Honda officially announced the 2015 Civic this week, and it’s without a doubt the most groundbreaking, radical, and hair-raising economy car the automaker has ever released.
Just kidding. It actually looks like, well, a Honda civic.
It’s a handsome compact for what it is though, and it retains the visual improvements that were introduced on the 2014 model.
The sedan’s redesigned front fascia gives it a more recognizable, eager face than its predecessor, and the coupe’s new bumper is much more detailed and distinct than before.
Honda hasn’t remained completely idle for 2015, however; the Japanese automaker has added a Special Edition (SE) sedan for the tenth generation. That’s right; Honda’s mighty Civic has been cycled ten times over its 42-year production history, one that’s just eight years shorter than that of the iconic Ford Mustang.
The SE slots between the LX and EX and includes a new CVT transmission, automatic climate control, a Display Audio system, Honda’s LaneWatch technology, and tweeter speakers. Honda says that the additions are a $1,100 value, but only add $700 to the cost of the mid-range, $19,290 LX CVT. The Civic lineup starts at $18,290 for the manual transmission LX Coupe.
One of the biggest selling points of the Civic has historically been fuel economy, and the HF sedan, which runs $20,040, returns 41 mpg on the highway and 35 mpg combined. The rest of the lineup hovers around the 33 combined mpg mark.
While the Civic looks to be as practical, efficient, and tame as usual, the hot Type R is the most extreme Civic yet.
A sinister, aero-laden coupe, the Type R will reportedly boast a 2.0-liter, 280-horsepower turbocharged engine. Expect it out in early 2015.
The 2015 Civic Sedan and Coupe are on sale as of September 17th. The tenth-gen Civic Si, Hybrid, Natural Gas, and SE Sedan will follow later in the fall.