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2015 Honda Civic LX smokes the competition with standard featured value

Long gone is the day of the“stripped” hand cranked window entry-level sedan. However, Honda does offer a budget minded minimalist approach to personal transportation. We take a closer look at Civic LX, not as basic as you think.


Looking to Honda’s base model Civic LX we discover exceptional standard featured value.

As an automotive journalist, manufacturer’s tend to direct us to the highest trim levels when driving and reviewing their latest offering. You won’t find a fly and drive event featuring Civic LX; Honda’s bare bones entry in the 4 door family sedan segment. Think of toast at breakfast, fries with your cheeseburger, or barbequed tofu with your gluten free veggie pizza, that’s Civic LX.

Built in the U.S. with 90+% North American sourced parts, Civic is the best selling compact car in its class(non fleet sales) for good reason. Civic XL is Honda’s answer to the budget minded buyer searching for exceptional standard features wrapped in a good quality 5 passenger 4 door economy-sedan. We're told that this car is the best new car value in North America.

Sans the 16 inch alloy rims, Civic LX looks as good as the top of the line Civic EX-L. Your neighbors won’t know the difference, and you’ll be purchasing the highest residual resale value sedan in the U.S..

While 2015 Civic LX is Honda’s base Civic offering, it does come standard with many exceptional comfort, safety and tech-rich features. You’ll enjoy the same engine, fuel economy and stability features found in the top trim EX-L. We like Civic for its spacious interior(real) seating for 5 adults and standard across the line back up cam.

2015 Civic LX is not as bare bones as you think

With a starting MSRP of $18,490, Civic LX is a great purchase or lease value. Looking to the interior we discover upgraded cloth seating surfaces, improved soft and textured hard surfaces, an intuitive dash, 1-MID with 5 inch screen, programmable personal Bluetooth connect-ability and more, standard. Gone are the days of flaking chrome plating, defective paint and cheap looking interiors. Honda holds quality across the line, adds standard features while holding the bottom line.

You won’t find power adjusted seats in LX, but

Yes, the seat adjustment is manual but the windows are power. Civic LX offers filtered air conditioning, illuminated steering wheel controls, a decent 160 watt AM/FM/CD stereo with 4 speakers and much more. It’s a sweet little daily driver with ‘family and friends’ interior space and utility. Take a minute to read full Civic specifications and price information here.
NIce interior, decent ride

Civic’s ride and handling is surprisingly refined for an entry-level daily driver. For 2015 Civic’s seating is comfortable, head, elbow and leg room exceptional with road vibration and exterior noise transference to the cabin kept at a minimum. A 1.8 liter i-VTEC 4 cylinder engine producing 143 horsepower, 5 speed close ratio manual transmission with traction control, electronic assisted steering responce and brake assist are standard. CVT is available as an option. Surprisingly responsive through the drive range, Civic LX claims an EPA, MPG rating of 30 city /39 highway.

We anticipate time proven Honda Civic mechanical reliability

Darn near mechanically bullitproof: Readers share with us trouble-free tales of Civics rolling around the U.S. and Canada with 200- 300,000 miles logged on the odometer. What we like the most about Civic LX is the fuel economy, comfortable ride and long term residual value. looking to used retail Civic pricing we discover 6 and 7 year old Civics selling for 60 to 70% of original sticker price. This is why Civic is consistently awarded highest residual resale value accolades by KBB year after year. For those buyer’s wishing for greater comfort and performance we recommend Honda’s best selling midsize sedan.


Mark Day (not verified)    January 16, 2015 - 11:31PM

It's too bad Americans have mostly rejected hatchbacks. A car this size would be much more practical in hatchback form. I personally don't purchase 4-door sedans - they're, oh, so yesterday. :)

A wonderful hatchback still in the family - a 2004 Malibu Maxx

Parks McCants    January 19, 2015 - 2:49PM

In reply to by Mark Day (not verified)

I agree. Believe me, many Honda Civic owners would prefer a hatchback option. However, Honda does offer a front wheel drive CR-V Hatchback and a Fit 5 door hatch with the soon to be released HR-V front or all-wheel drive crossover- hatchback scheduled for release in a month or two.

Patrick LaRoche (not verified)    January 23, 2015 - 7:21PM

I have to disagree about Americans rejecting hatchbacks. This used to be true. Every major automaker except Honda and Chevrolet offers a c-segment hatchback. Honda will be offering a Civic hatchback again when the all-new 2016 (10th-gen) Civic goes on sale later this year. Chevrolet will be offering a Cruze hatchback when an all-new Cruze goes on sale next year. Focus sales are nearly split 50/50 hatchback/sedan. In fact, the best selling car in California in 2013 was a hatchback: Toyota Prius. Honda will sell a ton of Civic hatchbacks! As Ford CEO Mark Fields said, "The hatchback is back!"

Mark Day (not verified)    January 26, 2015 - 10:00PM

In reply to by Patrick LaRoche (not verified)

Good info, but wouldn't count the Prius since it's a unique vehicle and is only available in a hatchback - same with the Volt. Maybe the Prius is responsible for folks forgetting the Pinto and Vega hatchbacks. Porsche is also doing a good educating job with the Panamera.

Parks McCants    January 27, 2015 - 10:47AM

In reply to by Mark Day (not verified)

For me, the hatchback configuration offers the greatest utility in a vehicle while preserving an aerodynamic body line, thus greater fuel economy. Glad to read they're comming back to Civic. Although that hasn't been substantiated on our end. Thanks for commenting.