Since its introduction in 1972, the Honda Civic has remained one of the top selling cars in North America, with tens of millions sold in the United States and Canada alone. It has undergone quite a few notable changes throughout its lifetime, from its humble beginnings as a two-door sedan to serving as the base model for several other lines in the Honda family. In 2015, the venerable hallmark has yet another new iteration in the form of a new trim level dubbed “the Honda Civic SE”, placed squarely between the LX and EX.
The Civic continues to shine on the strengths that have made it a favorite through all these years, most notably its high fuel efficiency and smooth handling. While the Civic has sported a highly consistent powerhouse of fuel economy with its 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 143 horsepower with 129 lb-ft of torque. For the Civic LX comes in either a five-speed manual transmission or the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) version, the latter of which is standard on the SE, EX, EX-L and HF sedans. Manual transmission is also available for the EX Coupe. The more environmentally conscience consumers may opt for the only vehicle in its class to offer a Natural Gas model. For those who crave a bit more oomph, there is the Civic Si and its 205-horsepower.
Honda has coupled with Civic with a solid array of available technology options, including keyless ignition, a blind spot camera display, a centrally located dash-mounted 7-inch touchscreen with smartphone integration, along with the features for which it perhaps best known, most notably its outstanding safety scores and the highly accommodating, spacious interior.
The Honda Civic for 2015 is available in both a coupe and sedan body styles. The standard Civic coupe and sedan come in LX, midrange EX and top-of-the-line EX-L and EX-L Navi trims. The sedan is also available in SE, HF, Hybrid, and Natural Gas trims. The Civic Si is available as both the coupe and sedan.
The entry levels LX models come standard with 15-inch steel wheels, power everything, tilt-and-telescoping steering, a one-piece fold-down rear seatback, a 5-inch display screen, a rearview camera, SMS text messaging functionality, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, an iPod/USB audio interface, a Pandora radio option.
The Civic SE includes 15-inch alloy wheels, a right-side blind-spot camera, automatic climate control, HondaLink smartphone integration (includes Aha radio and Apple-based Siri Eyes Free voice command functionality).
The EX steps up even further with 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, rear disc brakes, a sunroof, 7-inch central touchscreen display, 60/40-split-folding rear seatback, and keyless ignition and entry. The Civic EX Coupe comes with all of these features as well as a sound system upgraded to seven speakers versus six.
The EX-L adds 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, leather upholstery and heated front seats. The sedan version of the EX-L also includes an eight-way power driver seat. As you’d expect, the EX-L Navi adds a navigation system as well as HD and satellite radio.
The Civic Hybrid Sedan is available in four trim levels: Standard (also referred to as Base), Leather, Navi and Leather with Navi. The Base includes all of the standard features included in the EX Sedan save for the sunroof and rear disc brakes. The Leather version adds most of the EX-L features and both hybrids include the forward collision warning and lane departure warning systems. Honda Hybrids are powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine along with the electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack, standard CVT transmission and rated with 110 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque.
The Civic Natural Gas is available in two trim levels: Standard and Leather with Navi. The standard features are nearly identical to that of the LX but also include a right-side blind spot camera and HondaLink with the 7-inch central touchscreen display. The Leather with Navi trim also includes the navigation system. An important distinction to note is the tradeoff between economy and power as this five-speed automatic is rated at only 110 horsepower and 106 lb-ft of torque.
The Civic Si is available in standard and Navi trims and includes 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, front and rear exterior styling alterations to grant it its own unique appearance, a rear spoiler, and an improved suspension system designed for improved handling for its larger, more powerful engine. It receives a notable boost in power from 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 205 horsepower and 174 lb-ft. It is only available in a six-speed manual transmission.
The 2015 Honda Civic comes standard with stability control, antilock brakes (four-wheel discs with the EX and Si), front side airbags, side curtain airbags and a rearview camera. EX and EX-L versions also include a right-side blind spot camera (LaneWatch). The HondaLink system also includes emergency crash notification.
Among the Civic’s strengths are its truly amazing spatial configurations, allowing it to receive interior designs built to provide as much comfort as the engines do their incredible fuel economy. Be sure to visit again soon as we dedicate a full feature to the incredible interior offerings of the 2015 Honda Civic and demonstrate precisely why Honda’s engineers have stayed on top of the game for so long.
Edmunds.com rated the Honda Civic an “A” rating and included it as a top recommended car in its 2015 Sedan Buying Guide.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the Civic sedan a five star overall rating, receiving four stars for total frontal impact safety and five stars for total side crash safety. The Coupe received four stars overall, with four stars for frontal and five stars for side crash categories. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded both the Civic Sedan and Coupe with the highest possible rating of “Good” in its small-overlap frontal offset, moderate-overlap frontal offset, side impact and roof strength tests. Additionally, the Civic’s seat and head restraint design also rated “Good” for whiplash protection in rear impacts.
Honda Limited Warranty and Honda Care®
All new Honda vehicles are covered by a 3-Year/36,000-Mile Limited Warranty, plus a 5-Year/60,000-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. Vehicles less than 3 years old and with fewer than 36,000 miles are eligible for Honda Care® VSC Plans. Vehicles less than 1 year old and with fewer than 12,000 miles are eligible for Honda Care Maintenance
The professionals at Honda of Joliet are ready to serve you. Visit us today to test-drive any of the all-new 2016 HondaCivic. Likewise, you can stop in and see all Honda has to offer at our showroom on North Plainfield Road in Joliet. Our Honda dealership is just a short drive from Aurora, Bolingbrook, Plainfield, Oswego, and Montgomery.