A popular choice among compact cars, the 2015 Honda Civic impresses with good fuel economy and a strong list of standard tech features. For 2015, the Civic lineup includes choices that range from the fuel-efficient Civic Hybrid to the sporty Civic Si, ensuring that Honda’s compact car can meet the needs of a wide range of buyers.
The Honda Civic is a compact car that seats five and is offered in coupe and sedan body styles. LX, EX, EX-L and performance-oriented Si trims are offered, and joined by a new SE trim (sedan only) that slots between the Civic LX and EX. Honda also offers the Civic sedan in Hybrid and Natural Gas trims, as well as in an HF edition that provides slightly better fuel economy than the base model.
Front-wheel drive, a four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission are standard on the base Civic sedan, while a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is offered.
The 2015 Civic has a streamlined look with a sleek, sporty wraparound grille. The coupe distinguishes itself from the sedan with longer doors, a rising beltline and a sloping roofline.
All models are equipped with halogen headlights and body-colored power side mirrors. The base Civic comes with 15-inch steel wheels, while available alloy wheels range in size from 15 to 18 inches. Fog lights adorn EX-L and Si editions, and the latter includes a body-colored rear spoiler and a chrome exhaust tip. Additional exterior upgrades include a power moonroof, automatic headlights and intermittent wipers.
The Civic sedan offers room for five in a cabin that’s fairly spacious by compact car standards. The base sedan comes with a one-piece folding rear seat, while higher trims gain a 60/40 split-folding configuration. Cargo space measures 12.5 cubic feet in the sedan and 11.7 cubic feet in the coupe.
Standard equipment includes a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, power windows, power door locks, air conditioning, front door storage pocket bins, front and rear beverage holders, a 12-volt outlet and a cargo area light. Automatic climate control, leather upholstery and heated front seats are available. Civic Si models add unique, performance-oriented touches such as an aluminum shift knob with leather and textured aluminum pedals.
A 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 143 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque is standard with the base 2015 Civic. It comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission, while a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is available.
Honda Civic Si coupe and sedan models are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine making 205 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. This model comes with a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential.
The Civic Hybrid comes with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that deliver 110 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque combined. This hybrid drive system includes a CVT. Finally, the Civic Natural Gas is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine making 110 horsepower and 106 pound-feet of torque. That engine is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission.
The base Civic gets an EPA-estimated 28/35 mpg city/highway, while the Civic Hybrid offers the best fuel economy in the lineup with 43/45 mpg.
The base Civic LX comes with an impressive list of standard tech features, including a rearview camera, Bluetooth, hands-free text messaging, a USB port and smartphone app integration for Pandora Internet Radio.
Higher trims gain features like keyless entry and ignition, satellite radio, HD Radio, navigation and a 7-inch touch-screen display. The Honda LaneWatch system is also offered, which utilizes a camera mounted on the right sideview mirror to display objects that may be in the driver’s blind spot.