The 2015 Honda Civic is among the most popular and widely known compact cars in the US. The current design is in its fourth year but has received a number of updates to keep it competitive. One major update came in 2014 when Honda replaced its older five-speed transmission with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that provides improved fuel economy. In the 2015 model, it is mated to an upgraded version of Honda’s four-cylinder 143-HP engine. The MSRP for the 2015 Honda Civic is $18,290-$24,590.
Changes for 2015 Honda Civic
The 2015 Civic remains largely the same after the last major design change which was for the 2013 model year. That update included a nicer interior with updated noise insulation. The most noticeable change in 2014 was the upgraded the infotainment system. For the most part, the 2015 model is a carryover of the 2014 model; however, there have been a few tweaks. The 2015 Civic gets a few new elements under the surface that will improve the driving experience. The changes include stiffer side pillars and thicker windshield glass. The doors along with the floor and the dashboard all get additional soundproofing. You should note that the 2015 Civic’s soundproofing is very effective. The idling engine is barely audible. On the road, the soft-touch materials do an excellent job of quieting the engine noise.
Honda Civic Body Styles
The 2015 Civic is available as both a coupe and a sedan. Both body styles are available as LX, EX and EX-L. There is a SE sedan available, as well as an HF version. The Civic Si is the sporty member of the lineup and buyers can get it as a sedan or as a coupe.
The Exterior of the 2015 Honda Civic
The 2015 Civic’s exterior is still distinctly Honda but now includes influences from the Accord’s design. The front fascia of the 2015 Civic resembles that of the Accord, including the same honeycomb mesh grille. Top-level trims get integrated fog lamps along with new cornering lamps. From the chrome on the grille to the chrome on the trunk lid, the Civic has a variety of exterior accents that give it a luxury-car feel and visual flair.
The Interior of the Honda Civic
On the inside, the Civic keeps its distinctive two-level instrument panel; it also gets upgrades to the finishes and surfaces. The places where your hands and elbows go are now covered with soft touch vinyl that provides the Civic with a more luxurious feel. Standard interior features include power windows, locks and mirrors along with Bluetooth. In the sedan, both front and rear seats are comfortable and offer ample space.
The Civic continues to offer owners excellent space, storage and visibility. There are cubbyholes and other places for storage all over the cabin. The unconventional dashboard provides drivers with all the information they need and all of the controls are within easy reach. The navigation and audio system comes with a 7-inch touchscreen that is considered to be very responsive.
Civic Engine, Powertrain and Performance
The Honda Civic’s engine is a 1.8-litre four-cylinder that puts out 143 HP. Buyers of the base Civic can opt to get Honda’s CVT which is considered to be one of the best available. The Civic Si gets a 205-HP 2.4-cylinder engine that is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The Civic Si also comes with a sport-tuned suspension that makes it nimble and athletic. Many reviewers consider it to be the most enjoyable to drive among those in the current lineup.
2015 Honda Civic Safety
One of the main selling points of the 2015 Civic is its safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named it a Top Safety Pick, which means that it received a “Good” rating (the IIHS’s top rating). It comes with a rearview camera as a standard feature along with lane departure and forward collision warning systems. Standard safety features include driver’s side, passenger and side airbags. You will also get 4-wheel ABS and daytime running lights.
The Civic has evolved over the years but still offers the same set of vehicles that have been popular with American drivers for years. For the vast majority of vehicle owners, there is the Civic sedan; for those who want a sportier ride, there is the Civic Si. There are also fuel-efficient and alternative fuel trims for those interested in greener options. The Honda Civic is one of the most well-liked cars on the road with good reason and will likely continue to be popular for the foreseeable future.