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Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.3
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2015 Honda Civic Review

The 2015 Honda Civic earns a midpack ranking in the competitive compact car class. The Civic’s cabin is made with quality materials, and its ride is smooth. However, this Honda’s poor trunk space limits its practicality. 

Pros & Cons

  • Good fuel economy
  • Balanced ride and handling
  • Quality interior materials

 

  • Poor trunk space
  • Base engine feels underpowered on the highway

2015 Honda Civic Overview

Is the 2015 Honda Civic a Good Used Car?

Available as a sedan or coupe, the 2015 Honda Civic is a good compact car. Its eye-catching interior is one of the nicest in the class, and it offers plenty of space for both front and back-seat occupants. The Civic also has a smooth powertrain with sufficient pep for local driving.

There are some downsides, however. The Civic’s trunk is small even for a compact car. From behind the wheel, you’ll notice the Civic has sluggish acceleration and lackluster handling. The performance-tuned Civic Si trim comes with a stronger engine that helps it deliver quicker acceleration.

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Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 58 Honda Civic reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Honda Civic?

There are about 4,700 listings for the 2015 Honda Civic on our site, with an average list price of $14,900. Prices range from $12,200 to $18,000, depending on the trim, mileage, location, condition, and features.

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How Much Does the 2015 Honda Civic Cost to Own?

The 2015 Honda Civic’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs come to $23,530, which is typical for the class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Honda Civic?

A 2019 Honda Civic has a starting price of $19,450, and its top trim is priced at $35,700. That’s quite a bit more money than what you would spend for a used 2015 Civic. However, the 2019 model comes with some updates that might be worth the added cost. It has a refreshed exterior design and an upgraded infotainment system, and the Honda Sensing suite of safety features became standard. The 2018 model introduced a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine, upgraded interior materials and styling, and available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. If these updates are worth extra money, consider a new model. Otherwise, save your money and buy a used Civic.

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If you’re looking for a new compact car for the average price of a used 2015 Honda Civic, you’re out of luck. With a little extra room in your budget, however, you’ll find a couple of options. The 2019 Kia Soul has a starting price of $16,490 and features plenty of cargo space, a zippy turbocharged engine, and an upscale interior with plenty of space. It also comes with a lengthy new-car warranty. The 2018 Ford Focus is another good option. It starts at $17,950 and boasts sporty handling, two powerful turbocharged engine options, and a great predicted reliability rating.

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Which Model Year of the Honda Civic Is Best?

The Civic was redesigned for 2016, ending a generation than spanned the 2012 through 2015 model years. You might want to consider the 2014 Civic, which received am updated touch screen and a standard continuously variable automatic transmission. The 2015 Civic saw few changes.

For a bit more money, however, you can get the fully redesigned 2016 Civic. It has improved cabin materials and new options like a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, several safety features, and new tech upgrades.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Honda Civic?

J.D. Power gives the 2015 Civic a reliability rating of three out of five. This score is about average compared to all cars on the road, but it’s a bit below the class average.

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2015 Honda Civic Recalls

As of this writing, the 2015 Honda Civic has one reported recall for a problem with the transmission software. Ensure that this problem is repaired before purchasing a used model.

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Which Used Honda Civic Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Honda Civic is available as a coupe or sedan. There are five trims: LX, SE, EX, EX-L, and Si. The base Honda Civic LX comes with a decent number of standard features for the class. The list includes a rearview camera, 5-inch LCD screen, Bluetooth, and a USB port.

The Honda Civic SE’s added convenience features make it the better trim for most shoppers. It comes with automatic climate control, a six-speaker stereo, and a larger 7-inch touch screen. The Civic EX adds a moonroof, smart entry, and push-button start. The Civic EX-L adds comfort features like leather-trimmed seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and heated front seats.

For those who crave more liveliness, the performance-oriented Civic Si upgrades the engine to a 205-horsepower four-cylinder. However, it adds little else besides a seven-speaker stereo.

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Certified Pre-Owned Honda Civic Warranty

For added warranty coverage and other benefits, consider a certified pre-owned model. Honda has one of the best CPO programs available, based on our analysis. The same is true of CPO programs from Chevrolet and Buick.

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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How Safe Is the Civic?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Civic sedan an overall safety rating of five out of five stars, while the coupe received a four-star rating. Both body styles earned five stars for the side crash test, and four stars in the frontal and rollover tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2015 Civic a Top Safety Pick, the agency’s second-highest award, also giving it the top score of Good in all five crash evaluations.

A rearview camera is a standard. Some used models come with LaneWatch, which is a passenger-side blind spot camera.

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2015 Honda Civic Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Honda Civic or 2015 Chevrolet Cruze?

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze and the Civic are close competitors. Both offer a balanced ride, but the Cruze has two more engine options than the Civic, one of the which has better gas mileage than the entire Civic lineup. The 2015 Cruze is also a better pick if you need trunk space more than you need back-seat space. The Cruze also comes with a few features that are not available in the Civic, such as a Wi-Fi hot spot and Siri Eyes Free smartphone integration. Each of these cars is good, but the Cruze is a better vehicle overall.

Which Is Better: 2015 Honda Civic or 2015 Kia Forte?

The 2015 Kia Forte is a better choice than the 2015 Civic. The Kia offers a roomy and handsomely styled cabin, user-friendly and easily accessible controls, and a better reliability rating. When it comes to engine power, the Forte’s base engine moves you up to highway speeds quicker than the Civic’s base engine, and the Forte has an even stronger available engine. Still, the Civic isn’t without it perks. It delivers better ride comfort, superior fuel economy, and more advanced safety features.

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2015 Honda Civic Performance

How Does the 2015 Honda Civic Drive?

The 2015 Honda Civic has a 143-horsepower four-cylinder engine that delivers decent power for everyday local commuting. Performance-oriented Civic Si models come with a strong 205-horsepower four-cylinder engine. A five-speed manual transmission comes standard, while a continuously variable automatic transmission is available. The Civic rides comfortably and feels fairly controlled through turns, but the sport-tuned Civic Si offers better cornering agility.

Does the 2015 Honda Civic Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Civic gets an impressive 29 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway with the automatic transmission.

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2015 Honda Civic Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Honda Civic Seat?

The Honda Civic seats five in both coupe and sedan body styles. The seats are comfortable, and they’re roomier than what you’ll find in most rivals. The cabin stands out for its elegant design and quality materials.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Honda Civic?

There are two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the outboard seats, while the middle seat has an upper tether connection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use.

2015 Honda Civic Features

The Civic comes standard with Bluetooth and a USB port, and it’s available with proximity keyless entry, automatic climate control, a 7-inch touch screen, and navigation. The available touch screen is snappy and straightforward, and it responds to smartphonelike gestures such as pinching and swiping. Still, some may prefer the familiarity of physical buttons for audio controls.

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2015 Honda Civic Dimensions

Honda Civic Cargo Space

At 12.5 cubic feet, the Civic’s trunk is on the small side for the class.

2015 Civic Length and Weight

The 2015 Honda Civic is nearly 15 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 2,754 pounds to 3,002 pounds, depending on the trim.

Where Was the 2015 Honda Civic Built?

Honda assembled the 2015 Civic sedan in Indiana, and the coupe was built in Canada.

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