2015 Honda Civic Base from North America
Honda got cheap
My first car was a 1991 Civic. It was nice, nice handling, and quite comfortable.
This 2015 Civic is a car I work with at my job. It has low miles and automatic transmission.
The first thing I noticed, is how cheap the interior materials have got over the years in the Civic. The dashboard under the windshield is so cheap, it looks like some plastic item from a dollar store. It is horrible, can't remember seeing this for a good 20-30 years in any car. It is even so poorly molded, they didn't even smooth the plastic edge that runs above the instrument panel. A toy from Toys "R" Us is better produced than this large piece of plastic.
Now, that may be just a big plastic piece, and not the whole car.
The rest of the interior has quite a bit of hard plastics; clearly worse than a Corolla or a Mazda 3. I also drive a Nissan Versa, and be shocked or not, the interior is more nicely done and finished in the Versa.
But the worst part I found to be the engine along with the transmission. This is the base engine, and it is weak, slow to react, and the transmission seems to be on a coffee break. I do not drive fast, I'm just talking about normal city traffic acceleration. Yes, if the gas pedal is floored, the engine wakes up and pulls, but in normal driving no one does that. There is also an Economy button, God forbid if you dare use it, the car transforms into an electric car from the amusement park.
The seats are OK, and surprisingly not too close to the floor. Entry and exit are reasonably easy. A pleasant surprise, there is enough leg room for a 6ft driver, allowing feet to rest on the pedals in a comfortable position. But not more than 6ft tall, as the roof is too low.
There is excellent visibility all around, except in the rear where it's not bad, but not great either. Great large rear view mirrors.
Steering wheel: here's some bad news. The Civic got such a numb steering wheel, it puts to shame some Nissan steering wheels. I would rather drive a bicycle than enjoy the steering wheel in the Civic. Absolutely feeling-less.
One more thing. I do not understand the use of the tachometer in this car. Not only it's an automatic, but the tachometer is large, poorly placed, and totally useless. Not to mention it stays most of the time at 2000RPM. It's not even funny to see it. Honda should just remove it from there, and leave just the top display which is already more than enough. Just cut the costs.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 14th February, 2017
19th Feb 2017, 04:36
In terms of interior quality, what are the places where your elbows touch like (tops of door by window, center/door armrests? Soft to the touch, or hard?
In terms of the drivetrain, like many manufacturers nowadays, Honda is looking to push the Direct-Injection/"Smart" transmission narrative. This means decreased real-world drivability, unless you choose the optional ($) engine. The transmission tries to limit the engine's speed as much as possible in the name of EPA (largely theoretical) fuel economy. The optional turbo engine is reported to have much better driveability than the naturally aspirated base engine - for a few dollars more ;)
Civics became second-class citizens in the Honda universe 15 years ago. Accords are also suffering the effects of a high profit margin SUV-focused car market.
19th Feb 2017, 13:16
So, you complain about how Honda has "cheapened" the interior and then suggest they "cut costs" by eliminating the tachometer?
19th Feb 2017, 16:28
Why not simply offer higher grade seats at higher cost from the factory? As an option. Cutting quality just for a cheap price isn't my idea of a good solution.
20th Feb 2017, 04:44
The reason is that simply offering that option costs Honda money. Their research probably indicates that too few Civic buyers care to pony up for an interior upgrade, for the investment to be cost-effective.
20th Feb 2017, 15:55
Is there any documentation on that? If someone orders less other options, why not?
20th Feb 2017, 21:48
Obviously none of you has purchased or even shopped a new Honda. If you had, you would know that Honda, at least in America, does not offer "higher grade seats" (or anything else) as a stand-alone factory option as Honda does not have factory options at all. You want nicer seats or more conveniences? Then pay more for an EX or EX-L model over an LX.
21st Feb 2017, 03:46
We own a Civic EX (son's). It has the spoiler, alloys and wider, more expensive tires. My point was to offer a better grade interior option and see if buyers would respond to it. Maybe you could buy a DX and not order many options, but be offered an interior upgrade. Bought Acura's leather seats, which are great seats, but obviously not Civics. The Civic seats are deplorable. But kids don't gripe, especially with some parental help.