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2015 Honda Civic Hybrid Review

The 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid has a low-powered engine and mediocre handling. It gets high marks for safety and predicted reliability, but that's not enough to pull this compact car out of midpack status.

Pros & Cons

  • Great fuel economy for the compact car class
  • Spacious back seat
  • Hard to stop smoothly
  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Frustrating audio system controls
  • Small trunk




Critics' Rating: 7.2
Performance: 6.5
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership:
This model has never been fully tested for total cost of ownership. Its overall score is being calculated without total cost of ownership.
Safety: 9.3
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2015 Honda Civic Hybrid Overview

Is the 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid is a good used compact car that delivers excellent fuel economy, solid reliability, and good safety scores. However, the powertrain is weak and provides sluggish acceleration, the brakes are grabby, and the trunk is small. The Civic Hybrid is a decent commuter car, but for a better driving experience and more cargo space, look to the nonhybrid Civic.

Used 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid Performance and Interior

The 2015 Civic Hybrid has a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that produce a combined 110 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard. Acceleration is slow, but the transition between electric and gas is smooth and quiet. The Civic Hybrid rides comfortably, but its tires are small and designed to optimize fuel economy, so they offer little cornering grip and lengthen stopping distances. The Civic Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 43 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway, which is excellent for the compact car class and typical for a small hybrid.

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The Honda Civic Hybrid seats five. The front seats are comfortable and spacious, and the rear seats are supportive and provide plenty of elbowroom. For attaching car seats, the Civic Hybrid has a complete set of LATCH connectors in the rear outboard seats.

Standard features in the 2015 Civic Hybrid include Bluetooth, a USB port, smartphone integration, and a six-speaker audio system with a 7-inch touch screen. There are no physical knobs for the stereo, which makes it frustrating to operate. The Civic Hybrid has 10.7 cubic feet of trunk space, which is low, even for a compact car. The gas-only Civic has 12.5 cubic feet of trunk space.

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Used 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid Prices

The price of a used 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid ranges from about $16,200 for the base trim to around $18,000 for the Navigation and Leather trim. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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Our used car rankings and reviews are not based on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 40 professional reviews for this 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid overview.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid?

The 2015 Civic Hybrid has an excellent predicted reliability score of 4.5 out of five.

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How Safe Is the Civic Hybrid?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Civic Hybrid five out of five stars overall and four stars in the frontal and rollover crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not evaluate the 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid. The gas-only 2015 Civic, however, earned a 2015 IIHS Top Safety Pick award.

Standard active safety features in the Civic Hybrid include a rearview camera, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and Honda's LaneWatch passenger-side blind spot camera. A multi-angle rearview camera is available in some models.

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Should I Consider Another Used Civic Hybrid?

The 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid is part of the car’s third and final generation, which launched with the 2012 model. The 2013 model received interior and exterior styling updates, revised steering and suspension, and a standard rearview camera. Honda added a touch screen, Honda LaneWatch, and push-button start to the standard features list for 2014. Since there were no significant changes for 2015, you may find a similarly equipped 2014 model for less.

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Which Used Civic Hybrid Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid comes in four trim levels: Base, Leather, Navigation, and Navigation with Leather. The Base trim has Bluetooth, a USB port, smartphone integration, and a six-speaker audio system with a 7-inch touch screen. The Leather trim adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated outside mirrors, and a heated driver’s seat. The Navigation trim adds HD Radio with satellite service and a navigation system. Navigation with Leather combines the Leather and Navigation trim levels into one package. The Leather trim is a good option (let your smartphone handle your navigation needs).

Honda offers two levels of certification for its certified pre-owned vehicles: HondaTrue Certified and HondaTrue Certified+. Both levels come with a seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance, up to two oil changes within the first year of ownership, and a 90-day SiriusXM trial. The vehicle’s model year determines which program and repair coverage it qualifies for. HondaTrue Certified covers vehicles from the 2014 through 2020 model years. For vehicles still under the new-car warranty, Honda extends coverage to four years from the original sales date or 48,000 miles. For vehicles outside the new-car warranty, Honda offers a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. HondaTrue Certified+ is for 2018 to 2020 Hondas still under the new-car warranty. Honda extends these warranties to five years from the original sales date or 86,000 miles. Additional benefits may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully.

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2015 Honda Civic Hybrid and Other Cars to Consider

There aren't many 2015 compact hybrid cars to choose from; the Civic Hybrid and the 2015 Toyota Prius are your only options. There is also a plug-in hybrid (the 2015 Chevrolet Volt) and electric-only models like the 2015 Nissan Leaf and the 2015 Ford Focus Electric.

Which Is Better: 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid or 2015 Toyota Prius?

Available as a five-door hatchback, the 2015 Toyota Prius comes equipped with a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that produce a combined 134 horsepower (24 more than the Civic Hybrid). The Prius gets a best-in-class 50 mpg in the city and 46 mpg on the highway. Both cars have numb handling and sluggish acceleration, but the Prius performs better at highway speeds. The Prius' better performance, higher fuel economy, and excellent cargo room make it the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid or 2015 Chevrolet Volt?

Power for the 2015 Chevrolet Volt comes from two electric motors that produce 149 horsepower combined. The Volt also has a four-cylinder engine that acts as a generator for the electric motors once the batteries empty. The 2015 Volt feels potent when pulling away from a stop and passing on the highway – the Civic Hybrid does not. Additionally, the Volt can go up to 38 miles on electric power alone, which helps to give it the edge over the Honda.

Which Is Better: 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid or 2015 Honda Civic?

A comfortable, high-quality cabin and a strong predicted reliability rating make the 2015 Honda Civic one of the best compact cars you can buy. The Civic Hybrid shares those attributes, but the gas-only Civic has a stronger base engine and provides better handling. Your choice comes down to fuel efficiency versus performance. The gas-only Civic has much better acceleration and handling, while the Civic Hybrid is one of the most fuel-efficient hybrids of 2015.

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