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2015 Honda Civic Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2015 Honda Civic was new.


Performance: 8.0

According to most reviewers, the 2015 Honda Civic has adequate power and is available with one of the better continuously variable transmissions on the market. They say the Civic has a comfortable ride and poised handling, adding that the sport-oriented Civic Si is the most fun-to-drive model in the lineup.

  • "The Civic Si, as expected, is certainly the most fun to drive. Refined suspension tuning, quick steering, snappy acceleration and one of the slickest, easiest-to-drive manual transmissions around give the Si a sharp and playful attitude around town or on curving roads." -- Edmunds
  • "The simplicity of the Civic is palpable, and it has a wonderfully effortless driving feel. While it's not the most entertaining car in terms of performance, it exhibits a feeling of lightness that inspires confidence in the driver." -- AutoTrader
  • "Want an inexpensive, fuel-sipping commuter? Then the Civic's solid road manners and excellent fuel economy are just what the doctor ordered. Want something that'll give you a little more driving pleasure, then surprise, the Civic manages that just as well." -- Kelley Blue Book

Acceleration and Power

The Honda Civic comes with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 143 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional. The Civic Si has a 205-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which is paired with a six-speed manual transmission. The base 2015 Civic gets up to an EPA-estimated 30/39 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Civic HF models get even better fuel economy, with 31/41 mpg city/highway.

While some reviewers say the base Civic could use a little more power, others report that it’s strong enough for driving around town and accelerating to freeway speeds. They write that the Civic’s CVT is one of the best on the market, noting that it operates smoothly and makes great use of the engine’s available power.

  • "The continuously variable automatic transmission introduced last year is one of the best in any class, and even though the engine gets loud at high revs, it's a complaint that's hardly unique to the Civic. Of course, you could just skip it altogether and get the excellent manual transmission." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Power from the gasoline-fueled 1.8-liter engine is a little underwhelming, but its high fuel efficiency and typically refined character nevertheless make it a winner." -- Edmunds
  • "It's one of the best CVTs on the market in my estimation, behaving somewhat similarly to a standard automatic transmission in simulating shifts rather than jumping to one RPM point and sitting there." -- Motor Trend (2014)
  • "While I couldn't feel the trivial additional horsepower or torque, the Civic moved very well off the line and up to highway speeds." -- Autoblog (2014)

Handling and Braking

Reviewers agree that the 2015 Civic has a comfortable ride and composed handling. Most say the steering is well-weighted, though a few critics mention that the steering is light and doesn’t offer much road feel. The Si model has a firmer ride than other models but it is not uncomfortable, reviewers say.

  • "The Honda Civic has long been one of the better-driving cars in its class, and this tradition continues with precise, well-weighted steering and composed handling. The Civic also offers one of the most comfortable and composed rides in the class as well as low levels of noise at freeway speeds." -- Edmunds
  • "The braking is forgiving and firm, and the steering is light and exact." -- AutoTrader
  • "On our admittedly short test drive, the new coupe's handling didn't seem drastically different than the sedan's, with perhaps a bit better roll control when cornering and a slightly stiffer ride. Both cars still feel pretty light and handle reasonably well for the class. The steering continues to feel light and artificial, with no feedback from the road." -- Motor Trend (2014)
  • "Sedans take bumps in stride, with good absorbency and little float or wallow. Si has a sport suspension and 17-inch tires that cause a stiffer ride, but it's never jarring." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "From a handling standpoint, it's not the tightest and most athletic vehicle in the class, but it's up there. Steering feel is weighty and responsive to inputs. Through bends, the body is controlled with a little roll. Ride quality is comfortable with the suspension keeping taking the edge of small to medium bumps and potholes." -- AutoWeek (2013)

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