2015 Honda Civic Redesign

Tuesday, August 19th 2014. | Honda |

Honda Civic Side FrontThe 2015 Honda Civic will arrive at dealers during autumn 2014. The latest iteration of the Civic received several updates over the last two years to keep it in tune with the market. While the base car is now in its fourth year, what you see on showroom floors is actually only in its third year, after quick and fairly radical updating of the cheap, grim, feature-poor 2012 redesign.

As of last year, Honda retired its aging five-speed automatic transmission, replacing it with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) for better fuel economy . The various models of the Civic–from the standard gasoline version to the sportier Si, the highly efficient Civic Hybrid, even the Natural Gas version–each have slightly different characters on the road. The standard 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine will mostly be paired with a new and surprisingly efficient continuously variable transmission (CVT). A five-speed manual gearbox is still available on entry-level cars for those few buyers who really want it, but the CVT is not only more refined, it delivers better gas mileage: 33 mpg combined (or 35 mpg in the Civic HF high-efficiency version) against 31 mpg for the manual.

Honda Civic Interior

The 2015 Honda Civic looks like a Honda, first and foremost; its styling is evolutionary, but modern.

Outside, the Civic still reads as a Honda, but it’s now got a number of design touches from the larger and quite handsome current Accord model. Up ront, the Civic now mimics the Accord’s face, from the black honeycomb mesh grille to the new “open-mouth” lower bumper. Integrated fog lamps on high-line models, and new clear-lens cornering lamps–plus a chrome finishing bar in back and a rear bumper design that again mimics the Accord–dress up the interior of what remains a four-door sedan with heavily raked front and rear glass.

inside, the funky two-level instrument panel remains, but most of the finishes and surfaces were upgraded–adding the now-requisite soft-touch vinyl to places where hands and elbows make frequent contact. The front seats are comfortable, though rear-seat passengers may find both head and shoulder room on the tight side.

Honda Civic Engine

2015 honda civic engine the standard 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine will mostly be paired with a new and surprisingly efficient continuously variable transmission (CVT). A five-speed manual gearbox is still available on entry-level cars for those few buyers who really want it, but the CVT is not only more refined, it delivers better gas mileage: 33 mpg combined (or 35 mpg in the Civic HF high-efficiency version) against 31 mpg for the manual.

The hot-rod Civic Si models get a more powerful 201-hp 2.4-liter four, offered only with a six-speed manual gearbox, along with lower gearing for better acceleration. Compared to the boy-racer image of earlier Si generations, though, it’s a disappointment. It doesn’t rev as high (only to a 7000-rpm redline now), and it just feels slightly neutered

the Civic Hybrid was the first from Honda with a lithium-ion battery pack, back in 2012. It impinges much less on trunk space, and delivers remarkable gas mileage–45 mpg combined–despite being only a “mild hybrid” without the ability to move the car away from a stop on electric power alone. A thin 15-kilowatt (22-hp) electric motor sits between the small 1.5-liter engine and the CVT, supplementing the engine output with extra torque and restarting the engine after it’s switched off as the car comes to a stop. Still, the Civic Hybrid actually gets better gas-mileage ratings than the now-defunct smaller Insight hybrid, and it remains the efficiency champ not only in the lineup but among compact sedans. Its mild-hybrid system is being discontinued, however, and it remains unclear whether the Civic Hybrid will be outfitted with the replacement system that’s now offered only in Japan.

Honda Civic MPG

While the Hybrid model is the mileage champ of the 2015 Honda Civic lineup, at 45 mpg combined, all versions get better mileage than their predecessors. And over nearly 400 miles of driving–albeit mostly in ‘Eco’ mode–we beat that number slightly, meaning the Civic Hybrid really does deliver. Even if you opt for the base gasoline engine with a continuously variable transmission, though, the 2015 Civic gives you a rating of 33 mpg–or 35 mpg in the Civic HF high-efficiency model.

Specifically, the Civic Hybrid is rated at 45 mpg combined (44 mpg city, 47 mpg highway), with the standard Civic at 33 mpg combined (either 29 mpg city, 38 mpg highway or 30 mpg city, 39 mpg highway, depending on model). Then the Civic HF comes in at 35 mpg combined (31 mpg city, 41 mpg highway). Ditch the CVT for a five-speed manual gearbox and your ratings fall to 31 mpg combined (28 mpg city, 36 mpg highway), underscoring just how efficient Honda’s new CVT really is.

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