The 2015 Honda Civic remains as a formidable competitor in its class. This is all thanks to its high fuel economy, strong reliability, variety of engine choices, high resale value and comfortable and roomy interior.
NEW FOR THE 2015 HONDA CIVIC
- A new SE trim level, which is only available in sedan body style, is added to the 2015 Honda Civic. It sits between the base LX and mid-level EX trims.
UNDER THE HOOD
The drivetrain lineup of the new front-wheel drive Honda Civic is simple and offers something for everyone.
The base powertrain is a 148 horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder. In the LX sedan, this engine can be mated either with the five-speed manual gearbox or the optional continuously variable transmission. In the SE, EX, EX-L and HF models, this 1.8-liter four can only be paired with the CVT. Coupe models get a manual transmission, except for the LX. EPA fuel economy ratings for this engine are 28/36 mpg for the manual configuration, 30/39 mpg for automatic and 31/41 mpg for the Civic HF with CVT.
The Hybrid model of the Honda Civic is driven by a 110 horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine that works with an electric motor. The Civic hybrid comes standard with CVT and its EPA fuel economy rating checks in at 44/44 mpg.
Meanwhile, the Civic Si is equipped with a 205 horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder powertrain that is linked to a six-speed manual gearbox. This engine’s mileage registers at 22/31 mpg.
Also available in select markets is the Civic GX, which is powered by a 110 horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that runs on compressed natural gas.
ON THE ROAD
The Honda Civic has a long-standing history of solid driving dynamics, and this stays the same for its new model year. It offers precise steering, good level of handling and firm brakes, which add up for a pleasurable driving experience.
Do not expect too much power from the base 1.8-liter engine, but it does offer a refined ride that is hard to resist. The CVT, which debuted last year, is not too torquey, especially at lower speeds. However, it is one of the best in the segment, though some reviewers said it pushes the engine to produce loud noise at high revs.
For those seeking for a more stimulating ride, opt for the Honda Civic Si. With its 2.4-liter four and six-speed manual transmission, it runs faster and steers pretty well, too. However, some test drivers feel as though the current Civic Si is a bit of a downgrade from the previous generations.
INSIDE THE 2015 HONDA CIVIC
Inside, the 2015 Honda Civic benefits from the quality materials used throughout the cabin. It looks more refined unlike the previous model years before the 2013 redesign. The two-tier design for the dash display is still there and is wrapped in a soft-touch material that extends to the door trims. While some reviewers are not fond of the split-level design, they appreciate that the dash clearly displays the vehicle’s different systems, allowing for ease of use.
Head- and legroom in the sedan models are spacious, while the rear seat is roomy as well. However, coupe versions suffer from tight head- and legroom, making it difficult for taller passengers to find a comfortable position.
The new Civic also offers substantial cargo capacity, with 12.5 cubic feet of storage for the sedan and 11.7 cubic feet for the coupe. Hybrid models lose about two-thirds of their cargo capacity due to their battery pack, so there is only 10.7 cubic feet of trunk space left that can only accommodate a few bags of groceries.
LX: This base trim has standard equipment like 15-inch steel wheels, A/C, power accessories, cruise control, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, fold-down rear seatback, Bluetooth connectivity, USB port, integrated Pandora Internet radio and a five-inch full-color display with rearview camera.
SE: The SE (sedan only) gets the same standard equipment as the LX trim in addition to 15-inch wheels, automatic climate control, Honda’s LaneWatch side-view monitor, upgraded audio system and HondaLink smartphone integration.
EX: The mid-level EX trim gains 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless ignition and entry, automatic headlamps, sunroof, rear disc brakes, seven-inch central command display, push-button start, 60/40 split-folding rear seatback and an HDMI interface. EX in coupe body style gets to have a sound system with seven speakers.
EX-L: The top trim EX-L acquires 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlamps, fog lamps, heated mirrors and front seats and leather upholstery. The EX-L’s sedan version also gains an eight-way power driver seat. A navigation system and HD satellite radio are the features added to the EX-L Navi.
The Civic HF sedan mirrors the features available to the LX sedan and only gets a couple of add-ons to improve its mileage. The Civic Hybrid sedan, on the other hand, is offered in four trim levels. Save for the 16-inch wheels, rear brakes and sunroof, the base hybrid sedan receives the same equipment available in the EX sedan. The leather version hybrid has the features of the EX-L trim, but forgoes the power driver seat and the 17-inch wheel. The Navi hybrid versions, on the other hand, enjoy the navigation system found in the EX-L Navi.
The Civic Si, which is directed to enthusiast, get a powerful engine, sport-tuned suspension, six-speed manual gearbox, 18-inch alloy wheels, unique front and rear styling, rear spoiler and interior upgrades that include most of the equipment in the EX trim.
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