Honda Civic Review
The 2015 Honda Civic ranks 4 out of 42 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Honda Civic, as well as reliability and safety data.
An upscale and roomy interior, silky transmission and solid fuel economy win over critics and help the 2015 Honda Civic shine in a crowded segment.
Reviewers report that the base 2015 Civic's four-cylinder engine delivers ample power. It comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission; reviewers like the available automatic transmission for its fluid shifts and responsiveness. The Civic has good fuel economy for the class, with the base model getting up to an EPA-estimated 30/39 mpg city/highway. The 2015 Civic Si has a more powerful four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission. Test drivers write that the Civic rides comfortably and has composed handling and well-weighted steering, while others comment that the Civic Si’s sport-tuned suspension makes it even more athletic on a twisty road.
The 2015 Civic's interior is made of soft-touch materials that critics say give off a classy vibe. The front and rear seats are roomy and comfortable, they add. Test drivers find visibility good from the driver's seat. They note the Civic has less trunk space than some competitors, but appreciate the abundance of small-item storage space. The Civic comes standard with Bluetooth, a rearview camera and a USB port. Options include proximity key, a passenger-side blind spot camera, leather seats, navigation and a Display Audio system with a 7-inch touch screen. Most reviewers say the touch screen’s controls are responsive, though some write that conventional knobs and buttons would make it easier to operate.
- "After nine generations and 4 years in its current body style, the Civic is still one of today's top compact cars." -- AutoTrader
- "The Honda Civic may not be as automatic a choice as it once was due to improved competition, but its variety of configurations, high fuel economy and ease of ownership keep it among the best compact sedans and coupes." -- Edmunds
- "Be it the Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, or longtime rival Toyota Corolla, the compact car market is tougher than ever. With its broad array of choices and fuel-efficient powertrains, however, the Civic remains a strong contender." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Still not as sporty as some rivals, the Civic is nonetheless a strong buy due to its excellent fuel efficiency … reputation for reliability and generous level of standard features." -- Left Lane News
Other Cars to Consider
The Chevrolet Cruze has more trunk space than the Civic, and it is available with a diesel engine that helps it get great fuel economy for the class. Reviewers like the Cruze's spacious cabin and user-friendly available MyLink infotainment system.
Test drivers agree that the Mazda3 is one of the most fun-to-drive cars in the class, with nimble handling and a smooth-shifting manual transmission. They also like its sleek cabin design and supportive front seats.
Details: 2015 Honda Civic
The 2015 Honda Civic seats five, has front-wheel drive and is available as a sedan or coupe. There are six trims: LX, HF, SE, EX, EX-L and Si. The Honda Civic Hybrid is reviewed separately. The base Civic has a four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional. The Honda Civic was redesigned for the 2012 model year, received interior updates in 2013 and an optional CVT in 2014. Aside from those changes, the Civic carries over into 2015 largely unchanged. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2012 to 2015 model years.
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