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8.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2015 Honda Civic Review

The 2015 Honda Civic earns its spot as one of the best compact cars thanks to its high-quality, comfortable cabin and strong reliability rating. 

Pros & Cons

  • Good fuel economy
  • Smooth transmission
  • Quality interior materials

 

  • Poor trunk space

2015 Honda Civic Overview

Is the 2015 Honda Civic a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Honda Civic comes in coupe and sedan body styles and is more than satisfactory in areas where other compact cars fall short. It has a quality interior and a smooth, efficient powertrain with a decent amount of muscle. Its excellent reliability rating means it should last for many years. One of the few deal breakers for some shoppers may be its limited trunk space. Additionally, some class rivals provide more fun behind the wheel, though the Honda Civic handles better than many competitors.

Used 2015 Honda Civic Performance and Interior

The 2015 Honda Civic has a 143-horsepower four-cylinder engine that delivers satisfactory power for city and highway driving. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, while a continuously variable automatic transmission is available. With the automatic transmission, the Civic earns some of the better EPA fuel economy estimates in the class: 29 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. The Civic rides comfortably and has fairly composed handling. The sport-tuned Civic Si delivers even sharper driving dynamics.

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Both the sedan and coupe body styles seat five. The back row has complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the outboard seats, while the middle seat has one upper tether anchor. The cabin contains soft-touch materials and a handsome design that set it apart from competitors’ subpar interior materials and dull styling. The 2015 Civic’s seats are quite comfortable and spacious. However, its 12.5-cubic-foot trunk is on the small side for the class.

Standard features include Bluetooth, a USB port, and a rearview camera. Available features include a proximity key, automatic climate control, a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, and a passenger-side blind spot camera (Honda LaneWatch). The available touch screen is quick and user-friendly, and it responds to smartphonelike gestures such as pinching and swiping. Still, some may prefer physical buttons for audio controls.

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Used 2015 Honda Civic Prices

The price of a used 2015 Honda Civic ranges from about $15,400 for the base LX model up to about $20,500 for the performance-oriented Civic Si with navigation. However, its final cost depends on factors like location, mileage, condition, and features.

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Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of other professional reviews alongside data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched and analyzed 54 reviews on the Honda Civic to give you a full picture of its pros and cons.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Honda Civic?

The 2015 Civic has one of the strongest predicted reliability ratings in the class: 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. That’s also well above average for the industry as a whole.

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How Safe Is the Civic?

The 2015 Honda Civic got perfect scores across five Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests. In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) evaluations, the Civic received a perfect five stars in two crash tests and four stars in two others. These results earn the Civic an above-average safety score for the class.

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Should I Consider Another Used Civic?

The 2015 Honda Civic is a part of the car’s ninth generation, which began with the 2012 model year and concluded with the 2015 model year. You may be able to save some money with an older Civic, but be sure to stick with models from 2013 or later. These have standard features like air conditioning, a USB port, Bluetooth, and a rearview camera. The 2014 model received available features like a CVT transmission, a touch-screen display, and Honda LaneWatch.

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Which Used Honda Civic Is Right for Me?

The Honda Civic comes in five trims: LX, SE, EX, EX-L, and Si. It’s available as a coupe or sedan. A Civic Hybrid and an HF trim with low-rolling resistance tires and aerodynamic features are also available.

The base Civic LX comes with a rearview camera, 5-inch LCD screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a tilting-and-telescoping steering column. The Civic HF includes the same standard features.

The Civic SE adds automatic climate control, LaneWatch (a lane-change-assist system), a six-speaker stereo, and a 7-inch touch screen. The Civic EX includes a one-touch power moonroof, smart entry, push-button start, and a rear-seat center armrest. The Civic EX-L comes with fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-trimmed seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and heated front seats. The performance-oriented Civic Si has a 205-horsepower four-cylinder engine, all of the base model’s standard features, and a seven-speaker stereo.

You should also consider a certified pre-owned Civic. Honda extends its original new-car limited powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles for all certified pre-owned models, and it extends the new-car non-powertrain warranty to four years or 48,000 miles. If the CPO Honda you purchase is more than four years old or has more than 48,000 miles, you’ll receive a one-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain limited warranty. Honda CPO vehicles must pass a 182-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully.

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2015 Honda Civic and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Honda Civic or 2015 Mazda3?

Like the Civic, the Mazda3 is a top performer in the class. If you want a bit more in the way of performance, it’s the superior compact car – and arguably one of the most fun-to-drive options in the class. Its athletic handling and zippy engines offer more horsepower than the Civic’s base engine, and it earns better fuel economy. The Mazda3’s cabin also has upscale materials and attractive styling. However, the Mazda3 has limited cargo space like the Civic, unless you opt for the available hatchback model. 

Which Is Better: 2015 Honda Civic or 2015 Toyota Corolla?

With its dull steering and handling, the Toyota Corolla falls a bit short of the Civic when it comes to performance. However, it’s still a practical option in the class, offering the same impressive reliability rating as the Civic. The Corolla also has slightly better fuel economy estimates, but its engine is weaker. The Corolla is the slightly better car for those who want space, as it offers a roomy back seat and about half a cubic foot more trunk space than the Civic.

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