L vehicles also include an optional satellite-linked navigation system. The EX-L also adds fog lights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and leather trim for the seats, steering wheel, and shift knob. So it'll look and feel that much classier.  

We hope that helps you decide! If you're still not quite sure where your priorities lie, or you need to feel the difference between the 2016 Honda Civic's two engines in person, contact us at Continental Honda to schedule your test drive today!

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