''2014 has marked the Honda Civic’s 16th year as top selling passenger vehicle in Canada and Honda already has their eyes set on the 17th. ''
For 2015, the Civic will grow along the same guidelines introduced in 2014 that welcomed a set of new features, redesigned wheels, better sound insulation, a reinforced structure, the introduction of a new CVT and much, much more. So because they worked so hard on the latest upgrades, the engineers at Honda decided to sit back and let their star product do the work. Well, not exactly, but the 2015 is virtually a copy-paste of the 2014 variant, carrying on all the goodies introduced last year. And it worked so far: the 2015 Civic has already been named top safety pick by the IIHS.
Safety plays an essential part in the Civic’s popularity, which is why all the 2015 trims, except for the entry level DX that keeps its oh-so-affordable price, but also a shorter list of features, are equipped with an important list of safety features such as a rearview camera, brake assist, tire pressure monitoring system, hill start assist, cruise control, etc.
When opting for a higher level trim, you can add Honda LaneWatch system to the list of features. That technology displays a live feed of the right hand side blind spot on the touch screen, thanks to a camera located under the right side-view mirror. Trims EX and higher also offer the HondaLink Assist Automatic Emergency Response System, a technology similar to GM’s OnStar. The only difference is that Honda’s system uses the Bluetooth connected device to contact the emergency services in case of an airbag deployment.
For 2015, the Honda Civic is offered in a range of six trims. The DX, LX, EX and Touring versions get the 4 cylinder, 1.8L engine with an output of 143 hp and 129 lb-ft of torque. You can chose between a 5-speed manual transmission or Honda’s new CVT, except for the DX that offers only the manual gearbox and the Touring that comes only with the CVT. All trims offer the ECON mode that changes the parameters of the engine, among others, in order to promote better fuel economy.
For superior performances, the Civic Sedan Si kicks it up a notch with a 205 hp, 2.4L engine, teamed with a 6 speed manual transmission. If you’re more of the fuel economy type, then you can opt for the Civic hybrid and its 1.5L, 4-cylinder engine. With an output of 110 hp and a combined consumption of 5.2L/100km, the hybrid is the greenest of options.
We will have to wait and see the numbers to know if the 2015 Honda Civic will honour its heritage as top selling vehicle in Canada, but it’s already off to a good start. To learn more, contact Lallier Honda Repentigny today!